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Sunday 6th February 2011

 

Staines Songsters

The Band's first engagement of the year (apart from our very important 'day job' at the normal sunday meetings and openairs of course) was on Saturday evening supporting the Staines songster brigade on their visit to Boscombe. This was a 'return visit' with Boscombe songsters having previously visited the Staines Corps. It was a great evening with excellent items by the brigade and by an impressive array of soloists. All who attended must have found something just for them personally.

The Band marched the songsters in with Goldcrest which appropriately set the theme of the evening - 'Life is a Song' - that being the chorus that James Anderson features in the trio of the march. In introducing the first band contribution the songster leader (Samantha Turner) informed the audience that (alongside Wham) Boscombe Band were "the sound of her childhood" - so we had plenty to live up to as we played James Curnow's arrangement of Procession of Nobles from Rimsky-Korsakov's opera 'Mlada'.

In the second part of the programme the band accompanied the Boscombe timbrellists in Let there be Praise and also played Ken Downie's marvellous arrangement of Myfanwy. This was followed by the haunting May it Be sung by some of the songsters and together these two items set a wonderful atmosphere for the scripture thought.

 

Saturday 15th January 2011

 

Boscombe Band on Facebook

Our Facebook Fan Page has gone live. Please visit and 'Like' the page. It is our intention to use this medium to promote future events, so if you are 'signed up' you will be receiving the news about the Band as soon as anyone! Comments and suggestions are welcome - you will find a comment form on the site that will enable you to direct a message to the Band.

 

Sunday 9th January 2011

 

Happy New Year

A Happy New Year to all friends of the Band. With this first news item of the year we report on a some additions to our website. Firstly, to follow up from our last news item of last year, this year we will maintain a repertoire page throughout the year, so that you can see our contributions to the weekly services as well as our festival programmes.

The final new addition is a set of pages dedicated to our forthcoming tour of scandinavia. You will see that there are already links from that page to some previous tours - the rest will be coming soon - as will a map of all of the places that the Band has visited during its 125 year history.

We are looking forward to a great year, we hope that you will get a chance to take part in that year in some way. Look out for more additions to the website.

 

Monday 27th December 2010

 

What We Played

We know that many people are interested in what music the Band are playing, so we have put together a complete list of what we have played this year! Hopefully we haven't missed anything.

 

Christmas 2010

The band's year finished in its usual way with the visits to many of the town's hotels on Christmas Eve and, most importantly, with the visit to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital on Christmas morning. This year, in common with the tradition, Tommy Lynch conducted the Band in "The virgin Mary had a baby boy" - you will have to check what number that is in the carol book to find out how old Tommy is now!

You can see photos of both Christmas Eve and Christmas Morning on Facebook.

We were sorry that the visit to the hospital was the last band engagement for Ian Mercer who will be moving with his wife, Sheila, to Norfolk in the New Year. We do, of course, thank Ian for all that he has done in the Band and wish them both all the best for the future. Hopefully we will see them again soon!

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