Harry Potter soundtrack and Coldplay hit delight as Manea Silver Band go modern

MANEA Silver Band launched their new modern look in style by raising the roof - and �500 - at a charity concert.

More than 80 people turned out for the spectacular show at St Nicholas Church, Manea, on Saturday night.

They were treated to an “old meets new” programme, with classics like the Florentine March followed by modern hits such as Coldplay’s Viva La Vida.

In a stunning finale, the band played the epic Harry Potter soundtrack to accompany a parody of the films created and directed by band members.

Niki Williamson, the band’s secretary, said: “We are very proud to have been able to raise �500 for Friends of Doddington Hospital and St Nicholas Church.

“We are thrilled by the feedback from the concert, everyone there was thoroughly entertained.

“I think people really enjoyed the chance to be part of something completely different. Hopefully the people of Manea will be talking about it for weeks!”

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The concert also gave villagers the chance to see a silver trophy presented to the band in 1926.

The cup, discovered for sale on eBay and bought for �125, formed the centrepiece of a display of band uniforms, memorabilia and photos, dating back to 1905.

A “training band” also made its public debut at the concert. The seven learners played two pieces, including a solo from 12-year-old cornet player Joseph Winters.

The band, supported by the Manea Rose & Crown, offers free lessons to learner players of all ages and abilities.

There is another chance to see the concert and memorabilia collection from 7pm on May 19, when the band will be playing at Emmanuel Church, Chatteris, to raise money for church funds.

Tickets are �5 for adults, �1.50 for children, and are available from 01354 692381 or 01354 692075. For more information visit www.maneaband.co.uk

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