Music in the Park at Wistow Hall 2013

Wistow 1st June 2013 was a triumph for Boobs & Brass!
All the week before ‘Music In The Park’ was due to take place, the rain did fall, as did the temperature, and then right on cue on Saturday morning the sun came out and stayed out all day, with not a rain cloud in sight.  The venue was Wistow Park, home of the Brooks family, who were delighted to welcome the band back to perform at the annual charity concert, organised by Wigston Rotary.
Our resident compere, Carolyn Oldershaw, entered the huge performance marquee, with the backdrop of the beautiful Wistow Hall, and welcomed the audience by telling them that the people of Wistow, on the 1st June every year, remember the anniversary of the death of the Saint and Prince, Wistan, who was murdered by his cousin for his crown in the year 869, and how legend says that on this one day human hair can be found growing in the churchyard!
The concert got off to a great start with Junction 21, Leicester’s foremost Swing Band, and they soon had many of the crowd of hundreds dancing in the arena lined with gazebos, as others listened and tucked into picnics and wine. 
As the sun lowered and day turned to night, Boobs & Brass entered onto the stage and delivered a programme of music that many people said was ‘the best yet’. 

After a variety of pieces, including Lily The Pink and The Loco-Motion (conductor Martin Dawson on form leading the dancing in the crowd), the band turned to the old favourites of ‘The Last Night Of The Proms’: Fantasia of British Sea Songs, Land of Hope And Glory and Jerusalem; which had the crowd singing and waving their flags for all their worth.  The climax of the evening was reached with the playing of John William’s ‘Epic Themes’, accompanying a spectacular firework display.

The splendid sight and sound of our Pink Jacketed Ladies will be long remembered and a very happy crowd made their way home from rural Leicestershire, some still belting out Rule Britannia! (Carolyn Oldershaw)

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