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Concert at Abbey Park Leicester

[Sunday 12th May 2024]

Well, we had our parking challenges and the wind ruffled our music, but the rain held off and the sun shone equally on both sides of the band this year!

The park of busy with families enjoying the sun and our seated audience received our programme enthusiastically.

We gave them, among other things, Sousa’s march The Thunderer, and for a complete change of mood Barbie Girl (Norreen and Rasted,) the very soulful Stal Himmel (Fernie), the hugely popular Hawaii Five-O (Stevens) Ravel’s beautiful Pavanne and rounded it all off with The Magnificent Seven (Bernstein.)

We were aided by our kind and talented deps, all old friends of the band: Ian Bartrum on euphonium, Margaret Benson on oboe, Katherine Lee on clarinet, John Warner on trumpet and Steve Boyles on tuba. Thank you to all of them. And special mention of Claudia who took her keyboard but was unable to play it owing to power problems…

Our next outing is on 15th June St James Church in Normanton on Soar, Loughborough.

New dates are still being added. 

For up-to-date concert listings please visit www.loughboroughconcertband.co.uk  where you will also find details of playing opportunities.

Lark Hill Retirement Village, Clifton, Nottinghams

[Sunday 14th April 2024]

After a very wet end to the winter of 2023/24, we were delighted to visit Lark Hill in sunshine, albeit with a very strong wind. Some of us even managed to sit outside in shelter, a sure sign the spring is on its way, at last.

Our knowledgeable and enthusiastic audience responded to our compere, Eddie Pearson, and his questions such as “What film would you think of if I mentioned Yul Brynner?” and “Can anyone remember Dick Barton?”

Their attention was rewarded by a journey in time and space as we played music from (among other pieces) Cockleshell Heros (Dunn 1955) The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (Handel, 1749) Irish Tune from County Derry (Collected by Grainger) You’ll Never Walk Alone (Rodgers and Hammerstein 1945) Out of Africa (Barry 1985) and (the question of questions) Is this the Way to Amarillo? (Sedaka and Greenfield 1977.)

As in past years, we thoroughly enjoyed our outing to Lark Hill, where we are sure of the warmest of welcomes and the most appreciative of audiences.  

Further opportunities to hear the band early in 2024 include:

12th May Spring in Abbey Park, Leicester.

30th June Music in Queens Park, Loughborough.

New dates are still being added. 

For up-to-date concert listings please visit www.loughboroughconcertband.co.uk  where you will also find details of playing opportunities.

Concert for Passion, a youth project in Shepshed,

[Saturday 2nd March 2024]

Passion was created by Churches Together in 2009. It was formed by Churches Together as a response to the needs of young people in Shepshed, giving them a safe space in the heart of the community. Several years on, Passion continues to help the young people of Shepshed by offering - among other things - drop in facilities and a Community Café at weekends. Such a project is supported by grant applications, gratefully received donations and evenings such as our concert with the Caroline Sharpe Singers.

The concert was played in the presence of the Worshipful Mayor of Charnwood, Councillor Margaret Smidowicz JP, and the Chair of Shepshed Town Council, Councillor Jane Lennie, as well as Lord Crawshaw, a most generous supporter of Passion.

The concert had a Royal theme and got off to a stirring start with Alford’s Holyrood March and progressed through Richard Rodger’s music for The King and I.

The Caroline Sharpe Singers performed three songs including Alleluia (O Clap your hands) a song commissioned for the coronation of King Charles lll in 2023.

Band and singers came together for the Ascot Gavotte from My Fair Lady and featured a drum solo from Henry Marvell, and for Highland Cathedral.

Unsung heroes, players who are rarely in the spotlight with solo performances but whose contribution to the band’s overall sound cannot be over stated, today included Claudia Shum on keyboards and Roger Stone on string bass.

The band was ably supported by deps Sarah Rigby, Frances Tarte both on clarinet and two trombonists Jill Theobald and Andrew Beaumont. Thank you to them all!

Christmas Concert, St Botolph’s Church Shepshed.

[Saturday 16th December 2023]

This concert, filled with the exuberance of youth, was also a testament to the hard work and dedication of Dave Coble. It was the 37th Christmas concert he has arranged at the Church. This year the band shared the musical honours with the St Botolph’s school Christmas choir who stunned us with their singing and their movement whilst singing. Speaking for myself, I hope they haven’t given Dave ideas!

The band’s programme included Christmas carols and the congregation was encouraged by Eddie Pearson, our Compere, to stand and join in with The First Nowell, See Amid the Winter Snow, O Come All Ye Faithful and We Wish You a Merry Christmas. The programme also included the atmospheric Walking in the Air, and from the screen Polar Express and Frozen. We played Fairy Tale of New York a tribute to both Shane MacGowan and Christmas.

 

The concert was played in the presence of the Lord Mayor of Charnwood and the Leader of Shepshed Town Council.Saturday 16th December 2023

Christmas Concert with the children of St Botolph’s School Christmas Choir.

 

 

 

A busy weekend for the band.

