Oxted Band have been busy in recent weeks at a number of events connecting to Remembrance Day and the commemoration this year of 70 years since VE and VJ day.
As usual, the band made their contribution to the events on Remembrance Sunday, playing at the service at both St Peter's Church, Limpsfield and the Limpsfield Royal British Legion. On the weekend either side of this event, the band gave concerts with a special link to this year's commemorations.
After a successful event on October 31st at St John's Church, Hurst Green, the band visited Gravesend on November 14 to give a very special concert hosted by Gravesend Salvation Army. Darrell Scholes' programme catered for all musical tastes and our audience's genuine delight at hearing us play and their enthusiastic participation in our concert's second half made for yet another memorable evening.
The first half of our concert was a traditional concert and included showcase pieces for Kevin Adams (Principal Cornet), Jacki Doswell (Solo Horn), Dave Relf (Solo Baritone) and Phil Thompson (Soprano Cornet) - some of our star performers and the band's guest soloist, the Mezzo Soprano Lisa Davis who at one point dressed up as Mary Poppins for a medley of songs from that musical.
In the second half we adorned ourselves with Union Jacks and performed in "Last Night of the Proms"style. Our audience enthusiastically joined in with flag waving and singing along to patriotic melodies such as to "Rule Britannia", "Land of Hope and Glory", "Jerusalem" and a medley of war time songs performed by Lisa.
In the run up to Christmas Oxted Band will be supporting a number of community events. It will also be putting on a Family Concert at St John's Hurst Green on Saturday, December 12th at 3.00 pm. Tickets for this event cost £5 for adults. Children under 12 free.