TUPTON: Shirebrook Miners Welfare Unison Band in concert at village hall

Tupton Village Hall was the venue for a Summer Concert by award-winning brass band Shirebrook Miners Welfare Unison Band on Saturday, September 14.

Tables and chairs were set to include an indoor picnic to allow people to bring their own supper.

The event was attended by Tupton’s Carnival Queen 2013, Amber Wilbourn, who helped the audience get into party mood before the band played several lively pieces.

Amongst other favourites, Glen Birks played the Swedish Hymn, and although the title was unfamiliar, the tune was known by most people. The horn section gave their special very mellow rendering of the Beatles’ Hey Jude, and a favourite was All I ask of you, from Phantom of the Opera.

Roy Briscoe on flugelhorn played April in Paris beautifully, and the talented Jayne Jones on euphonium re-created a lively tune entitled Carrickfergus.

Following a refreshment break while the raffle was drawn, a special rendition of The Sandpaper Ballet was played, with extra sandpapering shuffles from Mark Brimble, Mick Cartlidge, and Graham Buckley, also featuring the Sand Dancer in his tutu, which caused a sensation.

The hilarity continued with an Irish tune entitled Gael Force which had most people jigging, clapping in time, and doing their own version of Riverdance.

The band has produced a CD which was on sale during the evening.

Conductor and Musical Director Mark Wilcockson carefully explained all the various themes and tunes, spoke about the band members, encouraged audience participation, and invited people to follow the band to their next performance on Friday, September 20, when they will play at Doncaster Minster with a sensational Welsh male voice choir. Funds raised from Friday’s performance are for Great Ormond Street Childrens’ Hospital and the Doncaster Minster Restoration Fund.

This particular event was organised by Tupton Events Committee members, who voluntarily give up their time and talents to raise funds for the annual Tupton Carnival and Christmas market – events which are free to attend. The band was sponsored by one of these members, and all takings from the evening’s performance will go towards the carnival and Christmas market functions.