It was quite strange to be playing a concert again with the other band members in SMSG church after more than 18 months since we had last been allowed to play any concerts, because of pandemic restrictions.
We chose a Saturday afternoon during the (postponed from June) StonyLive week in early September for the concert. Thank you Lesley for guiding us through lots of new music which she sent to us while we were meeting weekly via Zoom during 2020 and the first 5 months of 2021. When we first reconvened in May 2021, we started playing our new pieces together for the first time (impossible via Zoom). This concert programme was mostly new music though with a few old band favourites too.
Waltzing with Tchaikowsky
Handbells: Triumphal Fanfare, Ecossaise, Mango Walk
478 Make me a channel of your peace
Hill Street Blues
We'll meet again
Handbells: Iona Boat Song, Can-Can, Largo from a the New World Symphony
Day Trip to Bangor
Rock Around the Clock
Thank you to those who served refreshments and to the very appreciative audience.
Words by Anna Page, photos by Dave Easton