And so July is almost over…

The final weekend of a very busy July was a lovely mix of fun and celebration. Our annual trip to Sidlesham Fete on Saturday was tremendous fun – the weather was great, the cream teas were delicious and the tug of war – well, the less said about that the better! (Let’s just say we’ll have to go back next year to get our revenge…)

A weekend of contrasts, Sunday dawned wet and windy –  and the annual Selsey RNLI Service of Praise and Thanksgiving on Lifeboat Green had to be moved indoors for the first time since we’ve been playing for them. But St Peter’s Church turned out to be a beautiful alternative, and the full house with everyone in fine voice made for a very successful service.

July may be over and we’ve got a couple of weeks’ rest, but we’ll pick up again on 15th August at the Weald and Downland Museum Vintage and Steam Festival. Definitely worth a visit. (See our Diary page to find out more.)

 

Music from Stage and Screen (and that was just for starters…)

Just about half way through July and it’s already been a busy month, starting with ‘A Night with the Stars: Music from Stage and Screen’ – the theme of our annual summer concert at St Paul’s in Chichester. Part of the Festival of Chichester for the third year running, we entertained an enthusiastic audience with some old favourites (Great Escape, Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, Singing in the Rain and Over the Rainbow – a lovely horn solo from Mary Teague) as well as some more recent film and TV themes (Pirates of the Caribbean, Game of Thrones). We turned to the musicals for a lovely duet for cornet (Derek Price) and flugel (Pete McGovern) – I know Him So Well from Chess.  And we also had another chance to hear Iona Harrison give her beautiful rendition of Meditation from Massenet’s opera, Thais. We won’t talk about the ukulele interlude (!) but it seems it was quite popular and may be back…

But that was just the start of July – the following weekend saw our ensemble in the beautiful Old Rectory Gardens for the Felpham Conservation Society fete, with the full band back in action again the following day in a slightly soggy Tangmere – a rather luxurious marquee meant we could keep going in some style!

This weekend we’re taking a rest but we’ll be back in action next weekend in Sidlesham (where we hope to regain our Tug of War crown) and Selsey for the RNLI service. Don’t forget to keep checking our ‘Diary of Events’ pages to see where we’ll be next…

Where did June go?!

Well, we promised you a busy June – we’ve been out every weekend, mostly twice! Starting with Stansted Park Garden Show on June 6th, we’ve been to the Weald and Downland (ensemble at the Masters Degree graduation), Singleton Fete and Bognor Regis (twice!) for Armed Forces Day (21 June) and then our own AFD concert (27 June).  See our June 2015 gallery for some pictures.

July is already off to a great start with our Summer Concert at St Paul’s (more on that soon!)