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

St Michael’s Concert Details – Sun 6th Oct

We have access to the church at 2pm – please arrive then for a prompt set-up for the band, and for the tea/cakes in the adjacent community centre.   We’ll rehearse from  2.15pm.  The concert is 3.30 – 4.30pm  and we need to vacate the church by 5pm* to allow for their next service.  From 4.30pm we’ll have tea/cake in the community centre, and we need to clear that by 6pm.  *Instruments can be left in the church until 5.30pm but the church has said we shouldn’t leave valuables unattended.
Usual dress code of smart all-black, and please bring stands/any lights you need.  Location:  St Michael and All Angels Church, 39 Elm Bank Gardens, London SW13 0NX .  The programme is:
Entry of the Gladiators, Nabucco, Arabesque, Lion King, Sleepers Awake, Harlem Nocturne, South Pacific, YMCA.
Gemma and the clarinets are concert-managing, all help much appreciated so please sign up for tasks and cake offerings at Tuesday’s rehearsal!
Please note that we’ll be taking photos/video of the concert, which may be used on the website/future publicity.  If you have any objections to being included, just let us know.
Ps – The Trumpeters’ House Garden Party supporting the Museum of Richmond is confirmed for 21st June 2020 – see the concerts page.

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