MUSIC REVIEW - Pure Brass, South Holland Concerts, South Holland Centre, Spalding

Pure Brass are (front left) trombonist Christopher Mansfield, French horn player Christopher Gough, Danielle Price on tuba and trumpeters Ian Archibald and Andrew Connell-Smith.
Pure Brass are (front left) trombonist Christopher Mansfield, French horn player Christopher Gough, Danielle Price on tuba and trumpeters Ian Archibald and Andrew Connell-Smith.
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Cocktail of music leaves you anything but brassed off

The opening performance for South Holland Concerts’ 32nd season on Saturday could have been highly unpredictable with Glasgow-based quintet Pure Brass missing two of their regular musicians.

Sarah Beth Briggs and James Lisney, the Lisney/Briggs Piano Duo, will be in concert at the South Holland Centre, Spalding, on Saturday, November 14 at 7.30pm.

Sarah Beth Briggs and James Lisney, the Lisney/Briggs Piano Duo, will be in concert at the South Holland Centre, Spalding, on Saturday, November 14 at 7.30pm.

Trumpeter Ian Archibald, trombinist Christopher Mansfield and tuba player Danielle Price were joined by stand-in trumpeter Calum Tonner and Andrew McLean on French horn.

But there are no stand-ins with this brass ensemble and the confidence with which they handled classical greats as Henry Purcell, Gustav Mahler and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was refreshing.

Also on the menu were more contemporary offerings by film composers John Williams with the 1996 Olympic Games anthem Summon the Heroes and the late Michael Kamen’s theme to TV mini-series Band of Brothers.

There was even time for the quintet to play compositions by its own musicians such as Bagatelle by Christopher Gough and an amusing but clever improvisation by Danielle who was most certainly present at South Holland Centre.

But perhaps the highlight of the evening was Pure Brass’s haunting and magnetic version of Londonderry Air - truly magical.

The next concert in the series features piano duo James Lisney and Sarah Beth Briggs at South Holland Centre on Saturday, November 14 at 7.30pm.

Review by Winston Brown