Annual Concert in aid of LOROS
Jan. 17, 2016
Hathern Senior Band’s first concert in 2016 (16 January) was a Charity event in aid of LOROS, the Leicestershire & Rutland Hospice, and the capacity audience in the village Parish Church thoroughly enjoyed the evening’s entertainment. The Charity has particular significance to Hathern Band as three members of the organisation have been cared for by LOROS in recent years.
The Band were certainly on top form and together with Musical Director David Newman, treated the audience to a varied programme, which demonstrated the diversity of music played by brass bands; contrary to popular belief it’s not all traditional marches! Indeed, we were brought very much up to date with a lively rendition of the Pharrell Williams number, Happy. Throughout the evening several members of the band took centre stage: trombonists Simon Baum and Amber Lewis gave an amusing performance of Me & My Shadow; the cornet section of Mike Wood, Susan Robinson, Tom Wallage, Lesley Bentley & Ken Powell took us on a brisk Bugler’s Holiday and a very florid rendition of Grandfather’s Clock was excellently performed on euphonium by Graham Rix.
Hathern is still very much a village band and local lad Dru Sparks was featured on flugel horn, in the beautiful number Ashokan Farewell and the appropriately titled What Would I Do Without My Music had been arranged by tenor horn player and local lass, Sam Garton. Hathern Band has a very strong training and youth policy and it was very pleasing that a number of youngsters performing had recently progressed to the Senior Band, i.e Stephen Guerin, William Fairlamb, Leo Parry, Ed Hefferman and George Baum.
The concert was a huge success and raised £1,851.81 for the Leicestershire Hospice, including a donation of £750.00 from Barclays Bank under their match funding scheme. The cheque was accepted by Adrian Walker of LOROS who thanked everyone for achieving such a splendid amount, which would go towards caring for the 2,500 people who are helped by LOROS annually. He was also delighted to announce that an extension of the Hospice is due to begin this year to improve the day therapy facilities, which on completion in 2017 will be able to cater for 25 patients each day.
On behalf of Hathern Band, David Newman thanked Barclays for their on-going support of this concert, which has now raised nearly £32,000.00 for LOROS since the first one 16 years ago. He also thanked everyone involved with the concert, particularly Band Secretary Lesley Bentley, Hathern Church Members for their help and also the audience, as without such support it would not have been possible to raise over £1,800.00 for the Leicestershire & Rutland Hospice.
Jan. 13, 2016
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Susan is engaged!
Oct. 14, 2015
Congratulations from us all to Susan and Dale on their engagement.
Susan turned up last night to rehearsal wearing her new ring! of course Mike, Ken & Tom didn`t even notice!!
Training & Youth Band at Groby Contest
Sept. 27, 2015
Well done to the young players who took part in the Groby Solo/Duet & Quartet Contest at Groby Community College on Sunday 27th September –
Oliver Simpson, Amadea Tristanto, Stephen Geurin, Jack Browne & Rian Grindley
Jack received a 2nd Prize in his age group and Rian and Amadea 3rd Prizes. Stephen got a 3rd Prize in the 16 – 18 year Slow Melody and 2nd Prize in the sight-reading.
The next Contest will be in April 2016 when hopefully more of Hathern`s young players will attend.