Tour 2018: Day 4

Yet again, we were woken by one of the wonderful adult helpers, this time Derek standing in for Brian on the pots and pans. We then proceeded to play at Burton Agnes Hall and Gardens, which was very nice however, audience numbers were limited. Our next stop was Filey on the bandstand. We attracted a large audience including a lovely couple with six border collies, which many of the band took a particular liking to. We were treated to a selection of homemade cupcakes by Sophie’s Nanny and Grandad who had come to Filey for the day. Then we moved on to Bridlington where we enjoyed a lovely tea from Audrey’s Fish more »

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Tour 2018: Day 3

Today we were woken up by Brian in the usual loud fashion, much to Rhys’ disgust as everyone else in the building heard and exclamation of “WHY BRIAN, WHHHYYYYY?!” We left at around 9:45am for first concert at Sewerby Hall, we then moved on to Beverley city centre where we had an interesting of the Can Can at triple speed! WE have since returned home to a dinner of Spaghetti Bolognaise followed by a classic game of rounders which resulted in one win for each team. We are currently enjoying a boys vs girls football match, plus cake and hot chocolate.   Beth, Hannah & Liv

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Tour 2018: Day 2

  Day 2 started with another early start at 9:30am we headed off to Bridlington Life Boat Station, ready to perform three, hour long sets for a passing audience along the beach. The sun was shining down and we played in what felt like a heatwave. During our performance, we were also accompanied by tuneful sea shanties performed by pirates (Who also supported the RNLI. We finished our set with a tour of the newly built Bridlington Life Boat Station and their two brand new boats. We also got to see various operation rooms  where Daisy and Ollie were quick to dress up in a life jackets. When we returned more »

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Tour 2018: Day 1

After at 5:30 start this morning, it’s fair to say, we were all extremely tired. Three hours later, we arrived at our accommodation, some with more energy than others. We made our way to Hull Pride, where we were greeted by a vibrant and inclusive atmosphere. We played for several hours, which was well appreciated by the audience. This included some Tour classics, solos ad the world premier of the piece by Iain McKnight – Which still has no name! We then watched the parade and waved our Pride flags high! A surprise was in store for Emily, one of the band’s flugel players as it was her 17th birthday – more »

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Photos for sale

As part of the band’s fundraising efforts for Switzerland, a large number of photos from recent concerts are available for sale. Photos are priced at £1 for a high resolution digital download and the band will get 66p from each photo purchased. 3 July 2018 All 3 bands Remembering Nell / Awards Concert – https://goo.gl/amc6BA 7 July 2018 Junior Band Whiston Contest – https://goo.gl/9xyu9n 8 July 2018 All 3 bands Congleton Park – https://goo.gl/1qsYKc 8 July 2018 All 3 bands Macclesfield Lions – https://goo.gl/2Hww9e

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Half Term Concert

Parents and friends enjoyed a concert this evening featuring all three bands. Starting with our beginner Band, the audience was treated to a selection of pieces that the band isworking on ahead of the upcoming Nestle Festival of Music. The junior band then featured the band minus their conductor, Tom, showing just how well the band can play before continuing to play a varied set. Finally, the youth band brought a preview of their upcoming CD “Carnival” featuring a couple of “mature” additions to the percussion selection. Well done to all our bands. You are sounding in fine form and are sure to do really well at your upcoming competitions.

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Tour 2017: Day Seven

We were up early for breakfast this morning as we had to pack up all our stuff and clean the accomodation. With the help of everyone in the band, Ty Clwyd was looking spotless in no time! We set off for our perfromance in Oswestry at around 10am. Following a lovely buffet lunch, the band performed to a small audience, lets be honest, it’s all about the quality and not the quantity. At the end of a tiring week, the band did well to maintain their focus and produced yet another solid perfromance. Their were a number of excellent solo contributions by Isabel, Rhys, Suzanna and Callum. After the concert, more »

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Tour 2017: Day Five

This morning, the band was rudely awakened by the morning chorus – no, it’s not the sound of the birds; more the din of the pan lids Brian hit to great effect. The bands destination today, was the picturesque setting of Llandudno, and the band was treated to the luxury of two hours free time! The band split into groups and enjoyed this time in many ways including hillside tobogganing, retail therapy and skimming stones on the beach. The band performed on the bandstand on the promenade, to a very supportive and enthusiastic crowd including, ex-band members, friends and even their music teacher! The band was treated to a BBQ extravaganza more »

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Tour 2017: Day Four

Today, we all enjoyed our much deserved lie in, without being woken! We stumbled upon a shed full of surprises including Connect Four, hoola hoops and multiple balls and Frisbees for us to play with. Everyone got stuck in with games in the sun! More memes were blasted on the way to Caernarfon Castle (which was abs stunning). During our break of half an hour we explored the castle, walked into secret glass doors and found dead ends – of which there were many. After our concert in the sunshine, we had the choice of many different flavours of fabulous ice-cream! The fave being New York Cheesecake flavour! We arrived home for our tasty gammon more »

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Tour 2017: Day Three

After a late night, it was an early start at precisely 6am. Most of us had a quick shower and were treated to a cooked breakfast! We then got changed and loaded the bus with enough food to last us the whole day, and made our way to Bangor Cathedral. After playing the hymns, the church kindly provided us with drinks and cake. We then hopped back on the bus and set off for Rhyl and some free time. Some took a walk along the beach (it’s okay Jane, we weren’t on the sand) whilst others decided McDonalds was a better idea. We were then treated to ice-cream (whilst trying not more »

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