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Our Christmas Concert: What People Said……….

It’s always an encouragement to receive positive feedback. Following our Christmas Concert and other seasonal activities, there were many messages of encouragement and praise. They included:
“I really enjoyed the Town Band Christmas Concert and so did the other residents on my table.

Members enjoy a New Year meal together

Members enjoy a New Year meal together

Thank you very much and a Happy New Year to you all.”  (This lady sent a cheque for £10 towards band funds!

“I would like to thank you for a most enjoyable afternoon at Woodmead Halls.  It seemed that the concert was very well supported and we look forward to enjoying your concerts again in 2016”.
 “A good afternoon.  Enjoyed the new format, made a nice change. It was good to see so many familiar faces and to be able to catch up with old friends.  Thanks again.”
“Please pass on my thanks to the band for the tickets and concert yesterday afternoon.  We enjoyed the highly organised and varied afternoon – the work that went into the whole event really made it enjoyable.  I especially enjoyed Men of Harlech.  It was great to see such a full band and such a varied programme.”
“The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis would like to thank Lyme Regis Town Band for their support at Carols Round the Tree on 23rd December 2015…… by all accounts it is one of Lyme’s best loved events and without your help it would not be possible.  Your support is much appreciated, particularly as we know many band members travel some distance to be with us.”

New MD Announced

Lyme Regis Town Band now has a new Musical Director at the helm!  At their recent AGM, band members appointed Brian Scott from Weymouth as their Musical Director. Brian has a wealth of experience both as a player of a variety of brass instruments and as a conductor.  For the past year, he has been leading the band jointly with fellow band member Roger Grose, but will now take over the baton on a permanent basis.  As a mark of appreciation for his hard work and commitment, Brian was voted this year’s winner of the Gordon Broom Memorial Shield.  The Bandmaster’s Award, for the most improved player, was presented to Mrs Gilly Warr.

Other appointments agreed at the AGM included Councillor Owen Lovell as President, Paul Snowball at Chairman, Adrian Pearson as Treasurer and Gilly Warr as Secretary. Roger Grose was appointed as Conductor and committee members include John Hallett, Luke Luckhurst, Geoff Poulton, Kathy Smith, John Warr and Viv

Brian directs the Christmas Concert

Brian directs the Christmas Concert


In his report the Chairman, Paul Snowball, referred to a sucessful summer season during 2015 and a very busy Christmas period.  The band is now working on new material for its popular concerts on the Marine Parade in Lyme Regis during July and August and looks forward to supporting many local organisations in Lyme Regis including the Royal British Legion, the RNLI and the Carnival Committee.  

The band is always keen to welcome new members of all ages and abilities. Anyone interested is invited to phone the Secretary on 01297 442719 or to call in to rehearsals which are held on Tuesday evenings at The Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis at 7.30 pm.  A warm welcome awaits you!

Carols, Carols and more Carols!

Carols in Broad Street on Christmas Eve ended a very busy period for the band. Their Christmas season began with the band playing at the Festive Friday celebration in Axminster. On the following day, they entertained the shoppers in Lyme Regis with traditional carols.

IMG_20151224_111715106_HDR (800x560)For several years, the band have provided music at the All Saints Annual Christmas Concert, and this year was no exception, contributing solos as well as accompanying the carol singing. Visits to local residential homes have always featured in their Christmas programme, but for the first time, invites were issued for the residents to join the band at their annual Christmas concert, held at the Woodmead Halls, (see separate report). A number of them took up the offer and the residents enjoyed a great afternoon of entertainment, which included tea and cakes during the interval.

As well as the regular fixture of the Rotary carols around the tree on the day before Christmas Eve, the band played carols in Broad Street on three separate occasions. Despite the occasional rain showers, the mild weather brought out the shoppers who clearly appreciated their contribution to the Christmas atmosphere. During each session, the band were provided with complimentary hot drinks by the owner of the Fudge Kitchen beside the town Christmas tree, which were greatly appreciated. There was also an appearance at Tesco’s Seaton.

