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Holbeach Victoria Training Band
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This year we were not the main attraction when Springfields turned on the Christmas lights, but were invited to play carols during the evening. The weather was good. The main attraction was a band from Emmerdale and the switch-on was done by Emmerdale actors. All the action took place at the rear of the shopping outlet while we played in the centre. We were positioned in front of the jewellers shop - it provided good light for the band, but played havoc for potographs!!
As before, we were invited to play carols when Santa arrived at Springfields. Again all the action took place at the rear of the shopping outlet and we did not see Santa arrive (apparently he came in the back way for Health and Safety reasons!). This time we played outside Marks and Spencer because the jewellers did not like their window display being blocked.
It was fairly quiet, with not too many people around, although they gradually drifted back from seeing Santa.
It was not entirely quiet - Springfields provided other street entertainment including Musical Ruth and The Amazing Magical Mobile Piano with (accoring to her website) a totally unique mix and mingle act - it's fun, daft, and side splittingly funny with comedy dance moves, facial contortions, crazy sound effects, many styles of music and hilarious banter. This was fine while we were setting up, and she kept away from us for the first hour, then she returned making a lot of noise and we decided it was time to leave.
We played from 11am for 2 hours at Springfields again at the start of our carol-playing season. We had a good turnout this Sunday morning and played some good music. It was cold!!
We played from 11 am for 2 hours outside the Sainsbury store in Spalding. Another cold day. This was a Saturday morning and many of the senior players were absent; well done to the back row cornet players who carried the melody line. We had a good balanced sound.
Our first Christmas Concert was at All Saints Church, Moulton near Spalding. The Church was cold but we put on a good performance. There was an enthusiastic audience. The Church provided a hot drink and mince pies which were very welcome.
Our regular visit to the Holbeach Christmas Fayre. Another good turnout and some good playing. We played from 1.00 to 3.00pm - very busy to start but the crowds had disappeared by 3.00 so we called it a day.
This was our first visit to the Holy Trinity Church and thoroughly enjoyable. We had a good band and an appreciative audience. The Church chose the carols and we played a selection of pieces from our Christmas repertoire. One of the carols ('Come, come, come to the Manger') was not in any of our carol books, so we ended up arranging it ourselves from a piano part - the audience said it went well!
Back at All Saints Church, Moulton for their carol service. We played Swing into Christmas before the start then played for the carols; the church organ joined us for the final carol Hark the Herald Angels Sing. Lots of nice comments from the congregation.
The Welland Lodge invited us to play some carols at their December meeting. We had a good balanced group and were very well received.
Our first visit to Baytree this Christmas. Weather was horrible - cold and wet; never stopped raining. We played outside but under cover near to Santa's Grotto. For the last Saturday before Christmas there were surprisingly few people around. We had a good balanced band again and a couple of pheasnats came to listen!
Our last carol-playing of the season was at Tesco's store in Holbeach. Being Christmas Eve and a workday many of our players were unable to attend but we still had a nicely balanced band with the middle parts played well by four of the younger players. We were playing in the entrance porch so were out of the weather but there was a cool breeze blowing through!
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