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We’re back and ready to rock!
In the past twelve months, during the Covid 19 pandemic and like so many other groups, Loughborough Concert Band has limped along. We’ve had Zoom quizzes once a fortnight and we had a spell of socially distanced rehearsals last summer that were not open to the whole band to attend at once and created a heavy workload for our much-appreciated Club secretary, Ian. But there was no knowing when we would play a concert next. And the coming of the autumn meant that even the socially distanced rehearsals had to stop. We missed high spots in our calendar such as Remembrance and the Christmas concerts.
And of course, we all understood. Covid was not to be made light of. But we missed rehearsals and the shared purpose of playing in a band. And most of all we missed each other (and I know I’m not the only one who felt that, and I even missed the trudge from the car park to the function room, lugging equipment!) Now there finally seems to be light at the end of the tunnel, if Eddie will excuse a railway analogy, and we have a date for socially distanced rehearsals, and even a concert.
Socially distanced rehearsals are planned to start on Thursday 20th May, 2021. Ian will be in touch with details.
The concert is Music in the Park, at Knighton Park, Leicester, 3-4pm.
Can I suggest we play Pack up Your Troubles?
29th August 2020
Band activities during lockdown.
The lockdown that was imposed on 16th March 2020 has had a very profound effect on the band. Even now, in August and five months after the lockdown was called, we cannot rehearse as a whole band though are hopeful of starting to rehearse in small groups.
We decided to retain the Thursday night spot so that we kept in contact, and each week has included a quiz hosted by different members of the band. This has taken place using Zoom, largely thanks to Katherine Lee. This has been lots of fun and a chance for people to use different IT packages to display the questions. Some people were really professional and included video footage!
We have also managed to keep playing. We played and recorded our individual parts to various pieces and sent them all to the long-suffering Chris Lee. He received them (sometimes late,) listened to them, mixed them and played them all back to us. He was unfailingly polite about the recordings, and full of helpful suggestions to ease the recording process. And finally, when anyone would have thought he’d done enough, he encouraged us do a video recording of ourselves playing The Thunderer. Thank you, Chris. If we had a Bandsman of the Year, you’d get my vote!
The pieces we played are:
Over the Rainbow,
Amazing Grace, arranged by our own Zoe Felton
The Thunderer. The link to the band’s performance of The Thunderer is here: https://youtu.be/dFnfvA_IxDQ
We are also very sad to say Farewell to Katie Campsall, our drummer of nearly three years. She’s been an inspiration with her hard work, as she has done GCSEs and A levels whilst playing every week with the band. We’ll miss you Katie! Good luck in your next phase! Never forget The Floral Dance!!
LCB at St Botolph's Church, Shepshed