As we move into the month of August all of our summer jobs are now finished and it’s been a busy time, especially for the Training Band, who have given concerts raising funds for the Orchard Trust and Sue Ryder, as well as playing at our own band garden party and Proms in the Park.
Talking of Proms in the Park, what a great success it was; unbelievable weather, large crowds, RSVP Bhangra and the ABBA Tribute Band, Revival really getting the crowds ‘rocking on the grass’ and great performances from the Rock Choir, Pandemonium Steel Pans and, of course, our own Training Band.
The senior band finished off the evening with the traditional Last Night of the Proms and were joined by guest euphonium soloist Glyn Williams and leading the singing, Emma Dawson. All of this was expertly directed by Ian Holmes and compère for the day was the one and only Philip Harper.
So it’s a month off now for us all before we start work on a very special autumn programme. September 29th will see us at St. George’s Hall in Bristol for a concert celebrating the Art of Flight in the Bristol area. We will be joined by our own Training Band, Lydney Training Band and City of Bristol Learners Band, plus the Gurt Lush Choir of over 200 members.
The concert will finish with a performance of Liz Lane’s Innovation 216 and all of this will be directed by the band’s principal conductor, Ian Holmes. Tickets are now on sale from the St. George’s website for the two performances which take place at 3pm and 5.30pm.
We then move on to October and ‘A Night at the Movies’ concert conducted by our Associate Conductor, Glyn Williams. With the unbelievable and unexplainable closure of the Forest Theatre, this concert will take place at Dene Magna School in Mitcheldean. Joining us for ‘A Night at the Movies’ will be the Allegra Choir conducted by Emma Dawson. There is plenty of parking at the school as well as disabled access and tickets at £8.00 each will be on sale from early September from Barbara Morgan on 01594 860944.
November 10th will see the band travel to Trinity College at Cambridge University for a concert that includes the evocative Silver Rose, composed by Liz Lane. We have performed this in 2014/15/16/17 and it tells some of the stories from the First World War taken from the poems of Bristol poet Isaac Rosenberg who was killed during WW1.
The band feels very proud and privileged to have the opportunity to perform in such a prestigious venue. Founded in 1546, it is believed that Lydbrook Band will be the first brass band to perform in this historic venue.
December will see us at Dene Magna School again for our annual Christmas Concert with the very popular Blaenavon Male Voice Choir - more details to follow.
Finally, the Training Band will be competing at the GBBA Contest in the autumn which is again being held at All Saints Academy in Cheltenham on 18th November.
That’s all for now folks - I hope the sun comes back again soon.
The training band were privileged to have Peter Hands the band's President along to rehearsal this evening. Peter presented the Presidents cup for the most improved musician to 14 year old percussion player Will Hamilton.
Peter also presented the senior player training band award to Euphonium player Petina Price.
What great news we had early on Saturday morning (9th June) hearing that our friend and colleague Lyndon Baglin has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Lyndon has been one of the world’s finest Euphonium players for over 50 years, playing for many of the country’s top brass bands including Black Dyke, Brighouse & Rastrick, Cory, Fairey and Sun Life Stanshawe.
But we mustn’t forget of course that he started his playing career in Lydbrook Band and following his travels, mostly because of work commitments, he is back with us again helping out when required at concerts and contests.
Also, it was Lyndon who, when conducting the band from 1979 to 1988, inspired and encouraged us to rise from the third section to the Championship Section band that we are today.
Behind every good man as they say is a good woman and Valerie, Lyndon’s wife, is no exception. She has supported him through all the years without hesitation.
Lyndon’s children, Stuart (who plays for Foden’s Band) and Sarah are very proud of their dad’s achievements I’m sure.
So, on behalf of Lydbrook Band, congratulations to Lyndon on being recognised in this very special way for his services to brass bands.
The summer is here and it’s just a few weeks now until the Proms in the Park at the Speech House on Saturday 30th June. All the details can be found here
. Hope to see you there for 7 hours of entertainment for only £10 (children under 16 free). It should be one of the most spectacular musical events in the Forest of Dean for some years.
We are very pleased to announce that Forest of Dean Stone Firms Ltd. have agreed to extend their sponsorship of the band for a further 12 months and we are most grateful to Nick Horton and his fellow directors for their continued support.
If you are free on Saturday 14th July why not come along to the band’s garden party at Lydbrook House, Lower Lydbrook? It starts at 2.30pm with all the usual fete attractions and you will be entertained by members of our senior and training bands.
We have some exciting events coming up in the autumn - more news on these soon.
Congratulations to John Jemmett and his wife Nicky on their recent marriage and also to past member Emily Harding and Jack for their forthcoming wedding.
More news soon.
It’s nearly February 2018 already - where does the time go to?
After a busy Christmas period and a fantastic Christmas Concert with the Blaenavon Male Voice Choir at the Forest Theatre, it’s contest time again. We are now busy preparing our test piece for the regional contest in Torquay on March 11th where the band will be conducted by Glyn Williams and we will be performing a new piece for us, ‘Odyssey’ by Kevin Norbury. There are 13 bands in our section so we have plenty of competition and last year’s winners, Woodfalls from Wiltshire, will be there to defend their title.
Unfortunately our concert at St. George’s Hall in Bristol on February 25th has had to be postponed because the refurbishment work to the hall will not be complete. The band, conducted by Ian Holmes, was due to perform Liz Lane’s Innovation 216 (the code name for the last Concorde to be built), but hopefully we will have a new date for this performance later in the year.
The big event for the band this year will be our third ‘Proms in the Park’ at the Speech House on Saturday 30th June - click here for details
. It should be a great afternoon and evening and with support from Arts Council England we are able to keep the admission price to £10 per head, with children under 16 free of charge. I hope you can come along with your families and enjoy an afternoon and evening of entertainment with a firework finale.
The band will be supporting two charities with this event; Great Oaks Hospice and the Royal British Legion, as we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
The band will also be performing at the finale of the Wye River Festival in Llandogo on 19th May and Malvern Bandstand on Sunday 10th June. Our own band fete this year is on Saturday 14th July at Lydbrook House, Lower Lydbrook.
We are pleased to welcome two new members to the band; Ellie Goacher on Cornet and Bob Williams on Eb Bass. We hope they enjoy being part of the Lydbrook team.
The Training Band will also be busy during the summer months performing at the Wye River Festival on The Tump at Lower Lydbrook on Bank Holiday Monday 7th May, The Scarr Bandstand on Saturday 16th June and Highnam Court on Sunday 8th July in aid of the Great Oaks Hospice.
More news on the way in the coming months.