Following a Christmas and New Year break, our next event will be the Annual General Meeting to be held on Tuesday 12th January, at the Woodmead Halls. New players are always welcome and anyone interested should contact the Secretary on 01297 442719.


All Saints

All Saints



Christmas Concert

Christmas Concert




Christmas Concert

Christmas Concert

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

Welcome break!

Welcome break!

Cornets' Concentration

Cornets’ Concentration

What a (Christmas) Cracker!

Stuart Broom presented the Gordon Broom Award in memory of his father, at the Christmas Concert on Sunday. He writes:

“Lyme Regis Town Band’s annual “Christmas Cracker” concert took a new format this year, and went down a storm with both the public and the musicians themselves.
Instead of the formal seating arrangement, the Wood mead Halls was laid out with tables giving it a more relaxed and intimate feel. For the first time it was also held on a Sunday afternoon which allowed members and staff of the

Gordon Broom Shield: Roger Grose

Gordon Broom Shield: Roger Grose

residential homes in the town to attend.
There was also a change to the musical programme which finished with the playing and singing of Christmas Carols.
The band this year was led in the main by joint musical director Brian Scott, with his colleague Roger Grose taking his place in the band except to direct one number.
As usual there was a diversity of music from the Beatles “All you need is love” and “Is this the way to Amarillo” to the stirring Men of Harlech which was arranged by local man Gordon Langford, and of course Christmas songs.
There were solos from Nicky Herbert (Lady in Red), John Warr (Romance and Rondo) and the usual entertaining Paul Snowball with his bass.
Guest artiste’s, duo Rob & Roy supplied a melodic, lilting interlude, whilst Jan from Cornwall tried to get the audience to talk “propper”.     All this was expertly helped along by compere Nigel Ball.

Paul receives cheque from Alan Vian

Paul receives cheque from Alan Vian

After an interval where tea and cakes were served, awards were made to four band members for their services during the year.
The Gordon Broom Memorial Shield was awarded to Roger Grose, who along with Brian Scott took over the joint musical director’s role on a temporary basis at the beginning of the year, since when they did an amazing job steering the band through a very busy and highly successful year.
Due to his many other commitments he has decided to stand down in January, but his hard work and valued service was recognised by this annual award.
The Musical Director’s Award was won by Gilly Warr, last year’s winner of the Gordon Broom shield. She was a worthy winner after once again demonstrating her drive and hard work behind the scenes as well as playing in the band.
The Bandmaster’s Award for the most improved player in the last year was won by Nicola Ockenden, whilst the recipient of the Chairman’s Award for the person who has become the most valuable member of the main band went to Olly Leyshon..
Paul Snowball also made a special presentation to Brian Scott for all his hard work during the year as joint musical director recognising that he too has a heavy work load outside of the band.
The Lyme Regis Carnival Committee Secretary Alan Vian also presented chairman Paul Snowball with a cheque from the proceeds of this year’s profits which are distributed to several local good cause”.

Thanks for your contribution, Stuart.

Busy Period Approaching!

For those who would like to hear us in festive mood and have a really musical Christmas, some of the band’s key engagements are listed below.

Friday 4th December sees the start of the busy period with the switching on of Axminster’s Christmas lights, otherwise known as ‘Festive Friday’. On the following day, we can be found in Broad Street, Lyme Regis, entertaining the shoppers with a selection of carols from half past ten to half past twelve. Wednesday 9th sees us at the annual All Saints Christmas Concert, (tickets needed), then there is our own annual Christmas Concert, this year entitled ‘A Christmas Cracker‘. Full details can be found in the previous post. Tickets are going well, so if you have not yet done so, get yours as soon as possible, to DSC00572 (800x574)avoid disappointment!

