Summer used to be the closed season with no band jobs planned and only a fairly laid back session on a Wednesday evening for anyone who wanted to turn up.
Not so anymore – particularly this year. Serious rehearsals on a Wednesday to get ourselves up to scratch for the CD recording we have planned for the first weekend in October.
Ding Dong Merrily and Rockin around the Christmas tree have produced looks of amazement and head scratching as they have wafted out over Burnley Rd in August but after all we are nearer to next Christmas than last.
Small groups of players also performed at a school summer fete, an afternoon tea party to raise funds for the Hospice, a wedding and a funeral.
We also had a visit from the BBC. Radio 4’s “In Touch” programme is a 20-minute weekly programme for and about people with sight loss and they came to rehearsal one Wednesday to talk to band members and Graham about the issues involved in being in a band with a conductor who is blind.
The programme was broadcast two weeks later. Before we realised it was September and the traditional curtain raiser at the Bridgewater followed by Chorley in the evening.