Sunday, May 9, 2010

Bare Necessities, York

The icing on the cake of a day pottering around York was to enjoy this band playing a variety of pieces, from film scores to a medley of well-known hymn tunes. The latter includeed the Graham Kendrick composition, Shine, Jesus, Shine, apparently the UK's most popular modern hymn. The expertly performed tuba solo, The Bare Necessities, featured humorous interruptions from other soloists and sections of the band and a mock temporary walk-off by the tuba player.

As well as selling CDs and taking contributions, the band were promoting the Brass Goes to the Movies concert which is to take place in The Joseph Rowntree Theatre, 7.30pm, 12th June 2010. Two other bands will also be playing.

This end of Parliament Street (the Marks and Spencer end) is one of the most prominent street performance spots in York. Just a little further on, to the right of the All Saints Church window on High Ousegate, is another. 

As I missed yesterday, I'll squeeze in a second picture below, a bit of Georgian symmetry in St Saviourgate.


  1. I love the street performers in England. Probably a centuries old tradition. In York we saw jugglers, solo instrumentalists, acrobats, ensembles, and parades for evening plays. Such a festive feel. Thanks for the photo and the reminder.

  2. Nice to hear a band in a lovely, historic setting!
    Bravo! Encore!

  3. Looks like a fine place to enjoy some music. It still looks a bit cold there?