Plans are well in hand for the band’s annual Christmas Concert which this year is taking place at 2.30 pm on Sunday, 11th December 2016 at The Woodmead Halls in Lyme Regis.
Tickets, costing £3 including refreshments, are now available from Martin Diplock, Estate Agents, or by telephoning Band Secretary, Gilly Warr, on 01297 442719.
Moving the concert from the evening to the afternoon proved very successful last year, with all seats taken, so people are being advised to buy their tickets early this year to avoid disappointment.
The compere will again be local resident, Nigel Ball, whose lively banter is all part of the afternoon’s entertainment. As well as a full programme of festive music the band is pleased to welcome several guest artists. Julian Shaw has kindly agreed to play his guitar and sing some songs for us, and a group of youngsters are busy working on a couple of dance routines. The latter is very much a family affair as Josie and Klara Smith are the daughters of band member Kathy Smith and they will be joined by their cousins, Edward and Sophie Rattenbury and Bethany Tattershall.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming our audience to what we are sure will be a fun afternoon.
The band is now hard at work preparing for a busy few weeks in the run up to Christmas. Events include an appearance at the All Saints Christmas Concert on Wednesday, 7th December and the Axminster Rotary “Lighting Up” evening on Friday, 9th December. In addition to our annual Christmas Concert, which is taking place at the Woodmead Halls on Sunday, 11th December at 2.30 pm, we will be playing carols in Broad Street in Lyme Regis on three Saturday mornings: 3rd December, 17th December and 24th December. On Sunday, 18th December we will be playing outside Tesco in Seaton and we will also be supporting Lyme Regis Rotary Club on Friday, 23rd December providing the accompaniment for their extremely popular “Carols Around the Tree” event in Broad Street.
A busy time for the band but a lot of fun helping people to get into the Christmas spirit!
(Photos by Brian McConkey and used with kind permission)
Members of Lyme Regis Town Band were pleased to attend the Remembrance Service held at St Michael’s Church in Lyme Regis earlier today.
The service was attended by the Mayor, Councillor Owen Lovell, and members of Lyme Regis Town Council together with representatives from the many organisations within the town.
The band played “Blow the Wind Southerly” as the congregation gathered and accompanied organist Alex Davies for the hymns and the National Anthem.
Cornet player David Tozer was note perfect in his rendition of the Last Post and Reveille and his excellent performance was commented on by many members of the congregation as they left the church.
Following the service the band joined the Parade down to the Square and played the National Anthem prior to the dismissal.
The band is delighted with its new photo, taken by well-known Lyme photographer Maisie Hill. Our President, the Mayor of Lyme Regis, is in the front row alongside our Chairman Paul and Musical Director Brian.
At our recent band night our Chairman Paul bade farewell and thanks from us all to John Case, who has retired after many years’ membership of the band, first as player and more recently as much-valued librarian.
Farewell to John Case
Like all organisations the Band has had its fair share of comings and goings recently. One or two have left us either on a temporary or permanent basis but fortunately we have also gained some new members.
We have just said goodbye to Rory Dyer from Colyton. Rory joined the band many years ago as a trainee. He was learning the trumpet at the time but he played the cornet for us and over the years became a valued member of the band. He recently achieved excellent A level results at Colyton Grammar School and is about to begin studying engineering at Cambridge. The band is grateful to Rory for his contribution over many years and wishes him every success with his studies.
We were very sorry to lose another band member, Roger Grose, who has decided to take a break from the band to pursue his love of singing and he has subsequently joined a local choral group. Roger is a talented musician and has been a stalwart of the band since he joined sixteen years ago, to support his son, Daniel, who was then learning the cornet. Roger was not only an excellent euphonium player, who performed many duets with our other euphonium player, John Warr, but he also undertook the role of Conductor, taking the band for practices from time to time and on quite a few occasions taking the baton on our summer concerts on the seafront. Roger also served in the committee and was responsible for setting up this website and publicising our activities in the local press. We will all miss Roger not only for his playing abilities but also for his friendship.
Another band member who is not with us at the moment is Nikki Herbert, our baritone player. Nikki, along with her Mum, Jane, has also been responsible for our training band and has helped many a young player to learn a brass instrument. Nikki has not left the band but is currently on maternity leave following the birth of her daughter, Jennifer. Hopefully Nikki will return to us in due course but in the meantime she has her hands full!
Thankfully Jane, who also plays baritone, is still with us and is currently tutoring a young player, Amy, from Colyton, who is making good progress. We are hoping that Amy will be able to join us to play a few carols this Christmas.
