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Helston Town Band will greatly miss the work carried out by Mr Lionel Endean over his 21 years as the bands’ secretary. Lionel, a Helston boy through and through, spent many years in the army where he met his wife Hilda whilst serving in Germany.
On leaving the army, Lionel and Hilda bought a house in Four Lanes where they still live. Although Lionel has never played an instrument, Helston Town Band had a very big influence on him when growing up, so, when there were a number of relatives playing for the band who asked him to join the committee, he gladly agreed and soon became the secretary.
Throughout his time with the band, Lionel has worked tirelessly behind the scenes organising events, collectors, buses and everybody he bumped into. He travelled with the band when they toured Holland and proved that although he does not play an instrument, he is musical by singing “Going up Camborne Hill” to whoever would listen. He was even recorded singing the Chubby Brown hit, “Living Next door to Alice,” when the band were in Italy.
At the band AGM on March 26th, Lionel stood down as secretary and in appreciation of his hard work over the years, band cahairman Alan Trewhella presented him with a silver salver inscribed –
‘For 21 years’ service as Secretary’
We are pleased to say that Lionel is not leaving the band altogether as he will remain on the committee and will continue his vital role as organiser of the HTB solo contest.
The Band will be doing something a bit different this weekend and attending a recording session on Sunday 24 November, as they transform into the Jack "The Crooner" Curnow's Swing Orchestra!
Jack, 21, who is the Band's Second Euphonium, will be recording three of his swing favourites as part of his Falmouth University Music Degree course and has provided the Band with his arrangements, to accompany his vocals.
Derek will lead the day of recording at Helston School Music Block and Band Members can be assured of adequate refreshments, as Jack has passed on strict food- related instructions to Mum, Jenny.
Good luck to Jack with this exciting project and we look forward to hearing the results!
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* 11/4/14 - Our 'Engagements' page now includes all of our gigs and contests up until the end of the summer season - mark the dates in your diary!
* 12/4/14 - The 'Results' page has now been updated.
* 14/4/14 - The 'Contact Us' page has now been updated.
* 16/4/14 - The 'Concert Band' page has been updated.
Helston Town Band’s 55th Annual Solo and Quartet Contest took place at Helston School on Saturday 16 November.
Contest Secretary, Lionel Endean, was delighted to receive 77 entries and declared the event a great success, thanking Main Sponsor, Jamie King, and the businesses of Helston for their support. As usual, the Band’s Ladies Committee provided much- needed refreshments throughout the day.
The main winners were Lia Teague (St Dennis) in the Junior Section and Kevin Ackford (Indian Queens) in the Open Classes.
Adjudicator, Dr Graham Jones MBE, was impressed with the high standard of playing throughout the day and commented that with players like those he had heard, Cornwall has a great musical future ahead.
Well done to all who took part!
Class 1 - Lia Teague, St Dennis
Class 2 - Lia Teague, St Dennis
Class 3 – Chloe George, Indian Queens
Class 4 – Chloe George, Indian Queens
Class 5 – Andy Wingham, Helston/ Chloe George, Indian Queens
Class 6 – Illogan Silver Band
Class 7 – Kevin Ackford, Indian Queens
Class 8 – Lisa Johns, Helston
Class 9 – Kevin Ackford, Indian Queens
Class 10 – Kevin Johns/ Lisa Johns, Helston
Class 11- Redruth Town Band