Amidst a refreshing flurry of powdery snow, the CBBB held its annual Christmas Concert at Joseph Chamberlain College. Although the snow hampered travel to the College for some, audience attendance was high and good spirits abounded. The hall had a number of festively-decorated tables set up, and cheerfully dressed audience members took their places before the band played a number of holiday favorites. One of the band’s featured soloists was trombonist Iain Jackson with his arrangement of Santa Baby, where he skillfully demonstrated both jazzy improvisation and the bass trombone’s deep lower register. Jordann Brionne, euphonium soloist for The Cavalier, displayed nimble musical ability as he made his euphonium sing through numerous melodic passages.
The band also gave the world premiere of MD Ben Hewlett-Davies’ new composition, The Steel Pressers, a march dedicated to the City of Birmingham’s industrial past. Other band and audience favorites included We Wish You a Merry Christmas, the upbeat Christmas Festival, the soulful and wintery Snowman, and the rousing Bavarian Christmas song, Schneewalzer. A good time was had by audience and band members, and a number of refreshments, including lovely hot drinks and delicious baked goods, were served during the interval. It was a grand holiday concert and generated delightful Christmas cheer for all. Kerstin Becker