Hungerford Town Band News for 2021

February 2021

Hungerford Town Band continues to miss its regular activities. This time of year, would generally see the band rehearsing for the National Championships as well as trying out new music for forthcoming concerts and the summer season. Sadly, not this year.

The band did complete two carol playing sessions in early December with a small, socially distanced group entertaining shoppers in the High Street. We would like to thank everyone who stopped by to say hello and for their kind donations.

Unfortunately, the band has had to cancel its “Break-Out” concert planned for Sunday 21st February. Musical Director, Tim Crouter said “It’s such a shame that we cannot proceed with the concert as planned. We hope to rearrange concerts and events once it is safe to do so.”

The band is keen to remain at the centre of the community and look forward to seeing everyone again soon.

Contact the band via the website www.hungerfordtownband.org.uk .

December 2020

All the members of Hungerford Town Band love performing at their concerts, taking part in The National Brass Band Championship’s annual competition and supporting events such as the Constable’s Parade, Town Carol Service, the Remembrance Day and more. These, and the twice-weekly rehearsals, are a huge part of their lives.

So, after lockdown and group restrictions from March, the musicians were delighted, at the end of August, to be able to start small group rehearsals outdoors at the Croft Field Centre, led by the Band’s Musical Director of 25 years, Tim Crouter. Well wrapped-up, and with individual music stand lighting illuminating their scores as the darker and cooler evenings drew in, they commenced to get ready for their next concert – whenever and wherever that proved to be.

“It seems unbelievable that our last public performance was on Christmas Eve 2020 playing carols to shoppers in the High Street and the last time they played as full band was 12 March this year,” Tim Crouter reflected sadly..

For Christmas 2020 – prevailing government regulations permitting – the Band is planning its usual carolling entertainment playing in the High Street in Hungerford and Northbrook Street in Newbury (which can be done in small groups). ‘We need to keep up a presence in the community,” Tim Crouter said, “so we look forward to seeing you all then.”

It is with much sadness that than Band has had to cancel both its annual Poppy Concert in aid of the Royal British Legion and its own Christmas Concert. “The players are disappointed,” Tim Crouter admitted, “as the thrill of playing to a packed Corn Exchange is very special to us.”

However, in a spirit of optimism, the Corn Exchange has been booked for an afternoon concert on Sunday 21 February at 3.00pm. The band is hopeful of resumption in time for the event which has been jokingly entitled “The Break Out” concert.

The Town Band is very grateful for the support of its major sponsors but this year has missed many of our its important fund-raising events. If you would like to support the Band. The best ways are where your donation will be doubled as the Band is supported by the Greenham Common Trust via The Good Exchange. Any donations into the bucket whilst carol playing and contributions via the Good Exchange website (www.thegoodexchange.com) Project No 17991 will be doubled through match funding.

Enquires to info@hungerfordtownband.org.uk

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