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Monday 30 November, 2020

The upcoming festive period would usually be a hive of activity for Fairlop Brass – but as COVID-19 restrictions continue, the organisation has been finding new ways to keep engaging with its community.

Unable to undertake its regular engagement of supporting the Nine Lessons and Carols service at Holy Trinity Church (Barkingside), the London and Southern Counties band has supplied the church with audio recordings of five carols and a selection of festive pieces which will be used in the livestream of the service.

A concert at St Nicholas’ Church in Kelvedon Hatch is a big fundraiser for both the church and St Francis’ Hospice, usually raising more than £1,000.

To help support both these organisations the band has made copies of its Christmas CD available to the church. Those are on sale and all profits will go to the church and the hospice.

If government restrictions allow, there is agreement to play carols in Barkingside High Street in the lead up to Christmas, where money collected will be going to local cancer charity Maggie’s, St Francis’ Hospice and band funds. It is also hoping to send a small group to play at a local care home, where it will play in the courtyard while residents remain indoors, and the carol service of St Francis’ Church (Hainault).

A spokesperson for Fairlop Brass commented: “This year has been a challenge for most bands, particularly the understandable cancellation of the London Regionals. However, Fairlop has responded positively by having a weekly Zoom meeting and setting up our own YouTube channel on which we have released many virtual performances, all of which have received excellent feedback. As a small, unsponsored, lower section band, Fairlop is very proud of the way it has met the challenges of this year but like most other bands, we are looking forward to getting back to normal banding next year, when our highlight will be a tour of Belgium.”