1 August 2011
We're delighted that our volunteers collected a fantastic £776 at the ever-popular Exploding Brass, an outdoor proms-style concert with added fireworks.
Traffic was brought to a standstill in Taverham as nearly 3,000 people flocked to Taverham Hall for the hugely successful Exploding Brass, an outdoor fireworks ‘Proms’ concert.popular annual event. This year's concert was one of the biggest ever held in the village, costing almost £40,000 to stage.
Organised by Taverham Band and Taverham Scout Group, the concert featured The Fabulous Swinging Chandeliers, tenor Benjamin Lake and soprano Rebecca Mundy. And the occasional shower of rain certainly didn't damp the spirits of the crowd, who were treated to a marvellously varied programme ranging from Italian opera via the world of Musicals to the hits of Queen.
Taverham Band conductor Ian Colman was overjoyed at the success of the event, saying: 'With the weather presenting challenges, to get nearly 3,000 people is a tribute to the group of volunteers who pulled together to produce such a professional event.'
'The evening came together perfectly and the village has not stopped talking about it ever since. It was a fine example of local business and the community joining together with one aim, and the success of the evening was a tribute to the hard work and generosity of more than 130 volunteers from both organisations.'
The event was the eighth Exploding Brass concert since it was launched 12 years ago to celebrate Taverham Band’s 21st anniversary.
The concert, food, fireworks and sidestalls were all produced in-house, with sponsorship for the event coming from the Eastern Daily Press, Nat West, Taverham Nursery and local businesses to enable a professional stage, light and sound company to be used.
We'd like to extend a huge thank you to Ian and his team for allowing us to hold a collection at the concert, and also to all our lovely volunteer collectors who came along on the night.