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Christmas Concert Report 2015

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Christmas is such a busy, hectic time of year and Tenbury Town Band were astounded how quickly the tickets sold for their Charity Christmas Concert. "It is such a great feeling to play to a full house at the Regal, especially at Christmas" said Melanie Parker, Conductor. It was lovely to see so many friends of the band, but also there were lots of new faces in the audience, which is fantastic to see. We had so many positive comments after the concert, and also a number of emails the next morning, thanking all involved for an enjoyable evening.

The programme for the Concert was full and varied, obviously the main theme was Christmas, but there were a few extras thrown in to entertain everyone. Festive Overture opened the concert which was soon followed by The Apprentices group, consisting of young and existing players just starting on an instrument. The Apprentices are really pushing on and doing so well, it is especially hard for the drummers and percussion all the way at the back of the stage. The rehearsal time for the apprentices is only 30 minutes once a week,  their performance was superb and the comments from the audience at half time was very much focused on them. Thanks goes to Melanie for her hard work and vision for the future.

Derek White joined us to get everyone in the festive mood, singing many of the popular Christmas songs, but also some of his favourites. New York New York sounded amazing and very fitting as Frank Sinatra would have been 100 on that day. Hallelujah was incredible, and Moon River was spine tingling. Derek even stepped in to help the percussion section in a Tribute to Spike Jones, which was a challenge in every way!

The Christmas sketch this year was The Nutcracker Suite. It was very professionally choreographed  by Mark, Steven, Max and Andy and all performed in a manner certainly never seen before!

Having a full audience was a great start to the fundraising for our chosen charity, Brain Tumour Support. Everyone was generous when it came to buying raffle tickets and this raised over £300 which was a great start.

Brain Tumour Support is dedicated to giving specialist help to families facing the often life-changing impact of a brain tumour diagnosis.  Funded solely through private donations and fundraising, the charity provides a lifeline for patients, as well as their loved-ones and carers.  The support is individual and holistic in approach and offered for as long as is needed.

This year we are very pleased to announce our concert has raised an amazing £1156.15 for a  very worthwhile charity close to our hearts.  Just this week we also received a £250 anonymous donation to add to our total, this boosted the donation to £1406.15. A huge thank you to everyone who helped us reach this fantastic amount.

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