In the Floral
Royal Opera House
Sharpe Big Band
From Alex Jackson
I went to the concert yesterday and it was, as expected, 1st class. The
place was packed and the music exhilarating. I shudder to think what it
would have cost to put all these "prime ministers" together
on stage if they had not given their time and talents free of charge.
They played some Stan Kenton stuff and it was a marvellous rendition of
quality arrangements. Eric (Delaney) played just one number, The Preacher,
and received a standing ovation when he walked on stage, as per normal.
The classical guys certainly love him to bits. The reaction to The
Preacher was excellent. He did a five minute unaccompanied solo in
the middle on timps and got a standing ovation from everyone, including
the band, and deservedly so. Steven Henderson stepped out on to the stage
and went down on his knees, bowing to Eric as he walked off, shouting,
"WE ARE NOT WORTHY MASTER", and everyone cheered even louder.
Eric in action - timps and brushes
Programme kindly supplied by Alex Jackson