LYME Regis Town Band is returning to public performances following the coronavirus pandemic and is looking forward to getting back together after a long period of enforced silence.
Band members have kept in touch during lockdowns via Zoom meetings and quizzes, meeting up socially outside and two attempts at producing a piece of music which they all played separately at home.
The results were skillfully knitted together by musical director David and the results were shared on the band’s Facebook page and website.
Funnily enough, the band chose to play ‘Barnard Castle’ – before the Prime Minister’s then advisor Dominic Cummings made it famous – and they followed this up with ‘Amarillo’, a favourite from its seafront seafront concerts.
The band is now able to meet again for face-to-face rehearsals at the Woodmead Halls and is eager to make up for lost time.
At this time of year, the band is usually putting the finishing touches to a full programme of music for its summer engagements, which members would normally have begun practising immediately after Christmas.
However, they are keen to undertake a shortened series of engagements this summer, supporting RNLI and carnival events and providing entertainment for visitors and their loyal band of local supporters on the seafront on Tuesday evenings and Sunday afternoons.
A band spokesperson said: “So wish us well, put these provisional dates in your diary and watch this space. In the meantime we will work hard to make up for lost time and we will look forward to seeing everyone, back where we belong, on Marine Parade in July and August!”
Dates for upcoming performances on Marine Parade by Lyme Regis Town Band are as follows:
- July 25 – including Lifeboat Week Songs of Praise
- July 27 – Lifeboat Week concert
- August 1 – Blessing of the Boats (at the lifeboat station)
- August 3
- August 10 – Regatta & Carnival Week concert
- August 15
- August 17
- August 22
- August 31