The Blewbury Beginner Band, Blewbury Learner band and Year 5 children from Blewbury Primary School entertained a packed Melland Room (beside our band hut and the Blewbury cricket field) on Wednesday 25th March with a fantastic Spring Concert.
The Blewbury Band youngsters put together a programme featuring lots of new and exciting music including Ghostbusters, Mission Impossible and Soul Bossa Nova. The bands also showed their versatility by playing two classical pieces, Largo from Dvorak’s New World Symphony, and Hall of the Mountain King as well as the hymn tune Angelus. Samuel played a lovely cornet solo with the band in Shenandoah and Ben played Men of Harlech on trombone.
We were also delighted to be joined by a group of new beginners from Blewbury Primary School. The children, who have been having lessons with Main Band MD Ian Barlow, demonstrated some exercises they have been doing in lessons and performed Acapulco Bay. We hope to see some of them coming along to our Beginner Band in the next few months.
After our most active year ever, the members of the Blewbury Brass Band recently voted at the band’s AGM that the band should apply to become a Charity. The band’s charitable “Objects” have been defined as follows…
“For the public benefit to promote and encourage the playing of brass and percussion instruments and the appreciation of Brass Band music amongst members of the local community in Blewbury and its surrounding area, young or old and of either gender, in such ways as the charity trustees think fit, including by:
- Providing affordable education, playing opportunities and musical direction for the benefit of anyone interested in playing a brass or percussion instrument;
- Providing musical entertainment for the local community by the playing of brass band music as and when suitable opportunities arise;
- Providing, for a reasonable rental fee, a full range of brass and percussion instruments to be played with the band, for the benefit of members without their own instruments.”
Fingers crossed that the Charity Commission agree that these have sufficient public benefit to qualify us to become a Charity.