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Maghull Wind Orchestra take a sad year and make it better

Maghull Wind Orchestra take a sad year and make it better

by Henry James (July 2021)

WHEN Maghull Wind Orchestra started recording virtual performances last year, they never thought more than 12 months later they would be up to recording number 14!

Thursday, July 22 saw the release of what they hope will be the final virtual performance - and they definitely saved the biggest until last!

‘Hey Jude’ is the current release and brought together members of MWO along with other musicians who signed up to take part too.

The total number of performers taking part was an enormous 130 with players coming from all over the UK, from Edinburgh to Dover, including the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.

There were also performers from further afield - the Cameraygal Wind Symphony from Australia, who were due to play in concert with MWO until lockdown prevented this from going ahead.

For this final performance the mammoth task of editing both the sound and video fell to band trombonist and committee member Chris Horswood. Chris said: “When it came to editing this virtual performance I was slightly anxious as we had opened up the submissions so there was no way of knowing how many musicians would take part.

“Even with about 130 people taking part, it has been an epic video to edit, taking longer than I had expected - especially with it coinciding with the implementation of a new project at my full-time job.

“That being said, I am happy so many people were able to join in, including the Cameraygal Wind Symphony from Australia, and am very proud of the end result.”

The finished version is available on Maghull Wind Orchestra’s YouTube channel by following this link: https://youtu.be/7dA2tazrxqw as well as on Facebook (MaghullWindOrchestra), Twitter (@MaghullWindOrch) and the orchestra’s website – www.maghullwindorchestra.co.uk.

The band were really lucky to receive sponsorship for this performance from The British Association of Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles (BASBWE) and also from members of the community. These funds are key for getting the band up and running again while continuing to follow guidance and restrictions and the band thank everyone who has contributed to this.

As the band start to rehearse together again Phil Shotton, musical director of MWO, shared his thoughts: “Fundamentally music is a social experience, both for performers and audience. It is an art form that brings people together from all walks of life in many different ways. It has been so difficult having musical interaction and live communication missing from our lives for both musicians and our audiences. Now that it is going to slowly and carefully return, we are extremely excited and looking towards the future with great exhilaration. To be performing music together again and bringing that music to the community will be joyous!”

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