For the first time for several years, the band recently presented a joint concert on Marine Parade. As part of their ‘Music for a Sunday Afternoon’ series of concerts, they were joined by the Ottery St Mary Silver Band, under their Musical Director, Andrew Harris.
A large crowd enjoyed a varied and entertaining programme of music, featuring pieces from each band’s repertoire with talented soloists from each band. But it was undoubtedly the playing of the massed bands which proved really
Almost 76 trombones!
memorable. Their final item together was a spirited performance of ‘Seventy Six Trombones’, which left the audience demanding an encore. The bands duly obliged, with the foot-tapping ‘Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines’.
Lyme band’s conductor Roger Grose commented, ‘the sound of the two bands playing together was amazing, especially during the final item in which all eight trombones shared the limelight. It could probably be heard in Portland!’ Ottery’s Musical Director Andrew Harris felt that the joint concert had proved a great success and that his members had thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Both agreed that the event was well worth repeating.
The last Tuesday evening concert of the summer season is on 1st September, when the programme will feature band members’ favourite pieces from their summer repertoire. Traditionally, the final concert ends with the audience joining hands in the singing of ‘Auld Lang Syne’. Come and join us!
Our summer season of ‘Music by the Sea’ concerts on Marine Parade are well under way, but this year they feature a few innovations. Since the beginning of July, there have been enthusiastic and appreciative audiences, enjoying a wide selection of music conducted by Brian Scott and Roger Grose. We’ve had two Sunday afternoon concerts so far, including the popular RNLI’s ‘Songs of Praise’.
Nigel in action
A long-time supporter of the band, local horticulturalist Nigel Ball, has stepped up to become compere for the Tuesday evening concerts. Nigel explained, ‘last Christmas, I was invited to compere the band’s Annual Christmas Concert at the Woodmead Halls, which I was delighted to accept. Following this, the band Committee asked if I would be interested in compering the Tuesday evening summer concerts. I felt it was a way of giving something back to the band, which gives many people so much pleasure’.
A popular feature of past summer concerts has been involving the children in our music, by inviting them to accompany the band with a range of percussion instruments and this continues to be enjoyed by our audiences. We always celebrate birthdays among our audiences, but this season, those who have admitted to having birthdays on or around the concert day, have been invited to come and conduct the band in playing ‘happy birthday to you’ (with a little help from the conductor!) One of the most recent
‘volunteers’ was band Secretary Gilly Warr. Photographic evidence doesn’t lie!
New features will mark our two remaining Sunday afternoon concerts during August. Sunday August 9th will see
well-known local duo Roy Wooton and Rob Cross entertain the audience during the concert interval. Then on Sunday 16th, the band will play host to the Ottery St Mary Silver Band in a joint concert, the first of its kind for several years. Both these concerts begin at 2.30. There’ll be an extra concert for Carnival Week will be given on Thursday 9th August, at 8 p.m. The band’s Tuesday evening concerts continue until 1st September.
The band were recently invited to entertain families and guests, following a wedding ceremony in Dorset. A varied programme was played, conducted by Brian Scott. There are other private functions at which the band will be playing this year. If you are interested in making a booking, please contact the Secretary, Gilly Warr, on 01297 442719, who will be happy to discuss your requirements with you.
Owen Lovell, President of the band and Mayor of Lyme Regis, welcomed band members to their Annual General Meeting, held at the Woodmead Halls on 26th May. In his review of 2014 – 2015, the Chairman, Paul Snowball, reported another very successful year. He felt that last summer’s series of concerts on Marine Parade had been greatly appreciated, as had the annual Christmas concert. Despite changes in personnel at the start of 2015, he
Chairman Paul welcomes Mayor Owen Lovell
looked forward to a bright future. Band Treasurer Adrian Pearson also reported a successful year, with an overall increase in the band’s income.
Paul was re-elected Chairman with Nikki Herbert continuing as Vice Chairman. The following Committee members were elected: John Hallett, John Warr, Roger Grose, Viv Wright, Brian Scott, Nikki Herbert and Caroline Holland. Gilly Warr and Adrian Pearson were re-elected Secretary and Treasurer respectively. Roger Grose, Brian Scott and Nikki Herbert were elected as Conductors.
Having served as librarian for many years, John Case announced his wish to retire in January. John was unanimously re-elected librarian, with Mark Haskins as his deputy. The Chairman paid tribute to John’s invaluable work in a very demanding role. To warm applause, he was presented with a framed certificate conferring Life Membership of the band, in recognition of his loyal years of service.
Band members then voted for the Gordon Broom Shield, awarded annually to the person contributing most to the band and the winner was Roger Grose. The Chairman’s Award for young musician’s progress went to baritone player Ollie. Announcing the winner of the Bandmaster’s Award, Nicola Ockenden, decided by the joint conductors, Roger thanked the band for their hard work and dedication since February. He now looked forward to what promised to be an enjoyable and successful summer season. All awards will be officially presented at our Annual Christmas Concert on the afternoon of Sunday December 13th at the Woodmead Halls.
Commenting on the meeting, Roger said, ‘everyone has worked together extremely well. We are particularly grateful for the hard work of our Secretary, Gilly Warr and the excellent leadership of our Chairman, Paul Snowball. Here’s to our success for the remainder of 2015’.
Bandmaster’s Award Nicola
Gordon Broom Award Roger
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!!