The Winter Gardens was once again alive with music on Saturday 21st June. Morecambe Brass Band were joined by the Houghton Weavers for an evening of folk and brass. The concert has become an annual event, but this was the first time it was held in this magnificent venue. The Winter Gardens in Morecambe was once the jewel in the crown of the bay, attracting famous acts such as Laurel & Hardy, Shirley Bassey, the Halle Orchestra and of course, Morecambe and Wise. Since 1986, the Friends of the Winter Gardens have been lovingly restoring the concert hall to its former glory.
Although there is plenty more to renovate (the heating arrives in September), the Winter Gardens is truly a great auditorium for to play in for Morecambe Band with its fantastic acoustics for live music. The walls seeped in music history, it was only appropriate to play a fitting programme of classic brass band music. The programme ranged from the rousing British march ‘On the Quarter Deck’ to the exciting ‘Jubilee Prelude’ by Philip Sparke. Principal cornet Ollie Kernthaler showed his versatility by picking up a flugel to play the jazz solo ‘Misty’, as the young Harry Cunningham delighted the audience with a virtuosic rendition of ‘The Teddy Bears picnic.’
The Houghton Weavers took to the stage with classic folk tunes such as ‘Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs’ and ‘My Liverpool Home’ – a nostalgic treat for any Northerner watching. As usual, the Weavers’ performance was filled with humour, great music and audience participation. It was no surprise that the audience were calling for an encore at the end of their set. The concert finished with the band accompanying the Houghton Weavers as they sang their top hit ‘Blackpool Belle’.
For your own taster of the concert, why not check out the Houghton Weavers website! http://www.houghtonweavers.com/