Maghull – Wind Orchestra at Sefton Park Palm House

As a follower of Maghull’s excellent Wind Orchestra I found myself back at the Sefton Park Palm House where yesterday’s Christmas concert was being held.


It’s a lovely place to listen to music, in fact it is a lovely place full stop


This community orchestra now has 130 members and around 70 were present and playing in the Palm House on Sunday.

What’s more it was standing room only as the place was packed out and we were treated to a lovely sunset too:-


The Orchestra are next in action on Tuesday evening (tomorrow) at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral where I will be be acting as roady to flute player Jen Robertson again.

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The sunset photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-

A Merry Christmas to all


May I wish everyone a very merry Christmas

I could not find three wise men but then again are there any these days (particularly in politics – although I suspect Justin Trudeau the new Prime Minister of Canada would a front runner)? Wise women is probably nearer the mark. However, I did find 3 Christmas trees that I photographed this December.


The top one was taken in the Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool when Maghull Wind Orchestra was playing there (I avoided being thunder bolted as an atheist). The second one was outside Sefton Park Palm House (again when MWO was playing there and I was a roadie for a flute player!). The last one has a Yorkshire feel to it as it was taken inside Salts Mill, Saltaire, Bradford.


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A work colleague of mine has just lost his mother and another friend has a terminally ill wife and this will be repeated in families everywhere. Such losses and battles for life seem to be all the more keenly felt at this time of year so a thought for those less fortunate will be on my mind whilst I try to enjoy the Christmas festivities.

A Merry Christmas to all

Maghull Wind Orchestra at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral

Tonight the ever growing reputation of Maghull Wind Orchestra went up another notch as they played to a packed audience in Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral.



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The performance also included a Chamber Choir from Belvedere Academy who unfortunately were rather drowned out by the Cathedral organ but came into their own when singing to a piano. Their rendition of Once in Royal David’s City brought back memories of my own solo performance of this popular Christmas carol at St. Helen’s Church in Sefton Village many, many moons ago. I was a choir boy there and before that at St. Andrew’s Church in Maghull in the days when I followed my parents religion.

But back to MWO whom I have seen in action twice in the past 3 days. I understand there were around 90 of them playing tonight and a wonderful sound they made too. They seem to make a big impression wherever they play and they must be doing more than their bit to put Maghull on the musical map.