Last Saturday, Newton Stewart cinema was the venue for a concert by the world famous Foden’s band.
The audience which came from throughout the region was expecting a high class performance and was not disappointed.
Starting with its signature tune “The Cossack”, the band continued with a thrilling arrangement of “ Festive Overture” by Shostakovich .
Three of the band soloists, Mark Wilinson, Richard Poole and John Barber, followed with contrasting solos which displayed the high standard of musicianship expected from this band.
After an arrangement of a Spanish Dance by James Gourlay and a reflective piece by Eric Ball the first half was brought to a close with Ray Farr’s exciting arrangement of Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue in D minor.”
The second half started with “It had better be tonight” by Mancini and then flugel horn soloist David Gillson enthralled the audience with “The Daughters of Sanchez” The band then played “Let’s face the music and dance” followed by a big band arrangement of “Sing Sing”. The final soloist was Mark Langdon who brought roars of delight from the audience with xylophone solo “Helter Skelter “.
The concert was brought to a spine tingling close with Eric Ball’s arrangement of “Suite Gothique”. This produced a well deserved and spontaneous standing ovation to which the band responded with two encores.
This was a truly superb concert by a top class on top from and will be remembered for a long time by the delighted audience. The band members were delighted at the welcome they received and were impressed with the facilities and venue, expressing a desire to return in the near future.
This was a great evening of music enjoyed by performers and listeners alike. May it be repeated soon.