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’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 more »

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Tour 2018: Day 5

On Wednesday, we were woken up and headed off to Beverly. Our first concert was in Beverly Minster. What a beautiful acoustic! The sound after the last note lasted for seven seconds! Many band members say that it is the nicest place that they have ever played in. We had a lovely lunch however there were no crisps, due to Leanne losing her phone down the side of the bed and Jane being preoccupied all morning! After all the fuss, all it took was one swipe of a hanger from Julian to save the day. Then we went to our second concert. This was at a garden party where the more »

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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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Bingo Night!

Eyes down for a line and get those dabbers ready as Lions Youth Brass Band holds a fundraising bingo night to help raise money towards the European Youth Brass Band Championships next year. A fantastic second place finish in April’s National Youth Brass Band Championships of Great Britain meant the young players secured their place in Europe’s top competition next year. But in order to compete in the contest the organisation is having to raise around £20,000 to travel to Montreux in Switzerland with just under 40 young players ranging from 14 to 19. It is an amazing opportunity for the Sandbach-based band but means a lot of fundraising will have more »

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National Youth Brass Band Championships of Great Britain

  The annual National Youth Brass Band Championships of Great Britain was a roaring success for the young Lions as the Youth Band secured second place. The success didn’t stop there as the Beginner Band were awarded a certificate of merit and the Junior Band a silver award – a top result in a category containing 12 bands! It was all change for the competition this year as the venue moved to Warwick Arts Centre in order to avoid a clash with the East holidays. Brass Bands England chairman Mike Kilroy told audiences the competition could well stay put next year as well. Junior Section A section containing 12 bands more »

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New CD Preview!

The Youth Band’s latest CD ‘Carnival’ will be available towards the end of April however, if you can’t wait until then we have included some sneaky little previews below. Enjoy! If you wish to pre-order the CD will cost £7 each or if you require it to be sent via post there will be a charge of £8 (inc. post and packaging). Cheques made payable to Lions Youth Brass and please send to Jane Stubbs at 20 Beech Grove, Sandbach, Cheshire CW11 4JW. Each youth band member will receive a copy, free of charge. Prismatic Light Say You Say Me – Featuring Natasha Brett Sweet Gingerbread Man Over The Rainbow more »

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