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Above: New Musical Director of Hathern Band Stephen Barnwell in action in St Mary's Church.

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David Newman conducts Hathern Band in St Mary's Church on Saturday.

Perfect end to a perfect evening

A large crowd turned out on Saturday (June 8th) to witness a sensational night of music in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, featuring the Hathern Band.

The music for a summer's evening was largely chosen by organiser Derek Larder, who must be applauded for all the hard work and effort which went into making for a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining evening. Special thanks also to the hard working team of volunteers who helped on the night in any way to make it such a huge success.

The programme for the evening included Rainbow Pier; Breezin Down Broadway; I'll Walk with God; Do-re-mi; Irish Blessing; Stardust trombone solo; With one look; Radetsky March; Robinson's Grand Entree; Nimrod; Let's face the music and dance;  Here's the rainy day; Helter Skelter – Xylophone Solo; Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines; Can Can; Jerusalem and Pomp and Circumstance – Land of Hope and Glory. 

The band is well known in Melton Mowbray for its appearances at the Christmas Tree Festival held in St Mary's Church, so it was a treat to hear them playing something other than festive music.

It also gave them chance to introduce their newly appointed Musical Director Stephen Barnwell who takes over the role from the band's President David Newman, who has held the post for 40 years. To find out more about Stephen and the Hathern Band click here.

David conducted the band for most of the night and it was clear to see that they have found a worthy successor in Stephen, who rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Army before retiring in November 2013, when he took over for a few numbers.

It is also clear to see that the band obviously enjoy their music and even the sight of some Pentecost balloons, let up to the ceiling during the latest Saturday activities morning earlier that day, swooping down and then rising up again, couldn't put them off their stride. 

The evening finished on a real high with rousing versions of Jerusalem and Land of Hope and Glory, complete with audience participation and some patriotic flag waving. 

A perfect end to a truly perfect evening.

Proceeds from the concert will go to St Mary's Church Refurbishment Project.

*Hathern Band will be playing at this year's Christmas Tree Festival on Sunday, December 1st. For more information on the festival click

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The picture above, and those below, was taken in St Mary's Church on Saturday night.

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Phil Balding, 09/06/2019

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