On 11th December 2016 we played a concert alongside the London Medical Orchestra in aid of C4WS homeless project who offer food and shelter, befriending, English classes and support back into work for 300 homeless people a year.
The concert was really successful and helped raise a really good sum for the charity.
On 6th November 2016 we played at the RAF museum in Hendon in commemoration of the Battle of the Somme. It was a moving service and we received some great comments from the organisers regarding how much people enjoyed the band.
Yesterday was the Band Summer Party, an annual event where each member brings something to eat or drink, we play some new music and then stop to tuck into the feast and wind down before the summer break.
New music yesterday included Pirates of Penzance and a Sound of Music medley. If you fancy joining us after the summer to learn these pieces and more, band recommences on the 31st August. Currently we are looking for trombones, French horn, flutes and percussion but all instruments are welcome.
On Sunday we played the first of our outdoor summer gigs in Alexandra Park.
We played a very enjoyable Proms concert in St Marks Church, Barnet Vale, with lots of flag waving by the audience and singing along to pieces such as Jerusalem, Pomp and Circumstance No 1 and Rule Britannia.
A great evening!
Holocaust Memorial Day is a poignant opportunity to remember all those who lost their lives in the Holocaust and in other genocides around the world.
The theme of this year’s memorial day was ‘Don’t Stand By’ and considered our individual responsibilities not to be bystanders to hate crime and prejudice, or to international threats of genocide.
It was a beautiful day today to be playing outdoors in the grounds of Finchley Nurseries. The sun was out and it brought with it a rather large audience. A joyous concert was had, including a spot of morris dancing in the interval and of course lovely tea and cake.
It was a very hot concert at Stephen’s House this afternoon, however that meant that there were a lot of people out to listen to us.
There were lots of activities for the children, lots of food and craft stalls and a great atmosphere.
We were sat just behind the parachuting bears, which gave us a lot of entertainment during the interval!
We had a great concert today at Finchley Nurseries conducted by Ros. The audience enjoyed singing along to the music and there was even a Tango danced by two members of the audience during our Chicago medley!
Tea and cake were kindly brought to us during the interval by the staff at Finchley Nurseries while we watched the Morris dancers – some of us even took part in a spot of Morris dancing ourselves.
Everything was going well until half way through our final piece, Einzug der Gladiatoren, when the heavens opened and it poured with rain. However the band and audience saw it through to the end before making a dash for shelter!
On Sunday we closed Barnet Museum’s garden party to a very appreciative audience. The rain that had poured all morning cleared and the sun came out.
We started our set with Blue Moon with the lyrics provided by the Cherry Lodge Cancer Care choir.
A great time was had by all.