Blasting off with the Waltham St Lawrence Silver Band

By Liz Bland, Tenor Section Leader


The Barberettes blasted off into space last Saturday May 4th – aka Stars Wars Day – supporting the Waltham St Lawrence Band in a concert that covered everything from Star Trek: Into Darkness to 2001: A Space Odyssey. As a tenor who previously sang soprano in a classical choir I really enjoyed our foray into the music of 19th century composer Richard Strauss with a peculiarly Scottish version of his tone poem Also Sprach Zarathustra that transitioned (not quite seamlessly) into The Proclaimers’ 500 Miles. Keeping with the space theme was the Barb’s version of The Carpenters’ Top of the World and Adele’s emotional showstopper, Skyfall.

Our enjoyment of the concert was greatly increased by a large, very warm and very receptive audience (including the Band’s patron, actor Wendy Craig) who gave a standing ovation to the Band and Barbs joining forces to perform an enthusiastic, if chaotic, version of Its Raining Men! We still had plenty of energy at the end to form a conga line to the Band’s encore piece, the perennially toe-tapping Floral Dance.

This was the Barberettes’ second concert with the Waltham St. Lawrence Band and we thoroughly enjoyed sharing the stage with such talented musicians.

We look forward to more collaborations in future but for now time to get ready for our next sing out in aid of St Nicholas Church, Earley, on Saturday 18th May!