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09 October 2019 - Countryfile

Lydbrook Band are privileged to be involved with the BBC’s flagship programme, Countryfile, after taking part in filming for the episode to be aired on 20th October featuring the Forest of Dean, where the band is based. The BBC approached Lydbrook Band after learning of their successful summer ‘Proms in the Quarry’ event in partnership with their sponsors, Forest of Dean Stone Firms.

On Friday 4th October, the band were filmed and recorded in their own band room in Lydbrook with interviews with Margherita Taylor, sharing the bands long history and involvement in the community before proceeding to the Forest of Dean Stone Firms Quarry at Broadwell for 3 hours of afternoon filming and recording with cameras and drones.

The staff and CEO, Nick Horton, of Forest of Dean Stone Firms provided hard hats and hi viz jackets whilst the band sported full stage uniforms and wellies to record March Lydbrook, Post Horn Galop (soloist Phil Turner) and the Countryfile theme tune conducted by Ian Holmes, all positioned under the arch of two large diggers. The quarry provided a superb natural amphitheatre with the afternoon sun glowing off the hues of the natural stone whilst the production team recorded and filmed from all aspects, close up within the band and from around the quarry.

Both presenters, Margherita Taylor and Matt Baker, were more than happy to chat and have photos taken with the band members who thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and look forward to seeing and hearing the end result, the show attracts an average audience of 5 million viewers.

Update, we received confirmation Sundays programme had 7.5 million viewers and we thought the show was great.

© Lydbrook Band 2019