Catching up from the end of the Summer 2022 season, the headlines were… – if you came to our Charity Concert at the Roper Theatre Bath – and if you were at our concert in the bandstand at Keynsham, or the Village Fair at Bathampton, – or if you saw us at Cribbs Causeway in early December,
Thank you – and we hope to see you again sometime during the 2023 season, which is just beginning to shape up.
Now read on:
We are back to our regular practice schedule of Monday nights at Lansdown for the Concert Band. As yet, we are not in a position to restart the Wednesday training sessions, possibly there will be developments later this year.
We do have some dates for concerts already: This year our charity concert will be held at Saltford Community Hall, on Saturday June 17th. It’s a bit early to buy tickets, but we’ve had to confirm dates early because of other commitments for venues (there’s a coronation sometime, and lot of Bank Holidays). We will also be playing in the Keynsham bandstand one Sunday afternoon in the Summer, and we’re already down for a couple of Christmas appearances.
Well, somehow we made it, despite the imminence of omicron and after a considerable number of LFD tests. We played a two hour set of carols and festive music for the shoppers and happy eaters at the Cribbs Causeway Mall to the West of Bristol this morning. Needless to say, we are somewhat spaced apart compared to our usual playing configuration, and the photo shows one of the rare unmasked moments when we weren’t playing. No, we don’t know what the large cylinder in the front of the picture is, either – we had a couple more around us. Giant Alexa speakers maybe?
If you were there, thank you for the odd smatterings of applause – we hope we made your shopping a more festive occasion. Thanks too to the management team at Cribbs Mall for their help and efforts to enable this to happen. Onwards to our next concert, at St Mary’s Yate, on Sunday the 19th December – a Christmas service with carols and a couple of other pieces of music too.
After so much time, it was great for us all to go out and perform in a gig at last!
We gave a concert for the Civil Service Social Club in Filton on a weekend in August, as part of their family fun day. The photo shows the scene during our version of the ‘1812 Overture’. No cannon for us, but plenty of fireworks.
Thanks to the CSSCC for the invite, and congratulations to them for raising over £1000 for NHS and front-line worker charities too.
photo credit: CSSCC
Thanks too to our ‘guest players’, friends of the band (and especially of Alan, our Director of Music) who stepped in to augment numbers, many of whom travelled considerable distances to be with us for rehearsals and the performance:
Phil, Mike and Colin on clarinet Chris on cornet Dave, Andy and Dominic on Horn Stuart on Trombone Shirley, James and Mark on Euphonium Steve on Percussion, and special thanks to Mark who joined in on vocal numbers, and to John who MC’d the occasion for us.