Composer raises Harmonie bar

A charity concert band from Rayleigh is gearing up for a busy year ahead and recently had a visit from an award winning composer.

The Harmonie Concert Band invited the award-winning composer Nigel Hess to work with them for the day. Many will know his TV themes including Dangerfield, Hetty Wainthropp, Campion and New Tricks. The band travelled to High House Production Park in Purfleet for its rehearsal day with the composer.

The band are preparing for a busy year including performances in Southend, The Orsett Show and on the Eastbourne Bandstand.

Band Chairman, David Adlington said “Working with a well-known and award-winning composer such as Nigel Hess is a fantastic opportunity for a community music group like Harmonie Concert Band.

“Working with the actual composer of some of the music that will feature in our 2018 programme certainly gave us additional insight and helped us raise the bar. We hope this will shine through in our forthcoming concerts”

The band were in an up-beat mood after the rehearsal with everyone expressing what a fantastic day it had been. In response Nigel Hess complimented the band on being “absolutely terrific” and great fun to work with.

Harmonie Concert Band was formed in 1976 and is a registered charity that allows local musicians the opportunity to improve their musical skills and also helps raise funds for many local charities. For more information about the band please visit the band website www.harmonie.org.uk

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