Brass band’s ‘unique opportunity’

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Big brass sounds will be booming at St Mary’s Church in Timaru next week.

Alpine Energy Timaru Brass musical director Catherine Anderson and her husband, St Mary’s Church organist Josh Anderson, are combining the two in a seldom-heard way.

Alpine Energy Timaru Brass president and principal cornet player John White said the concert would mark the return of the organ sound to St Mary’s after a period of disuse and a refurbishment, accompanied by the brass and percussion of Timaru Brass.

‘‘It’s something a little bit different, although musically speaking, the organ and brass band are quite similar. Both are quite choral and can create a lovely blend of sound.

‘‘They complement each other quite well, and there are a few pieces of music that have been written for both.’’

Mr White said the concert would offer a variety of music — some with both the band and the church organ, some with just the band — and would include some baroque, classical, and even some more modern Michael Buble hits.

‘‘This is a unique opportunity. It doesn’t happen often at all.’’

Mr White said the band had one rehearsal in the church, and there would be a couple more before throwing the doors open to the public.

The concert will be held on Friday, November 17 at 7pm in St Mary’s Church in Timaru. Proceeds will be shared between the church and band.