19 Feb 2020
An Update From The Enderby Band
As its been a little while since our last update, we thought it time to let you know how the Enderby Band rounded off a busy and successful 2019 with a musical explosion.
December is always a busy time for the band as we field small groups who go out carol playing most evenings and weekends to raise the much needed funds to keep us going throughout the year to help with instrument upkeep and repair, purchasing of new music and maintenance to our band room, which is starting to show signs of wear and tear (unfortunately it happens to us all as we get older doesn’t it!).
Over the Christmas 2019 period the Band put on a trio of concerts: our regular concert at Enderby Church where we welcomed Sarah Stephens as guest soprano soloist; Hinckley Salvation Army Hall where we were joined by the Hinckley Rock Choir and our new concert addition was at Thomas Estley Community College in Broughton Astley where we were also entertained by the newly formed Broughton Astley Rock Choir.
It’s fair to say all three concerts went down a storm and it was fantastic to see some new faces alongside the regular members of our audiences. It was an amazing experience to perform with the two Rock Choirs – thank you so much to all of you for adding such happy smiling faces to the music, it was an honour to share the stage with you.
To continue the traditional Enderby Band Christmas, we were out entertaining residents in the St John’s area on Christmas morning and Enderby Village on Boxing Day morning. Thank you to the local residents for making us feel so welcome – the mince pies and hot toddy’s went down very nicely to warm us up on what turned out to be cold and wet days.
After what was a well earned week off, rehearsals began again in earnest in January 2020 as we started preparing for our first concert of the year. This was organised by one of our members as part of his Major Project at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (RBC) which will count towards his final degree grading. The RBC Brass Band took to the stage first to preview their programme for the Uni Brass Contest and we took to the stage second to preview our programme for the Welsh Open Brass Band Entertainment Championship. The evening was rounded off with both bands taking to the stage to perform as a massed band.
At the time of writing, we are nearing the end of our preparations for our first contest of the year on 15 February, the Welsh Open Brass Band Entertainment Championship in Porthcawl, where we will be performing a Strictly Come Dancing themed programme. We’ll give you an overview of how we get on and how many times the “10” paddle was raised in our next update.