Ian’s Update July 2019

Well, what a time we have had since I last reported! We had an amazing experience touring the Norwegian Fjords aboard the magnificent “Balmoral”, Fred Olsen, cruise liner. Sadly, there is not enough space to tell you everything about the tour but we hope this summary gives you a flavour!

We set out very early on the IC Travel tour coach heading for the port of Tyne – an early hitch involved one of our Trombone players realising his band uniform was still in the back of his car which was now heading back to his home! After few, unsuccessful calls, contact was finally made, and he was soon reunited.

On arrival at port we set about loading the instruments, drum kit and percussion onto the luxury liner – a task in itself! We were soon allocated to our cabins and then set sail for a full day at sea. We were able to view the magnificent Lysefjord before dinner, followed by an evening of relaxation!

Our port days included the incredible views at Bergen and the spectacular and dramatic scenery at Eidfjord.

The highlights of the trip had to be the two concerts performed by the band in the ships packed out theatre! The shows had the passengers on their feet in appreciation, demanding “more”! Our featured soloists Richard, Becs and Becky were outstanding and the reception they were given was incredible. When Becky hit the last note of “Think of Me” the audience were clearly astounded!

This really was an incredible experience for the band and it will stay in our memories for a very long time.

A full gallery pf photographs and recordings of our two on-board performances can be found here :


We would like to thank Fred Olsen Cruises for the outstanding hospitality and service. Thanks, also to our loyal support crew who helped everything run so smoothly. Full details of the cruise itself can be found here;


Ian Colman MBE

Musical Director