Band News


Friday and Saturday 28/29th September 2012

The Band celebrated it's 40th birthday year in style with 3 back-to-back concerts in Elburton Methodist Church.


Friday and Saturday nights were a sell-out, and about 40 audience on Saturday afternoon including the Deputy Lord Mayor of Plymouth councilor Singh enjoyed a programme from the Band and guest soloists.


Mrs Jean Davies from Elburton organised the concerts on behalf of the Band and also acted as compere.


Images of the Band and national events since 1972 were shown while the Band played music as diverse as Colonel Bogey to the Spice Girls, Mozart and Holst.   Proceeds after expenses will go the 'Action for Children'


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Tony and Heather Hollick cutting the Celebratory Cake

at the 40th Anniversary Concert.


Laira Youth Band at Elburton Methodist Church in Plymouth (review)



Laira Youth Band reached the ripe old age of 40 this year, and the last of three special events to celebrate this tremendous achievement was, without doubt, one of the most enjoyable concerts for a very long time.

Compere Jean Davies skilfully took the packed audience on a fascinating journey, by highlighting significant musical events and personages, from the Seventies through to this summer’s London Olympics,  enhanced by a well-researched, and at times particularly nostalgic accompanying slide presentation.

However this was really all about the players, not only those now at university who had travelled across the country to take part, those still at school, but all those who have come through the ranks since 1972.

Despite a lip-gruelling weekend of performances, the players’ enthusiasm and real enjoyment was almost tangible, as they got through a lengthy programme of film music, show themes, pop numbers, classics, and much more, with clarinettist Laura Deignan, accompanist Margaret Bowhay, and pianist Oliver Bredemeyer providing a well-deserved breather each half.

None of this, though, could have happened, without conductor Tony Hollick, who could scarcely believe just how far the band had already come, as he cut a commemorative cake with wife Heather, herself a founder-member and player on the night, along with other Hollick siblings.


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