Advancing to Advent

The last ten days of November became a very intensive time for the band, with concerts at Leigh on Sea Salvation Army, Lovat Fields Retirement Village Milton Keynes and finally the prestigious Birmingham Symphony Hall.

The Leigh on Sea concert was part of the Corp’s 110th  anniversary celebrations. An appreciative audience received such numbers as The Witness (Bill Himes),  The Firing Line (Bruce Broughton) and A Disney Fantasy (Goff Richards). Our regular soloists contributed including Dave Thomas (Cornet), Jim Rogers (Flugel), Phil Fisher (Horn), Andy Thomas (Trombone) and Caroline Seredynski (Piano).

It was a particular pleasure to have Anthony Smith as guest euphonium. His solo contribution, The Song of the Brother was well received ….Anthony leads a busy life as Solo Euphonium in Bristol Easton SA Band as well as playing baritone in The International Staff Band and helping the LCFB on occasions. Thank you Anthony! The band was delighted to have been asked to feature on the programme the festival march Leigh One Ten by Leigh’s deputy bandmaster Geoff Snell. A great march but perhaps a health hazard for short breathed tubas!

Band Sergeant Alan Garratt shared some reflections before the band presented David Catherwood’s song setting Come Home.

A great evening of praise and for the writer memories revived of past times in Leigh on Sea Band when it use to march to the openair meeting on Sunday mornings (contrary to Rules and Regs. I am told) and then sight read the Sunday night meeting selection at the open air.

A week later we were at the Lovat Fields Retirement Village in Milton Keynes for a Christmas Concert. This is now almost a permanent feature of the band’s diary, where have the twelve months gone since last we met? A very responsive audience greeted us in the meeting hall. Amongst the soloists featured was our own David Daws with the Euphonium Solo The Song of the Brother.

Birmingham Symphony Hall

Interior of Birmingham Symphony Hall

A few days later saw the band at The Birmingham Symphony Hall where it had been invited for the second year to participated in the ExtraCare Charitable Trust Christmas Concert. In front of an audience approaching 2,000 it provided pre concert music in addition to some solo spots in the concert. In the theme of the concert, items included Opus 1, Be a Clown, A Disney Fantasy and A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square. Jim Rogers, (Flugel) and Dave Thomas (Cornet), contributed The Folks Who Live On The Hill and Chipeanacas respectively.


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