Menai Mayhem

View of Menai Straits and bridge

Thomas Telford’s Menai Suspension Bridge, with snowy Snowdonia in the distance

St. Mary’s Church, Menai Bridge is an inverse TARDIS; it looks quite large from the outside, but inside it’s positively cosy – and especially so once populated by 24 saxophonists, a conductor and an enthusiastic audience who filled all the nooks and crannies that were left.  After an afternoon rehearsal and an excellent (and very welcome) meal across the road at the Anglesey Arms, we rattled the rafters in various combinations.  It was a mighty and entertaining noise!

Programme for the evening:-

Sovereign Saxophone Octet and North Wales Saxophone Choir (together)

  • War March of the Priests (Mendelssohn)
  • Toccata & Fugue in D Minor (Bach)

North Wales Saxophone Choir

  • Phil the Fluter’s Ball (Anon.)
  • Mood Indigo (Ellington)
  • March from The Little Suite (Trevor Duncan arr. Robinson)
  • Suo Gan (Trad.)
  • Perdido (Tizol)
  • Kuckuckswaltz (Jonasson)
  • Our Love is Here to Stay (Gershwin arr. Holcombe)
  • Li’l Darlin’ (Hefti arr. Hodgson)
  • 17 Come Sunday (Vaughan Williams arr. Hodgson)
  • Kitten Scamper (Anon.)
  • The Girl from Ipanema (Jobim)

<< Interval >>

Sovereign Saxophone Octet

  • The Sheik of Araby (Ted Snyder, arr. David Webber)
  • The Flower Duet (Leo Delibes, arr. Nigel Wood)
  • The Chant (Mel Stitzel, arr. Mike Dale)
  • Marigold (Billy Mayerl, arr. Gordon Robson)
  • Singin’ in the Rain (Nacio Herb Brown, are. Don Ashton)
  • Chug (Pauline Gordon)
  • Crucifixus (Antonio Lotti, arr. Chris Jolly)
  • Sidewalk Blues (Jelly Roll Morton, arr. David Webber)
  • Witch Hunt (Ulrich Schultheiss, arr. Nigel Wood)

All together again…

  • 24/7 (Paganini, arr. Hodgson)
  • African Waltz (Galt MacDermot, arr. Gordon Robson)
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