Monday, 05 January 2015 23:39

Christmas 2014

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As it's now 2015 we thought we'd reflect on the busy Christmas period just gone.

Our Christmas engagements started in November with the switching on of the lights in Castletown Square. Balley Cashtal played in the early afternoon and Castletown came on to play for the carols and the actual switch on. It was good to see a large crowd in the square enjoying the festivities.


Although not specifically a Christmas event, on Sunday 7th December we joined a number of other organisations in an event organised by Manx National Heritage to commemorate the unofficial Christmas truce in 1914.


Following this we entered into the festivities playing carols around the streets of Castletown, which if the comments on Facebook are anything to go by were appreciated by all. This was the first time for a number of years the band had done this, and thanks must go to Ian Astill and Simon Court for organising, and to all the members of both bands who took part.


Another new event for this year was the Community Christmas Concert held at Victoria Road School. Apart from the band, the school choir also took part singing a number of carols.


We also had our own Christmas Concert at the Civic Centre on 19th December. This was a chance for both
bands to let their hair down and wear their Christmas jumpers and hats, and to decorate their instruments. Both bands took part and combined at the end to play a couple of items. We were also privileged to be conducted by none other than Superman, otherwise known as John Collings. I'm glad to say there are pictures of the event on our Facebook page which is accessible by all. Please take a look.


Our final public event was on Christmas Eve when members of both bands again played carols in Castletown Square.


Finally, we'd like to wish all our supporter and friends all the best for 2015, and we hope to see you at some of our concerts during the year. If you've been thinking about a new years resolution, why not come along to a rehearsal and have a go at playing a brass instrument. We'd love to see you and welcome you into the brass band family.


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