Next BVB rehearsal Sunday 24 November

The next BVB is on Sunday 24 November, Jubilee Pavilion, Long Ashton Community Centre 2 – 4.30 pm.

Laurel has posted the list of tunes to be played here

The refreshment rota can be found here

Look forward to sing you all..

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Thank you to all who took part in the U3A gig

Message from Liz:

Dear BVB

To those who played for U3A

Didn’t we do well!

It was quality, stylish playing and performances – with little sign of nerves, which with such a large audience would have been understandable. A particular thanks to Michael whose reading so enhances our performances.

Among many plaudits we received were ‘You looked as if you were enjoying yourselves’ (!- exclamation mark from me). Particularly pleasing  were the number of people who were, as I hoped, interested in booking us. Possible offers from social clubs, the Liberal party (we will have to think about that one!), and an old UWE friend who asked if we (or Roland and Michael anyway) – would perform the choirmasters funeral at her funeral – I don’t think this event is imminent .. but I have put it on the list for the future.

Stars all of you

Thank you

Best

Liz

Also a lovely message from Kristin Payne from the U3A:

Dear Elizabeth

Thank YOU! It was a great morning. You had a bigger than normal audience, a full house, and everybody left looking happy. Several people made a point of telling me how much they had enjoyed it. Your jolly music and interesting accounts really lifted the spirit. So please thank all the musicians for their performance. I hope we may be able to invite you to come again at a different season of the year.

Best wishes

Kristin

 

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Next BVB rehearsal Sunday 13 October

The next BVB rehearsal is on Sunday 13 October, Jubilee Pavilion, Long Ashton Community Centre, 2 – 4.30pm.

Laurel has put the list of tunes to be played here.

The refreshment rota can be found here.

Look forward to seeing you all.

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Thank you to all who took part in the Long Ashton gigs

Message from Liz about the Long Ashton gigs:

Thanks to all those who played the Long Ashton’s this weekend. Heather is writing a mail about the Harvest supper, but I wanted to add that on both days we played confidently and rhythmically, particularly the Laurel arrangements which seem to be lifting our playing.

Long Ashton Apple Day was pleasing for me because it was so much better in terms of BVB presentation than last year – a visible improvement – specially thanks to Lyn for getting folk into their places and to Heather for her persuasiveness on the dance floor. The organiser Sam was very pleased with the way BVB attacked a crowd that sat and listened!

£30 at each gig for BVB funds – and rock cakes and apple crumble to boot – good job and best wishes.

Liz

 

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BVB Practice Friday 4 October

There will be a practice for the two Long Ashton gigs on Friday 4 October, 7.30pm at 23, The Crescent, Henleaze. BS9 4RP.

It will be a chance for everyone (particularly tune players) to have a little extra brush up before the gigs.

Note: For both gigs there will be readings which require interaction with the band and therefore a tiny bit of rehearsal.

We will run through both playlists and sort out intros for Sunday.

Long Ashton Harvest Festival. Saturday 5 October

  • At the practice please look at Heather’s plan for your position on the stage and times of arrival.
  • The setlist and info about arrival times, directions to venue etc can be found here.

Long Ashton Apple Day. Sunday 6 October

  • Lyn will have a place plan which will be available at the practice. We will need to move into places efficiently because there is a group of dancers performing directly before us at 3pm.

On Sunday:

  • The band will arrive at 2pm and assemble in the Youth Hall (small hall behind the main hall)
  • Play through and revisit readings and interactions with the band
  • Chris and Lyn will set up the stage for Part 1 with microphone on a stand for the speakers.

Playlist for Long Ashton Apple Day on Sunday 6 October: Long Ashton Apples Playlist

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Videos of BVB

The steering group are in the process of putting some video material of BVB performances on You Tube (thanks to Chris Chaloner).

A selected few videos will be public and can be accessed through links from the ‘Pictures and Videos’ page of the website.

The remainder will be for the band to view only and will be accessed through links from the password protected ‘Videos of BVB’ page of the website which can be found under the ‘Rehearsals 2019’ tab. (The password is the same as for the ‘Music’ page).

We feel the videos will be useful for band members to look at, particularly in terms of how we present ourselves – seating arrangement, dress etc.

When watching:

Look for a nice balance of sound and interesting texture from harmonies and also variety of instrument groups for different verses. Varied intros also make for more interest.

Our aim is to:

Look as though we are enjoying playing.

Respond to the music.

Engage with the audience and each other.

Look at, listen to and add responses to speakers and singers.

Move to a higher level of performance skills.

 

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Next BVB rehearsal Sunday 22 September

The next BVB rehearsal is on Sunday 22 Sept, Jubilee Pavilion, Long Ashton Community Centre, 2 – 4.30pm.

The refreshment rota can be found here.

This terms subs are now due. Please find payment details here. Thank you.

 

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