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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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.
Christmas round the streets of Hathern
Dec. 23, 2018
Thank you to the lovely people of Hathern the Band raised just over £900 which will go towards buying instruments for our Training and Youth Bands.
Despite the awful weather!! well done all the players and most importantly the collectors, who turned out and spent 3 hours walking around in the pouring rain.
Happy New Year!
David Newman to retire as Musical Director of Hathern Band
Nov. 25, 2018
Hathern Band has announced that David Newman is to step down as their Musical Director. David said:
“I am told that next year will be my 40th with Hathern Band. It is with that in mind that my thoughts turn to the future.
I believe that the Band needs fresh inspiration and to this end I have informed the Committee of my intention to retire from the Senior Band and have given 12 months’ notice. I hope to advise and help with my successor, I have said 12 months, although if the right person is found in the near future, we need not wait the whole year.
I am honored to be the President of Hathern Band and will not be going anywhere. I am even thinking about playing again! so I will still be around.”
David’s commitment to Hathern Band has been outstanding over what we believe could be a record of a 40-year directorship. He took on a struggling 4th Section Band and built, guided and directed the band taking them through to where they are today in the Championship Section.
David was one of the master minds with the setting up of our fantastic Youth & Training Bands, spending many hours teaching to ensure the future of the band. David’s dedication, work and commitment to Hathern Band has been absolutely outstanding and we can’t thank him enough for everything he has done, and I am sure will continue to do, for the Band.
David will stay on as Conductor of the Training and Youth Bands, something he loves, where he will continue as he has done for many years, to teach and mentor young talent, a number of his pupils are already making their mark in the Senior Band.
- Lesley Bentley