Autumn and the run up to Christmas is a busy time for U3A's Vintage Brass Band and 2017 has been no exception!
In October the band performed at the Richard Ely concert in Southbourne. This is an annual event supporting this wonderful charity which enables gifted young people to pursue their passion for music by teaching and coaching either singing or playing an instrument. Four young people performed playing piano, violin, trombone and singing to a much appreciative audience. The band played two sets including some old favourites and some new pieces and a grand total of £800 was raised for the Charity.
A few weeks of hard work and practising culminated in another annual event held at St. Christopher's Church in Tuckton, raising money for Cancer Research and this was also well supported. A representative of Cancer Research gave a short talk in which he confirmed that as a result of the work done by the Charity, more than 50% of people diagnosed with cancer now go on to live long and healthy lives and that great strides are being taken to improve on that figure. Heartening news indeed and assisted by a healthy donation collected in buckets (over £200) and from ticket sales being raised at this concert.
The run up to Christmas in December sees the band performing at several supermarkets and locations in the area, playing Christmas music and carols and collecting for MacMillan Nurses and Bournemouth General Hospital.
And finally, a Friends and Family concert is held where all can have some fun, playing and hearing old favourites and joining in. There was much hilarity as everyone joined in singing a rather musically different version of The Twelve Days of Christmas.
So after a well earned Christmas break, the band will be rehearsing for 2018 events which include the annual Spring Concert on 14th April at the Boscombe Salvation Army citadel and a summer afternoon performance at the Pinewalk Bandstand in Southbourne from 2.00 - 3.30pm on 16th July.
Wishing Everyone a Happy Christmas and a Healthy 2018 from Vintage Brass!!