The Guildhall Hull will be the venue for an international concert on 2nd April when the Humberside Police Band will be joined by members of the Isle of Man Wind Orchestra. The concert of wind band music will be a celebration of the links between the two groups and will provide an opportunity to jointly perform some new music.
Members of the Isle of Man Wind Orchestra were invited to Hull by the Humberside Police Band following a visit by some of their members to a concert band weekend held in the Isle of Man in 2015. In addition, two members of the Humberside Police Band have family who play in the Wind Orchestra.
Members of the Wind Orchestra will be visiting Hull for the first weekend in April with the highlight of the tour will be a concert with the Humberside Police Band at the Guildhall Hull on Saturday 2nd April commencing at 7:30pm.
The concert will be an opportunity to perform a number of Manx pieces and both groups will perform the Manx National Anthem “Land of our Birth”, “Ellan Vannin” a Manx folk tune made popular by the Bee Gees and an arrangement of a folk song “Laxey Wheel” about the largest water wheel in the world situated in the Isle of Man.
In addition, there will be the first United Kingdom performance of “Snaefell Wheel” a march composed by Paul Dunderdale to celebrate the construction of a new waterwheel on the Isle of Man “Lady Evelyn”.
“We have been looking forward to visiting Hull to perform with the Humberside Police Band” says Paul Dunderdale Musical Director of the Isle of Man Wind Orchestra, “and we welcome the opportunity to bring some Manx music to add an international atmosphere to the concert at the Guildhall.”
The concert at the Guildhall will have free admission and there is no need to purchase tickets in advance. There will be a collection during the concert to assist with expenses.