[Saturday 2nd December 2023]

Saturday 2nd December 2023

Carillon Court for charity Love4Life

This annual concert is played under the dome at Carillon Court shopping centre in Loughborough. This year we played for Love4Life a charity that was founded in 2007 out of a concern for the safety and health of girls who lived on a particular estate in Loughborough. Since then, it has expanded in both aims and reach – to encompass young people aged 11-18, and into Derby. The collectors definitely found their motivation that day – it was freezing cold but the girls found the energy to dance to Fairy Tale of New York!

We played a range of Christmas music and carols. The audience appreciated our playing and clapped vigorously, though they may have been trying to keep warm!

It was the first concert for Claudia Shum (it’s not always this cold, Claudia) a pianist who taught herself to play the glockenspiel so she could join the band, and we were kindly helped out by dep, Ian Bartram on euphonium.

 

Sunday 3rd December 2023

Hodson Hall

Raising the Roof with Caroline Sharpe Community singers and Loughborough Grammar School sax ensemble.

This concert definitely showed the band at its resilient best! Given the number of performers, we weren’t over blessed for space (watch out those on the front row!) but performed our programme with grace and style. We played a mixture of Christmas music and pieces taken from the band’s wider canon. The stirring British Legion March was followed by Highlights from Frozen. The hauntingly beautiful Highland Cathedral was included in a programme that also featured Overture to a Winter Festival and a much-appreciated performance of Fairy Tale of New York, the band’s tribute to Shane MacGowan who died that week. First flute, Yvonne Renouf, showed her versatility by playing with the choir on Star of Bethlehem and the whole evening was closed by a mass performance of White Christmas.

 

Service of Remembrance, Queen’s Park Loughboroug

[Sunday 12th November 2023]

This is always a solemn concert and the weather underlined the day’s mood: cold and damp but still – no pegs needed. As in other years, the people of Loughborough came in droves. Everyone shrugged off the wet and the cold, pulled on wellies, huddled under umbrellas and zipped up waterproofs to listen to the service.

This year we were reminded of the particular and unique importance the word home has for all of us and the challenges faced by those service wo/men who, having spent months or even years longing to be back there, then somehow have to adjust.

The music in the first half reflected the mood of solemnity and reflection with pieces such as Scipio, (Handel) Highland Cathedral (Korb and Roever) and the desperately mournful Prelude to the 49th Parallel (Vaughan Williams). The second half was rather more stirring featuring The British Legion March (Bidgood) Quick March ‘Sea Songs’ (Vaughan Williams) and Colonel Bogey (Alford). A few members of the congregation remained to hear us play but the weather was definitely against lingering.

Autumn concert at Sage Cross Methodist Church

[Saturday 14th October 2023]

Our Autumn concert at the Sage Cross Methodist Church in Melton Mowbray was accompanied by typically cool Autumn weather but a warm welcome awaited the band inside. This was the last of our latest set of performances and included regular pieces from the summer set as well as one or two new ones to keep band members on their toes.

Solos by Thomas Chan (Over the Rainbow) and Zoe Felton (Romance from “The Gadfly”) punctuated a varied selection of marches, film and TV music and lighter pieces such as Fiesta, March of the Tin Soldiers and Ballet Egyptian. As we approach Remembrance Day in a few weeks time the band played “In Flanders Field”, a setting of the John McCrae poem to music and finished off with an Elvis medley called American Trilogy. The encore of “See the Conquering Hero comes” leading into “Rule Britannia” had the audience singing along and brought the evening to a wonderful close.

The band is grateful for the assistance from deps of Andy (Bass Clarinet), Ian (Baritone Sax) and Stuart (Bass Trombone) as well as support from Steve Boyles again on Tuba.

The evening raised over £420 which will be divided equally between the 3 charities supported by the Melton Mowbray Methodist Circuit, these being Water Aid, Shelter Box and Sight Savers. Unfortunately Sage Cross will close in January 2024 and worship will transfer across to the smaller Sandy Lane Methodist Church so this will probably be our last visit to play for the Methodist Church in Melton.

Concert at All Saint’s Church, Thurcaston

[Sunday 24th September 2023]

The medieval church on Anstey Lane Thurcaston was a beautiful setting for our The Band Sounds Out concert this autumn. We didn’t need to raise the roof: the sound rose up among the pillars above the flagged stone floor.

That the programme was carefully chosen was shown practically before we had played a note:  Dave Coble had clearly been considering the evening and altered the order to get it right.

We started with the rousing Colonel Bogey (Alford) the went into Music for a Darkened Theatre (Elfman, arr Brown). Then our first solo spot of the evening as Thomas Chan on Alto Trombone played Over the Rainbow (Arlen, arr Barker). We played the beautiful Schindler’s List with features from Alto Sax (Zoe Felton) Oboe (Paula Gardner) and Flute (Yvonne Renouf). After the break we started with Royal Review and went straight to our other solo spot, Romance from The Gadfly by Dmitri Shostakovich played by Zoe Felton on Alto Saxophone.

The solo spots taken were played beautifully but I want to write a minute about Unsung Heros. Of these there are far too many to count and it may be due to the way we were positioned that I really appreciated the beautiful trumpet playing of our first trumpet, Sue Boyles. In one section of Swing Low (Rouse) her trumpet sang to the vaulted ceiling and her part in Edelweiss (Hammerstein) just hit the spot.

