BVB Rehearsal Sunday 19 May

The next Brigstowe Village Band rehearsal is on Sunday 19 May, 2 – 4.30pm, Jubilee Pavilion, Long Ashton Community Centre.

The list of tunes to be played can be found here. Please bring all the music from the summer playlist and Let Union Be.

Look forward to seeing you on Sunday. If you are unable to come please email BVBcommittee@gmail.com to let Liz know as this will help with rehearsal planning.

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Portishead Senior Forum and onwards …

Message from Liz:

Dear BVB,

Thank you to all those who loyally attended the extra practices for Wednesday’s gig, played so well for Portishead Seniors and for braving the domestic politics with such good cheer. I have learnt that in future I must approach senior ladies in lilac suits with caution!

We got £30 for band coffers and some half decent tea / coffee and cake and some nice thank you’s afterwards. We were complimented on the variety of the programme, but generated some disappointment because in spite of much talk about cider there was none available.

More importantly we had a respectable stab at Laurel’s four new arrangements.

This involved:

  • a lot of devoted listening to the sound files
  • getting used to the slightly different sound that every gig produces – because not everyone can do every gig
  • adding to a more uplifting ‘style’ to the proceedings by remembering the more challenging beginnings and endings and the more ‘patchwork’ style of Laurel’s arrangements (I thought the BVB solution for the timing of Union Dance was genius)
  • responding to Briggy ……….. and finally
  • looking up at each other, at least some of the time!

The ‘Matt’ pieces like New Rigged Ship and Opera Hat had a brightness and flow to them which possibly came from a “thank heaven’ I don’t have to concentrate quite so hard on this one – but nevertheless they sounded good.

St Stephens next – where hopefully we will perform Union Dance – band and singers together; all to be revealed at Laurel’s rehearsal on Sunday.

Keep listening to the sound files.

Fritjof we missed you!

Best wishes

Liz

 

 

 

 

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Busy week for Brigstowe Village Band

There’s lots going on this week for BVB.

Tuesday 14 May: Practice for the Portishead Senior Forum gig. Click here for details and playlist.

Wednesday 15 May: Portishead Senior Forum. Click here for details.

Sunday 19 May: BVB rehearsal. Click here for details. Laurel has put the Summer Playlist here. We need two volunteers to do the refreshments onSunday. If anyone is able to do this please email BVB.committee@gmail.com.

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BVB Practice Tuesday 14 May for Portishead Senior Forum

We had a very good and enjoyable practice on Friday 26 May. Thank you to the people who were able to come.

Most useful was playing through Laurel’s four new tunes (Rising of the Larks, Up in the Morning Early, Union Dance and Untitled Waltz) and practicing her arrangements (adapted slightly by Liz, Helen and Mike to accommodate the instruments we will have at the Portishead Senior Forum gig on Wednesday 15 May).

Sixteen people have replied to the Doodle Poll to say they can play at the Portishead Senior Forum on Wednesday 15 May so we will have a strong line up.

There will be a practice for this gig on Tuesday 14 May at 23, The Crescent, Henleaze BS9 4RP 7.30 – 9.30pm. Please try to come if possible.

The playlist for this practice can be found here: Tues 14th May Practice Playlist.

This will also be the provisional setlist for the Portishead Senior Forum gig.

Please spend some time playing through the tunes so you know what you will be playing. Please take note of how some of the arrangements end.

Please listen to and play along with Laurel’s sound files. https://soundcloud.com/laurel-2/sets/brigstowe-village-band (We will play a little slower than the sound files at this stage).

For Laurel’s new arrangements we recommend that you cut and paste your part – the bass part for Rising of the Lark for example fits on one sheet of paper which is much easier to read than lots of sheets (sorry if this is a grandmother to suck eggs one!)

There will be a link nearer the time to words, readings and some singing in between the tunes. The programme will be just over an hour.

Happy practicing.

 

 

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BVB Practice Friday 26 April

There will be a Brigstowe Village Band practice  on Friday 26th April 7.30 – 9.30pm at 23, The Crescent, Henleaze. BS9 4RP

Look forward to seeing as many as possible.

The playlist attached will be pretty much what we play at the Portishead Senior Forum and for the rest of the summer.

The arrangements of parts for Laurel’s four new pieces are as close as possible to Laurel’s cheat sheets but some changes have had to be made to accommodate the line up of instruments for the Portishead Senior Forum.

Friday 26 playlist

Portishead parts 2

 

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BVB rehearsal Sunday 14 April

The next Brigstowe Village Band rehearsal is on Sunday 14 April, 2 – 4.30pm, Jubilee Pavilion, Long Ashton Community Centre.

The list of tunes for this rehearsal can be found here.

Look forward to seeing you on Sunday. If you are unable to come please email BVBcommittee@gmail.com to let Liz know as this will help with rehearsal planning.

Subs for the next term are now due. Payment details can be found here. Thank you.

 

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Response to Suggestions Resulting from the BVB Survey

The Steering Group have completed a summary of response to suggestions resulting from the BVB survey in a ‘You said – We did format’ (see below).

Response to Suggestions Resulting from the Survey

Many thanks to all who took time to complete the survey – your comments and suggestions were much appreciated.

If you feel any points have not been properly addressed or have any other suggestions please feel free to talk to any member of the Steering Group or use the suggestion box to leave a comment.

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