From Tin Pan Alley to Abbey Road
A journey through popular music 1890's - 1960's

With further funding from The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, New Harmonie has been able to extend its quintet tour to St Luke’s Church Grayshott on Friday 24th February 2012 and Holy Cross Church Bignor on Saturday February 25th. Both concerts start at 7.30pm.

The show recalls in words and music the different fashions in popular music over the years - Vaudeville, ragtime, jazz, swing, dance bands, Broadway and the pop culture of the Beatles. Geoffrey Richardson (clarinet) and Sarah Williams (oboe) will tell you the story and they will be joined by Rachel Wright (flute), Sue Bellamy (bassoon) and Annie Barnard (horn) to play the music.

George Gibson after our Balcombe concert wrote “They’ve done it again! A couple of years ago I attended a thoroughly convincing “entertainment” by the New Harmonie Wind Quintet in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, in which a pot-pourri of popular light music of the period was stitched together with a narrative recalling significant events and nostalgic memories of daily life.

The concert I attended last Sunday followed the same format and, to my mind, was even more successful. This time the subject was the development of popular music from the 1890s to the 1960s. Playing to a full house, New Harmonie regaled us with superb playing of a string of “standards” that took us from the era of vaudeville through ragtime, jazz, swing and Broadway up to the Beatles. There was lots of foot tapping, humming along and without microphones it wasn’t ear slplitting. An informative narrative presented by two of the players set the scene as the programme proceeded.”

Geoffrey Richardson who leads the group said “We are very pleased to have additional funding to put on these two concerts – the twenty-first and twenty-second in the tour. It is an entertaining evening, lots of fun with local musicians and because of the generosity of The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, funds raised from ticket sales will mostly go to good local causes. There are clips of New Harmonie’s music on the web site www.newharmonie.org.uk”

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