December is always a busy month for the band and this month was no exception. The Christmas festivities actually began on November 30th, where we attended the annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Haydock Libary. Throughout December, the band were present at local supermarkets, entertaining Christmas shoppers with Carols.
Concerts were many – we yet again joined BBC Radio Merseyside at their anal Carol Concert, which was held at the Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool. We played one of our favourite Christmas melodies ‘A Christmas Fantasy’, in addition to a piece titled ‘Auld Lang Syne/Last Post’, to celebrate 100 years of the Armistice. We also performed at the Mesnes Park Carol Service in Newton-le-Willows, in addition to a concert at St James’ Church in Haydock.
Our last job before Christmas, and the light at the long tunnel of December, was the annual Carol Service at St. Marks Church in Haydock on Christmas Eve. The local community of Haydock gathered together singing traditional carols, exchanging Christmas cards and enjoying a turkey barm on the way home.
We finished off the Christmas festivities with the band’s Christmas Concert, held at Garswood Labour Club on the 27th. This is a great time for the band to celebrate Christmas and the efforts throughout the year.
From everyone at Valley Brass, we hope you’ve had a Marry Christmas, and have a prosperous new year!
On Saturday 4th April the band performed at St. Helens Town Hall to support the Mayor’s Charity of the Year, St. Helens Mind. Supporters of both the band and Mind, in addition to the wonderful people of St. Helens, enjoyed a concert featuring a range of music from classics such as Glenn Miller, to modern Disney arrangements. All topped by tea and cake!
Part of the event was live streamed and published on the St. Helens Mind Facebook page, which can be watched here.
Overall, it was an enjoyable afternoon and thank you to all who turned up to support St. Helens Mind and their wonderful cause! We hope you enjoyed it.
December is always a busy year for the band, but often one of the most enjoyable too, especially when all the hard efforts pay off the following year due to the money the band has raised. In addition to the caroling in supermarkets, other festive performances such as light switch-on’s, carol concerts (both in the warmth and in the cold) and even performances for the BBC Radio Merseyside Carol Concert, have allowed us to keep improving the band and our facilities for the year ahead. This was all topped at the band’s Christmas Concert held at Garswood Labour Club, were band members and supporters alike celebrated the hard efforts the band has put in throughout 2017.
We have just held our fantastic 25th anniversary concert of the band at St. Helens Town Hall. Many families and supports of the band thoroughly enjoyed the concert, in addition to the parents of pupils at both St Cuthbert’s and Lyme Primary.
New year, new section. Valley Brass return to Blackpool yet again this year to compete it the Regional Championships; but this time in the 2nd section. We are playing the famous musical suite ‘Rhapsody in Brass’ composed by Dean Goffin. The contest is on Sunday 26th February and are currently working very hard to prepare for the day!
This years summer concert finished! Thank you everyone who came to watch us and well done to everyone in the band; a great performance! In case you missed it, our performance has been uploaded to YouTube