Thanks as ever are due to our talented deps Ian Reeve on Baritone Sax and Frances Tarte on Clarinet, and, technically, Steve Boyles on Tuba, though we are lucky enough to see a lot of him!

Concert in aid of Shepshed Food Bank, in company w

[Sunday 17th September 2023]

Of the concerts that we regularly perform, the foodbank concert has become a firm favourite and listening to Glenis Willcox from the foodbank, it’s easy to see why. The stated aim is the prevention or relief of poverty in Shepshed and the surrounding area by providing regular food parcels to individuals and families in need. Food parcels are distributed every Tuesday and are entirely the result of donations of food and money from local individuals, local businesses, churches, schools and organisations. Every single item or penny given makes a huge difference.  Glenis told us that from an original 8 families, the food bank had now grown to serve 70 families per week.

The programme from this concert drew on the repertoire of the march (Colonel Bogey Alford) and music from film theatre and television (Over the Rainbow, arr Barker featuring the solo trombonist Thomas Chan) Bond, James Bond, and Shindler’s List (Williams) This last featured soloists Zoe Felton on Alto Saxophone, Paula Garner on Oboe and Yvonne Renouf on Flute.

The Caroline Sharpe singers (who included the multi-talented Yvonne as well as Dave Coble) sang songs from, among other sources, Disney (Lumiere’s song in beauty and the beast which was very appropriate to the evening,) and When I Fall in Love (from the film One Minute to Zero.) and we came together at the end to sing – and play – May it Be.

Thanks are due to our talented deps Katherine Lee on Clarinet and Chris Lee on tuba.

Sutton Bonnington Show

[Sunday 3rd September 2023]

What is a country show without a band? Well, rather hollow in some ways, and Loughborough Concert Band was exactly the band for the job at Sutton Bonnington Show.

 

The weather definitely didn’t let the show organisers down and the many visitors were able to sample the attractions in blazing sunshine and with a soundtrack that was as well chosen as ever. Rousing numbers such as Colonel Bogey (Alford) and Fiesta (Bocci) and An American Trilogy (Richards) were a contrast to more dreamy pieces such as (Romance, from The Gadfly) Shostakovich, Shepherd’s Song (Richards)and Over the Rainbow (Arlen, arr Barker.)

 

We were lucky to receive several compliments, one from a former player who was greatly impressed by our performance.

 

It’s always hard to single out players from a group endeavour but special mention should go to Zoe Felton on Saxophone for her solo in Romance and Thomas Chan on trombone for his solo in Over the Rainbow.

 

Thanks to Dave Coble for all his hard work getting us match fit and to the indefatigable Ian Wallis for arranging our role at the show.

 

And many, many thanks to our wonderful Deps, Katherine Lee on Clarinet and Ruth Godfrey on Baritone Saxophone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Concert at Newark Castle Loughborough.

[Sunday 23rd July 2023]

Newark Castle grounds has always been a happy concert for us. The event is well supported by Radio Newark and we always get a good sized and enthusiastic audience. But today – the weather Gods may have been against us – there was a buffeting wind that played havoc with the music however carefully pegged to the stand it was and the threats of rain actually came good just before the interval. But only for a minute. We were incredibly lucky that the weather didn’t stop us playing our complete programme and equally lucky that the audience members just sat, wrapped in waterproofs and sing along or clapped in time. They enthusiastically called for an encore at the end – and who could deny them?

The programme opened with Sousa’s Washington Post, passed to Mancini’s Pink Panther and the first half was closed with Fiesta. The interval was shortened due to fears about the weather but the remainder of the programme, and even the final numbers Rock Roll and Remember and Hootenanny, were played safely in the dry and the audience thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon.

Newark has always been a happy concert for the band – also a lucky one judging by today!

Given that we were hit by the holiday season, the band was very lucky to be helped out by talented deps, old friends Steve Boyles and Katherine Lee, Viv and Alex on Clarinet, George Hilliam on trumpet, John on baritone saxophone and Ian on euphonium. Our newest band member, Andy on trumpet, was playing his first concert. We hope he enjoyed it!

Concert in Queens' Park Loughborough

[Sunday 25th June 2023]

This was a glorious day and a most enjoyable concert. The park was flooded with really hot sunshine, a breeze that made musicians reach for the peg bag and many members of the public who made up the appreciative - if scattered - audience. The audience had to scatter to what shade they could find, making it more of a challenge than usual for Eddie Pearson, our compere.

We played two halves, started with The Washington Post (Sousa) and the programme after that took on themes from film and television. The second half opened with Royal Review (Arnold Steck) and again took in well known themes and included another sparkling performance from Henry on drums as he kept us guessing with his solo! Zoe Felton also took a solo with Romance from The Gadfly on alto saxophone.

We were lucky to be helped out by talented deps, old friends Steve Boyles, Katherine Lee and Sue Masters and a new friend, Helen Cutting, on trumpet.

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LCB at St Botolph's Church, Shepshed
LCB at St Botolph's Church, Shepshed