Manotick Brass arrived in the Province of Newfoundland & Labrador on September 14 and spent the next 11 days visiting and playing at communities on the Avalon and Bonavista Peninsulas. The first stop was St. John’s, the provincial capital, after which the ensemble travelled to Dildo and eventually the town of Bonavista.
Manotick Brass presented it’s special Canada 150 program titled “A Canadian Odyssey” at George Street United Church in St. John’s and again at Christ Church Anglican in Bonavista. The music was enhanced with slides which depicted the background to the music. Both presentations were well received and enjoyed by the audiences. The program contains many special arrangements including a selection of Cowboy Songs to celebrate the Province of Alberta – check out a sample below:
Manotick Brass also participated at two Sunday morning Church services, the first was a special service to commemorate the Battle of Britain held at the Anglican Cathedral in St. John’s. The service was attended by the Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Royal Canadian Air Force Association 150 (North Atlantic) Wing. Manotick Brass played for the pre-service prelude, special music and the postlude as well as accompanying the Hymns with organist Mrs. Sharon Whalen.
For Special Music Manotick Brass chose an arrangement by Todd Marchand of John Stainer’s “For God so Loved the World”
The brass and organ provided a soaring sound in the historic Cathedral as heard in this verse of “Guide me, O Thou Great Jehovah”
The second service was at Christ Church Anglican in Bonavista where the brass provided the music for the entire service. During the serving of communion the brass played several contemplative pieces including “Ave Verum” by Mozart and Stainer’s “God so Loved the World”. By contrast the postlude was a spirited rendition of the Hornpipe from Handel’s “Water Music”.
Following the service Manotick Brass joined the members of the congregation for a pot luck lunch. We were treated to a wonderful selection of local Newfoundland dishes. Thanks to Rev. Shaun O’Connor for hosting us and providing such a warm welcome.
Our “What’s the Buzz?!” program was presented at two schools, Bishops Feild Elementary in St. John’s and Woodland Elementary in Dildo. In both cases the program delighted the young students who eagerly joined in the musical fun!
In addition Manotick Brass performed a fund raising concert for the Woodland Elementary School Band. The light hearted program appealed to the many children present and raised funds to purchase much needed instruments for the band.