Published on June 6th, 2017 by gavin

Co-op Community Support Aldbourne Band

At the Aldbourne Band’s June Pond concert, which was held in the church because of inclement weather, the Friends of Aldbourne Band received a cheque for £2,511.

It was handed over by Co-op store manager, George Lovelock, as part of the Co-op’s Local Community Fund which had nominated the Friends as their charity. It was accumulated by members spending on Co-op products during the 6 months from October to March 2017.

Gavin Dixon, secretary of the Friends, was delighted to receive the cheque which will go towards the purchase of a new instrument for Ed Latham, the band’s principal euphonium player.

A spokesperon for the band told A4B: “We are really grateful to the Co-op for their generosity. The band is totally self-funding and any help towards purchasing instruments means we can then pass on the old ones to members of the Youth Band.”

The concert, conducted by MD David Johnson, consisted of a programme of music by the late composer and arranger Gordon Langford and showcased the wide variety of his music from arrangements of traditional songs to complex original works. There were solos from principal horn Simon Jones, and principal euphonium Ed Latham. The Aldbourne Youth and Junior Bands also performed with the trombone section of the Youth Band joined by the senior band trombonists to play a wonderful feature item “Blue Moon”.
Three of the young musicians were also presented with awards for their playing and progress. The next Aldbourne Pond Concert, which is free to attend, will take place on Sunday 2nd July starting at 6pm and hopefully outside in the summer sunshine.

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