On Saturday 19th, the band will again be carolling in Broad Street from 10.30, whilst the following day will see us entertaining the shoppers at Tesco’s, Seaton, from 11 a.m. Then, as usual, we will be supporting Lyme Regis Rotary on Wednesday 23rd at their annual ‘Carols around the tree’ event, which begins at 7 p.m. and our final engagement before Christmas is on Christmas Eve, where we will be playing carols to the last minute shoppers, from 11 o’clock until 12.30.

So for a really musical Christmas, do join us for any of these events. A very Happy Christmas to you all!


Join us for ‘A Christmas Cracker!’

This year, the band is breaking with tradition and is holding its annual Christmas Concert in the afternoon, at 2.30 pm on Sunday 13th December 2015. The venue is the Woodmead Halls and those who attend are promised an afternoon of light-hearted entertainment. Titled ‘A Christmas Cracker’, the band will play a wide selection of pieces ranging from traditional Christmas music to several light-hearted numbers.

Guest artists will make an appearance and there will be carol singing for the audience. There will be a raffle and during the afternoon the audience will be served tea and cakes. Popular local resident Nigel Ball will be
compering and the band hopes to welcome its many friends and supporters for what will hopefully be a fun afternoon.

Tickets, at the bargain price of £3 each, which includes tea and cakes, are available from Martin Diplock, Estate
Agents in Lyme Regis, or by telephoning 01297 442719. Some tickets will be available on the door, but book early to avoid disappointment!

Our band needs YOU! Come to our Open Evening to find out more…………..

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Did you learn to play a brass instrument many years ago but gave it up as other things got in the way?  Have you always wished that you’d learned to play a brass instrument when you were younger and regret that you’ve let the opportunity pass you by?

Perhaps our band might be able to help you as we are currently embarking on a recruitment drive and are keen to LRTBencourage new members to join our ranks.

Players of all ages and abilities are most welcome with tuition available for learners and support and encouragement for “rusty” players. We would like to stress that learners don’t need to be youngsters.  It’s possible to learn to play at any age and there are several in the band who didn’t pick up a brass instrument until a lot later in life and are now playing with us on a regular basis, having learned from scratch.  There are also players who have returned after a break of many years and are now greatly enjoying being part of a band again.

If you would like to learn more about the band,  then come along to our informal Open Evening which is being held at The Woodmead Halls on Tuesday 22nd September at 7.30 pm A range of instruments will be available to try out and you’ll be able to chat to band members and perhaps sit in on a band practice.

For further details or for any queries please contact Band Secretary, Gilly Warr on 01297 442719, or email gkwarr46@gmail.co


Another Successful Summer Season

Another successful season of the band’s summer concerts on Marine Parade came to an end last week. Since the end of June, the band have played some thirteen concerts to enthusiastic and appreciative audiences, who have enjoyed a wide selection of music, conducted by Brian Scott and Roger Grose. For the final concert, conductor Brian skilfully blended the season’s soloists together with band members’ top seven favourite pieces. A large crowd were entertained by the countdown to the band’s number one choice, Queen’s ‘Crazy little thing called love’. Following this, the crowd linked arms for the singing of ‘Auld Lang Syne’, bringing both the evening and the season to a fitting end.

During the summer season, two innovations during Sunday afternoon concerts saw well-known local duo Roy Wooton and Rob Cross entertain during the interval and the band play host to the Ottery St Mary Silver Band in a joint concert. Also, for the first time, Tuesday evening concerts were compered by local resident, Nigel Ball. Commenting on the concerts, Brian Scott said, ‘it has been a very busy and successful season for the band, with only one concert rained off! We are really grateful to all those who have supported us in so many ways – our regular loyal supporters, collectors and particularly Nigel Ball and Alan Vian’.

New (and old) members are always welcome and by way of encouragement, the band are holding an Open Rehearsal on Tuesday 22nd September, from 7.30 p.m. at the Woodmead Halls. Visitors will be able to try a range of instruments and to watch the band in rehearsal. Full details will be available shortly, so watch this space!


Successful Joint Concert with Ottery Band

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!

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!

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Summer Season in Full Swing

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

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

Birthday Maestro!

Birthday Maestro!

‘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.