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Unfortunately due to the worsening situation in the area the concert at St Botoph’s church has been cancelled. While we fully understand the reasons behind the decision this is a big disappointment for the band as it means that we haven’t performed Christmas music for 2 years now, although at least this year we were able to blow the dust off and play it at rehearsals. Here’s hoping for third time lucky next year.
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Unfortunately the band will not now be playing in Carillon Court due to a change in government legislation which requires face coverings to be mandatory in Shopping centres (malls and indoor markets). The only alternative location was outdoors with no roof cover which isn't viable for a band at this time of year. We were looking forwards to playing Christmas music again after missing out last year, and helping out the local branch of Parkinson's UK with some much needed funds. We hope to be back again next year.
Service of Remembrance, Queens Park Loughborough
Playing at the Service of Remembrance in Loughborough has become one of the band’s high points in the year. And despite the appalling pandemic, despite not having a physical service last year, the people of Loughborough responded to the date and arrived in droves.
We were reminded that the dreadful virus has not gone away by the need to maintain space from each other. We did not play in the cramped band stand but in front of it. This change did not stop passing members of the public stopping after the service, listening to us and applauding. And maybe that is symbolic of the spirit that has kept us going throughout: we will get back to normal, we will keep smiling, even on Remembrance Sunday.
The Service itself, on a damp and drizzly autumnal day, was as somber and moving as it ever is. The band’s programme of solemn music at first, such as Handel’s Scipio and the beautiful In Flander’s Fields and rather more rousing pieces afterwards such as the British Legion March and Musket Fife and Drum was as well-chosen as ever. It was, as always, a real privilege to play for such an occasion. Perhaps next year we’ll be back in the bandstand.
This concert, the eighth time that we have played at Thurcaston, marked the band’s first indoor performance for over 18 months. The date had been postponed and re-arranged depending on the advice for public gatherings but on 30th October, we finally played for an audience that has been loyal and enthusiastic for some time.
The concert also marked the sad passing of Jeff Kennington, Church warden, enthusiastic music lover and passionate supporter of the RSPCA. Jeff had been instrumental in arranging the concerts and we played one of his favorites, Hootenanny and took up a collection for the RSPCA in his memory.
The programme was compered by Eddie Pearson, who kindly gave the band a chance to get our breath back between numbers, and was as varied as ever, closing the first half with Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral by Wagner and the second half with Hootenanny by Harold Walters.
The band was ably supported by talented deps: Stewart and Chris on trumpet, Ian on trombone and Peter on tuba.
We thank them for their help!
LCB at St Botolph's Church, Shepshed