Bude Metric Brass has announced that there will be new charity beneficiaries for their next two Concerts.
For the Christmas Concert at 3.00pm on Sunday 9th December, they have teamed up with “Light Up Bude” to raise some funds for the Bude Christmas Lights. “We wanted to help a local charity, and, being the Season of Goodwill, thought that the Light Up Bude team would be appropriate”, said Alan Lafferty, Band Secretary. “We hope they will take over the front of house events in the Ivor Potter Hall, while the Band concentrate on playing those carols and music that make Christmas so special”.
Later, on 23rd February, the Band will be bringing together their musician friends from across southern England in a themed concert based on commercial adverts. Called “Band Ads” they will play some of those catchy tunes that you sometimes wonder what they are called, and others that live in your memory long after the advert has disappeared. The theme of the Concert was the idea of Musical Director, Colin Gay, who commented:
“We have presented a Concert in February for the last 10 years, and I thought that it would be nice to do something different for a change and chose music from the adverts.” He said he would not release details of any of the pieces to the public because that might spoil the event, but said that there may be a special rendition of the Hovis advert!
Following a short public discussion on Facebook, together with consultations with the Band and its supporters, it was decided that three charities should benefit from the Band Ads Concert. The public choice was “Jay’s Aim”, which is providing cardiac assessment and cardiac arrest equipment for young people in the memory of James Osborne, who sadly died, aged only 28, of an unexpected cardiac arrest in 2017.
The Band decided that Prostrate Cancer UK should be a second charity because they had supported Breast Cancer Now at several previous Concerts and wished to balance the gender disparity.
Finally, they chose Cornwall Air Ambulance again, knowing that Bude is about as far away from emergency medical treatment as anywhere in Cornwall, and everyone benefits from their services.