And so this is Christmas – safely

The band at Cribbs Mall, Christmas 2021
The band in Christmas uniforms.

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.

Back with a bang

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.

Concert on 5th July, Soundwell

On Thursday, July 5th, the concert wind band will be playing in aid of a local charity at St Stephen’s Church, Soundwell, Bristol, BS16 4RH.

The concert starts at 7.30pm, with doors opening at 7.15.   Tickets on sale at the door.