audience enjoys Burnham and Highbridge's Xmas concert
capacity audience filled Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre on
Sunday evening (20th December) to enjoy Burnham & Highbridge
Band's annual Christmas concert.
band, under its new musical director Stephen Sykes, started the
proceedings with a lively festive march called "Christmas
Joy", which was followed by some audience participation in
the first of the evenings carol singing.
came Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride" before Santa Claus
paid us a visit to distribute sweets to everyone - whether they
had been naughty or nice!
first solo item was from trombone player Sarah Chadwick-Jones
in a rendition of the Ertha Kitt hit song "Santa Baby",
with Sarah all kitted out as Mrs Claus.
concert continued in a light-hearted vein with the music interspersed
with some witty and informative facts from compère and
MD Stephen Sykes.
annual band awards were presented towards the end of the evening
with the David Fisher Memorial award being presented to the whole
bands person of the year was awarded to solo horn player
Jane Gregg, whilst a special award was presented to chairman Tony
Fricker for his services to the band.
am sure everyone in the audience would agree with me that Burnham
and Highbridge have a band to be justifiably proud of; it certainly
made me proud to be a member of the band whilst listening to the
many words of praise as the audience left, thoroughly entertained,"
said band member Graham Davies.