Hello, Jane

Old friend of the band Jane, who played with us until last year, paid a visit on Tuesday to our Marine Parade performance to enjoy a lovely evening of sunshine alongside the beach. She kindly sent us this photo. Best wishes to you, Ralph and Nicki and all the family – you’re all band friends!

Uplyme Show

Uplyme’s annual Horticultural Show proved a magnificent venue for our recent performance just across the border. The bowl of the valley formed by fields and woods, cottages and hillsides, a babbling stream nearby and bluest sky you could wish for was enhanced by all the fun of the fair – including cream teas all round! These photos come courtesy of Chris, one of our trainee players.

We’ve just had a lovely letter of thanks from the show chairman Robin Britton which concluded with the remark: “We were very impressed by the quality and range of music you played – certainly helped to keep the Show spirit going all afternoon.”

The final picture presented below here shows young trombonist Santi from Spain. Santi was staying a few weeks with another of our younger players and came along to play at every opportunity. We were delighted to welcome him – as we do any visiting player who asks to come along as a guest.

More from Marine Parade

Chris, one of our trainee players, has been busy with his camera. Here is a selection of views from our recent performance. In the first picture (right) you may spot two familiar faces of former members of the band – Pete, our one-time leader, and Glyn, who  used to be our drummer and who still joins us occasionally: how nice to see old friends. The last picture is of Sandra, our secretary, enjoying the music with her furry friend.

BACK ON THE PROM

The summer season kicked off this week with our first two performances on Lyme Regis’s Marine Parade. We’ll be there every Tuesday night throughout July and August plus some Sunday afternoons – see our Diary page for details.

We always enjoy playing on the prom with such friendly locals and holiday folk to entertain, with the added bonus of a backdrop of what must be one of the most superb iconic views of the Dorset coast. Sandra took these photos. The tambourine player must be one of our youngest ever audience-participation contributors who joined in with our performance of Ring! Ring! You’re never too young (or old) to come and be part of our music-making.

The Civic Service 2019

This annual church service in the parish church is attended by the Mayor and members and officials of the town council.

As in other years the band this year accompanied the hymns and the National Anthem. We always enjoy this occasion, providing as it does an opportunity to play alongside the magnificent new church organ, expertly played by Alex Davies. It is a thrilling sound to hear the combined forces of band, organ and congregation participating together in great hymns like Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer and All People That On Earth Do Dwell.

The band also played Beethoven’s Romance, Amazing Grace and All Though the Night as voluntaries before, during and after the service.

Blessing the Boats 2019

Last week the band joined the local RNLI and lots of locals and holidaymakers at the lifeboat station on Lyme’s Cobb for the annual Blessing of the Boats. Hymns, prayers and readings made up the service led by local clergy before the lifeboat quietly manoeuvred out of the harbour to lay wreaths in memory of those lost at sea. The band, besides accompanying the hymns and playing Amazing Grace during the wreath-laying, contributed some stirring sea-themed music to round off the event. It was really nice to see three members of our training band among the players. It’s good to be back on the seafront – the start, let’s hope, of a season of sunny afternoons playing good music beside the sea. (Photos courtesy of Chris Galvin, trainee player and father of Jonathan, pictured below)

 

Rod was a Starr

The band enjoyed a fantastic day of musicmaking and inter-band mingling at the recent workshop presided over by the hugely talented Rod Starr. Players from Lyme band were joined by others from Wellington Silver Band, Chard Concert Brass, Weymouth Concert Band, Honiton Band, St Swithun’s Band, Bridport and Durnovaria Silver Band, Dorchester – some forty musicians in all, including an encouraging number of youngsters. We played, we laughed, we ate and we listened to Rod’s entertaining repartee. The standard of playing Rod got out of us was testimony to his expertise at direction and conducting.

Highlight of the day was surely the inaugural performance of General at Sea: read more about the background to the piece and about Rod Starr in recent posts below, where also will be found a link to a recording of the march.

At the end of a thrilling day of fun and music our chairman presented Rod with a framed photograph of the band.

We hope you’ll come back to Lyme soon for a repeat performance, Rod.

Inaugural performance!

At the recent workshop hosted by Lyme Regis Town Band under the baton of Rod Starr, LRAM, MMus. We were also pleased to welcome to the workshop musicians from Wellington Silver Band, Chard Concert Brass, Weymouth Concert Band, Honiton Band, St Swithun’s Band, Bridport and Durnovaria Silver Band, Dorchester.
A full report of the workshop with pictures will follow. Meanwhile please follow the links below to a performance of London River and the inaugural performance of General At Sea:

THE CIVIC RECEPTION 2019

Our new secretary Sandra and her husband represented the band at the recent gathering of Lyme’s organisations, civic officials and worthies hosted by the Mayor. It is a good opportunity for sectors of the town to meet together in a non-business atmosphere and, additionally, in the band’s case, an important chance to foster a positive friendship with ‘he who pays the piper’ on summer Sunday afternoons!

BAGS OF HELP

The training band hopes to benefit from the Tesco tokens scheme currently operating at the Axminster store. The scheme is Tesco’s way of selecting which local community project to support by granting funds from sums raised by the plastic bags charge. Shoppers are invited to select the training band as the charity they would wish to support by ‘voting’ for them with their token at the end of their shop. Fingers crossed the training band gets lots of support and wins the vote – I’m sure you agree they deserve it!