Surrey – The ongoing pandemic has put a hold on live events, and with this being the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII, the Surrey City Orchestra wanted to produce a free concert that follows the traditional Remembrance Day service. 

The full performance is available at www.surreycityorchestra.org

32 professional musicians from Surrey took part in creating this concert where they were broken down into three groups, string orchestra, concert band, and a jazz band, and recorded in person while remaining socially distant. The concert begins at the start of the war with the string section playing solemn music, followed by readings from service members, moving to the concert band playing military marches and finishing up celebrating the end of the war with 1940’s jazz dance music. The performance is accompanied by archival images and film.

Concert breakdown:

  • String Orchestra
    • Nimrod from “Enigma Variations” by Edward Elgar
    • Air from Holberg Suite by Edvard Grieg
  • Service Members 
    • In Flanders Fields read by Nick Watts Lieutenant-Colonel and Commanding Officer in the Canadian Army Reserves 
    • The Last Post played by Bryan Wielgasz, Surrey Fire Service Honour Guard
    • Piper’s Lament, Jeff Sim, Pipe Major for the Surrey Firefighters Pipes and Drums
    • Act of Remembrance & Commitment to Remember read by Anita Huberman, CEO of Surrey Board of Trade, H. Captain (Royal Canadian Navy)
  • Concert Band
    • Maple Leaf Forever by Alexander Muir
    • Second Suite in F, 1st & 4th movement, by Gustav Holst
  • Jazz Band – Lead by Miles Black 
    • Take the A Train by Duke Ellington featuring Maya Rae on vocals
    • Little Brown Jug by Glenn Miller
    • Stompin at the Savoy by Benny Goodman
    • It Don’t Mean A Thing by Duke Ellington featuring Maya Rae on vocals
    • Pennsylvania 6-5000 by Glenn Miller

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