The band played once again at the Parkinson Society's annual carol concert
on Wednesday 8th December.
The star studded event was held at Westminster Central Hall and hosted
by TV Newsreader Jane Hill.
It was a privilege to have the opportunity to support this major charity. They do wonderful work. Read the News Report on their web site and a few pictures of the BandThe B Band has a new MD
Chris Mackay is pictured on the left with the B Band at the Museum. Enlarge picture.
And here is a picture of the B Band playing at the Holy Trinity Church
on 13th December
More News from Basil
The credit crunch has, apparently, not yet filtered down to the busking
industry! Read more from Basil Preuveneers; Lawyer, Entrepreneur, Pianist, Squeeze Boxer and
Back Row Cornet Player CPB.
A New Band Engagement!
Many congratulations to Simon Suter (Principal Cornet) and Clare Lipscombe
(Ephonium) who announced their engagement in August.
Wonderfuil news! We wish them all happiness for the future and we look
forward to playing cheesy 'Abba' numbers at their wedding.
The B Band say Farewell to Ian Whittaker I
Ian Whittaker, the longest serving member of the Band and the Musical Director
of the B Band since 2002, has left us for Cornwall . His retirement from
CPB was celebrated by the B Band at a barbecue, kindly hosted by David
Charlesworth in Beckenham on July 4th. At the event, the B Band presented
Ian with a beautiful conductor's baton in an engraved case. There was then
a short impromptu concert in David's garden!
The band owe Ian a great debt of gratitude for all the hard work he has
put in over the years, particularly his recent work in setting up the B
Band to play in the 4th Section Nationals at Stevenage in 2007/2008.
Ian, we all wish you all the best for the future and please do come back
to see us as often as you can. Click for a few picturesLondon to Brighton Bike Ride
Back Row Cornet player Basil Preuveneers completed the London to Brighton
Bike Ride on June 21st, raising money for the British Heart Foundation.
Well done Basil.
Golders Hill - Sunday June 7th
'Koyofxx' on YouTube bumped into our concert by accident and took some
video. He writes; "Wandering from place to place, having lost myself as usually found
that kind of magic at the Golders Green Park, live performance of Crystal
Palace Band. Pieces like you'll see are memorable as the Saturday was indeed.that
makes life bearable...thought I know Hampsted Heath well-terrible mistake!
London always gives me food for mind and heart, man thanx for my regular
getting lost to get this kind of happiness."
Click on the Start Icon above >, or have a look at his original YouTube posting
The Crystal Palace Band Festival - 6th to 12th June
The band played an 'Open Rehearsal' in the Park,. close to the Museum,
on Wednesday 10th June, from 7.30 pm.
This was just one of a number of events taking place as part of the Festival
to celebrate the 155th anniversary of the opening of South London's Crystal
Palace. The Festival was part of part of the Mayor of London's capital-wide
celebration entitled ‘The Story of London and celebrated Crystal Palace's
famous past and vibrant future.
Click for further information, Press Release, Events Diary, 'A Victorian Afternoon' and a Leaflet.
The Contest Season Second Section - Weston - 17th May
Click for results and a few pictures
Second Section - Stevenage - 21st March
13th from 17 bands. Rankings courtesy of 4BarsRest.
Adjudicator's final comment ; ".... Overall a good show .....".