December is always a busy month for bands and we certainly had plenty to keep us occupied! Our ever-popular Christmas concert at St Paul’s, with it’s mix of Christmas favourites, sing-a-long carols and the much loved (apparently!) ukulele band accompanying the interval mulled wine and minced pies, was a great success and a wonderful ‘official’ end to our year.
However, if you were in Chichester City Centre or at Tesco during December, you may also have come across our hardy carolling ‘teams’ entertaining the shoppers right up to Christmas Eve. It’s great fun for us, and we especially love to see the kids singing along to Jingle Bells and Rudoph! But it is also an important way for us to earn some much needed money towards our annual upkeep – so thanks to all of your who supported us…it really does make a difference.
Outside the city centre, we were also thrilled to be invited to participate in a carol service for around 500 members of the armed forces stationed on Thorney Island. It was a great morning, with some wonderful singing (and perhaps the most enthusiastic rendition of ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ we’ve heard to date!)
Check out our Gallery to see photos of the band in action December. But for now the carol books and Christmas music have all been put away for another year, and our preparation for the contest season is already underway. So it just remains for us to say a BIG THANK YOU to all of our supporters, and to wish you a wonderful 2016 (during which we hope to see you at a few of our events – the diary is already filling up so check it out!)
HAPPY NEW YEAR from everyone at Chichester City Band!