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.
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!
Venue: Trinity United Reformed Church, Mansel Road, Wimbledon, SW194AB. Next door to Wimbledon High School.
Parking: street parking only. There is no room at the church. Street parking is pricey!
Tube/Train: Wimbledon station is a 5 min walk.
Rehearsal: set up 15:30 ready to start promptly at 15:45. Please bring your own stands. Choir will arrive at 16:30 to rehearse a Million Dreams and their own pieces until 17:15. [Assume there will not be enough time to run through flutes and Saxes.]
Concert: 17:30-18:30. It is a free concert with donations to London Ambulance. The church is having its Christmas tree festival and does look lovely. Do encourage friends, family along!
Dress: smart black – tinsel most acceptable!
Programme – [but Gemma is flexible about order]
Band and congregation: Silent Night
Choir: 3x pieces
Sax Quartet: 4x pieces
Band & Choir: Million Dreams
Band: 2x Christmas pieces
Band & Congregation: Ding Dong Merrily
Thurs 12th October: we’re back at St Michael’s and All Angels. Set-up 1830 onwards [def bring stands – and stand lights if you wish], carols in the courtyard from 7pm [we’re semi-inside in the Community Centre with doors open, but still wrap up warm, dress code again informal and Xmassy] Then 30 mins or so of Xmas music in the Church – we’ll rehearse this at the last Tues rehearsal [Tues 10th Oct].
Daryle has asked us to listen to “A Million Dreams” before the next rehearsal – here’s the version we’re playing:
Andrea also shared the rehearsal dates for next year:
Spring Term: 7th Jan – 31st March, [which gives us 8 weeks before the 8th March concert].
Summer Term: 21st April – 21st July [which takes us neatly up to our confirmed Regent’s Park gig on 26th July].
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)
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:
Playing time 7-8pm
Venue: outside the Sun Inn (the pub in the centre of Barnes opposite the pond)
We’ve been promised a glass of something afterwards, more details to follow!
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.
The Band are playing for the Remembrance Service at St Mary’s Church [Church Rd, Barnes, London SW13 9HL] this Sunday, November 10th. Dress code is all-black, very smart please, and bring a music stand. Timings: please arrive for a 0945 rehearsal with the choir/organist. There should be time to grab a coffee from nearby cafes before the service, which starts at 1050am. Shortly before 11am you may wish to observe the wreath-laying/Last Post in the churchyard outside. If so, please use the side-door [ask others if you don’t know], and return quickly by the same route ready to play “Solemn Melody” as the congregation come in from the 2-minute silence, for the rest of the service. We’ll then be accompanying hymns, and playing “Songs That Won The Wars” at the end. The service will last about an hour. Huge thanks to everyone taking part, and to Simon Slack for representing the Band as he performs the Last Post at nearby St Michael’s Church.
A wonderful concert on Sunday 6th October – we had lovely feedback! Thanks to Evin, our Tuesday 15th October rehearsal will be at Kneller Hall, the Royal Military School of Music, at 65 Kneller Rd, Twickenham TW2 7DN. If you plan to drive there, please email Susie with the make, colour and registration of your car by Monday 14th. Photo-ID may be required. If your plans change on the day, Susie has Evin’s contacts. Thanks so much for arranging this, Evin!
Our Sunday 24th November concert will be at 3.30pm, again at St Michael and All Angels. We’ll confirm the on-the-day rehearsal time as soon as possible. Your concert managers this time will be the flutes/oboes, led by Heather and Catriona. Programme is:
Dillon’s Flight; The Thievish Magpie; Godard Waltz – Flute Solo; Shirley Bassey Showcase; My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose – Cornet Solo; Molly on the Shore; Band of Brothers; South Rampart Street Parade; A Klezmer Karnival.
Christmas plans to follow – and meanwhile, Daryle has been planning ahead to our Barnes Festival Concert in March. Here’s a sneak preview of his proposed exciting repertoire!
Dillon’s Flight – Ralph Ford; Oregon – Jacob de Haan; Concerto – Artie Shaw – Soloist: Elinor Campbell-Smith; Out of Africa – John Barry; On the Street Where You Live – Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe – Vocalist: Jonathan Williams; Danzon No.2 – Arturo Marquez; Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder; Thames Journey – Nigel Hess.