Maghull Wind Orchestra rock the Palm House yet again

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:-

www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

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.’

Maghull Wind Orchestra

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.

Can you help a Maghull Wind Orchestra member with a disability get to Fusion Festival WITH her Assistance Dog?

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:-

you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/let-charlie-barker-s-assistance-dog-george-go-to-the-fusion-festival?bucket&source=facebook-share-button&time=1534944458

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.

Thank you

Maghull – Its excellent Wind Orchestra played Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall yesterday

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.

Maghull – Another excellent concert at Palm House by MWO

Sefton Park Palm House

It’s hard work being a roadie for the flute player transporting all that heavy gear:-) Seriously, Maghull Wind Orchestra performed another great concert in Liverpool’s wonderful Sefton Park Palm House last Sunday.

Conductor Phil Shotton was not a well man but despite that he led the band to play some lovely music in a quite breathtaking venue.

Here are some shots of the concert:-

Orchestral Conversations

Full Palm House

Band leader Phil Shotton – Lost in the Jungle:-)

The lead photo is also amongst my Flickr shots at:-

www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Maghull – Its Wind Orchestra packs out Palm House again

Liverpool’s Sefton Park Palm House was packed out today for another performance by Maghull’s very own community wind orchestra.

This lovely venue really seems to suit MWO and they have quite a following these days. BTW I leaned today that they have been in existence for nearly 40 years and there were 85 of them playing today. In 2018, to celebrate their 40th anniversary, MWO will be playing a one-off special concert at Liverpool’s Philharmonic hall.

Christmas music and some scores from films were the order of the day for this latest performance. Always nice to hear them and to run into some old friends and former work colleagues. I had not seen Phil Davidson for two or 3 years but have run into him twice this week and it turns out he’s a fan of MWO.

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