2014 Happenings

Following the much publicised visit to Tiptree, the year progressed with well attended rehearsals and an encouraging succession of concerts. Late March brought an intimate concert at Barnet, a small hall and a relatively large band presents challenges but we are always pleased to support the corps were we regularly rehearse.  Items from our newly developed repertoire were featured and the closing items reflected the rapidly approaching Easter season.  An excerpt from Les Condon’s Easter Glory followed by an appropriate word from Scripture concluded the evening.

In past years we have become a “regular” at Abbots Langley Parish Church Flower Festival. This year our third visit was ahead of the festival but was no less attended.  Music and soloists to appear on our new Abundance CD were featured as well as the usual invitation for the audience to participate in a congregational song…Happy Day always goes down well using the “Red Book” setting. Our thanks and appreciation to Andrew Taylor and his team for making us so welcome yet again.

A brief break in proceedings - the band and David Daws

LCFB in a recording session for their CD ‘Abundance’

Mid May saw us engaged in recording our new Abundance CD. The acoustics of All Saints Parish Church at East Finchley and the professionalism of Brian Hillson and his World of Sound team together gave the band a tremendous opportunity to maximise its potential. The results can be sampled elsewhere on this site.  We were grateful to have two outstanding guest soloists supporting us, Dudley Bright, principal trombone of The London Symphony Orchestra and David Daws, principal euphonium of the GUS Band. Dudley featured his own arrangement of Joy Webb’s Share My Yoke and David  plays Norman Bearcroft’s  The Better World. David’s seemingly faultless performances following his transformation from an international cornet soloist  continues to bring astonishment and inspiration to all us  privileged to witness his re invention.

Our July date at Stotfold Salvation Army was intended to follow a band barbecue organised by Andy Thomas, our principal trombone and deputy bandmaster at Stotfold. Unfortunately weather conditions confined us to the hall  for a enjoyable indoor buffet with plenty to eat and drink.

Our concert was at the local secondary school academy, by this time the weather had brightened and it was inspiring to see such a full hall. In addition to guests Dudley Bright and David Daws, we also featured our own soloists David Marley and David Thomas. As the programme notes indicate accompaniments were shared between the band and Susan Avison (piano).


Concert programme – click on image to view full version