The two Operetta Meets Brass! concerts featuring Kasjog and The Egham Band which took place on Friday and Saturday, 8th and 9th September, were a resounding success.
Friday’s concert at Manorcroft Primary School in Egham allowed the 33-strong singers from Kasjog plenty of room on stage for changing position and dancing (the can-can from Orpheus, enhanced by the manly presence of James, Mark and Lloyd, received enthusiastic whoops from the audience!). The band, positioned in front of the stage, was able to accompany the singers sympathetically and received a huge round of applause for their overture to The Magic Flute.
Saturday’s concert at St Mary of Bethany church in Woking was a sell out, as predicted. Here the band held their own surrounded by audience members on three sides while the singers moved across a shallow graded stage. Well into their stride after Friday’s performance, the soloists gave their all in excerpts from The Magic Flute, Iolanthe, Patience, The Merry Widow, The Gondoliers, The Mikado and The Pirates of Penzance. The band were momentarily silenced as the cast performed the rousing Hail Poetry unaccompanied.
A huge pat on the back for all concerned in mounting this event!