The Knocklyon Concert Band Society held their annual major concert event on the 8th of February in the Gym of St. Colmcilles Community School. I say Gym, however on entering the hall you would think you were in a movie theatre because the entire venue was festooned with giant movie posters, with two cinema screens showing Oscar night clips to a fantastic sound track. In addition, there was full theatre style lighting which gave a fantastic feel to the concert, the anticipation was huge for the music to follow and we weren’t disappointed.
The music programme was simply outstanding with great numbers from the Society’s ‘Swing Kings’ jazz band including a standout version of Adele’s Skyfall by their lead singer Sheena Styles. Other highlights included the debut performance from members of the Junior Band, and superb renditions of Oh Fortuna and scores from The Hunger Games and Band of Brothers by the Senior Band and wonderful guest choir The Firhouse Singers. An old favourite Danny Boy was given a huge ovation as performed by young soprano Kathleen NicDiarmada and there was even a cheeky surprise number from West Side Story sung by junior band member Katie McNelis. If I told you the programme also included a piece performed by all the musicians and singers yet without using their instruments or voices you probably wouldn’t believe it, but African Rain showed that music takes many forms. Make no mistake, the quality of performances was as close to professional standard as I’ve heard, it’s no wonder the Knocklyon Bands have won multiple awards at competitions here and abroad!
This year the show was aptly called ‘A Night at the Movies’ and the proceeds, two thousand euro, went to Cheeverstown House. The Musical Director Robert Chester said, ‘We are delighted to support one of our local organisations this year, the charity sector is taking a bit of a hammering at the moment, but the packed house is proof that most people are more than happy to support a worthwhile service’. The photo shows members of the Knocklyon Junior Band with the cheque which is now winging it’s way to Cheeverstown,
This was a fantastic event for all involved, musicians, singers, band members, soloists and audience. Congratulations to the members of the Knocklyon Concert Band Society on an incredible evenings entertainment.