Congratulations

We would like to say  big congratulations to 4 special people in the Band,

Firstly to Julia,(Flute ) and her husband Andy,   baby Ethan George was born on 26th October 2014,

And to Nikki (Bass Clarinet) and Pete (Trumpet) ,   baby Corey William, was born on 11th December 2014,

Thank you for your support during the tiring months of pregnancy ,  especially to daddy Pete –

We all wish you every happiness with your beautiful baby boys and hope to see you whenever you can make it to practice /band events.

 

2014 Notes from the Chairman

2014 started off quietly for the Band,  and as I looked back at the events of the year there were several that were very exciting and a privilege to say we took part in.

Towards the end of March, Dawn and Nikki realised that our Conductor , Alan had a special birthday coming up in April and asked me what we could do about it in the time we had.  We worked hard and organised a collection from the band President and members, a special cake, a card signed by the band members,  and President ,  presents and food –  and rearranged Band practice on 14th April, so we could have a party in the last 45 minutes…All this happening and it was the best kept secret during the organising.  Alan said although he was annoyed with me for making him late for practice, at the time he had no idea what was going on,  until the event unfolded, and he thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

Happy Birthday Alan ! xx

The Year yielded our favourite events,  Bandstand and Fete concerts,  a special Commemoration “concert” for the 100th Anniversary of the Great War   in cooperation with the British Legion and Cadet forces, held in John Coles Park.

Star Band –  Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death.

About the 20th of August I had an email from a very nice man called Toby,  who said he had heard our Band playing on You Tube and asked if we would be interested in playing for his company for some filming that they were planning. I took details and in a conversation he said he would like to come and listen to the band playing .  He came to Lacock on the August Bank Holiday Monday in torrential rain,  where the Band was hiding in the Tythe Barn, listened to some of the performance and said we were perfect for the film.

He asked for 7 or 8 players to go to North Cerney early in September and in the 6 days between the Lacock event and the first day filming for the band,  I had to make him a list of all our pop music in detail for the Arts director to check with their recording rights. They came back with 6 short pieces of music, which they would choose 3 of for North Cerney.  We quickly arranged 7 players, a rehearsal for the night before the performance and on the first day arrived at North Cerney by 07:oo where we were greeted by Toby, and restaurant trucks for breakfast.  We were taken from base camp to the village hall in a bus and we sat in the courtyard playing the chosen music while the film crews and actors worked tirelessly around us to achieve good effects. We were released by the director at around 12:30pm and returned home to catch up on sleep and work.

The next filming day was 3 weeks later on a Saturday on the village green in beautiful Biddestone, where we could take up to 16 Band members.  The village was transformed in to the village of Carsley for the film  and was crowded with fete stalls,  green man competition, and hundreds of supporting actors.  Ashley Jenson and Hermione Norris starred along with several other well known actors.

This Saturday was a very long day,  but very interesting to witness the painstaking accuracy that was achieved by the film crews.  The crews are highly skilled and their modern technology extensive !!

The Sky TV company showed the film on Boxing Day, New Years day and 3rd January…   a very good film and experience not to be missed.

Other events that the Band took part in during the latter part of the year included a Remembrance Day Concert in Center Parcs,  Nr Warminster.  A beautiful setting where it never rains !  The big Dome in the centre of the Parc was our destination where we were surrounded by trees, and little lakes full of enormous koi carp !

Our Christmas Carol events all took place as planned, chilly in December greyness,  but no rain or snow.   We raised money through public donations for Julian House,  which is a local charity, providing support for people trying to get back in to work,  homeless and victims of violence, providing anonymous refuges for people who have suffered domestic violence.   A very worthwhile charity .

See the Photo Gallery for pictures taken at the events.

Angela – Chairman- Chippenham Town Band

 

 

 

 

Private Function

This afternoon we were invited to play at a wedding with the only request being rather unusual – the medley “Star Wars” as the groom had heard us play that particular piece in a John Coles Park bandstand concert. It was a lovely event and the happy couple even danced to “Moonlight Serenade” as well as the groom conducting “Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines”.

Lacock Village Fayre

Thankfully the medieval Tithe Barn was available for us to relocate from our usual position near the school as the rain fell steadily throughout the day. It was certainly unusual to play with sand underfoot and under the old beams with occasional birds flying through but we had a steady audience seeking refuge and enjoying our tunes.

Kington St Michael

In an unusual turn of events, we set up our stands among the gravestones near the Lychgate. We solemnly commenced our first set with a hymn before turning onto rousing numbers like “Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines” and the even older “Teddy Bears’ Picnic”. These were interspersed with a few more serene numbers like “Moonlight Serenade” and “Basin Street Blues”. We were blessed with beautiful summer weather all afternoon; the rain even held off until all were safely departed from the rather steep car park field.

There was an extraordinary amount of stalls – such as raffles, cakes, crafts and even a dog show!