Band members recently bade farewell to Peter Hurdwell, their former principal cornet player. Peter joined the band over fifteen years ago, taking up the position vacated by well-known local musician Dennis Bye. In common with former Lyme town crier Phil Street, his job with Westland is taking him to the South of France for the next three years.
Paying tribute to Peter, the band’s Chairman, Paul Snowball, thanked him for his many years of devoted service and for the great contribution he had made and wished him every success in France. He was presented with a print of Lyme Regis, together with a card signed by all the members.
Peter will be particularly remembered for his cornet solos during the summer season of concerts on Marine Parade. His renditions on the posthorn of the famous ‘Posthorn Gallop’ never failed to draw huge applause from holidaymakers. Peter commented, ‘I am very sad at leaving, but will treasure all the great memories I have’.
Tuesday evening concerts begin on 7th July and there are several Sunday afternoon concerts as well. Two new features for this season will be the occasional appearance of a guest artist and a joint concert with Ottery St Mary Band on Sunday 16th August at 2.30 p.m. All dates of the summer concerts can be found on the diary page.
All of our summer season’s engagements can now be found on the Diary page. The Tuesday evening ‘Music by the Sea’ series begin on 7th July and will run until 1st September. There are also several Sunday afternoon concerts.
The band is delighted to announce that on Sunday 16th August, Ottery St Mary Silver Band will be joining us for a joint afternoon concert, from 2.30 until 4 p.m. This is a new collaboration, which we are sure will further add to the enjoyment of holidaymakers.
Another innovation is the inclusion of guest artists at our Tuesday evening concerts. Details are still being finalised, but the band hopes that again this will give greater musical variety to the entertainment.
Could you spare some time as a band collector at our concerts? Our summer collections are our main source of funding and we are looking for extra people to join the team. The benefits are enormous – operating in a beautiful environment, free entertainment and meeting lots of happy holidaymakers! If you could help, please contact the band Secretary on 01297 442719.
In these chilly days of winter, it is natural that our thoughts may idly drift forward to the balmy, sunny days of summer. Though this is the ‘quiet season’ for the band, there is plenty of preparation taking place. Our Tuesday series of concerts, ‘Music by the Sea’ will begin on 7th July and continue until 1st September. Already, the band’s summer concert programmes are beginning to be assembled. Which new pieces can we include? Which old favourites must not be left out? Apart from the music, there are essential tasks such as organising collectors’ licences and checking that sufficient chairs are available to the many hundreds of holidaymakers who enjoy our music throughout each summer season.
Local businesses may not be aware that, through sponsorship of the band, their company could be regularly promoted through the summer season of some fourteen concerts on Marine Parade, hopefully increasing sales during this peak period. Three types of band sponsorship are available:
• Business Sponsor – £250 per year; this entitles you to display your company logo on all the band’s advertising material, including banners, posters, programmes and tickets; mention will be made of your sponsorship during each concert and in any news and website reports; you will receive 6 complimentary tickets for all band concerts
• Main Sponsor – annual cost to be agreed; all benefits of a Business Sponsor; in addition, your business name will form part of the band’s title in all future performances for a year; your logo and corporate profile will appear on the band’s website with a hyperlink to your own site
• Recording Sponsor – your donation will cover the cost of producing a new CD; your logo will appear on each CD and you will receive 6 free copies; the CD will be on sale at every concert and on our website
The band will be committed to working with you in the promotion of your sponsorship, benefiting your business, the band and the local community. If you would like to sponsor the Lyme Regis Town Band in any of the above ways or wish to discuss sponsorship further, please telephone 07539 275325 or email us from the Contact page.
Last Christmas is just over a month away and the turkey is barely digested, but the band is already beginning to plan for the return of Santa next December! While most of our regular Christmas engagements are confirmed, there is one significant change: our Annual Christmas Concert will take place this year on the afternoon of Sunday 13th December at the Woodmead Halls, beginning at 2.30 p.m. We hope to encourage a wider audience to come along at this time of day and join in the band’s celebrations together with a supporting act.
Watch out for a full list of the band’s 2015 engagements, coming shortly on the Diary page.
We look forward to your support!
