Ian’s Update December 2020

Well early October saw the Band hold its first rehearsal since mid-March with a ‘socially distanced’ group meeting at the village hall.

With 2m spacing between players, temperature checks and health declarations, bell covers on instruments we were all apprehensive as to what the first piece would sound like – it was Kool & The Gang’s ‘Celebration’ and to be honest didn’t sound too band!   After about an hour players were starting to tire out. Lip muscles need exercise and 7 months away was taking its toll.  Sadly, there is not a vast range of lip muscles exercises other than playing!

As we reach the end of October sadly concert performances seem a way off but we will keep positive. Hopefully in December we can have a few carol playing sessions at the Tesco store in Drayton which we are all keen on doing if we can and also raise a few pounds to help with our bills we have had this year with no income.

On a personal note, following a short illness my dad Brian sadly passed away in October. Many of you will know my mum and dad from the concerts and as residents of Drayton for nearly 60 years and on behalf of the family can I thank all those who have sent their best wishes.

With this being the December issue of the newsletter can I wish you the Merriest Christmas you can and hope for a much better 2021.

Hope to see you all soon!

Ian Colman MBE  Musical Director – Taverham Band

Webmaster’s update – since this article was written (in late October, to meet local magazine print publication guidelines) we have, of course, been in Lockdown 2.0 since 5th November and until 2nd December which meant, of course, that rehearsals were suspended again. As Norfolk exits lockdown inTier 2, rehearsals and performances are, once again, possible under strict guidelines. There isn’t time to rehearse, plan or book any full performances before Christmas, but look out for groups of 6 of us playing carols outside Tesco Drayton from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 12th and Sunday 20th December!

For any more recent (breaking!) news please check our Facebook and Twitter feeds and our website.

Ian’s Update November 2020

Hello everybody! This article was written at the end of September (in line with publication dates for local print magazines) so everything is based on what we knew at that time.

With the guidance for performing arts as it stands, the band committee is reviewing whether it is possible to meet the requirements to enable some rehearsals to take place.  With 2m spacing and no more than 6 in an individual group not mingling with another group….(the cornets and trombones never talked together anyway!), bell covers on instruments and so on there are hurdles to overcome but hopefully……

Turning to concerts, particularly Christmas – it is hard at the moment to know what we will be able to do in December – suffice to say the usual concert formats we are used to will definitely not take place.  Hopefully it may be feasible to offer something but who knows?  We will update in the next (December) issue once we know more at the end of October.

Hopefully as things progress in a positive direction, we can get the great support of all of us locally to get things back on track soon.

For any more recent (breaking!) news please check our Facebook and Twitter feeds and our website.

Hope to see you all soon!


Ian Colman MBE – Musical Director – Taverham Band

First COVID-19 guidelines-compliant rehearsal held 13/10/2020!

And….we’re back! Last night was our first DCMS guidelines-compliant, socially-distanced, mask-wearing (except when playing), sanitised, bell-covered, non-mingling rehearsal since lockdown started – and the band was sounding great….

Not only that, the piece featured in this video was entirely new to the band – the first time they had seen it so it was sight read!

Rehearsals are being held subject to the UK Government/English laws and guidance applicable each time and are subject to ongoing review on a weekly basis.

Thanks must go to Brass Bands England (https://www.bbe.org.uk/what-we-do/covid-19-advice-guidance-and-resources) for the fantastic set of resources which specifically tailor and translate the guidance/laws for Brass Bands.

Until such time as guidelines/laws regarding performances change, all bookings and concerts are currently cancelled but the intention is that the Band is “match fit” for performances as soon as this happens 🙂

October 2020 Taverham Concert Cancellations

Given the very recent government advice which states

“Non-professionals should currently not engage in singing or playing wind and brass instruments with other people given these activities pose a potentially higher risk of transmission and whilst research is ongoing. DCMS has commissioned further scientific studies to be carried out to develop robust scientific data for these activities. Existing and emerging evidence will be analysed to assist the development of policy and guidelines.” 

the band committee has today decided, given that there is now insufficient time to prepare and rehearse for our October concerts, that these are now cancelled. We know that you will be disappointed, as are we, and that some of you are holding tickets originally sold for our cancelled Spring (VE Day) concerts and subsequently carried forward to October.

