Brass band to play music from movies

Members of the Royal Spa Brass Band will be performing at Leamington Methodist church this month.

The musicians are busy practising for their show on February 23 which is called Come to the Movies featuring a number of classics including music from Jurassic Park.

Hugh Rasleigh has been a member of the band for ten years. He said: "Movie music has become a genre of its own in recent years and I hope that people coming to the concert will see our take on that."

The 21-year-old plays the flugelhorn and enjoys the feel of the the band, which has existed for more than 100 years . He added: "I think people will enjoy the show and what the band does for the community.

"It's really important for people to see our work and hopefully they will be listening to music they are familiar with."

The group is open to musicians of all ages and has junior and senior classes which each practise once a week. New tuba and trombone players are among members needed to improve the band, although everyone is welcome and no experience is necessary.

Last month members were visited by musician Stephen Roberts who taught them a number of valuable techniques.

Mr Roberts is a founder member of the Fine Arts Brass ensemble and has played and recorded with many of the country’s orchestras.

Throughout the workshop the band worked on a number of pieces from the theme to Schindler’s List to the sound track from Backdraft in preparation for their latest concert.

Members also enjoyed a successful concert at Jephson Gardens last summer. Tickets for the production of Come to the Movies cost 5. Anyone who is interested in joining the band should call Paul Russell on: 01608 686727.