John Powell has stood down as Musical Director of the band. John joined the band in 1995, playing soprano cornet and in 2003 succeeded the late Pat Perry as Musical Director. Val Mahoney and Eric Hodder have also stood down as Bookings Secretary and Committee member respectively. Val is a former Chairman and Secretary, and Eric a founder member of the re-formed band in the early eighties.
All have given loyal and outstanding service to the band over many years and will be greatly missed. We wish them all the very best for the future.
Christmas is always the busiest time of the year by far for the band. Since early December, we’ve been entertaining, not only in Lyme but further afield. Residents sang along with our carols at five residential homes and we made our regular appearance at All Saints village hall, an occasion band members always enjoy. We also provided musical backing at Axminster’s Festive Friday (right).
Our Christmas Concert was again free this year and was well attended. It began with a solo, ‘Away in a manger’ played by 13 year old Harry and taken up, first by a small group of players in the front of the hall, then finally by the whole band. Harry later featured in the annual awards to band members, winning both the Bandmaster’s and Chairman’s awards. The Musical Director’s award went to Nikki Herbert. Unfortunately, Stuart Broom was unable to present the Gordon Broom Memorial Shield in memory of his father, who played in the original Lyme Band. The award was instead presented by Les Loveridge and went to Gilly Warr for her outstanding contribution.
There was the usual wide variety of music and a feature was Bob Lovett’s solo ‘The Lazy Trumpeter’, played leaning against the side of the stage with the music perched between his toes! Confident performances were given by the Training Band, under the direction of Nikki Herbert which audience clearly appreciated. We are grateful to all who supported our concert in any way, particularly to its sponsor, A J Wakely.
Christmas shoppers were entertained by carols at Seaton Tesco’s and on three mornings in Broad Street, Lyme Regis. Another occasion enjoyed by the band, Lyme Regis Rotary’s carols around the tree, was very well attended and at the end the crowds seemed ready to sing on.
Following a short break, new members will be joining us from the Training Band. They will be getting to grips with the music which will carry us through to the next summer season.
Bandmaster’s Award – Harry
MD’s Award – Nikki
Bob, the ‘lazy trumpeter’
Compere Nigel introduces……
Christmas Eve in Broad Street
Gordon Broom Award – Gilly
Carols around the tree
Woody the Mascot!
Christmas is the busiest period of the year for the band. Our engagements will include five residential homes, the All Saints’ Christmas concert in the village hall, three carol sessions in Broad Street and the Axminster Christmas lights switch-on. But the highlight is always our own Christmas Concert at the Woodmead Halls on Friday 12th December at 8 p.m.
As usual, the concert programme will contain something for everyone, including a surprise opening by 13 year old Harry, one of the band’s youngest players, later joined by other young players. The Training Band will be contributing several items, and the band itself some well-loved Christmas pieces plus some popular ones from the summer season. There will be plenty of opportunities for the audience to sing their favourite carols during the evening.
Lyme Luggers, (the new Lyme Regis Ukulele Band), will be making a guest appearance and the compere will be Nigel Ball, Lyme’s very own
popular local gardening guru. And there’s free admission again, as a way of thanking the town for its support.
Musical Director John Powell commented, ‘the emphasis of our Christmas concert is always on enjoyment, with a wide range of musical styles. We hope that people will want to take advantage of our free entry offer again this year and support their local brass band’.
Whatever your taste, entertainment is always guaranteed and as usual, the varied programme combines old and new, sacred and secular. So come along and start your Christmas with a free evening of entertainment. Just turn up and enjoy the music, together with a licensed bar and raffle! There’s no ‘Strictly’ or ‘X-Factor’ on a Friday – so there’s no excuse!!
The band’s librarian for many years, John Case, recently celebrated a significant birthday. John is now ’80 years young’ and a celebration cake was produced and enjoyed in honour of this landmark.
John is a founder member of the band which was re-formed in the early 1980’s. (Don’t remind John, but his youthful looks can be seen in the photo of the band on the website’s ‘About Us’ page – back row, 2nd from right, next to former MD Pat Perry. With him in the photo is Eric Hodder, who is still regularly making music on the double bass.)
Although he retired from his playing role some years ago, he has proved an invaluable band librarian, a vital task which he performs with great efficiency and understanding and one which is greatly appreciated by all band members.