Although we have lost several valued players we have also gained three new players including Debbie Woehrle from Tatworth, near Chard. Debbie is an experienced player who contacted us following our recruitment drive earlier this year. She is a welcome addition to our tenor horn section.
We also have a new member in our bass section with the arrival of Robert Crabb from Kilmington. Robert has not played for a while but joined us in time for our summer concerts and has quickly got back into the swing of things.
Finally, there is our newest member, Henry Clarke from Colyton who has recently joined us on flugel – a difficult slot to fill. Henry has played previously with Sidmouth and also Exeter British Rail and we are delighted to have such an accomplished player in our ranks.
Vacancies still exist within the band and new players are always most welcome. Band practice takes place at the Woodmead Halls in Lyme Regis, every Tuesday evening from 7.30 pm until 9.30 pm and we would be pleased to see you. An instrument, music, uniform, etc are all provided free of charge.
On Sunday 11th September the band participated in the Colyton Carnival church service. Because of a cool wind and the threat of rain the service, planned for the churchyard, moved into the church. The event attracted a good crowd headed by the regally attired Carnival Princess. The band accompanied a selection of hymns and in return benefited from the distribution of loaves and fishes around the entire congregation, albeit on this occasion only paper versions!
Another successful season of the band’s summer concerts on Marine Parade came to an end last week. Since the first Tuesday of July, the band have played weekly concerts to enthusiastic and appreciative audiences, who have enjoyed the wide selection of music, conducted by Musical Director Brian Scott. In addition, they played four Sunday afternoon concerts, which included the RNLI’s ‘Songs of Praise’.
Brian took up his appointment as MD in January this year and put together three entertaining programmes which were clearly enjoyed by the audiences. It was fortunate that none of the concerts were cancelled due to poor weather
Auld Lang Syne
As the band played its final piece last week, the audience had clearly not heard enough and the band obliged with an encore – the foot-tapping song ‘Jumbalaya’. Brian then invited the crowd to link arms for the singing of ‘Auld Lang Syne’, bringing both the evening and the season to a fitting end. Local resident and regular supporter Nigel Ball then stepped forward to thank the band for their hard work during the summer and invited the audience to join him in three cheers for the band.
Commenting on the summer season, Band Secretary Gilly Warr said, ‘it has been a very busy and successful time for the band and in particular for Brian in his first summer season. We are really grateful to all those who have supported us in so many ways – our collectors, visitors and our regular loyal supporters’.
Following the last Sunday concert of the season, band members had planned to enjoy a ‘Barbie on the Beach’. However, because of the unpredictable weather in the form of occasional drizzle, they instead made their way to their regular practice rooms, the Woodmead Halls. There they enjoyed a sumptuous meal cooked under the watchful eye of Principal Cornet player Luke Luckhurst – what hidden talents!
It was a great opportunity to relax and chat as they approach the end of a long summer season. Thanks are due particularly to ‘Masterchef’ Luke and all who helped in any way.
It’s Masterchef for me next time around!
Summer is rather rapidly drawing to a close and yesterday the band played its last of four Sunday afternoon concerts. Although the weather was not ideal with occasional drizzle, there was a good turnout of holidaymakers who were quick to show their appreciation of the band’s performance.
An open invitation exists for any brass players on holiday in the area to join us us in concert, so we were delighted to welcome two such players who are pictured below. Young Jak was staying at his grandmother’s in Weymouth and came along with his parents and grandmother. Jak hails from Stoke-on-Trent and plays with the Rode Hall Silver Band which is based near Congleton. Trombone player David, from Derbyshire, is no stranger to us. He pointed out that this was his twentieth year holidaying locally and joining in the band concerts, commenting that he must definitely be the longest-serving guest player!
David – 20 years a guest
Probably our youngest volunteer!
Audiences always enjoy participation by the children and they were delighted when band member Adrian Pearson lined them up to take part in the band’s contribution of that great Queen hit, ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’. The children joined in with great enthusiasm and a pretty good sense of rhythm.
Only two concerts remain in our Tuesday evening series, ‘Music by the Sea’. If you haven’t joined us yet, come along before it’s too late – 8 p.m. on Marine Parade.
Ready: after 4……!
View from the bass line
Tuesday Update: Last night we were joined by more members of the Rode Hall Silver Band, Anna Whitehurst, her husband and daughter Eleanor. While the parents helped out the cornet section, Eleanor joined the baritones. We hope you enjoyed your evening!
The Whitehurst Family