On the 29th November Aylesbury Band had the gratifying experience of playing to a full house. The Band had once again been invited to play for the annual Let the Chilterns Sing concert, organised by Wendover Rotary Club at St Mary’s Church, Wendover, and all the tickets had been sold several weeks before the day. The concert also featured performances from the Great Missenden Gateway School Choir and the Military Wives Choir, Halton, both under the direction of Rebecca Izzard, and two soloists: young harpist Gabriella Alvarez and local soprano Helen Twomey. The aim of the concert is to raise funds for the charities supported by the Rotary Club, so it’s good that it should be so successful.
Then in the early evening of Saturday 6th December members of the Band played for the annual carol service in Hampden Square, Fairford Leys (a district of Aylesbury). The following day the Band fulfilled another regular engagement, the Mayor’s Carol Service at St Mary’s Church, Aylesbury. The service always features a variety of local organisations and schools, and this year as well as the Band there were contributions from the Aylesbury Choral Society, Aylesbury High School, and children from Haydon Abbey Combined School.
These were the last engagements for 2014, but that didn’t mean the band could have a rest. The next concert is early in January, so the Band has to make the most of the last two rehearsals in December to prepare for it.