Our picture shows John being presented with his cake by Engagements Secretary and former Chairman Val Mahoney, who was responsible for making the arrangements for the celebration cake.
We wish John many more happy years to come!
As ‘Auld Lang Syne’ echoed across Marine Parade last week, it signalled the end of another very successful series of summer concerts which had begun earlier than ever this year, on 10th June.
Sadly, the band’s Musical Director John Powell was unable to conduct because of illness, his deputy Roger Grose stepping in to take over conducting and compering duties. At the start of the evening’s entertainment, Roger informed the audience that this season the band had played over twenty concerts on Marine Parade, beginning with the D-Day celebrations. None had been cancelled because of poor weather.
Throughout the summer, the band had entertained large and appreciative audiences and the regular children’s spot, when youngsters were invited to come forward and join the band in playing a wide range of percussion instruments, was always well received.
Auld Lang Syne
During the season, several musicians on holiday in Lyme Regis played with the band. They included the Associate Musical Director of the Fairey Band, Mark Peacock and brothers David and Richard Thomas, from the City of Lichfield Concert Band. David has been a regular guest player for the last sixteen years.
Overall, collections were very encouraging and will help ensure financial security through the winter months. Band Secretary Adrian Pearson commented, ‘we have enjoyed a very good summer season, which has been greatly helped by the dry weather’.
As the evening drew to an end, Roger expressed thanks to all who had supported the band throughout the summer, particularly to their regular collectors and supporters. Following a spirited rendering of Offenbach’s ‘Can Can’, the audience were invited to link arms for the now traditional singing of ‘Auld Lang Syne’, bringing the 2014 summer concerts to an appropriate close.
Band members now return to their regular practices and are delighted that several players from the Training Band will be joining them. There are some vacancies in both bands and anyone of any age interested in joining will be warmly welcomed. Full details can be found elsewhere on this website.
FINAL GALLERY – 2014 SUMMER SEASON
The Woodmead Hall is the regular Tuesday venue for band practice during the winter months and also for its popular annual Christmas Concert. A group of volunteers, consisting mainly of hall Committee members, have spent the last two weeks redecorating the large hall. It was previously decorated some fifteen years ago so it seemed time for a new look
Gilly Warr is the band’s representative on the Hall Committee, so she has been busy with her paintbrush! The bulk of the work is now almost complete and the hall has been completely transformed. Light colours have been applied to three walls, with a darker shade on the wall surrounding the stage.
The hall is a popular local venue, with excellent facilities and the new look will undoubtedly be appreciated, not only by band members, but by all its users. Gilly commented, ‘it’s been an enormous task but it’s looking really good – so much better as we’ve painted over the green and tangerine wallpaper!’
The photo shows (left to right) Committee Chairman Stan Williams, John Evans , Nick Robertson (Vice Chairman), Jo Hopkins (Lyme Regis Operatic Society), Cheryl Reynolds (Town Council rep on the committee) and Gilly. The team were also assisted by Jackie Hedley-Tuffs, and Bill and Bev Williamson from Charmouth.
The Training Band, conducted by their Musical Director Nikki Herbert, recently gave a short, but entertaining concert before taking their annual summer break.
John Powell, the Town Band’s Musical Director, introduced Nikki and the Training Band to the audience, who clearly enjoyed and appreciated the music. It was a testament to just how far the Training Band has progressed since its formation only a short while ago.
Several of its members will be joining the main band in September and so there are vacancies for anyone interested in learning a brass instrument. The Training Band meets every Tuesday from 7.00 to 7.45 p.m. at the Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. You will learn your instrument within this group, which performs with the main band throughout the year.
We offer a great package of benefits including free tuition together with the loan of instruments and uniforms. All we ask in return is that you are regular in attendance, dedicated, willing and eager to improve.
To protect young people, our teachers are enhanced CRB checked and we operate our own Child Protection Policy.
Sounds interesting? Contact Nikki on firstname.lastname@example.org
There are also currently vacancies within the main band. Whether you are returning or playing in a band at the moment, we would be interested in hearing from you. A list of vacancies can be found on the Players page of this website.
Even if there is not a vacancy listed for the instrument you play, please don’t be put off. Ring our Musical Director on 07899 008985 for an informal chat to plan the way forward.
TRAINING BAND GALLERY