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Holbeach Victoria Training Band
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CHRISTMAS ENGAGEMENTS 2018
We played at Springfields Shopping Outlet on this Thursday evening before their Christmas lights were switched on by Peter Andre.
It’s great to be named on the Poster! According to the Press there were 6,000 people there, so that must be one of our best ever audiences.
We shared a gazebo behind the stage with the St Paul’s School Choir - there was not a lot of room! So many of us set up outside the gazebo; there were no lights outside so it got interesting trying to pack up at the end.
Getting on the stage was fun. We were short on front row cornets (again) and had no percussion but that’s as well, because the stage was very small. We squeezed 25 on the stage but there wasn’t room to take photos. Springfields provided us with a few chairs but most of the band had to stand .
A return visit to St Mary's Church in Tydd St Mary. They made us very welcome as always, and the choice of home-made soups at the half-time interval was amazing plus hot dogs.
We played a mixture of concert pieces and carols, with the audience singing along to the carols.
It's a small church and the area we had to play in is very tight. It was tight last year but we had 5 extra players this year, so it took a bit of re-arranging of chairs to fit everyone in.
We are carol playing this year with pre-selected groups of approx 10 players. Our first visit is to Sainsburys Supermarket in Spalding. We are required to play outside the main entrance. There was a bit of drizzle but we were able to fit under a canopy so we kept dry.
We were invited to play carols at Crowland Abbey for the St Nicholas Fair. Always a nice venue.
The Band's fund-raising Bingo sessions are held once a month (usually on the 2nd Friday). They are run by band members who provide refreshments during the half-time break. At the December session a group from the band goes along and plays carols during the break.
It was a pleasure to return to Springfields Shopping Outlet to play carols. It was quite cold but Springfields asked us to play under a cover so it wasn't too bad. Again we had a balanced group (which are working well this year!). Those nice people at Castas Coffee brought us a tray of hot drinks which were very welcome.
Second event of the day! A different group went to Spalding to play carols as part of the afternoon entertainment before thr town's lights were switched on. It was a very quiet afternoon - very few people around; we played for an hour from 3.00 to 4.00pm. Part of the entertainment was reindeer on stilts - so we got one of them to conduct a carol!
Another of our popular Christmas Music Cafes. It was held, as usual, at the W.I. Hall, Holbeach. Entry is free but we hope visitors will purchase our cakes, drinks and raffle tickets - and they did! We had a good audience and the band's family members and supporters provided a tasty spread of cakes.
Our first visit to St Paul's Church Fulney in many years. It was a very enjoyable concert. Excellent playing by the full band, with a full church. We also had a choir (without name!) who lead the singing of the carols and sang Silent Night accompanied by the band.
A group from the Band played carols at Tescos in Holbeach. It was a cold day but the band were able to play in the entrance porch which gave some protection.
A pleasant morning playing carols in the street outside Caffe Aurora. It was very quiet at first but then we had a constant stream of shoopers
Back at Tescos for the final carol-playing of the year. It was a cold day but we had a good turnout and enough collectors. Amelia and Emily did a great job on solo cornet.
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