Yesterday Geoff Pollard and myself went to Gloucestershire to meet an old friend of mine Roger Thompson, a well known figure within the Brass Band movement over many years.
He was Solo Euphonium in the Famous Flowers Band in the years when I was Musical Director. He also played in the wonderful years of the very famous Sun Life (Stanshawe) Band under the wee Professor .....Professor Walter Hargreaves.
Roger has recently retired from Directorship with the world famous music publishing company in Gloucester, Wright and Round.
Anyway the reason for our visit was that Roger has kindly donated his Yamaha Clavinova piano to our Choir for which we are truly grateful, he tells me he is to replace it with a baby grand. We hope you enjoy your new piano Roger as much as you have enjoyed the Yamaha. He played the piano for us while we there, he certainly hasn't lost his great ability on the piano.....and by the way the piano sounds wonderful too.
Thank you Roger from us all at Walk This Way Choir, the piano will be a huge asset to us... and our Musical Director Therese Kearton cannot wait to play it !!
Thanks also go to Geoff Pollard for driving all the way and back...Thanks Geoff it's a long way in one day and the weather didn't help as it rained most of the way, but we had great conversation on the journey. Thanks also go to Alan Rogerson for meeting us at Darwen last night to offload the piano from Geoff's car as it needed a strong man to help us ...Thanks Alan !