Lismore Proms taking a year out as Band plan exciting concert in November.....
It became something of an annual tradition for many in the town but for the first time in over a decade, Helston Town Band will not be descending on the usually tranquil setting of "Lismore," in Helston this August Bank Holiday Weekend.
"The sheer cost and work involved in organising our Lismore Proms weekend was quite phenomenal and seemed to increase each year," said a band spokesman. "We are not ruling out a return to Lismore (or an alternative venue) in the future and are very fortunate to have an open invitation from our President, Michael Jay. However, for the first time in many years, we can allow our band members to enjoy a relaxing Bank Holiday weekend, as we explore putting on alternative events, at different times of the year. However, in what would normally be the week running up to the Proms, we want to reiterate that there will be NO Proms or Songs of Praise at Lismore this year, as we have had enquiries from a number of regulars. We don't want people to turn up Lismore on Saturday evening!"
A decision on a 2017 Proms will be made in the New Year.
In the meantime, trusty Helston "Proms-goers" are invited to join the band at an alternative event, with fun and entertainment, at The Flambards Experience, on Saturday 26 November 2016. Details of this evening of music from the movies, which will include refreshments and a bar, will be released over the coming weeks, as the band's busy Summer season draws to a close.
The next performances from the band will be outside The Harbour Inn, Porthleven, on Friday 26 August and Friday 2 September, from 7:30pm
Helston Town Band Summer Fete
Helston Town Band held their annual band fetebin the rarely seen sunshine at the Boating Lake on Saturday.
The fete was opened by Rebecca Wills from BBC Radio Cornwall and was ably assisted by her daughter, Polly.
The opening was followed by a performance by the Helston Town Band Student Brass who, in the absence of their musidcal director, were led by Mr Ben Curnow. the band performed well with many of the players performing in public for the first time. The players range in age from 6 to 16 and new members are always welcome on a Wednesday evening during term time.
The Student Brass were followed by the Helston Town Band Concert Brass before the Town Band took to their seats for their performance which was rounded off by a performance of Helston's very own Flora Dance conducted by Phobe, granddaughter of Solo Cornet player, Mr Ian Harvey.
There were a number of stalls around the square with a variety of goods as well as a raffle and, of course, refreshments were available from the Lakeside Cafe all afternoon.
The band would like to thank those who attended as well as those who support us throughout the year.
The band have recently purchased new waistcoats and have had new ties donated and we will publish photographs and an update on this soon. In the meantime, Ann Pascoe, 2nd trombone can be seen modelling the new hats we are looking at buying to keep the sun of the players heads. Please let Ann know your opinion on the hat and whether they should be issued to everyone.
Thank you for a fantastic Flora Day…
Members of Helston Town Band would like to thank everyone involved with Flora Day 2016 for making it one of the best ever; those within the organisation, the many guest players and collectors, the Flora Day Association and the people of the town.
Notably, special congratulations must go to our Musical Director, Kevin Johns, who is always 100% behind everything we do. Kevin proudly led the band, looking resplendent in his new three piece suit and lily of the valley coloured tie. Thank you also to an extremely dapper Martin Pascoe, assisted by Ian Edwards, who was on hand to direct the second band, for the Childrens’ and Midday Dances.
Well done to Jack Curnow, usually on Euphonium but this time in charge of the bass drum, for getting us underway at 7 o’ clock and keeping us moving at the proper tempo throughout the day. Fellow bass drummer, Simon Wills, who started the Midday dance, worked especially hard on Friday evening… even managing to tear the drum skin… well done Simon!
Flora Day always sees the welcome return of former players, but few are as memorable as school teacher Debbie Retallick who, armed with her cornet, made her first reappearance in the band for 15 years, but soon discovered that no hats in the bandroom were big enough for her!
Debbie’s last- minute dash from London enabled her to share in the celebrations in honour of the undisputed star of the day, Russell Harvey, who played on his 70th Flora Day and led the band away from the Guildhall at the start of the 7 0’ clock dance. Band members were honoured to present Russell with an engraved lily of the valley Cornish tin tie-pin, in recognition of his wonderful achievement.
