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Charity event - Hathern Band

Tuesday 13 February, 2018

Hathern Band’s first concert of 2018 was a Charity event held in Hathern Parish Church in aid of LOROS, the Leicestershire and Rutland Hospice, on 13 January. The Charity has particular relevance to the band as three members of the Hathern organisation were cared for by the Hospice.

The capacity audience was treated to an entertaining programme by the band and Musical Director, David Newman. The evening got off to a lively start with a circus march, Robinsons Grand Entree, followed by a trip to the movies with music from Band of Brothers. The concert gave prominence to several of the Band’s talented soloists; Graham Rix was on fine form with a toe tapping rendition of Blaydon Races on euphonium, trombonist Simon Baum performed All I Ask of You and principal cornet player Mike Wood joined forces with soprano player Ken Powell for a rendition of Pie Jesu. Hathern Band has a very strong training and youth policy and the final two soloists had progressed through this system. Firstly, local lad Dru Sparks gave a moving rendition of Georgia On My Mind on flugel horn and there was a complete change of pace from George Baum with his astonishingly speedy performance on xylophone of On The Track.

In addition to conducting the band, David Newman’s easy manner, together with his amusing and informative introductions to the numbers, certainly added to the evening’s entertainment.

The concert was a huge success and raised £2,524.47 for the Leicestershire Hospice, including a donation of £1,000.00 from Barclays Bank under their match funding scheme. Derek Horsfall from LOROS said that following the recent completion of an extension to the Hospice, 31 people could now be accommodated in-house, with another 12-18 receiving day therapy. However, a larger building means more funds are required, to the tune of £8.5m each year and Mr Horsfall thanked the Band and audience for achieving such a wonderful amount to help the people of Leicestershire and Rutland.

The Band is grateful to the members of Hathern Church for the free use of their wonderful building for the concert. The final number of the evening was a selection from Jesus Christ Superstar and was a fitting conclusion to the concert.

On behalf of Hathern Band, David Newman thanked Barclays for their on-going support of this concert, which has now raised over £37,000.00 for LOROS since the first concert in 2001. He also thanked everyone involved in organising the concert, particularly Band Secretary Lesley Bentley, Hathern Church Members for their help and most importantly the audience, as without such support it would not have been possible to raise over £2,500.00 for the Leicestershire and Rutland Hospice.