Sidmouth promenaders in for a treat

PROMENADERS at this year s Last Night of the Proms with Sidmouth Town Band are in for a real treat.

PROMENADERS at this year's Last Night of the Proms with Sidmouth Town Band are in for a real treat.

Brett Baker, principal trombonist with the Black Dyke Band, will appear as special guest at Connaught Gardens on Saturday, August 22.

Brett is one of Europe's leading brass players, teachers and conductors and is well known amongst brass band circles.

Before he was 25 he had won every major brass band competition and is currently the most recorded trombone soloist in the brass band movement, being involved in 11 recording projects in 2006.

He is a past trombone solo champion of Great Britain and an Associate of the Royal College of Music.

Sidmouth Town Band is excited to have the chance to play with Brett. As principal trombone in one of the most famous brass bands in the world, Brett's fame and popularity is worldwide.

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He has appeared as guest soloist with bands in Europe, America, Canada, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, and produced many solo recordings.

The proms will again be hosted by BBC Radio Devon presenter Douglas Mounce.

Douglas has a wealth of experience in radio broadcasting, reporting and presenting, including more than 20 years with BBC Radio and currently presents Showtime.

Also returning to perform with the town band will be the talented vocalist Val Howels, who will perform various solo items with the band and help stir the audience to join in.

The proms evening will replicate the format of the last night at Royal Albert Hall and includes a varied programme of music and all the usual last night favourites such as Rule Britannia, Land of Hope and Glory and Jerusalem.

Chris Holland, the band's chairman and principal trombone, said: "The Last Night of the Proms in Sidmouth promises to be a unique opportunity to experience good music, a fantastic venue and the potential to truly enjoy the atmosphere of the Last Night of the Proms nearer to home.

"Everyone is encouraged to bring their own picnic hampers, tables, chairs, beverages and of course union flags and make it an occasion to remember."

Tickets are �5 from Sidmouth Information Centre or band members.

The concert starts at 7.30pm, with the grassed area open from 6.30pm.