Back to the practice room…

It was great to be back in the rehearsal room last night, with a busy summer season behind us and lots to look forward to in the future.  We spent a fair amount of time handing in music – good luck to our Librarian in sorting that lot out – but afterwards we enjoyed getting our teeth into some new pieces.

David, our MD, thanked the band for our hard work to date, but we in turn must thank David for his encouragement, support and endless patience.  He brings out the best in all of us and we are very lucky to have him as our MD.

As we start a new term, so to speak, now would be a very good time to come along and join us.  We welcome players of all ages and all abilities including learners, rusty players and anyone who has perhaps just moved into the area, or retired, etc and is looking for a small, friendly group to join.  We are at Woodmead Halls in Lyme Regis every Tuesday evening at 8.00 pm and we’d love to see you.                                                      Gilly

Last Night on the Prom 2021

Last night we played our final summer 2021 concert on the seafront, rounding off a busy summer season. The theme was “Last Night on the Prom” and our programme included old favourites such as Amarillo, Hootenanny, Ring Ring, etc.
Our audience included many visitors, making the most of the last few days before the end of the school holidays, as well as friends and loyal supporters of the band.
We rounded off the evening with excerpts from Fantasia on Sea Songs and a rousing rendition of Auld Lang Syne – audience participation was encouraged and was very enthusiastic.
It was a lovely evening: we so much hope that next summer normal service will be resumed and we will be able to play our usual full programme of concerts on the sea front.
We will now be returning to the rehearsal room to begin preparing for Christmas – another busy time for the band.             Words: Gilly

Summer wrap-up

Just a reminder that, in conjunction with the Carnival Committee, we are playing our final concert of28.8.18 (800x450) the summer season on the Marine Parade on Tuesday, 31st August from 8.00 pm until 9.00 pm.
As the summer draws to a close, we thought it would be a good idea to hold a “Last Night on the Prom” Concert. We have been practising some lively pieces and will round off the evening with Auld Lang Syne for good measure.
Why not come and join us?
Picture shows our 2018 “Last Night”

Tuesday update … and a new date for the diary

This evening we played a concert on Marine Parade as part of the week of events organised by the Lyme Regis Regatta and Carnival Committee.

It was a lovely warm evening, and with the sun setting over the bay it was the perfect setting for a concert.  The band was in fine form and we were pleased to welcome three guest players – Dian on cornet, Matt on E flat bass and David on trombone.  Two of our trainees also joined us – Orlando on tenor horn and Enzo on cornet.  Our other two trainees, Jonathan and his Dad, Christian, were on collecting duty this evening, joining our stalwarts Josh and Robert.

We played a varied programme of music which was well received by our audience, who joined in enthusiastically with some of the more lively pieces, which included Hootenanny, Ring Ring and Amarillo. 

At the end of the concert David, our Musical Director, was pleased to announce that in conjunction with the Carnival Committee we are going to do one more concert to round off the summer season.  This will take place on Tuesday, 31st August at 8.00 pm on Marine Parade and we are hoping that everyone will come and join us for our Last Night on the Prom!                                                                                                                                                                                                   Gilly

Blessing of the Boats 2021

Despite torrential rain initially, the clouds lifted and the Blessing the Boats service went ahead this afternoon as planned.  This popular event is usually held in May but was postponed this year due to the virus.  It is always very well attended and today was no exception.
All organisations with connections to the sea were represented and the band was there to accompany the hymns.  The most moving aspect of the service is when the lifeboat silently slips out of the harbour to lay the wreaths out at sea, following which the band softly plays Amazing Grace. As part of the service the daughter of one of the lifeboat men, Eden, read a poem she had written about the RNLI and the Lyme Bay Moonrakers sang several sea shanties. After the service, as the crowd dispersed, we rounded off the afternoon playing “Beyond the Sea” and “The Wellerman”: both pieces seemed appropriate for the occasion.
As we were leaving, Annette Denning, mother of champion collector Josh, produced a lovely cake she had made for Kathy, our solo cornet player, to celebrate her birthday today.
Our next performance is when we return to Marine Parade on Tuesday, 10th August at 8.00 pm for one of our seafront concerts.
(Thanks to Anna for the photos and Gilly for the words)

We are the dancing princesses

At last night’s band concert we were treated to some lovely spontaneous dancing by two young visitors, Martha and Morwenna Reid. Mum and Dad say, ” We come every year, especially to watch the band play. Here are the girls dancing, all action shots!” We hope you enjoy the pictures as much as we enjoyed the dancing.

The band plays on…

What a lovely evening we had last night and what a super audience. It was great to see so many familiar faces, both locals and holiday makers, who turn up every summer to support us.
We were pleased to have John, our percussionist, yesterday evening. His work commitments don’t always fit in with band engagements but it makes such a difference when he’s with us and he was on top form last night.
We will be playing again on Sunday, 1st August when we take part in the Blessing the Boats ceremony at the Lifeboat Station, which commences at 2.00 pm, and our next Tuesday evening concert on Marine Parade is at 8.00 pm on Tuesday, 10th August.

It’s great to be back

At last we made it to the Marine Parade for our first public performance after a very long, enforced break. We could not have wished for a better afternoon and we were thrilled with the warm welcome we received. We began our performance with a rousing march and then played several pieces prior to the RNLI Songs of Praise Service, led by Rev. Chris Martin, during which we provided the accompaniment to the hymns.
Following the service we played several more pieces, finishing off our programme of music with a new piece made popular during lockdown:  The Wellerman.
We must thank Dian, who joined us as a guest player on cornet and was most welcome; our regular collectors Josh, Jonathan and Christian who joined the RNLI collectors, and Alan Vian for his constant help and support.
We are now looking forward to being back on Marine Parade this Tuesday evening at 8.00 pm when we will do it all over again.
Words: Gilly. Photos: Catherine. Thanks, both!

Our revised summer programme

We have made the difficult decision to reduce our programme of concerts on Marine Parade this year from that announced in a previous post.  Our rehearsal/preparation time has been severely restricted due to the virus and in addition we have several key players who are unavailable at the present time for health and personal reasons.
Under these circumstances we have decided to confine our efforts to providing support for the RNLI and the Carnival Committee and therefore our  performances this summer will be on the following dates:
Sunday, 25th July – RNLI Songs of Praise – 2.30 pm on Marine Parade
Tuesday, 27th July – Lifeboat Week – 8.00 pm on Marine Parade
Sunday, 1st August – RNLI Blessing the Boats – 2.00 pm at the Lifeboat Station
Tuesday, 10th August – Carnival Week – 8.00 pm on Marine Parade
We are sorry to disappoint our loyal band of friends and supporters but we look forward to seeing everyone on the above dates.

The band is recruiting!

Are you a rusty player who may be thinking about starting to play again?

Have you recently moved into the area for work/family reasons and are looking for a small, friendly brass band? 

Perhaps you’ve just retired and now have more time on your hands?

Have you emerged from lockdown and would be interested in joining a local group?

If so, why not come and join us?

  • We welcome players of all ages and abilities.
  • We have a variety of instruments available and offer support and encouragement to new members
  • We practise every Tuesday evening at The Woodmead Halls in Lyme Regis from 7.45 pm until 9.30 pm

Why not come along to one of our practices for an informal chat or just to sit and listen?  We’d love to see you and you are guaranteed a warm welcome.

Alternatively you can telephone Gilly Warr on 01297 442719 or email gkwarr46@gmail.com for further information.  Go on – give us a try – you won’t regret it!