Friday, 22 April 2011
The band weren't actually playing 'Younger than Springtime' but they might as well have been ... or maybe 'Younger IN Springtime' would have been a more appropriate title. Crowds of people of all generations gathered around the bandstand in Saltaire's Roberts Park to listen to the Hall Royd Band giving the first concert of the 2011 season. The bandstand (new last year to replace the original Victorian one that had long since disappeared) looked picture-perfect encircled by blossom trees, its dome sparkling in the sunshine. I definitely think that a good brass band playing in the bandstand is my favourite; the sound was terrific. I've heard smaller ensembles and different types of music but somehow the sound of brass works best. The audience, including the four silver-haired ladies on the bench, were clearly enjoying the entertainment and the wonderful weather.