Newsletter Spring 2019

May 19, 2019

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Hathern Church Concert

April 6, 2019

Hathern Band giving a concert in Hathern Church with all the proceeds going to the Church, with grateful thanks from the Band to the Church for all their support and the ongoing use of their lovely building for Band events.

As this will probably be his last ‘official’ engagement conducting the Senior Band we decided we wanted the Band photo taken with David Newman still in charge. He is the one smiling in the centre of the photo!! and we thought as his brother Geoff was helping us out it would be nice to see them sitting together, Geoff is the younger one to the left of Dave!

Thank you Colin for coming along to take the phot’s and lovely to see Marion.

When we do appoint a new MD thankfully Dave won’t be going far as he will continue to conduct and teach the Training and Youth Bands, putting many hours in for the future of the Band. He is of course the Hathern Band President and you may see him playing from time to time. He may even be the new Band Librarian, but has yet to have an audition.

Quilted Banner

Jan. 26, 2019

Hathern 2018 was a series of events to commemorate the visit of King Edward II to the village in 1318, the casting of the oldest church bell in 1618 and the end of World War One in 1918. One of the activities during the year was the production of a quilted banner with 33 panels illustrating organisations and places in Hathern. Many crafters were involved in the project and the impressive Hathern Band panel was made by patron Liz Persse. The banner is permanently hung in Hathern Community Library and was unveiled by the Mayor of Charnwood, Cllr. Christine Harris at the celebration of the library’s third birthday on 26 January.

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Jan. 19, 2019

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LOROS Charity Concert

Jan. 12, 2019

£2,195.30 – another fantastic amount raised for the Hospice. Thank you to all who attended to support this wonderful organisation.

This is the 19th Concert the Band have given to raise money for LOROS and with the support of Barclays Bank £4£ scheme, last nights concert brings the total raised to date to £39,531.

A write up will follow but the photo shows the Chief Executive of LOROS, Mr John Knight, receiving the cheque from Band members.

Hathern Band got the New Year off to a splendid start on with their annual concert (12 January) in aid of LOROS, the Leicestershire & Rutland Hospice. The Charity has special significance to the Band as three members of the Hathern organisation received care from the Hospice.

The capacity audience at the Parish Church in Hathern soon had their feet tapping to the march Great Little Army, which opened the evening’s entertainment. The Band and Musical Director, David Newman, then took us on a trip to the movies to see The Magnificent Seven; Cabaret and a very fast performance of Can Can from Orpheus in the Underworld had people dancing in the aisle – well almost! The pace slowed a little for the number I Will Follow Him from the film Sister Act, which featured the trombone section of Simon Baum, Tom Dyer-Hill, John Baum and Joe Southgate. Joe’s talent is not restricted to playing the bass trombone as the Band demonstrated with their energetic rendition of his excellent arrangement of the Curse of the Black Pearl from Pirates of the Caribbean.

The concert also featured the solo talents of James Kerfoot who expertly presented The Trouble with the Tuba, appropriately on the tuba; and George Baum (17) played Helter Skelter on the xylophone at the break neck speed!

David Newman thanked the audience for their continued support of this concert, which this year has raised £2,195.30 including £750 from Barclays Bank under their match funding scheme. The Bank has been providing this funding since the first concert in 2001 and Barclays on-going support is very much appreciated. David also thanked everyone who had helped with the organisation of the concert, but particularly Hathern Church for the free use of their splendid building and also Band Secretary, Lesley Bentley.

John Knight, LOROS Chief Executive, said he had thoroughly enjoyed the concert and was delighted to accept the cheque on behalf of the Hospice. He also explained that the Hospice is continuing to expand its services and now has a new Out Patient and Day Therapy Centre, plus the recently opened Education & Research Building. Mr Knight thanked everyone very much indeed for raising such a magnificent amount.

A rousing rendition of the Radetzky March brought the excellent concert to an end and sent everyone home with a spring in their step.

Louise Haworth