"“ … they were come unto the land of Beulah, where … the trumpets continually sound so melodiously."

Thursday, 15 December 2011

R.I.P. Les Hannan

I can't quite believe I have another RIP to publish within a month of the last one. We were totally shocked to hear that Les died suddenly today. He was conducting last night at the Optic Centre and seemed his usual witty self. Last Friday he was compering the concert in Rhyl Town Hall, and keeping everyone entertained with his church noticeboard jokes. He was a very talented musician, having conducted the Salvation Army Songsters when he lived in Bradford, as well as having played cornet for Black Dyke Band. He was a great asset to Beulah Brass, having played cornet, baritone and latterly solo horn, besides being associate conductor, standing in when "Big Jim" was not available. Sadly, we never did manage to play "Over the Rainbow" well enough to accompany him properly. A true gentleman, always quiet and polite, but with a very dry sense of humour. God Bless you Les, we will miss you.

And it goes without saying that Shirley and the family are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time.

1 comment:

  1. The church was packed for Les's funeral, with friends from far and wide. The band played magnificently, augmented as it was by John from Llandudno band, Keith and Richard from Rhyl, Sue and Robert, former Beulah members, and Heather, Colette, Paul and Wally, from City of Bradford , where Les had played before moving to North Wales.
    Tracy from the Harmony singers sang a solo, and Jean, Les's sister gave a lovely account of Les as he grew up in Yorkshire. Les had chosen the music he wanted and I think he would have approved of the way we played. He had the last laugh, as the rain was fairly torrential - the one consolation was that at least we were playing inside!