Today saw the marvelous Maghull Wind Orchestra perform at the Palm House in Liverpool’s Sefton Park, a repeat of their performance there almost exactly a year ago.
This 74 piece band (of today) which has the ability to have over 100 members playing at any one time is a delight and I say that not just because Jen Robertson is a member. It is a unique community band which takes anyone who can play a wind instrument (although they do have a percussion section and a double bass) to whatever standard and they don’t have a membership fee.
My favorite tune that they play is called An Irish Blessing which was written for a brass or silver band to play. However so talented are MWO that one of their number has arranged it for for them and what a haunting tune it is that sends shivers down your spine.
I am not aware of a recording of An Irish Blessing on the internet from MWO so here is a silver band version. Bet it will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up:-
28th April 2015 – STOP PRESS:-
A MWO version is now available on youtube – see link below
The 3 photos are amongst my Flickr shots at:-