Maghull Wind Orchestra’s latest appearance at Prescot Festival turned out to be a big hit as Prescot Parish Church was packed out to hear them close out this annual festival of the arts with soprano Danielle Louise Thomas.
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The now well established Prescot Festival runs from 21st June until 30th June this year and Maghull’s very own Wind Orchestra has been invited to perform in the finale with soprano soloist Danielle Louise.
I hear that the orchestra went down very well at Lydiate Festival recently so if you want to hear them you know where to go – a quick trip down the M57 to Prescot on Sunday 30th June.
Another great concert from Maghull Wind Orchestra at Liverpool’s iconic Palm House in Sefton Park yesterday. The place was packed out; here’s a couple of shots of the concert:-
I think it fair to say that the audience was delighted with the performance but not necessarily, somewhat bizarrely, with the venue’s convenience or should I say inconvenience arrangements. The toilets were out of bounds to those attending the concert and a walk of some 5 minutes, for a fit person, was required through the park to another set of toilets where the gents were out of order anyway! How odd, the notices did not say the toilets were out of order at the Palm House, indeed they seemed to be in use for catering staff if I understood correctly. I’ve been there many times and never have I seen the toilets out of bounds before. Frankly, with many elderly people in the audience or considering that the weather could have turned foul at any moment in February the ‘facilities’ needed to be open. Even the orchestra members had to run for the other toilets at half time! I wonder what the trouble was all about?
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The lead photo is also amongst my Flickr shots at:-
Addendum – I queried the lack of toilet facilities and this is the response – Looks like a misunderstanding on the day – ‘sorry you were unable to use our toilets, this shouldn’t have been the case and that this spoilt enjoyment of both the Palm House and our free Sunday Concert.
We do provide toilets facilities at the Palm House specifically for our visitors and who those attend our events – such as you did when you came to our concert.
However, these are not public toilets for the Park and recently we had been experiencing some anti-social problems and it became necessary to put the signs up around the Palm House to try and deter this.
Anyone who has wanted to use our facilities has been able to so, or has asked a member of staff and have been directed to them. I would stress our intention has never been to stop our visitors using the toilets but only to restrict access.’
Our very own local orchestra was today playing a Christmas concert to a packed house at Sefton Park’s wonderful Palm House
What’s more, they got a standing ovation. Their concerts seem to go from strength to strength as their reputation spreads far and wide. well done yet again Maghull Wind Orchestra.
I like to think that I’m one of those people who always wants to help, where I can, a person with a disability and here’s a case where we can all try to help. Below is a link to a 38 Degrees petition:-
Please click on the link and add your name if at all possible.
Surely there’s no logical reason why an Assistance Dog should be refused entry to a music festival but it’s seemingly the case here. If we all get behind this petition maybe we can persuade the organisers of Fusion Festival to back off and indeed embrace attendees, like Charlie Barker, who need assistance dogs to help them get through their daily lives.
Please help if you can.
What an excellent concert yesterday at the Phil’ and to a large audience too. Congratulations to the organisers and indeed to the whole orchestra, they do the Town proud 40 years on since they were first formed.
They were originally known as Maghull RBL [Royal British Legion] Town Band and were formed in 1978. Now with well over 100 active members they play concerts all over Merseyside and beyond. And they still stick to their fundamental values of being a community orchestra with no fees, no audition and any ability. Oh and they sound great too.