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Holbeach Victoria Training Band
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Our first Music Cafe of the year was very enjoyable and successful. Band members, family and friends made cakes to sell, served in the cafe and washed up/cleared up.
We had a table of cakes to sell; and a separate tablle with various instrumnets for visitors to try.
There were tables and chairs for the visitors. And the band played for two hours, and ate cake!
New for this year - we had spots for the learner Group and the Training Band who did an excellent job supported by members of the senior band.
Enjoyed tonight playing for the lighting of the Jubilee Beacon in Holbeach for the Queen's 90th Birthday.
We played incidental music for half an hour before the beacon was lit at 7.30. We were asked to play the National Anthem at 7.30 - we had a fanfare ready which we played just before. All seemed to go well d now play until half way through the National Anthem there was an announcement that we would now play the national Anthem! The Beacon was then lit and a message read from Prince Charles. After this we played Happy Birthday - half way through it was announced that we would play Happy Birthday. So we got to the end and played it again.
We restarted with appropriate music - the Trios from Pomp and Circumstance numbers 1 and 4, fame and Glory March, Jupiter, Excerpt from Fantasia on British Sea Songs, and Lovely Jubilee.
Lots of good comments from the large audience.
A return to Moulton Chapel for their annual Tuliptime Parade. We played on a trailer towed by a tractor. The trailer had a roof, but the wind whipped through the sides causing some difficulty keeping the music on the stands.
Return visit to the Holbeach Flower Festival. We were due to play outside if it was fine, otherwise in the Church. The weather forecast was for rain all afternoon and there was a strong wind, so we went into the church to be told there was no room for us! Fortunately the vicar arived and soon found us a space.
We had a small but appreciatie audience of people looking around the well-decorated church. We had no drums today but managed well.
A pleasant return visit to Flindesr park Donington for their annual Fun Day. The event is well organised by IDEA (Improving the Donington Environment for All) - and they always seem to arrange lovely weather!
We had 10 members away due to holiday and work commitments, but still had 24 players and filled the bandstand! We had to leave our timpani behind because we knew they would not fit on the bandstand.
The Band looked smart in their new uniform on Sunday afternoon. We were performing in Ayscoughfee Gardens, Spalding as part of the Music in the Gardens series of concerts.
It was a lovely sunny afternoon although rather breezy, which proved a bit of a challenge for some members!
Our first visit to the Methodist Church in Crowland. A nice venue, although a little tight for space. We were a little unsure of players' attendance for this Saturday afternoon concert. In fact we had 10 players away through work, holidays, etc. but still had a band of 25 players, inclufing 2 guest players.
The church's organist, Margaret Smith, entertained the audience midway through each half with music from Dvorak's new World Symphony in the first half and some Mozart in the 2nd half.
We should have finished at 4.00pm but stayed on to play our final piece; and were then persuaded to play en encore.
Another new venue. We played at a Family Fun Day at Woodlands Farm, Wash Road, Kirton to raise funds for St Johns Church at Weston Hills. The Fun Day included a walking tour of the farm and concluded with a Last Night of the Proms Concert by the band. The concert was a little shorter than usual at an hour and a half (including break). We had a few players away through work and holidays and had a couple of deps to help on 1st Trombone and Eb Bass (thanks to Nick and Adriaan)
A return visit (after a couple of years) to Holbeach primary Academy for the opening of their Autumn Fayre. with a 12.00 noon start, we had a problem getting the band together, so we had a relatively small band.
We played at St mary's Church, Cowbit a year ago for the inauguration of their new clock. This year we were invited back for a full concert.
The Church is small and there was not enough room for us at the altar end; so the organisers cleared a space for us at the West door. It was a bit of a squash and, perhaps, fortunate that we had a number of players absent!
An unexpected consequence of playing at the back of the Church was that the audience were sat in pews facing away from the band!!
An enjoyable return visit to Crowland Abbey. The accoustics are magnificent in the Abbey - its always a pleasure to play there and we are always made very welcome.
The Abey was a bit chilly, but not too bad. The only problem we had was with the lighting. We took our own stand lights but our drummer still had difficulty seeing his music, so we dropped Island Whirl which has a complicated drum part! We replaced it with Floral dance
The programme included the euphonium dute 'Deep Inside the Sacred Temple', trombone solo 'The Acrobat', horn feature 'Hey Jude' and horn duet (with flugel horn and tenor horn) 'Hushabye Mountain'. We were persuaded to play 'Deep Harmony' as an encore.
Fanfare Britannica James L Hosay
Encore: Deep Harmony
We were invited to take part in a Remebrance Concert at the South Holland Centre, Spalding. There was to be a choir and the Royal British Legion would be involved.
The organisers wanted the concert to be based around songs from the First World War. We provided them with details of music we thought would be suitable, including two new pieces we bought for the occasion 'Songs from the Great War' and 'Oh What a Lovely War'.
The choir came from Ayscoughfee Hall School and their pupils also read poems from the time.
A standard bearer from the Royal british legion marched on to the accompaniemnt of the British legion March; he also dipped the standard to last Post (beautifully played by Thomas Judd-Cooper.
Comperes for the evening were Chris and jan Whitbourn.
A thoroughly enjoyable evening.
Our regular visit to Holbeach St marks for their remembrance service.
As usual were went out to the war memorial near the church with instruments, music and stands to play incidental music before the wreaths were laid. The vicar was early and started pryers as soon as we got there. So after playing last Post (well done, Kevin King) we returned to the church without playing anything else.
In church we played hymns for the service. The church have used the same hymns for the service for over 20 years - not this year. They told us on the Tuesday before the service that they have changed one of the hymns to one we do not have the music for - some rapid music arrangement by the Musical Director in time for the next day's final rehearal!
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