CENTRE FOR PERFORMING ARTS UWE BIG BAND AND GOSPEL CHOIR GLENSIDE 9/10
THE Centre for Performing Arts caters for anyone with a love of music and dance, offering anything from large–scale concerts with symphony orchestra and chorus to small-scale jazz nights.
It organises a number of concerts and events open to the public. This concert was in aid of the charity Food for the Hungry, a project started in Lybia which aims to encourage the local population develop their own abilities with the help of proper sustenance.
The Big Band, mainly students from different faculties backed up by a few professionals, started with the classic opener Strike Up the Band followed by the popular Duke Ellington standard It Don't Mean a Thing, in which all sections were involved in solos. After the quieter moments of You Are The Sunshine the band changed to a different rhythm in the Spanish-type Besame Mucho.The first hint of Glenn Miller came with the famous Chattanooga Choo Choo before their final contribution to the first half was a clever arrangement of the theme from Sesame Street, with some stunning instrumentation.
The Gospel Choir then took the limelight with four contrasting songs beginning with Our God Saves, which had the whole group showing their charm and enthusiasm in this catchy number.
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This section also included the poignant I Love the Lord with an excellent solo by Geraldine Kironde and the whole piece, having tight harmonies, was competently sung.
After the interval the choir returned with three more items, with the slow I Will Wait standing out. Charmaine Samuels has built up a very successful group of singers and it was a joy to listen to their singing.
The band returned with the rhythmical Bossa Nova in which there were various solos before two more Glenn Miller classics, Little Brown Jug and In The Mood, and the lively Donut King brought the evening to a swinging conclusion.
Adrian Hull is to be congratulated on producing such a talented group of players who entertained a large audience with their considerable skills.