Looking back on the past year
It was another busy year in 2016 for the St. Martin in the Fields Band. Three quarter peals were rung at St Martin's, one of them being rung one to celebrate the birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth II, one on the morning for the Memorial Service of Sir Neville Marriner CH who was the co-founder and Life President of the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields and the final by the university Of London Society during their 70th Year.
A quarter was also rung at St Magnus by the band of three Spliced Surprise Major.
Two peals were rung during the year, the one by the University of Bristol Society and the second was a peal to celebrate the official 90th birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth II and the 95th birthday of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Our annual dinner was held in the Punch Tavern on Fleet Street. It was the third year in a row that we had been to this venue however this year we did not have the back room to ourselves and some of the food was disapointing. We are looking for a new dinner venue so if you have any suggestion please let Chris know.
The ringing chamber was open to the public as usual for the Saturday Open House weekend Thanks to all were able to assist with this. There were lots of positive comments from the public and great publicity for us.
Advent is always a busy part of the Church calendar and we were pleased to ring for the Advent Carols, Nine Lessons and Carols, Community Carol Service, between the Parish Carols services and the annual Knifecrime Service. Thanks to all involved.
Practices have been low on numbers most weeks with Major playing a big part in them. This, however, has not be a detriment to people though as we have been able to revise, in some cases, and learn the standard eight Surprise Major. Going forward, we plan to continue the practices on all but the fourth Monday, which will be replaced by a quarter peal. This will allow us to bring in new people whilst also consolidating what we are focusing on at practices or when we need to bring a few extra people in.
Finally I would like to thank all the officers in the band for their support over the past year, especially Chris who has been "super organised" over the past year.
1 Janet E Archibald 2 Penelope J V Sharpe 3 Elizabeth A Hibbert 4 Jacqueline L Brown 5 Christopher P Giddins 6 Geraldine R Forster 7 Andrew V Brown 8 Benjamin J Meyer
Benjamin J Meyer
Rung to celebrate the official 90th birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth II and the 95th birthday of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. First Major as conductor. 100th peal - 8.View the quarter peal on BellBoard here