Brass bands join forces for Remembrance Day

Last updated 05:00 12/11/2012
John Bisset

Woolston Brass Band performs 7.1, composed by conductor Dwayne Bloomfield to commemorate the earthquakes that have afflicted Canterbury since September 4, 2010. WARNING: Some content may upset.

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The Remembrance Day event at the Theatre Royal yesterday featured New Zealand's 2012 Band of the Year giving the second Timaru performance of a piece written to commemorate the Canterbury earthquakes.

The Alpine Energy Timaru Brass Band and Woolston Brass joined forces to present the Anzac Remembered programme. The two bands performed both separately and as a massed band.

The Woolston Brass performed 7.1, composed by conductor Dwayne Bloomfield and premiered by the Timaru band for the New Zealand Brass Band National Championships earlier this year.

7.1 is an emotionally charged piece, and it was a special experience to hear it performed by the Christchurch band, Mr Bloomfield said.

He thanked Woolston Brass for making the journey south to Timaru to participate in the weekend event.

The Christchurch band took top honours in the national championships, held in July.

"Both bands played very well," Mr Bloomfield said.

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- South Canterbury

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