With the support of funding from the TTS Foundation, the world famous Desford Colliery Brass Band visited Tanglin this week. Founded in 1898, the band hails from a small mining town called Coalville in the heart of the Midlands, UK. Desford has achieved great popularity and success, winning championship titles and recording its own albums.
The band entertained the Tanglin community at an outstanding concert in The Moot, playing hits including Rocky Fanfare – Conti and Jurassic Park – Williams. It also demonstrated its wide range of styles and flexibility of performance, joining Tanglin student vocalists and instrumentalists to perform Eye of the Tiger – Sullivan and Peveril, This is Me – Pasek and Paul, and Power of Love - Mende and de Rouge. It was fantastic to see the audience tapping their toes to the rousing sounds of the shiny brass instruments.
Students from Infant, Junior and Senior Schools were also treated to interactive workshops. Infant children sang loudly to Let it Go – Lopez, practiced their marching and even had a go at conducting! Junior and Senior students enjoyed instrumental sessions, learning new skills and techniques. A Year 8 student commented: "The band are amazing. I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to learn from a touring band, although they do tell some terrible jokes!"
Leigh Baker, Conductor and Peter Smith, Chairman of the band added: "We've really enjoyed the infectious enthusiasm of Tanglin students - the standard of their playing is incredibly high. We hope to have inspired the next generation of musicians and for them to have taken away some great memories from our visit."