25th Annual Burbage Christmas Tree Sale – Saturday, 7 December 2019
The Band entertained visitors to the 2019 and 25th Anniversary Burbage Christmas Tree Sale. Burbage Christmas Tree Sale and Market is part of the village tradition and attracted many people as they chose from a huge selection of Christmas trees for sale as well as buying local crafts in the Christmas Market.
Phoenix Brass entertained the crowds with a varied selection of festive musical pieces.
Kennet Gateway Club, Woodborough – Thursday, 5 December 2019
Players returned to Kennet Gateway Club in Woodborough for what has become a customary event in the Band’s festive diary. Kennet Gateway Club was set up to provide a social life for adults with learning disabilities and the musicians always look forward to the evening, playing a variety of festive favourites and Christmas carols to the delight of Club members.
The evening provides the opportunity for players to ‘dress down’ from their normal band attire. Dressed in a variety of Christmas and festive jumpers the players performed a mixed programme of music under the baton of Anthony “Tug” Palmer.
Christmas Concert at The Walwyn Hall, Lambourn – Sunday, 1 December 2019
The Walwyn Hall welcomed Phoenix Brass back for its annual Christmas Concert for what has become a recurring event in the Band’s annual diary. Despite a number of competing local events the chairs were filled and the audience were treated to a variety of festive and seasonal tunes. The second half of the Concert was interspersed with what has become the customary singing of Christmas Carols and this year was no exception with the audience joining in with great gusto.
The audience were treated to a euphonium duet with Liane Squibb and Helen Parkin performing “Babe in a Manger” which received rapturous applause for their performance.
Jamie Greenwood, aged 14 years, made his debut appearance playing with the Main Band at the Concert having progressed through the Training Band, with family, relatives and friends in the audience.