“A Grand Day Out”
Kendal Concert Band visits Dufton
On Saturday 11th February 2012, 12 members of Kendal Concert Band joined the Border Concert Band (BCB) for a day of playing and an evening concert at Dufton, near Appleby.
The day was based at Dufton’s Youth Hostel where some superb catering was led by BCB’s Secretary, Audrey. Rehearsals and the concert took place in the Village Hall, just a couple of minutes walk away.
The music was varied, including medleys of tunes from Gershwin, Queen and Andrew Lloyd Webber as well as King Cotton March and Elgar’s ‘Nimrod’. Our members were made very welcome and it was great to play some new music and share experiences with other musicians.
The late afternoon was set aside to rest weary lips and fingers. Whilst some took a nap, others took the opportunity to explore the surrounding footpaths and mix with the locals at the Stag Inn.
At 7.30pm, with an audience of 17 and a band of 30-something, the concert began with a little trepidation. Never have I seen such enthusiasm from an audience! Their support was unwavering; singing, swaying and even some patriotic arm-waving to our finale of Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance. ‘Thank you, Dufton’ for such a great reception.
It really was a grand day out. We look forward to inviting members of Border Concert Band to Kendal in the near future and, perhaps, organising a similar event for those from KCB who were unable to attend.