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Tour Day Five

Charlotte Birch : 25 July 2019 12:23 pm : Concert, Home, Tour, Youth Band

The band enjoying a spot of seaside fish and chips

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

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Tour Day 4

Charlotte Birch : 24 July 2019 8:06 am : Concert, News, Tour, Youth Band

We woke to the sound of a very loud, ear-piercing alarm. It seemed to be coming from Andrew’s Phone 🤔, 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.

The band preparing for the day’s concert.

Following this, we went off to the beach. After facing the dangers of the natural world, we were faced with new perils in the form of Jellyfish, hiding in the dark waters. This didn’t deter some brave or perhaps more accurately foolish members of the band facing the cold water.

Kai, Emily, Abbie, Amy, Alex, Tom, Jake and Leon all faced the water. Leon in particular seemed to be preparing for his upcoming audition for Baywatch.

Soprano player Jake.

After this, we headed back to our accommodation. The concert in the evening was at the local church. The church was tiny, but filled to the brink with our biggest audience to date. The humidity, high temperature and a group of 40 teenagers led to a lot of blood, sweat and tears as we battled through the concert.

We then headed back to the accommodation. The concert organisers were kind enough to prepare us a feast worthy of the Gods – thank you! We sat outside, eating and chatting. Watching the sunset on our fourth dasy!

By Andrew & Jake

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Tour Day 3

Charlotte Birch : 23 July 2019 6:38 am : Concert, News, Tour, Youth Band

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 to the sea to take a dip. Jane and Katie then proclaimed that we weren’t allowed back on the coach if our shorts were wet. At this point a few of us were worried. Some people were soaked!

After we got back, some of us had a very quick shower to get rid of all the sand on our legs, and we had a lovely meal of chicken curry or sweet and sour chicken, followed by angel delight.

Tonight was the 4th concert of our trip, where we shared the stage with the Northop Silver Band, who are going to compete at the National Brass Band Championship at the Royal Albert hall later this year. It was a pleasure to perform with such an amazing band and their soloists were something for some of us to aspire to.

Quite a few of the girls also found Northop’s ‘’heartthrob’’, who Steve thought we had sneaked onto the coach when he counted an extra person.

After an enjoyable day we got back to where we were staying and all settled down for bed.

By Jakob, Bethan & Lily-Mae

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Tour Day Two

Charlotte Birch : 22 July 2019 8:01 am : Concert, News, Tour, Youth Band

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’s 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 was meant to be.

We arrived back to a cooked breakfast and then spent the rest of the morning chilling, playing rounders and other games.

We even managed to get Steve involved in a massive game of cards against humanity, though it didn’t last very long (wonder why….).

At 2pm we had a roast chicken dinner and then set off for our evening concert in Mold.

The band played a great concert to an appreciative audience in a lovely church.

 
 
 
 
 
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Some of the band decided to play a few board games whilst assessments were taking place 🎲

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Particular highlights included Gabriels Oboe, Under the Boardwalk by Leanne, and it was a great first outing for Daya in The Holy Well.

After what felt like a long day, we got back to our accomodation and enjoyed some birthday cake, hot chocolate and biscuits before going to bed.

By Abbie and Emily

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Tour Day One

Charlotte Birch : 21 July 2019 9:35 am : Concert, News, Tour, Youth Band

Lions Youth Band at Llandudno Town Hall

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.

Ella playing at Llandudno Town Hall

Our second concert of the day was in Llandudno Town Hall. At this concert, LYB shared the stage with singer Clara Bloom, who was incredibly entertaining and an enjoyable watch.

We also had some good new pieces to play tonight – including ‘The Wind Beneath My Wings’ a trombone solo played by Oliver.

The band performed with Clara Bloom

Our first day of tour 2019 was thoroughly enjoyable, yet very tiring. Two concerts down, six to go!

By Emily and Alex Miles

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The Road to Montreux

Graham Shaw : 10 February 2019 2:01 pm : Home, News, Switzerland, Youth Band

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 to Sandbach. Another fantastic opportunity to work with professional musicians.

 

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Annual Slow Melody

Charlotte Birch : 18 November 2018 4:23 pm : Beginners Band, Contest, Home, Junior Band, News, Youth Band

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 return the entry form and money to any of the committee on a Tuesday night with the closing date being the 20th November.

If you have any questions about the event please email Charlotte, our contest organiser, directly at charlottebirch1996@gmail.com

Rules

Section 1: 8 years and under (Beginner Band)
Section 2: 9 years and over (Beginner Band)
Section 3: 11 years and under (Junior Band)
Section 4: 12 years over (Junior Band)
Section 5: 13 years and under (Youth Band)
Section 6: 14 and 15 years of age (Youth Band)
Section 7: 16 years and over (Youth Band)
Section 8: Group; 2 or more players (all bands)
Section 9: Family section; A chance for family members to play together (all bands)

Section 10: Open Section – Non-Brass instrument
Section 11: The Challenge (Youth Band – Any age)

Prizes

Sections 1-9 & 11 – 1st Place Trophy and Certificate, 2nd Place Certificate, 3rd Place Certificate
and a Merit Certificate.

