Summer 2020

Dear Band Members – we enjoyed a wonderful Zoom trip to the Desert Island, huge thanks to Fiona for hosting.     So, here we capture your Music that has Meaning – keep sending us details of your favourite Disc!
Daryle (MD):  In The Mood, played by the RAF Squadronnaires:
Clive (Trombone):  After many years of playing this music:  he’s enjoying the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s trombones playing Elgar’s ‘Nimrod’ over Zoom #RPOatHome
Fran (Flute):  “I really enjoyed our Desert Island Discs tonight! Here’s the song I played, with added overture too, from the musical “Curtains”. The “wide open spaces” song is from the musical within the musical that starts out terrible but ends up being very successful after the detective solving the murder steps in… honestly highly recommend the whole soundtrack!
Charlotte (Clarinet):  sent us Skid Row (Downtown) – Little Shop of Horrors (Broadway recording).  She explains:  “Like Fran I’ve played in a fair few musical bands (though not 20 like her!) but Little Shop of Horrors in my third year at university was when I got to be co-musical director of a production and it’s an amazing memory for me and taught me a lot about working as a team, leadership and musicality. Also I just thought the music was brilliant, especially the doo-wop style bits and the mix of other styles thrown in eg klezmer for one song. But this one is probably my favourite. Also I think LSOH is a slightly underrated musical!”
Barbara (Trombone):  told us of her fascinating work, and personal, time in Uganda and shared this truly inspiring music:  
Liz (Flute): is reduced to jelly every time she hears this tribute to Carole King at the Kennedy Center in 2015 – in the presence of Barack and Michelle Obama .  “You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman” – performed by the one-and-only Aretha Franklin.
Gemma (Clarinet):  a personal family memory of the beautiful Irish melody “I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls”
Whether you were at the Zoom or not, do keep sending us details of your favourite track and tell us what it means to you!
We’ve asked that members, if they wish, send us their thoughts and reflections at this time, and/or perhaps a profile of you and your playing experience?  We’re delighted that our Principal Trombone, and veteran Band Member, Clive Preston, has accepted the challenge.  Here’s his wonderful article, “A Conflict of Interests” comparing the pull of sporting and musical loyalties – which will win?
Please take a look at the posts below – Daryle’s new pdfs of music for our comeback concert, whenever that is, plus advice on practising.  Then, below that, we’ve also included a password-protected link to our library catalogue.  Susie has already shared the password for these – contact her via the band email if you need a reminder.
We now know our summer concerts are cancelled – the Committee are discussing ideas for the future.  It’s very challenging, but we’re  thinking hard about how,  and when, We’ll Meet Again …… (RIP, Dame Vera ….)

Spring 2020 – March 16th Update

Dear Band Members, the updated government advice is clear.  We must now stop all non-essential, social contact with others, especially important for Londoners.  Therefore, sadly, we need to cancel all rehearsals for the foreseeable future. We are looking at ways of staying in touch to keep up band morale – and we’re very thankful that we managed to perform our wonderful concert and share friendship over a good curry.  We’ll be in touch again soon, via Susie’s emails and this site.  Take care everyone!
With very best wishes, Andrea, Daryle, Clive, Susie, Fiona, Gemma, Simon and Liz
Local Richmond council advice about coronavirus is available here 

If the current situation eases after Easter – here are our latest Concert dates/changes:  we’re doing a VE Street Party on Friday 8th May, near to All Saints’ Church in East Sheen.  We’ll be playing at the Barnes Children’s Literary Festival on Sunday 14th June, time tbc.  And please note our Regent’s Park gig has been moved to Sunday 12th July [from Sunday 26th July] .  Details also on our concerts page.  Huge thanks to Andrea and others for arranging all these exciting events – please may we remind you to pro-actively let your section leader know your availability asap.  And if you need to miss any rehearsals, please don’t forget to send apologies to your section leader with as much notice as possible.

Next repertoire:  Daryle has been planning!  Here are some of our next pieces:   Out of the Blue,  Lustspiel,  By The Sleepy Lagoon,  Sir Duke,  Isn’t She Lovely?  Out of Africa,  The Windmill
Rehearsal dates:   after Easter, we hope to start again on Tuesday 21st April.  Our last Summer rehearsal is Tuesday 7th July, just before our concert double bill of Barnes Fair on Sat 11th July  and the Regent’s Park gig on Sunday 12th July.  Then, at the moment, we’re planning to chill over the summer until September unless Andrea comes up with any more wonderful events!

We have  updated our Child Protection/Young Person Policy as our agreed annual review – all Band Members are required to read and understand this.  It’s on the Join page of this website.

Update – Fri 6th Dec Barnes Xmas, Sat 7th Dec Wimbledon, Thurs 12 Dec St Michael’s

Friday 6th December – we’re playing outside the Sun Inn [opposite the traffic island and Barnes Pond] so please set up 6.45pm ready to play from 7pm.  We’re doing carols from the little red books, and we hope the good folk of Barnes will be singing along.  Dress code totally informal – just wrap up warm [and Xmassy?!]and bring music stands.  The lighting’s not bad, but bring stand lights if you wish. [And we understand that there’s a glass of fizz on offer at Rose House, just along the road if we get there before 8pm!]
Saturday 7th December – Gemma’s Wimbledon Xmas Tree Festival Event! 

“A Million Dreams” and Term Dates

Details Nov 24th St Michael’s and Dec 6th Barnes Xmas Evening

Concert at St Michael and All Angels on November 24th:  please bring a music stand, dress code is smart all-black.
  • 1.30pm get-in, set up (there will be access to the community centre next door to get the nice chairs and set up tea stuff)
  • 1.45pm rehearsal
  • 3.30pm – 4.30pm concert followed by tea
  • 5.30pm – must be out of the church to accommodate evening service
Performance at Barnes Christmas Festival on Dec 6th:

Rehearsal at Queen’s School, Kew – Tues 12th Nov

The Band will be rehearsing at Queen’s CofE Primary School, in Kew this week, usual timings.  [Our regular venue, Richard Reynolds School in Twickenham, became unavailable at short notice.]  We can use the school’s music stands, but you may wish to bring your own drinks.  Queen’s address is:  Cumberland Road, Kew, Richmond, TW9 3HJ.   The school is at the far end of Cumberland Road if you’re coming from Kew Gardens Station, but it’s just a few minutes’ walk.  Please note, if driving, that Cumberland Road is a one-way street, with access from the A205/South Circular Road.  More location-transport-parking details here.

Remembrance Sunday at St Mary’s, 10th November

Kneller Hall Rehearsal, Nov 24th Concert and Next Repertoire

A Symphonic Wind Band Playing In South West London