Quite incredibly, it actually was standing room only last night in Abingdon Baptist Church for Abingdon Concert Band’s Broadway Showstoppers concert. Normally we are lucky if we get three old men and a dog, and feel it a good audience if they equal or outnumber the band in number. This one though, presented as part of the Abingdon Arts Festival it may have been this description that had helped sway the audience numbers to something approaching 80…

Broadway Showstoppers
Welcome to the Abingdon Concert Band’s review of the top musicals! Very loosely based on Channel 4’s “Top 100 Musicals” and with our own experience of what we know you love best this superb selection will have you tapping your feet and dancing in the aisles. An evening of your favourites with symphonic wind orchestra sound.

Very ‘loosely, it was too, with more classical wind band pieces put in to, together with some ‘other’ theatre music, and (in honour of Mozart’s 250 celebrations this year) an arrangement of The Magic Flute – a Broadway show of it’s day if ever there was one!

There were gunshots, screams, and helecopters added to the mix, but in the end though, I think the performance to steal the show was our rendition of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera – the expression on our Conductor’s face as he brought us off, said it all really.