2020 has certainly been a strange year for the band, as for most people, and we have really missed being able to see each other and all of you.
Throughout the year, we have been overwhelmed by love and support, from our local area and across the world, for our lockdown videos, our virtual contest entries and our fundraising.
Looking ahead with optimisim for 2021, here is our very last video of 2020. It's a musical message from all the band (and from someone very special).
Merry Christmas Everyone!
Last night, the band held a virtual Christmas Party. Band member came along with a game for everyone to play mixed with some rather terrible Christmas jokes. We all had a fantastic night and it was great to catch up with everyone and wish them a safe Christmas and New Year.
One of the greatest brass banding traditions is the Christmas band and choir concert, and our band is no exception.
To bring that spirit into your homes this Christmas, we invited the wonderful Northern Spirit Singers (who contributed to our recent prize-winning entry in the Cory Online Brass Band Championships) to join us for the classic Christmas carol "Hark the Herald Angels Sing".
It opens with the fanfares composed for the carol by David Willcocks, and arranged for brass band by our own Alan Beaumont.
Our December isn't stuffed with concerts like normal this year, but that hasn't stopped us celebrating!.
We're proud to present the first of three virtual videos for Christmas, arranged by Alan Beaumont, our Principal Percussionist from Peter Martin's concert band arrangement.
Our thanks go to our special guests for our Christmas virtual videos
For the first time in 9 months, the band have performed for the general public in Durham Market Place, albeit socially distanced. It was also the first outing for the newly purchased bell covers to help make us covid secure. Thank you to the band who all did either one hour stint, or doing a two hour stint. Also, a massive thank you to the general public who put something in our buckets to support us. It is always appreciated, but in these difficult times, it is appreciated even more so.
Despite some rain, it was wonderful to be able to play some music in person on Saturday for Durham's Christmas market - in socially-distanced groups of six, showing off our new bell covers. Here's a bit of music to start getting into the Christmas spirit.