Arrangements for unused tickets will now be as follows :

All existing tickets for our Spring concerts, which were also carried forward to our October concerts, are now cancelled. Should our Christmas or other future dates be achievable, new tickets will need to be obtained if and when advertised. Existing tickets will NOT be valid for entry to future events.

If you bought your ticket(s) online by way of an eTicket;

  • Refunds will be issued automatically to the original payment card used within the next few days

If you bought a paper ticket from our concert shop or one of our retail outlets;

  • Please return your tickets by post to Taverham Band, c/o Unit 4, Beech Avenue Business Park, Beech Avenue Taverham, Norwich  NR8 6HW together with a note of the following details – refunds will be made directly to bank accounts :
    • Bank and branch names
    • Sort Code
    • Account Name(s)
    • Account number
  • Alternatively, you may retain your paper ticket(s) for exchange for a future Taverham Hall concert –  the process for this will be included in future ticket announcements (to be made once the situation becomes clearer and dates are available, but will not be automatic – a physical exchange of tickets will be necessary).

Once again, please accept our apologies – we’ll be back as soon as it’s safe for all of us!

Taverham Band

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update 12th July 2020 and concert cancellations

In light of the ongoing situation the Band management committee has decided, in line with government guidelines, that it is appropriate to continue to take action to protect audience and Band members and all others indirectly connected with the Band.

Therefore, rehearsals continue to be suspended until further notice. In addition, our concert programme is being reviewed on a rolling basis.

We will of course be monitoring the situation and update as needed.

Please check our engagements calendar for additional cancelled/rescheduled concerts.

Please click here for details of how tickets for our Spring (carried forward to October) tickets will be refunded.

Ian’s Update March 2020

Preparations are well under way for the Band’s programme of Spring Concerts leading up to our Victory in Europe Celebration Concert at the Village Hall on 24th & 25th April. For the avoidance of doubt the title refers to the end of the Second World War rather than the UK’s recent departure from the EU, and tickets are selling fast.

Our first outing is to the magnificent Blofield Church, where we will be performing at the second attempt:  our concert there last October had to be cancelled because of flash floods which made the country roads (and much of the Southern Bypass) impassable,  Then we look forward to our annual visit to the Village Hall in Spixworth, which is always a friendly and popular occasion.

We are sorry to report that after many years’ service Andy and Becky Newman have decided to retire from the Band. We will miss their impressive array of percussion instruments as well as Becky’s vocal accomplishments which were always such a popular feature of many of our concerts. Rule Britannia will never be quite the same!

 


Taverham Band Presents:

VE Day 75th Anniversary Celebration Concerts

Friday 24th & Saturday 25th April 2020 – Taverham Village Hall – 7.30pm

Doors Open 7pm

Adults £8 – Under 16’s – £1 – Includes Programme and Refreshments

Tickets available from Drayton Post Office, The Kitchenary (Taverham Nursery),  Abbotts Estate Agents – Victoria Road (Cash sales only)

Online ticket sales (all popular credit and debit cards accepted) – buy online here

Or send SAE with cheque payable to Taverham Band to

Taverham Band, c/o The Chalet, Ringland Road, Taverham, Norwich NR8 6TG

Adults £8 – Under 16’s  – £1 – Includes Programme and Refreshments


Ian Colman MBE  – Taverham Band

Ian’s Update February 2020

Happy New Year to all readers and a big thanks for everyone’s support during a busy 2019.  Our October and December concerts were sell-outs and in addition we performed at Wensum Valley for their Christmas dinner as well as concerts at Frettenham and Mundesley.

