Tour Day Five

In the early afternoon we played at Llandudno bandstand which featured some of the most enthusiastic dancing we have ever seen! We were then treated to a lovely Chippy Tea from Chish and Fips – no seagulls this time! In the evening we performed at the Gloddaeth Church in Llandudno where we were met with a supportive crowd for our last concert in Wales By Kai Check out some more fantastic pictures from the day: Follow Lions Youth Brass The band is currently on tour in North Wales and all of the latest information can be found on social media – including pictures, live videos, and more. There will be more »

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Tour Day 4

We woke to the sound of a very loud, ear-piercing alarm. It seemed to be coming from Andrew’s Phone ūü§Ē, at 7:00! It was not amicable; it was way too early for anyone. After our exhilarating morning, we travelled to Bangor Cathedral. Here, we performed a chilling lunch time concert. Next, we ate lunch sat on the Cathedral grounds. Unfortunately for some, we didn’t realise that a colony of seagulls were circling us for dead meat. The seagulls seemed omniscient, understanding all our weak points. It made, for the very least, a very interesting and somewhat entertaining lunch. Following this, we went off to the beach. After facing the dangers more »

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Tour Day 3

We woke up in time for breakfast at 9 and had a nice relaxed morning. Today was the first of two days of assessments, so we enjoyed chilling, playing games and having a chat. After the assessments were done for the day, we had lunch and Jane announced that we were going to the beach for a couple hours. When we reached the beach, we set up for a traditional game of rounders, that lasted about an hour, with many people falling while trying to run in the sand. Kai ended up getting wet quite a few times when trying to catch people out. After rounders we all went down more »

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Tour Day Two

After an early wake-up, despite not having a concert all day, the day one member of the band had waited for for her whole life had arrived; her 18th birthday.Emily on flugel celebrates her birthday on tour every year, and what better way to start her day than with a cold shower and one of Derek‚Äôs special walks! With the whole band in tow, some of which were still in their pyjamas, he took us down to the church in the village where we have a concert later in the week. As with Derek though, it was not quite the simple 7 minute walk (according to google maps) that it more »

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Tour Day One

So far, tour has gone really well. We played two concerts yesterday; one at the Bodnant Welsh Food Centre in the afternoon, where the band played really well – debuting many new pieces and solos that have not been played by the band in a while, including Caruso – a flugel and cornet duet played by Emily and Emma and Live and Let Die – a soprano cornet solo played by Jake. Of course, tour wouldn’t be tour without some classic LYB pieces, such as Sweet Gingerbread Man or Offenbach’s Can Can, so they featured as well. Our second concert of the day was in Llandudno Town Hall. At this more »

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The Road to Montreux

The youth band has been working hard on its programme for the upcoming European Youth Brass Bands Championship, which is now only 77 days away! As well as our regular rehearsals, most weekends have included additional practise time, ensuring we bring “Sanctuary” up to contest standard at the same time as our Nationals programme and concert repertoire. Foden’s Band In January, members of Foden’s Band led sectional workshops. It’s great to have such a high profile band as neighbours and we’re grateful to the players for their time.   The Band of the King’s Division Today we welcomed Major Stuart Halliday and players from The Band of the King’s Division more »

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Annual Slow Melody

On Sunday 2nd¬†December, Lions Youth Brass will be hosting its 13th annual Slow¬†Melody¬†Competition. This is a great chance for all members of Lions Youth Brass to showcase their skills. This year we welcome back Elizabeth Lawrence¬†and¬†Mareika¬†Grey as our adjudicators with Fenella Haworth-Head as our piano accompanist.¬†The last 12 years have been very successful with high participation from members and we’re hoping for the same again.¬†Please see attached entry form with¬†all details on. Section times will be announced shortly after the closing date but will between 9.30am and 2pm. This year we will be¬†featuring a family section which will allow brothers and sisters to play together ¬† Please print off and more »

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Biking to Switzerland

Members from Lions Youth Brass will be swapping the stage for the saddle as they prepare to cycle the distance between Sandbach and¬†Montreux on static bikes. The Lions Youth Brass team will be cycling around 790 miles, the distance from their Sandbach base to Montreux, in Switzerland, where the band will be competing at the European Youth Brass Band Championships. The Lions qualified to represent the UK at the prestigious competition after scooping second place at the National Youth Brass Band Championships of Great Britain earlier this year. It’s a fantastic achievement for the young band and has resulted in a major fundraising campaign to find the ¬£25,000 it will more »

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From Sandbach to Switzerland

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the movies as some of the county’s top musicians take you on a tour of the silver screen. From John Williams to Hans Zimmer, Fodens Band, the Roberts Bakery Band, and Lions Youth Brass will be performing together for one night only for their From Sandbach to Switzerland concert.¬† More than 100 of Cheshire’s top players will be helping to raise money for the Lions Youth Brass band as they prepared to head to Montreux, Switzerland for next year’s European Youth Brass Band Championships.¬† ¬† The band qualified to represent England at the prestigious tournament after finishing second in the National Youth Brass Band Championships more »

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Tour 2018: Day 6

The final day started with a hearty cooked breakfast. Katie and Jane slaved over the cooker, supported by Steve, Charlotte and Julian. I even chipped in with the odd round of toast. This¬†set us up nicely for a long day ahead. We said our farewells to Brian as he set off early with Neil (Jane and Brian’s son) for his Hospital appointment. Following a thorough cleanup, Jane and Katie always check our rooms to make sure it‚Äôs left to their very high standards, we set off home around 11am. Steve had now been promoted to van duty in Brian‚Äôs absence and to keep Derek on the straight and narrow. Following more »

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