Rushen Silver Band performed a Celebration Concert at Castle Rushen High School, Castletown on Saturday 7 September. Conducted by Richard Evans, marking 10 years since his appointment as the Band’s Musical Advisor, the programme celebrated the music of Goff Richards and the Band was delighted to welcome Goff’s widow, Mrs Sue Richards, to the Island as guest of honour for the concert.
Following three days’ of rehearsals with Mr Evans, the programme included American Trilogy, Demelza (tenor horn soloist: Bobby Corkish), A Disney Fantasy, Doyen, Hymns Of Praise, I’ll Walk With God, The Jaguar, Little Red Bird (euphonium soloist: Martin Norbury), Marching Through Georgia, Saddleworth Festival Overture, Stage Centre and Strike Up The Band.
Speaking during the concert Alan Crebbin, Band Chairman said: “The whole brass band world was deeply saddened by Goff’s highly premature passing in 2011, but we are hugely fortunate to have the legacy of Goff’s wonderful music to remember him by.
“The Band was delighted when, through the contact of our Musical Director John Kinley, we were able to invite Richard to be our Musical Advisor and his regular visits over the last 10 years have been a huge encouragement to the Band and to the training band – Ballafesson Brass – who Richard has also found time to work with during his visits.”
Mr Crebbin thanked the Alistair Drinkwater Memorial Fund for helping making the Celebration Concert possible and the Co-operative Society for providing sponsorship towards the concert and the Band were very touched that Mrs Richards addressed the audience and suggested the proceeds of the concert go back in to the Alistair Drinkwater Memorial Fund before very kindly presenting the Band with a voucher to buy music.