2017 – The Bench

Liberty are pleased to announce their 2017 Summer Production, ‘The Bench’.

Throughout the day a range of people use the bench as a place to rest, a place to eat, or a place to meet. However for one person, the bench is more than that….it’s where he sleeps and where he wakes up. It’s the closest thing he has to a home.

Music choices include ‘Morning” from Peer Gynt, “Have I Told You Lately that I Love You” and “Fix You”

Throughout the season, at the various events and competitions we attend, Liberty’s members will be raising money for a charity working with homeless young people.

Liberty’s corps will once again be made up entirely of young people aged 18 or under and will be competing on the BYBA and DCUK circuits.

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Liberty Brass Players with Alison Balsom!

Our time with Alison Balsom……

Our corps director recently attended the Music and Drama Educators’ Conference and Exhibition in London. One of the stands he visited belonged to the Royal Albert Hall where he found out about their educational programme…..and from that meeting a wonderful opportunity came about for 2 of Liberty’s young brass players.

World renowned trumpet player, Alison Balsom, would be giving a concert at the iconic venue and had agreed to give a masterclass to 13/14 year old brass players at grade 4/5 standard.

Liberty applied for places for 2 of our members, Euan and Kim, and the application was successful. And so last Tuesday the 2 young musicians joined 40 other young brass players in the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall for a morning’s masterclass with Alison Balsom. After spending time asking questions, Ms Balsom talked about preparation for playing, along with breathing exercises, and then the 40 odd players worked through a couple of pieces of music. After the mid morning break the youngsters worked on jazz improvisation before revisiting the music they had looked at earlier. Lots more questions, opportunities for photos and autographs followed and as the participants left they were each given a pair of tickets for the “Alison Balsom and Friends” concert on Sunday.

The concert explored trumpet playing in a wide range of styles….from baroque music through to a brand new composition accompanying sound samples from the composers MacBook….with lots of jazz thrown in and even a performance from Sir Bryn Terfel.

It was a wonderful experience and it’s safe to say that it will live with these 2 young players for a long time. This week we will be starting our rehearsal with what we are going to call our “Balsom Breathing”!

 

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Liberty Juniors

Liberty have been having a great time letting the primary schools in our local area know about the opportunities available with us…and we’ve got some more visits lined up.
We take some of biggest and loudest instruments into an assembly and see how much noise we can get the pupils to make, and then encourage the pupils to come and check out a Liberty rehearsal.
Liberty’s junior band for 9-12 year olds rehearses on a Thursday night before our Senior corps meets. Tuition is given by the older members of our senior band with our experienced staff on hand to give support where needed. That way 2 groups of young people get to develop skills at the same time….and all the while making sure we keep it fun. Half of our current brass line first performed in our junior band so it’s been a great way of growing our organisation.

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We Will Remember Them

Liberty’s Drumline were extremely proud to lead the Remembrance Parade through Daventry on Remembrance Sunday.
We were also really proud to once again supply a trumpet player to sound Last Post and Reveille at the village of Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire.
We will remember them.
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Liberty in the Diwali Parade

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diwali-2After having such a fabulous time with the guys at The Cube Disability, we then supported our local community again on Saturday night by taking part in Northampton’s Diwali Parade. The only instructions we had were ‘Follow the Big Bird’, and then a stunning creation powered by people on a push bike came round the corner.
The streets were lined with people watching the parade full of lanterns and lights….we even lit our drums and colourguard poles up for the night.

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Our visit to Cube Disability Arts Academy

For one day at Liberty it wasn’t about trying to recruit new members, or trying to raise funds, or even trying to plan for next year’s show….. it was about ‘giving back’ to our local community.
We were delighted to run a marching percussion workshop for a number of young people with down syndrome who attend The Cube Disability Arts Academy in Northampton. It was a wonderful and incredibly rewarding morning that gave some of our young members an opportunity to share their skills and enthusiasm in a new setting. Whilst we might have been ‘giving back’, we were actually given far more in return by the young people that we had the absolute privilege to share this experience with.
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Focus on our 2016 new members

new-members-2016We wanted to introduce and shine a light onto the young people who joined us in 2016 and stepped onto a competition field for the very first time.
15 young people, between the ages of 9 and 15, completed their first Liberty show in 2016 (unfortunately one was away for this photo) and these 15 young people made such a positive difference to the corps and soon became part of the Liberty family. Before they joined Liberty none of them had done this before, so there was a lot to learn…and they did a fantastic job.
They came with friends, or after a school presentation, or to join a sibling, or because someone told them about the corps, or because they’d seen a leaflet…or most rewarding of all, 3 of them moved up from our junior band.
“New Member of the Year” is going to be a tough call at our end of year review night in November!
And this week we start the work to find 15 new recruits for 2017…and if they are as great as this bunch, it’ll be another fantastic year at Liberty.

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BYBA Finals 2016

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byba-finals…and so to the last competition of our season – British Youth Band Association Finals. We met at lunchtime and between rain showers managed a couple of full run throughs. We then travelled to Telford in pouring rain, hoping that the weather might be a bit kinder to us when we performed.
The rain cleared up, the flood lights came on, the field was a bit slippy but Liberty were ready to go!
The final performance was just what you hope for…..the best one of the season. 38 x 11-17 year olds performed their hearts out and delivered a great show.
Liberty finished in 5th place overall in the Premier Class with our best score of the season. Wonderful memories have been made and great friendships formed…and now it’s on to planning for Liberty 2017. We’re looking forward to seeing you on the field or entertaining you in the stands

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Thank you DS Smith Plastics!

ds-smithWe want to say a huge thank you to the wonderful people at DS Smith Plastics who sponsored our last rehearsal before BYBA Finals. We worked hard on making the last few adjustments and improvements to the show so that we could perform at our very best at the last competition of the year. Thanks to all at DS Smith for their support.

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Preparing for BYBA National Finals

wootton-tyre-and-exhaustA huge thanks to Wootton Tyre & Exhaust Centre Ltd for sponsoring our rehearsals last week. Guys…..your support made such a difference.
We have been listening to the judges’s feedback from last weekend’s competitions and then making the the last few tweaks to ensure that the show is the best it can be for British Youth Band Association (BYBA) finals at Telford on 1st October.

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