Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Christmas Brass at St Paul’s, Camberley

Some extremely talented musicians, the Sandhurst Band,  are performing  a free Christmas family concert at St Paul’s. I had a wonderful chat with Musical Director, Ian McElligott about the concert, and he spilled the beans.

Sandhurst Band Christmas Brass at St Pauls Camberley The award winning Sandhurst Band was founded in 1908. The 30 musicians are from all walks of life, and come together because of their passion for music.  They’ve crafted a varied Christmas family programme for us, with music ranging from the show Mama Mia, to light jazz, with a few soloists thrown in for good measure.

The real highlight has to be the world premier of A Celt in Jerusalem, composed especially for St Paul's by Ian McElligott.  The suite of 6 movements has an emotional centrepiece called  Procession to Calvary . But the music isn’t the only part of the performance, as it will be accompanied by a visual projection on our big screen, making this a true multimedia experience. Ian said of ‘A Celt in Jerusalem’ that “The music is heaven sent, and goes way beyond any ability I have. St Paul's is the most fantastic venue".

The plan is to include something for the whole family, including the children. The concert will be held at St Paul’s, Crawley Ridge, Camberley, Surrey GU15 2AD on Saturday 17 December at 7.30pm. The spectacular lasts 1 hour 40 minutes with a 20 minute interval to enjoy refreshments. Sounds like an ideal break for families with children who may need to leave for bedtime.

Ian isn’t just a conductor though, he’s also on the staff at St Paul’s! As Senior Administrator, he keeps things running like a well oiled machine. That’s what you’d expect though from a past Director of Music to the Band of HM Coldstream Guards.  Since leaving the army, Ian continued his musical career conducting top names such as Grimethorpe, Brighouse & Rastrick, Desford Colliery, Scottish Co-op and Thoresby Colliery bands, leading them in contests and concerts. I think after that warm up, he qualifies to lead Sandhurst Band at St Paul’s Christmas spectacular!

Tickets for the concert are free, and are available from St Paul’s by contacting Ian McElligott on 01276 700210. There’s a retiring collection for charity.

To find out more about St Paul’s Christmas events, please visit stpaulscamberley.org.uk or contact the office on 01276 700210. 

To hear the full interview with Ian, click on the play button  below.