Our Christmas programme started on 24th November with a combined rehearsal with the St Albans Choir prior to a Christmas Concert at St Pauls Church in Papanui. The Band had 24 playouts leading up to Christmas with several being standing community commitments and many being carolling bands outside supermarkets. Some engagement required a full band while a roster had been organised to put smaller bands to cover other events. The Band had a very successful Carolling season raising over $5000
Christmas Concert at St Pauls Church
For this concert we combine with the St Albans Choir, along with the Church organist, and presented a programme of traditional Christmas music. Each group provides a couple of brackets as well as some combined items. It culminated with a rousing sing along with the audience of popular Christmas carols followed by a shared supper of finger foods.
This concert, along with an ANZAC concert with the St Albans Choir are becoming regular features of the Band programme and are very well supported by the local community
Funds raised from this concert were shared between the band and the Christchurch City Mission.
Band Christmas Function
Not everything the Band does involves music! The Band Supporters Club organised a Social gathering at the Harewood Tavern which was well attended by Band members and their partners. We had a really enjoyable meal and a good chin wag
Christchurch City Christmas Parade
The Band did not take part in the actual parade but chose to participate in the new City Council initiative of having bands play in the city centre prior to the parade. Accordingly we played in the City Mall for a couple of hours leading up to the parade. This provided a great vibe with lots of family groups and tourists stopping to listen. Nadine singing a couple of solos went down very well
Bunnings Shirley Christmas Night
This year we have formed a relationship with Bunnings Shirley where we participate in some of their in house functions while they, in turn support us by providing us with a date and ingredients for a Sausage Sizzle. A Christmas Party is held for the families of their regular clients and includes face painting, bouncy Castle, burghers, candy floss and lots more family friendly activities. The Band plays a light Christmas theme programme and enter into the fun of the evening.
Christmas Night Market
Friday night in the Square with delicious aromas from ethnic food stalls. A steady stream of people checking out the craft stalls and a band playing a light Christmas music! Sounds good! We enjoyed it
New Brighton Christmas Parade
Santa at the Beach! And all the Community out to welcome Him! It seems every group in the New Brighton Community has a float or is otherwise involved in the parade and the streets are lined with lots of eager young faces. We get to lead the parade after the Fire Engine! This Parade, along with ANZAC Day are the only regular occasions for us to be a marching band. Fortunately those skills are deeply embedded in our banding tradition.
All Saints Burwood Nine Readings and Carols
For many decades the bandhas supported St Faiths Church in New Brighton with this service but the earthquake toll has moved the service to the main Parish Church in Burwood. The Band provided the accompaniment for the carols and our bass player, Nadine, is a very fine soprano and her rendition of ‘Oh Holy Night’ and ‘Once in Royal David’s City’ was a highlight
Packe Street Party
Packe Street is a community garden run by the St Albans Community. We combined once again with the St Albans Choir to provide the musical segment of the entertainment with a couple of brackets of Christmas music and a Carol sing along. Played under the trees in the lovely garden with lots of shared food and happy children it was capped off with the appearance of Santa with a large bag of lollies.
Weka Pass Railways
Well this is a new event for the Band this year. The Band was asked to play for the newly revamped Christmas Trains which have been run over the last 2-3 years by the Weka Pass Railway. The Band was located up at Waikari and put to work playing for the arrival of the Steam-hauled ‘Christmas Special’ train with carols and Xmas music alike – some accompanied by our friends from the St Albans Community Choir, who sang on the train on the way up to Waikari. It was a great day with 2 sold out trains of about 400 people, and something new and different for the Band to experience this Christmas season.