In December we were saddened to hear of the passing of one of the Band’s founder team members – Jean Smith.  Many in the village new Roy and Jean and their tireless work with the Taverham Players as well as Taverham Band when it formed in 1974.  Jean was the last surviving member of the inaugural team and I know she was very proud of the legacy left.  Our thoughts go out to all her family.

Our next village concerts will be marking the 75TH Anniversary of Victory in Europe…..  get your tickets now!!


Taverham Band Presents:

VE Day 75th Anniversary Celebration Concerts

Friday 24th & Saturday 25th April 2020 – Taverham Village Hall – 7.30pm

Doors Open 7pm

Adults £8 – Under 16’s – £1 – Includes Programme and Refreshments

Tickets available from Drayton Post Office, The Kitchenary (Taverham Nursery),  Abbotts Estate Agents – Victoria Road (Cash sales only)

Online ticket sales (all popular credit and debit cards accepted) – buy online here

Or send SAE with cheque payable to Taverham Band to

Tav erham Band, c/o The Chalet, Ringland Road, Taverham, Norwich NR8 6TG

Adults £8 – Under 16’s  – £1 – Includes Programme and Refreshments


Ian Colman MBE  – Taverham Band

Ian’s Update December 2019

On behalf of the Band we wish everyone a


Two sell-out concerts took place in the Taverham Village Hall as the Band performed it’s first even Classical Spectacular with The last Night Of The Proms in October.  It was an amazing weekend with tremendous feedback all round. Several band members were presented with long service awards of 20 and even 30 years! Please click here to view a gallery of photographs from both concerts, as well as many from earlier events this year.

 

We are now working towards our Christmas programme and there may even be the last few tickets still available – if so, these will be available online only (see below).

Taverham Band Presents: Christmas Concerts !!!!


Candlelit Carol Concert [Sorry – Sold Out!]

Tuesday 10th December – St. Edmunds Church, Taverham – 7.30pm

Adults £6 – Under 16’s  – £1 [Sorry – Sold Out!]


Christmas Concerts

Fri 20th & Sat 21st  December 2019 – Taverham Village Hall – 7.30pm

Doors Open 7pm

Adults £8 – Under 16’s  – £1 – Includes Programme and Refreshments


Any remaining tickets will be available online only – buy online here

Ian Colman MBE  – Taverham Band

Ian’s Update November 2019

The Sir Henry Wood Promenade Concerts enjoy a worldwide reputation for innovation and performing excellence.  Over the course of the two-month season we get the opportunity to listen to world class orchestras, talented soloists, famous conductors and experience newly-commissioned music. Their enduring popularity is reflected in the many requests by local concert organisers for the Band to include these in our programmes, giving the opportunity for some uninhibited community singing and flag waving.

So it was this year on the actual Last Night when we replicated the fun and games in the Royal Albert Hall with a performance to a packed audience in the magnificent Cromer Church.  Then, once again, we were welcomed by the RAF Benevolent Association in Carnegie Rooms Thetford, in conjunction with the excellent Military Wives’ Choir from RAF Honington and the  Thetford Players.

Unfortunately, owing to the severe weather and flooding in the area our planned concert at Blofield Church had to be cancelled – this will be rearranged for Spring 2020. With our Taverham Concerts having just passed we are now looking to the Christmas season!

We look forward to seeing you all then.

Taverham Band Presents: Christmas Concerts !!!!


 

Candlelit Carol Concert

Tuesday 10th December – St. Edmunds Church, Taverham – 7.30pm

Adults £6 – Under 16’s  – £1


Christmas Concerts

Fri 20th & Sat 21st  December 2019 – Taverham Village Hall – 7.30pm

Doors Open 7pm

Adults £8 – Under 16’s  – £1 – Includes Programme and Refreshments


All tickets available from Drayton Post Office, The Kitchenary (Taverham Nursery),  Abbotts Estate Agents – Victoria Road or buy online here

Ian Colman MBE  – Taverham Band