Hasland Methodist Church was the venue for a Springs Prom Concert. Church Senior Steward Val Gratton welcomed members of the Phoenix Concert Band under their Musical Director George Morton, along with the University of Sheffield Chamber Choir, with their Musical Director Mark McCombs. The St George’s Day Concert was a great success, with a wonderful programme of music.
The first half included musical items from a selection of pieces by Piazolla, Barsotti, and a Clarinet Cameo featuring Julie Cooper, Mandy Lee and Julia Crowley. The Phoenix Concert Band played items by Williams and Holst: and the young men and women of the Sheffield Chamber Choir, who performed unaccompanied, presented a programme of British spiritual choral music.
After interval refreshments served by Val Davies, Sandria and Ian Mather, the second part of the programme commenced with ‘The Dambusters March’ by Coates, Mealor’s ‘Wherever You Are’, featuring the choir, who continued by singing an Elizabethan Serenade.
The Phoenix Band and Choir proceeded to create the Proms ATmosphere with ‘I vow to thee my country’, ‘The Fantasia on British Sea Songs’ and Elgar’s ‘Pomp and Circumstance March’, setting the scene before the powerful hymn ‘Jerusalem’. At this moment of the evening, the audience who on arrival were given flags to wave, were now on their feet and enjoying the pomp and ceremony of the concert.
At the closing of the evening the Rev John Simmonds gave the band and choir a well deserved vote of thanks on behalf of Hasland Methodist Church, all those attending, and the community of Hasland.