The Pearly Band took to the stage on May 2 as part of this year’s Manotick Musicale, an annual fund raising concert for Rural Ottawa South Support Services (ROSSS) in Manotick. The theme for this year’s show was the story of Oliver Twist, the orphan boy created by Charles Dickens and his band of juvenile pickpockets in London. To fit in with the theme of the show Manotick Brass created the Pearly Band after the famed Pearly Kings and Queens of London.
The Pearlies dress in clothing adorned with pearl buttons, a practice started by the Costermongers (apple sellers) in London in the nineteenth century. Today many London boroughs have a Pearly King and Queen with an entourage of followers all sporting their uniquely decorated hats and jackets. The costumes for our Pearly band were created by the staff at ROSSS. The Pearly Band delighted the audience with a good sampling of tunes about London Town. Their final selection featured a London Pub Medley from one hundred years ago with the audience joining in the last two songs.
The Pearly Band: Kazimier Samujlo & Chris Sandes trumpets;
Christine Hansen French horn; Martin Luce trombone
& Harold Floysvik tuba.
The Pearly Band performs at Manotick Musicale