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Phoenix Concert Band at St Margaret’s Church, Ilkley           Photo:Zap Coffey-Brittain

Fly with Phoenix to sunnier climes


As the spring equinox heralds warmer days and lighter nights, Phoenix Concert Band returns to St Margaret’s Church in Ilkley next month with tunes to take you away from it all.


Their concert ‘Music To Escape To’ is sure to have you dreaming of sunnier climes. The programme includes film favourites, a popular proms classic and some exciting contemporary music for wind orchestra.


Under the baton of musical director Keiron Anderson, the 60-strong wind orchestra will transport you to the prairies of Oklahoma and tropical islands in the South Pacific, with arrangements of Richard Rodgers’ film scores. On the way you can visit the Pirates of the Caribbean, through the music of Hans Zimmer, and the Pride Lands of Africa, thanks to Elton John’s well-known score for The Lion King.


To bring you safely back home at the end of the summer the band will perform Fantasia on British Sea Songs by Henry Wood, made famous by its performance each September at the last night of the proms.


The programme also includes three contemporary pieces evocative of summer land and sea-scapes, by composers David Bedford, Adam Gorb and Brian Balmages.


During the interval tea, coffee and homemade cakes will be on sale, with all proceeds in aid of the charity Crohn’s & Colitis UK.


Hilary Pattison, band chair, said: “We’re looking forward to returning to St Margaret’s Church for this evening of musical escapism. We’ve always received the warmest of welcomes, and our generous audiences have helped us raise hundreds of pounds for good causes.”


The concert is on Saturday 21 March at 7.30pm, at St Margaret's Church, Queen's Road, Ilkley, LS29 9QL. Tickets are available online at and on the door, priced £10 for adults, £8 for concessions and free for under 16s.

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