Section 10 – Best Beginner Band player, Best Junior Band player, Best Youth Band player
Rules

The contest is open to all members of Lions Youth Brass. The draw will be made in advance and all
players must report to Charlotte who will be sat in the foyer of the Maxwell Davies Centre on the
day. Please arrive no later than 10 minutes before the start of your section, even if you’re drawn
last. The first section is to start at 9.30 am and all competitors will be informed of their section
start time before the event (to be announced no later than 29th November). Results will be
announced and awarded at the end of each section.

Maximum performance time for all sections is approximately five minutes (not including warm-up
or tuning). Players will be allowed to warm up in the Rigby Block where the Junior Band rehearse.
Piano accompaniment or backing disc may be used which must be stated on the entry form. Fenella
Haworth-Head can accompany performances on piano for £5. Please hand in your entry form well
in advance to make sure Charlotte can arrange a rehearsal time on Sunday 18th November for
you. The player must leave their accompaniment with Fenella on the day of the rehearsal.

An unmarked copy of the chosen piece must be provided for the adjudicator on the day (A
photocopy is acceptable and copying facilities will be available on the day). Please do not hand
this in before the day. Each player will receive an adjudicators report.

No entry will be accepted without an entry fee. If paying by cheque, please make this payable to
Lions Youth Brass. You may hand your entry in on a Tuesday night no later than the 20th
November. If there are any problems or questions, please contact Charlotte, the contest
organiser, directly at charlottebirch1996@gmail.com

The most important rule is to have fun! We all come to Lions because we love playing music,
this contest is about showing our friends, family and tutors what we can do whilst supporting our fellow players at the same time.

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Biking to Switzerland

Charlotte Birch : 16 September 2018 4:09 pm : Concert, Home, News, Switzerland, Youth Band

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 cost to send around 50 young people as well as a team of tutors over to Switzerland.
With a number of fundraisers already under their belts, including race nights, bingo, and afternoon tea, the Lions will now be saddling up to see if they can complete a sponsored cycle to raise those all important funds.
Band members – and of course parents too, led by Jonathan Miles and Mick Ronald – will be cycling on a static bike at six of the upcoming concerts to raise money towards the total goal.
They will be at:
– From Sandbach to Switzerland, Northwich Memorial Hall, September 23
– Sandbach Makers Market, Sandbach Common, October 13
– Joint concert with Audley, Sandbach School, October 21
– Vale Royal Lions, Grange School, November 16
– Christmas Concert, Sandbach School, December 2
– Macclesfield Christmas Concert, St Paul’s Church Macclesfield, December 7
To keep up-to-date with all of the progress and upcoming events search for Lions Youth Brass on Facebook or @LionsYouthBand on Twitter.
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From Sandbach to Switzerland

Charlotte Birch : 12 September 2018 9:33 pm : Beginners Band, Concert, Contest, Home, Junior Band, News, Switzerland, Youth Band

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 earlier this year. 

 

Performing alongside players from Fodens and Roberts will give the band – aged between 14 and 18 – a chance to perform with some of the country’s finest players. 

 

Musical director Nigel Birch said “Lions is about giving young people great opportunities and to play with musicians and bands of the quality of Roberts and Fodens will be an amazing experience for them to cherish.”

 

Players in the Lions organisation range from six to 18 years of age and both the beginner and junior bands will be showcasing their musical prowess before the main event on the night.

 

In order to enjoy their once in a lifetime trip to Switzerland Lions have to raise around £25,000 and have already held a series of fund-raising events this year. 

 

The ‘From Sandbach to Switzerland’ spectacular takes place on September 23 at Northwich Memorial Court. 

 

Tickets cost £10 with under 16s free of charge. Doors open 5.15pm. 

 

The next fund-raising event will be a race night at the Masonic Hall in Sandbach on September 29.

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Tour 2018: Day 6

Charlotte Birch : 29 July 2018 6:37 pm : Concert, Home, News, Tour, Youth Band
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’s left to their very high standards, we set off home around 11am. Steve had now been promoted to van duty in Brian’s absence and to keep Derek on the straight and narrow.
Following a short stop off at Sandbach Park we made our way to the Bull’s Head where Jane and Katie had arranged for an end of tour roast dinner, there wasn’t much left on the plates as you can imagine.
It was here we said farewell to our great friends and coach drivers, Carol and Jose, as they couldn’t make the evening concert. Sophie Barwick presented them both with presents from the band.
It was now on to Sandbach High School for the evening concert organised by The Rotary Club of Sandbach.
This year there was a twist to the concert as I had given the choice of music to the six senior players that were leaving. In true Lions fashion they double twisted and I wasn’t allowed to know what we were playing until moments before the first note.
During the evening presentations were made to Sophie Barwick, Melissa Goodchild, Rhys Woollam, Emma Drew, Callum Hill and Natasha Brett as they had reached the ripe old age of 18 and now was the time for them to take one last bow.
There was a presentation made to Richard Gibson who had organised all the performances on tour and further presentations to Sophie and Rhys as retiring band reps.
The band kindly presented presents to myself, Jane and all the organising team for a great week.
One final presentation was for Sophie Barwick, who having given ten years of her life, and showed great dedication and leadership, was presented with Bandsperson of the Year.
The band was on great form all evening and finished traditionally with our special version of Can Can.
A great tour, with great memories. Thanks to everyone who made it a great success.
Nigel
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