I’ll admit that I had my doubts about whether last night’s concert would be well attended. I had no need to worry though as in the event we had a good turnout and a great atmosphere. This was one of the best concerts I can remember on the basis of the “feel-good” factor. Pretty much everyone came up to me at the end of the show to thank us and compliment the band on a great performance. They clearly had a whale of a time, and immediately invited us to come back next year. Pauline commented that the sing-along stuff really helped the audience feel involved in the show, so a good pointer to keep in our kit-bag.
At the end of our Christmas season, we’ve put on some really nice musical entertainment both in concerts and outdoors in Douglas … and we’ve added £400+ to our coffers which will go a long way to paying for Alistair to come over to us in 2015 for a tutorial weekend.
So … please relax and enjoy your Christmas break. We’ll return to rehearsals on Monday evening 5th Jan**, hopefully with Ray Harmer joining us to check us out. Jas has even promised to set out from Douglas 20 minutes earlier than usual so that he arrives with the rest of us at 6:45 ! …. well actually, he didn’t promise, but I thought I’d set an expectation up front 🙂
Ben will be in touch soon to arrange a meal out in January – Andrea’s already asked to come along and no doubt we can add Jackie, Tracey etc. to the list and have a fun do. More news soon.
Oh – and please put your thinking caps on. Susie correctly pointed out that our team photo is way out of date, so we should refresh it in the next term. Let’s choose a couple of venues – one indoors and one outside, and get a photo taken for the website and flyers etc.
Thanks to all for a fun 2014, have a great Christmas and lets do more of the same in 2015 !
** – Somehow, last night we thought that the first Monday back was the 3rd Jan and this would have been too close to new year’s day – apologies for any confusion caused.
Here’s hopefully our last ‘logistics’ email before our much-deserved Christmas break !
There’s quite a lot to take in, so please read it all carefully.
Firstly, the running order is detailed in our concert leaflet which can be found HERE.
Next up, I’ve highlighted where we should start the intro for each of our ‘Easy Christmas Carols’. Rather than send out 4 sets (1 per instrument), I’ve marked up the score where each intro starts (with a red arrow and some explanatory text). Can you please mark up your sheet music accordingly. Any questions, just let me know. The carol-intro start points are HERE – and the words for the carols are HERE.
@Jas – Can you please get the word-sheets to Ray and ask him to print them out for the concert. We’ll print out some concert leaflets (our Bio) with the running order etc., and will bring them along.
Dress Code is as per Glen Maye – Black ‘n whites for the gents with optional waistcoats. Susie may choose to give her blue seasonal number another outing, or of course may choose something entirely different (hint: don’t bother to co-ordinate with the banners !). We’ll all look forward to the surprise.
Our arrival time is before 7pm please, so we’ve got time to warm and tune our instruments at 7 on the dot, then put them away as the audience arrives. @Jas – Can you please ask Ray to make sure that we can get in for 6:45pm. Ta.
Looking forward to a last blast, then possibly a final busking session in Douglas on the Sunday morning. Note : if you want to busk on Sunday, it’ll be with the IOMWO crew who will meet at 11am outside the Sure shop by the strand centre.
Cheers all – see you Saturday
Just a quick note re tonight’s rehearsal. Matt will be away for the concert, so isn’t coming to the rehearsal tonight.
In case Michael is also unable to make the concert, we have to prepare ourselves to play as a quintet – the smallest band line-up we’ve ever had ! Still, we played as a sextet on Saturday and went down really well, so it won’t be much different.
I’ve reviewed our current repertoire – The good news is that most of our tunes are set up for 4 or 5 players and therefore don’t have to be changed and we can play them as-is. I’ve dropped “St. James Infirmary” and “Sleep” though as they both need a fuller line-up.
I’ve hastily re-written Moondance as a quintet (one tenor). This actually doesn’t change things too much – just a bit of a busier time for David, and adding a few harmony notes to Jas’s stack ! I’ll provide the sheet music for this version tonight.
I’ve compensated on the playlist by adding in some carols (which were requested anyway), and a couple of our Christmas numbers – Jingle Bell Jump and Winter Wonderland. Jingle Bell Jump runs as-is, and Winter Wonderland runs ok with just Tenor 1.
So, the playlist for Saturday will be as below ….
Note – We’ll concentrate our rehearsal tonight on the red tunes. The blue “Some Carols” means we can choose some numbers from our Easy Carols selection, which we’ll run as a sing-along session.
We’ve got plenty of material to run with so I’m confident that we’ll make a good job of our final concert outing this year.
See you tonight, Jem
|Just another lazy day|
|Comedy for saxophones|
|Shmooky and Mo|
|Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer|
|Carol of The Drum|
|In the Bleak Midwinter|
|Carol of the Bells|
|Polish Lullaby Carol|
|Jingle Bell Jump|
Just to pick up on some logistics etc. for our concert this Saturday.
First the location – it’s at the Methodist hall which is just up the hill from the Waterfall pub car-park in Glen Maye. You can park your car at the Waterfall.
Please can you be at the venue a little before 7pm, so that we can have a quick tune up / sound check at 7pm before the audience arrives.
Dress Code is White shirts, black lowers for the gents, and Susie may stun us with something contrasting but in keeping with our banners !
Please bring your stands along with you – I’ll bring the banners.
Pauline and I will do some home savouries for the night. Can each of you please bring along something small for the raffle – max. £5, and most likely something you have laying around 🙂 – no alcohol though.
For the music, we all know our way through the tunes, so we can relax and concentrate on playing together as an ensemble. I’ve put together some performance notes here.
Please read them and come back to me if you’ve any questions.
Cheers Jem – See you on Saturday, it’ll be fun !
Here’s the final playlist for our two Christmas concerts (in playing order).
Please make sure you have your sheet music in this order, ready to run for our rehearsal on Monday Dec 8th.
This is our final rehearsal before the Glen Maye concert, so we’ll play through the whole pack. If you’re prepared up front, we won’t waste time searching for our music in the session.
… and I’ll see you on Saturday 6th for Busking. Please make sure you’re outside Dealz for around 10 to 2pm, so that we can start playing at 2. Ta.
First Session – Musical Variety
St James Infirmary
Just another lazy day
Comedy for saxophones
Shmooky and Mo
Standing room only
Second Session – Seasonal Tunes
Rudolph the Red nosed Reindeer
Carol of The Drum
In the Bleak Midwinter
Carol of the Bells
Polish Lullaby Carol
To finish : Sleep