Huge congratulations to three of our brilliant Training Band players: Idris, Samuel and Herbie who recently passed their latest music grades.
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This afternoon’s Training Band concert in Bathurst Park was the perfect way to wrap up its summer programme of concerts! It was great to see so many people enjoying the music and the Park’s fabulous gardens!
Today saw the return of the Bailey Lane End Music Festival following a 2 year hiatus. Congratulations to all the competitors and to the winners on the day!
Lydney Training Band were there in force, enjoying the occasion and the professional assessment of adjudicator Emily Harding, Principal Cornet at the British Army Band Tidworth. It was a great morale boost for all our youngsters, with special mention for Idris who won each of his 5 sections. Great accompanying by our pianist Dorothy Wilson, who made the performances special.
Many thanks also to sponsors Wright & Round, who kindly donated prizes for each class.
Junior Brass solo under 11: 1st – Sadie, 2nd – Wren, 3rd - Jonah & Edith
Junior Brass Solo 11-12yrs: 1st – Millie, 3rd – Herbie
Junior Brass Solo 13-16yrs: 1st – Idris
Brass duet under 16: 1st – Dougie/Idris, 2nd – Herbie/Millie, 3rd – Sadie/Luna
Junior Brass quartet: 1st - Luna, Dougie, Kerry, Idris
Adult/Child Duet: 1st – Idris/Kerry
Open Brass Quartet: 1st – Kerry, Mark, Kevin, Idris
Well done to all our soloists who performed at yesterday’s Rising Stars concert at Scarr Bandstand! A special mention to our soloists Herbie, Sadie, Millie, Zach and Dougie who were excellent. Other bands were Ross Training, Cinderford Academy & Lydbrook Training bands. At the massed bands finale, we ended up with almost 70 players on stage!
It turns out that until today, Lydney Town Band had seemingly never performed at Pittville Park, which is the grandest shame because it is such a fabulous venue! We had great fun kicking off their ‘Bands in the Park’ programme of concerts this afternoon and the half-time ice creams were well deserved (and delicious!)
Lydney Town Band helped add to the Platinum Jubilee festivities with an ensemble group accompanying the commemorative stone unveiling at St Briavels. Later our Principal Cornet, Kerry, played for the Lydney Beacon lighting ceremony. Later on in the weekend the whole Town Band then performed at the "Proms In The Park" at Lydney's Bathurst park. A busy weekend for the band!
It was brilliant to play at the Ross-on-Wye bandstand today for the first time in three years, helped along by an appreciative audience, sunshine, and ice cream!
Lydney Training Band were proud to be part of today's Ukraine fundraising concert at St. Mary's church. A big shout out to Herbie, Millie & Sadie, who did superbly with their concert solo/duet debuts!
Last night the Starter Group were in action performing a range of solos and ensemble pieces for the residents of Lydney's Goode Court!
It's *so* fantastic to see our next generation of brass players (both youth and adult learners) getting out and about once again.
We would like to welcome Sue to the back row cornet team. Sue has always played cornet and learnt to play in the Salvation Army in North Somerset. She still does good work for the Salvation Army and helped to lead the Children's programme for the Forest of Dean branch.
Having returned to playing after a 5 year break she is enjoying her music again and especially the new Summer programme currently being launched at Lydney. We hope she enjoys our team spirit at Lydney
Congratulations to Dougie, George and Luna who recently passed their ABRSM grades 4, 3 & 5 respectively! A huge well done from all at Lydney Town and Training Bands.
Today Lydney Town Band competed in the Third Section of the WEBBA Regional Finals. The contest, which was cancelled in 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and initially cancelled in late January 2022 due to the unavailability of its usual venue, The Riviera Centre in Torquay, was held at The Centaur conference centre in Cheltenham.
Under the baton of Musical Director, Thomas Dunne, Lydney Town Band performed "Facets of Glass" by Gordon Langford. In the final results, Lydney were placed 5th out of 14 bands.
Picture: Pre-contest rehearsals on Sunday morning!
We're delighted to announce that Edward, who is currently playing percussion with the Town Band on loan from Lydbrook Training Band, was awarded the ODBBA George Tutte Memorial Cup for the youngest player at the recent ODBBA Contest!
His father, Dave, spoke about Edward's journey as a young musician: "It all started when his grandad bought a second-hand drum kit at an auction and Edward decided that drums were going to be his instrument. He started drum lessons at school aged 6. When he was 7, he started playing with Brookfield Music Centre taking part in the National Concert Band Festival at Royal Northern College of Music, and playing at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival. He also plays with Lydbrook Training Band, with whom a highlight has been playing under the wings of Concorde at Aerospace Bristol in February 2020. He passed Grade 3 drums during lockdown and is currently working towards Grade 4."
Recalling his first Lydney Town Band engagement, Edward said: "I really enjoyed the experience of playing in my first senior contest at the ODBBA."
Today we competed at the Oxfordshire and District Brass Band Association Contest, our first contest since March 2020, and placed 5th in the third section with Olympus (Philip Harper).
...but that was only the finale of what has been a challenging 48 hours for the Band!
On Thursday we found out that our Musical Director, Thomas Dunne, would be unavailable to lead us in the contest due to ill health. It was decided that the Band would only withdraw if a replacement couldn't be found. Cue a mad dash by Kevin and Kerry to find someone who knew the piece well enough and was willing to conduct the Band with very minimal rehearsal time (in the end, they got just 20 minutes in the warm-up room).
Enter Josh Ruck, who did a phenomenal job of settling the band and giving us a well needed morale boost before leading us on stage to a brilliant performance! We can't thank Josh enough for helping us today, it would have been a massive shame to put aside months of work. As it is, we're now in a brilliant position to move onto the Area Contest in April!
Special mention as well to Thomas Dunne: without his work with the Band, we wouldn't have had the confidence to achieve what we did today; and to Kevin for leading last night's final rehearsal after just announcing the tricky situation that the Band in which had found itself!