Another player with who hot- footed it through the country to get to Helston was side drummer, Trevelyan Worth, who was on hand to step in at the last minute… and also to line up the red- coloured shots afterwards - thank you, Trev! It was also great to see fellow drummer, Simon Taylor, back with the band, following time away with a shoulder injury.
One well- known gentleman who will forever be associated with Helston Town Band and made an eagerly anticipated return on Flora Day is Keith Busby. Keith (and Glennis) – we are thrilled to have you back where you belong!
Equally, for another stalwart bandsman, Paul Jenkin, Flora Day marked the end of his time with the band, for the time being. Thank you for everything you have done, Paul, and we hope to have you back with us, soon!
A big thank you to the numerous guest players, who joined us for the Children’s Dance and Midday Dance, when we became 2 bands, with over 130 musicians; Beccy Noall, Sue Noall, Neil Bassett, Richard Rowe, Tegen Davis, Belinda Reynolds, Chris Reynolds, Teresa Smith, Demelza Sturges, Barrie Trevena, Marcus Dunstan, Sharon Dower, Stephen Clapton, Terry Broughal, Andy Wingham, James Hammett, Denis Floyd, Gillian Allen, Steve Allen, Roger Gluyas, Claire Ely, Suzanne Ely, Mark Christophers, Cecil Bennetts, Louise Christophers, Steve Andrews, Nick Searle, Andrew Annear, Mike Hall, Peter Burton, Philip Care, Darren Hawken, Royston Dower, Chris Warrington, Kevin Meagor, Barry Skinner, Ernie Reynolds, Andrew Kemp, Viv Collins, Martin Nicholls, Kevin Dower, Robert Smith, Tom Kennedy, Robert Wilton, John Adams, Megan Jenkin, Craig Jenkin, Tim Wingham, Dennis Carslake, Terry Sleeman, Debbie Campbell, Pete Bawden, Liz Bawden, Robbie Brokenshire, Matthew Bennetts, Graham Willcock, Mark Laverty, Bobby Combellack, Josh Bibby, Leah Morris, Treve Benney and Peter Benney.
A special thank you to 3 additional guest players who went the extra mile to help us on the day. Thank you to James Sturges, for willingly playing for all 4 dances and covering for mother-in-law, Cynthia Christophers, who was unfortunately too ill to play on the day and had to watch from the side-line; thank you to your sister-in-law, Tamsin Benner, who had a blue jacket foisted upon her at the last minute and was happy to assist and thank you also to David Pascoe, an ever- present Helston helper.
Well done to Helston Concert Brass for their sterling efforts; particularly to Mark Beard, Colin Heatley, Bridget Rustell and Rose Didlick, who all took on extra playing/ collecting duties! Particular thanks go to Linda Frew, who was called in at 6.55am, when Principal Cornet, Marika Charleston, was unfortunately too poorly to play.
What a fantastic turnout from all members of the Training Band, some of whom were taking part for the very first time and are the future of the band! Well done to you all and to Marika and Jack for their excellent work in tutoring you over the past few months.
Thanks also to the Ladies of the Godolphin Club, for providing band members with the usual, much- appreciated cooked breakfast.
Thank you for the generous collections that were gathered by our numerous helpers on the day; Lionel Endean (manning the “Collections HQ” at the Legion club), Alan Trewhella, Colin Heatley, Fred Angove, Graham Carter, Tracey Robinson, Colin Retallack, Jamie King, Ann Trerise, Laurence Penrose, Roger Truan, Brian Dale, Fred Angove, Sharon Strike, Erika Charleston, Rev. Danny Reed, Sarah Reed, Peter Mudge, John Boase, Dave Ensink, Emma Roberts, Georgina Roberts, and Helen, McGroary, Danielle Trathen, Michelle Pascoe, Bridget Rustell, Sian Richards, Suzanne Parry, Stuart Richards, Margaret Williams, Neil Williams and Amy McGroary among them. Thank you to our Secretary, Graham Carter, for his administrative work behind the scenes and also to Ann Williams, our hard- working Treasurer.
Apologies if we have out missed any names… but above all, a massive thank you to everyone in Helston and beyond for their continuing support of the Town Band, on Flora Day and throughout the year. Thank you One and All!