In addition to our monthly meetings we also try to organise two parties per year, one in the summer and one in the New Year.
The New Year Party is held at Armitage Bridge Church and the Summer Party in the beautiful setting of Beaumont Park Visitor Centre.
A Buffet is provided to which members either contribute a food item or a donation towards the cost. There are also plenty of drinks both soft and alcoholic.
A formal programme is not produced for these meetings but members tend to contribute lighter and more impromptu items and often there are community items in which everyone is invited to join in with.
Summer Party 2019
Our summer party was held at the Beaumont Park visitor centre which has now become a regular venue for this event.
A wide variety of music was performed including a wind quintet, vocal solos, clarinet solos and flute solos but the highlight of the afternoon was a massed woodwind and brass group who ended the musical entertainment with some themes from Grand Operas.
This group had not rehearsed together previously and it was wonderful gor people to just be able to turn up and join in.
After the music there was a delicious buffet and time to talk in a social atmosphere and catch up with friends old and new.
New Year Party 2019
This year for the first time we held our New Year Party at Armitage Bridge Church instead of at the home of one of our members. The event was a great success and the larger venue offered the opportunity to get some larger groups of musicians playing together as well as the usual small groups and soloists.
The event started with the music which included a wind quintet, a soprano singer and a bass singer, some violin solos and duets, a piano duet and a duet for two pianos and an excellent string group.
After this music a fabulous buffet was served which had a wondeful selection of salads, meats and desserts. We were even entertained by a string quartet performing 'parlour songs' during the food.
Ruby Reunion 23rd June 2018
Our Ruby reunion was an excellent event and a good opportunity for retired members to come along and meet present members for a sociable afternoon. The music was organised so that anyone that would like to was able to join in.
The afternoon started with the wind and brass ensemble playing 'Italian Festiva'l by Glenn Ossler and the 'English Folk Song Suite' by Vaughan Williams. This was followed by a singing group with a wide variety of items.
The string ensemble gave a wonderful performance of Bach's Brandenberg Concerto No.3 and this was followed by an orchestral ensemble playing extracts from Schubert's Overture 'Rosamund' and Bizet's 'L'Arlesienne Suites 1 and 2'
Following the music an afternoon tea was served which included a celebratory 40th birthday cakewhich had been baked and iced by members.
New Year Party 2018
2018 got off to a very good start with our New Year Party held at the home of 2 of our members. After drinks on arrival we were entertained firstly by a brass quintet performing selections from Gilbert and Sullivan. This was followed by a beautiful piano duet and then some flute solos from flautist Lynda who has just returned from an orchestral tour of China and entertained us with some Chinese flute music. The entertainment then continued with a wind quartet playing Rossini's 4th wind quartet and then some excellent clarinet and piano music. The musical entertainment concluded with some Frank Bridge trios for piano, violin and cello.
The evening then continued with some very tasty home-made soup, a salad buffet and some excellent desserts!
Summer Party 2017
Our annual summer party this year was held on 18th June the Beaumont Park Visitor Centre.
There were 8 contributing groups/soloists with music ranging from Bach to songs from the shows.
Afterwards we enjoyed the buffet and chance to catch up, as well as the beautiful view over the park on this gloriuos summer's day.
Musical items were:
Clarinet duets, saxophone duets, wind quintet, solo baritone with piano accompaniment, flute solo with piano accopaniment, brass trio, song sung in swedish with cor anglais and piano accompaniment and trumpet solo with piano accompaniment.