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Charity Sellout at Peterborough Cathedral

Virtuosi GUS perform sellout charity concert on behalf of Northants and Hunts Masons in Peterborough Cathederal

By Simon Smith, 27 Feb 2013

Virtuosi GUS at Peterborough Cathedral

The Virtuosi GUS Band performed a charity concert on behalf of the Northants and Hunts Masons in the fantastic setting of Peterborough Cathederal last Saturday, 23rd of February.

The 900-strong audience were treated to a varied and challenging programme that made full use of the fantastic acoustic of this great cathederal.

The band marked their 80th anniversary in the first half with 'Jubilee Overture', which was originally written by Philip Sparke to mark the band's 50th birthday.

The band featured the talents of Pete Colins and James Fountain with the trumpet duet 'Jealousy'. The first half concluded with Mark Freeh's fantastic arrangement of Bach's 'Toccata in D Minor'.

In the second half, the band performed a varied programme and also provided accompaniment to the talented soprano Denise Leigh. The band were also joined by the equally talented trombone soloist Andrew Berryman, who enthralled the audience with at fantastic rendition of the challenging 'Concertino Opus 4' by Ferdinand David.

The band concluded the concert in rousing style with Saint Saens 'Organ Symphony'.

After a standing ovation from the appreciative crowd, the encore featured Andrew Berryman again on stage. However the trombone had been ditched in favour of a set of bagpipes. The evening was closed out with 'Highland Cathedral and Amazing Grace' and Andrew marching down the aisle in splendid highland regalia.

Open Rehearsal:

The band are preparing 'Harmony Music' for the Midland areas on 10th March. An 'open rehearsal' will take place on Thursday 7th March, at the Corby Business Academy Theatre. 7:45 pm start. More Event details are available on the band's website.