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.





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