Since COVID-19 restrictions began easing, the Band has been able to undertake some guidelines-compliant rehearsals again. These have been so successful that we arranged an impromptu “pop-up” outdoor performance at the Tesco Superstore, Drayton from 1pm to 3pm It was great to be playing to an audience again!!
(with apologies for the portrait video clips – these were originally on Facebook live which insists on that format!)
Tickets for our Autumn Concerts on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th October 2021 will be on public sale shortly.
In the meantime, any holders of tickets for our cancelled Spring 2020 concerts are invited to send them to us for exchange tickets for the October dates at no extra cost.
We have updated our ticketing arrangements and all tickets will now be provided via a new provider, Ticketsource. Replacement eTickets will be sent if you have an email address and access to a printer. If not, please indicate this on the form and enclose a stamped, addressed envelope and we’ll print replacement tickets for you.
A form is attached below for ticket exchange – please click the link to open, then print and send to us with your Spring 2020 tickets for exchange. If you don’t have access to a printer, please copy the information requested down by hand.
As ticket numbers are limited (we are going to operate with reduced audience sizes in October) time is limited – once October tickets are all sold we regret that exchanges will no longer be possible.
If you have tickets to exchange and can’t make the October dates, we’ll make the same offer for a final time for our Christmas concert dates – this will happen nearer the time and before tickets go on general sale.
Taverham Band is delighted to have been approved by Broadland Council as a good cause for the newly-launched Community at Heart Lottery. As we have now wound up our old 100 club, this is an ideal replacement opportunity for our supporters.
You will have a 1 in 50 chance of winning a prize of up to £25,000 for a £1 weekly stake, whilst helping the Band out – especially during these difficult times when performance income is zero and outgoings such as insurance continue to be payable. 50p from every £1 ticket sold is paid directly to the Band.
The Community at Heart Lottery is managed and administered by Broadland District Council.
For full details, and to buy tickets, please visit our lottery page at:
The first draw is 27th February 2021 but tickets are on sale now – good luck to all of our supporters!
My 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 11am to 3pm on Sunday 20th December!
Update 18th December – apologies but, owing to unforeseen circumstances, the carol sessions at Tesco, Drayton on Sunday 20th December will no longer take place…
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.
Hope to see you all soon!
Ian Colman MBE – Musical Director – Taverham Band
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 🙂
Given the government advice at the time which stated
“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.”
our Spring and October 2020 concerts were cancelled. No tickets were sold for October, but Spring tickets remained valid for the October dates.
Arrangements for unused tickets will now be as follows :
All existing tickets for our Spring 2020 concerts, which were also carried forward to our October 2020 concerts, are now cancelled. Existing tickets will NOT be valid for entry to future events.
If you bought your ticket(s) online by way of an eTicket;
- Refunds have already been issued automatically to the original payment card used
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 resolves 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!
Update as at 12th May 2021 :
Now that the next stage of easing of restriction has been confirmed, the band will return to rehearsals on Tuesday 18th May. It has been necessary to find a new (interim?) rehearsal space which will be run according to COVID-19 compliant guidelines as issued by Brass Bands England.
Our engagements calendar has also been updated to reflect a limited programme of events through the Summer – with such minimal available practice time our Spring (postponed to July) “flagship” concerts at Taverham Village Hall will now not take place.
Dates for our October and Christmas Taverham concerts are on the list (please mark your diaries!) and ticket arrangements will be published at some time after 21st June, once the next stage of easing has happened and we know what special arrangements (if any) will be necessary (e.g. reduced capacity, contact tracing, etc.) This will include arrangements for the replacement of any Spring 2020 concert tickets still held as these will not automatically be valid for future concerts.
Update as at 28th March 2021 :
As England starts to move though the various, published, stages of easing of restrictions we have reviewed the latest government guidelines and further, detailed advice from Brass Bands England which all states that rehearsals cannot commence until “17th May at the earliest” and the Band will therefore remain unavailable for engagements until “21st June at the earliest” and in line with further guidance issued as the COVID-19 situation eases.
Update as at 2nd January 2021 :
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.
We managed a handful of rehearsals whilst adhering to the relevant guidelines whilst Norfolk was under Tier 2 restrictions, but the uplift to Tier 4 in late 2020 means that all activity has ceased again, and until any further changes permit.
Our concert programme is being reviewed on a rolling basis – there will be no Taverham Spring concerts in 2021 as rehearsal time will be so limited, if available at all, so dates have been reserved for two Summer concerts instead.
We will of course be monitoring the situation and update as needed.
Please check our engagements calendar for additional updates.
Please click here for details of how tickets for our Spring 2020 Taverham concert tickets will be refunded.
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