Aldbourne Band achieve two Top Placings at the French Open Championships

Written by Neil Goodwin.

Aldbourne Band in Amboise ready to playAldbourne Band in Amboise ready to playAt the 2016 French Open Championships held in the pretty historic town of Amboise, on the banks of the Loire, Aldbourne Band, under the musical direction of David Johnson, were delighted to achieve two top placings in this year’s contest.  They came second out of all the bands in the march contest playing Underhill House, in memory of Cyril Barrett, a much valued long standing Band member who supported the Band for 80 years.

They also came 2nd in the Championship section of the contest with a performance of the challenging test piece “Da Vinci” which had been commissioned for the 500th anniversary of Leonardo Da Vinci arriving in Amboise.  The Swiss composer Ludovic Neurohyr was also one of the adjudicating panel.

Immediately after their test piece performance the band had to play a concert in the bandstand beneath the walls of the beautiful Château d'Amboise.   A large crowd heard a programme that opened with the fanfare” Heroes Return” followed by a xylophone solo “The Joyful Skeleton” played with the soloist James Stammers wearing a skeleton suit!   The overture “Fusion”, an arrangement of Beatles music by David Johnson, the elegiac “Peace Perfect Peace” and Dave Brubeck’s jazz work “Blue Rondo a la Turk” delighted the audience, many of whom were unfamiliar with British Brass Bands.

The annual Pond Concert season starts for the band on 12 Sunday June at 7.15pm in The Square in Aldbourne.  They will be joined by the Aldbourne Youth Band and the French Open trophies will be on display.  The concert is free so bring a chair and come and enjoy the music of the award winning Aldbourne Band.