Lunch time carols today at The Swan, Kettleshulme. An enthusiastic audience, who despite the chilly wind, joined us outside to sing along, fuelled by glasses of mulled wine. And as the level in the glasses went down, the volume of voices went up. And afterwards we adjourned inside for welcome refreshments courtesy of Rob and Janet, which absolutely hit the spot - many thanks for your hospitality.
Despite a wet start to the day, the weather came good for the Lantern Parade and lighting of Whaley Bridge Tree in the station forecourt, where the Band played for the Nativity Service, and then more carols in the Mechanics Institute Christmas Market.
Our busy Christmas season started at Trinity Church with a concert on the Sunday afternoon of their Christmas Tree Festival. The display of trees was fantastic, surpassed only by the resplendent Christmas jumpers sported by the back row cornets, a new high in seasonal attire.
Many thanks to Chris for helping us out on BBb bass.
As well as accompanying the hymns for the morning service at the Cenotaph in Whaley Bridge Memorial Park, the band performed a selection of marches as the congregation assembled. Our two principle cornets played the Last Post and Reveille, Javan Carrington in the park and Aiden Quinn at the concurrent service in the Uniting Church.
In the evening our Centenary Concert delighted a capacity audience, who after a cautious start and with a bit of encouragement from Sheila, joined in the community singing with enthusiasm.
The concert ended with the Nightfall in Camp, always a moving piece but especially so this year. One more time Javan and Aiden performed The Last Post, together this time, in harmony with the rest of the band playing Lead Kindly Light. They well deserved their standing ovation.
Jane and Karen joined a squad of bandsmen from the NW/NE of England for a TV film shoot on Ilkley Moor. The 38 strong band, conducted by David Thornton, MD of Brighouse and Rastrick, played their hearts out in the sunshine on the top of the moor, for a film sequence which will feature in a four-part TV series celebrating brass bands to be screened next year.
What a fantastic day! Great camaraderie with both the bandsmen and the film crew, and wall to wall sunshine in a superb location. And not just an unusual setting, a new experience to play in a band with no less than nine basses. Karen got along famously with the three other euphoniums, and Jane held pride of place as “principal” baritone in a section of one.
A concert in Kettleshulme Village Hall is always a special occasion for the band, and this one was no exception.
It gives us the opportunity to play on home ground in our Band Room and to support our hosts in fund raising for improvements to the hall.
The band really enjoyed playing some old favourites as well some new items, and the audience were - as usual - very appreciative and joined in with great enthusiasm to sing-a-long with Abba, Tom Jones and Frank Sinatra to name but a few.
Many thanks to Kettleshulme Parish Council for their warm welcome and hospitality, and to June, on Solo Horn, Mike on Trombone and Christian on BBb Bass for helping us out.
Yet more sunshine for the Band's Saturday afternoon concert at Chatsworth House. There were lots of people in the gardens, young and old as well as those in between, who were very appreciative of everything we played. The children's chorus was amazing singing along to Three Lions, our tribute to the England World Cup football team.
And an extra item when Laurie was pressed into service for an impromptu Happy Birthday. With so many people listening it was inevitable that it was someone's birthday. The only trouble with such a big crowd is the queue for ice creams in the interval - but that's a nice problem to have!
Many thanks to Russell, Lynne and Mike for helping us out.
And now a well earned fortnight's break from rehearsals after our busy summer schedule. Back on 15th August to start work on our autumn programme.
And the sun shone yet again, perfect weather for playing in the park. An earlier start than usual for a Sunday afternoon in the Pavilion Gardens, so that our fans could watch football as well as hear us play.
Thank you to the audience for donating so generously, and to our guest players for their support: Andy and Eddie on cornet, Russell on Flugel, Jamie -all the way from Uttoxeter - on baritone, and Simon on bass.
A great day out!