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Getting into the festive spirit…

My blog this time round has nothing much to do with cycling or photography, as I’m not doing much of either at the moment! However, I thought I’d tackle a more topical subject… Christmas!

Last Tuesday evening, we braved freezing fog and subzero temperatures to drive
to Southampton to attend a Royal Marine Band charity concert in aid of
Seafarers UK. It would have been easier to stay in and curl up in front of
the fire, but I have to admit that we have a vested interested as one of our
sons plays trumpet and violin with the band.

The bandstands were bedecked with tinsel and twinkling lights, and there was
even a little Christmas tree on top of the piano. Unfortunately, the hall
was not filled to capacity, but who can blame people for not turning out on
such a bitterly cold evening.

As usual, this very professional band excelled itself (yes, I know we are
biased, but the band really is very good!) and produced a wonderful concert
varying from serious overtures, to a collection of James Bond film scores (which the Band played – to much audience acclaim – at the premier of the latest Bond film, Skyfall, in the Royal Albert Hall), to pieces with a sense of fun, with two of the band playing a xylophone duet dressed as cheeky imps! The band’s new Director of Music is a barrel of laughs and kept both the audience and the band amused with his hilarious quips.

Then came the time for the audience participation in the Christmas
sing-along. Well, we did our best to sing Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,
Frosty the Snowman and Winter Wonderland with gusto, but just let me say that
we hardly brought the house down! Apparently, though, we were better than
the previous week’s crowd, so we should be pleased with ourselves – and it
certainly got us into the festive spirit!

By this time next week the presents will have been opened, the crackers pulled, the turkey eaten and we’ll be wondering what all the fuss was about! I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, a happy, healthy and peaceful 2013, and may the wind be in your wheels!!

Her Majesty's Royal Marine Band, Portsmouth

Her Majesty’s Royal Marine Band, Portsmouth