LOROS Charity Concert

Jan. 19, 2013

It had looked as though Hathern Band’s Charity Concert in aid of LOROS on Saturday 19 January would be cancelled when news was received that Charnwood College, Loughborough had been closed due to the adverse weather conditions. However, Hathern Parish Church came to the rescue and offered the use of the church for the concert. Thankfully, despite the last minute change of venue and the extremely cold and snowy conditions, there was a packed audience to enjoy the Band’s varied programme.

The Band and Musical Director, David Newman, set off at a brisk pace with the circus march Waltonian. Other toe-tapping numbers were Miller Magic, Cabaret, Mack & Mabel and the Lord of the Dance which highlighted the percussion skills of Jake Baum and Joe Southgate on vibraphone and glockenspiel. The splendid sounds of the trombone section – Simon Baum, Tom Dyer-Hill and Amber Lewis – along with Principal Cornet Mike Wood featured in Hot Toddy. Mike’s superb cornet playing was also much in evidence both in the Nat King Cole hit, When I Fall in Love and the delightful number A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square.

Percussionists Jake & Joe took centre stage to give a brilliant and amusing performance of Liszteria, with the two xylophones battling for the audience’s attention and both came out triumphant! As a complete contrast the Band played the Cole Porter number I’ve Got You Under My Skin, featuring the melodious tones of Lesley Bentley on flugel horn and Susan Robinson on cornet. To bring the concert to a close was an arrangement by Joe Southgate of the Dr Who theme, aptly entitled 11th Hour!

This was the Band’s 12th Concert in support of LOROS and as in previous years the concert benefited from support by Barclays Bank under their £for£ Scheme. Despite the difficulties, the wonderful sum of £1,869.00 was raised for the Hospice, including a donation of £750.00 from Barclays under their match funding scheme.

On behalf of Hathern Band David Newman thanked the Church Members, particularly John & Rosemary Worsfold, for their tremendous help in enabling the concert to go ahead. He also thanked the audience for their support and Barclays for their on-going commitment to the annual concert.

Despite the wintry weather, everyone went home with a warm glow after a great evening’s entertainment and helping to raise nearly £1,900.00 for the Leicestershire & Rutland Hospice.

Over £25,500 has now been raised for the Hospice since the Band started the Concerts in 2001.

L Haworth – Publicity Officer

Hathern Band Christmas Bazaar

Nov. 24, 2012

The Hathern Band Christmas Bazaar was held at the Church on Saturday. Cakes, tombola, crafts etc were all on offer and our thanks to all those who turned out to support the event. The Concert Brass entertained with Christmas Carols which were very much appreciated.

The Annual Awards were presented by Andrea Allen, Musical Director and awarded as follows –

Hattie Hale
The Echo Shield
Youth Player/Bandsman of the Year

Jenny Peak
The Albert Caleb Kelham Trophy
The Conductors Award

Congratulations to both Hattie and Jenny, very well deserved.

Groby Solo's, Quartets & Duets

Oct. 7, 2012

A great day for Hathern’s youth players at the Groby Contest

Rebecca Simms – 1st in the Slow Melody age group, Aire Varie and Sightreading and won the Leicestershire Junior Champion Award
Freddie Buchanan – 1st in Slow Melody & 1st in Air Varie & 3rd in the Sightreading
Edward Brown – 1st Open Percussion

Well done to some excellent performances from our other youth players taking part on the day – Jenny Allen, Stephen Guerin, Louise Higson, Christopher Allen, Emily Higson, Katie Simms and George Baum.

Bandsman of the Year

Oct. 6, 2012

Bandsman of the Year, Lesley Bentley – Presented by the Musical Director David Newman at the annual Patrons Concert

Players Player award

Oct. 6, 2012

What a trio!! the All Stars
The Joanne Wood Players Player Trophy – presented to
Stuart Morgan, Joe Southgate and Graeme King. (they have yet to decide who will clean it!).