Christmas Carols Galore!

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).DSC00562 (800x374)

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 DSC00597 (800x680)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.

                        CHRISTMAS GALLERY

 

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