Historic Dickinson Square in the heart of the village of Manotick was well decked out with red, white and blue bunting and Union Jacks on Sunday afternoon 19 August for a special concert by Manotick Brass in commemoration of the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Special guests in attendance included Clive Wright, representing the Office of the British High Commission in Ottawa, Federal MP Pierre Poilievre and Ottawa composer and musician Lloyd Hiscock. Prior to the concert Pierre Poilievre presented a Diamond Jubilee Medal to Georgina Tupper in recognition of her work with the Township of Rideau Historical Society and the local community.
The enthusiastic audience of over 150 people enjoyed an hour of music associated with Royal Visits to Canada by The Queen as well as music representing scenes from British life during her 60 year reign.
The highlight of the concert was the first public performance of a new arrangement by Lloyd Hiscock titled “A Canadian Royal Salute”.
This was a special commission by Manotick Brass to commemorate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee year. It is based on a composition by Antoinne Dessane, an organist and composer living in Quebec City around 1865.
The original composition was scored for 3 clarinets, 3 trumpets, 2 trombones and 2 percussionists. Lloyd’s new arrangement of the piece for brass quintet builds on Dessane’s idea of combining “Vive la Canadienne” with “God Save the Queen”. Lloyd has edited the work to make it more relevant for today’s audience and has expanded the latter part where the two melodies come together.
In commissioning the work Manotick Brass felt that combining these two melodies was a wonderful way to send Canadian appreciation and greetings to Her Majesty. Following the concert members of the Rideau Historical Society served old fashioned ice cream to the audience – a delightful ending to a wonderful afternoon.