On a warm sunny day, 250 people brought their blankets, chairs, picnic hampers and bubbly for a concert of music given by local musicians Brass Fusion and Royal Opera star Sidonie Winter. The concert was introduced by Adrian Carter.

The first half of the varied programme began with an arrangement of ‘It’s Raining Men’; followed by a fantasia on the tunes of ABBA. Martin Buss on cornet featured in the Bert Kaempfert classic ‘Spanish Eyes’; then Sidonie Winter gave us the Rodgers and Hammerstein favourite ‘I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair’. Alfie Hughes was the flugel soloist in the Warren and Gordon classic ‘I Know Why’; before Brass Fusion sounded suitably Scottish in the Burns/McLoed ‘Cock Up Your Beaver’- Adrian Carter assuring is this meant wear your beaver hat at a jaunty angle'.

The first half ended with the theme from Ghostbusters and ‘Quando Quando Quando’ by Testa and Renis.

Photos: Above: Martin Buss

Right: Adrian Carter

The second half featured the stirring ‘Battle Of Britain March’ by Ron Goodwin and ‘Stal Himmel’ by Alan Firnie; before a second solo from Sidonie Winter ‘O mio babbino Caro’ from Puccini’s opera Gianni Schicchi. Steve Smyth on trombone was the soloist in ‘Feeling Good’ by Newley and Bricusse; then Brass Fusion played the haunting ‘Arran Melody’ by Alan Fernie.

The climax of the evening was the usual ‘Last Night of the Proms’ favourites Strauss’s ‘Radetsky March’; ‘Fantasia on British Sea Songs’; ‘Rule Britannia’ with soloist Sidonie Winter resplendent as Britannia with shield, helmet and trident; ‘Jerusalem’ and ‘Land of Hope and Glory’; and the evening ending with ‘Sussex by the Sea’ and the ‘National Anthem’.

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Above: Flag waving time

Profits from the concert will go to the Henfield Scout Hut appeal. Many thanks to all the musicians; the helpers; and to Red Oaks for the use of their premises and for running their legendary ‘Pimms Bar’.

NIGEL STEVENS

All photographs kindly supplied by Brass Fusion except the top photograph by Barry Chaston