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Haverhill Silver Band has returned to rehearsals together after a long delay

It may not have been banding as everyone knows it but Haverhill Silver Band has recently got together to rehearse for the first time in five months.

The band was working hard for the London and Southern Counties national qualifying contest which was to be held on March 22 when Covid-19 intervened.

The contest was cancelled, and all rehearsals and concerts were then cancelled until further notice.

Haverhill Silver Band finally gets to rehearse together - outside. Submitted picture
Haverhill Silver Band finally gets to rehearse together - outside. Submitted picture

Musical director Paul Filby, along with various other band members, kept things going with lockdown audio and visual projects with members recording individually at home.

The results of this can be seen on the band’s YouTube channel.

Band members Ryan Morley, Tim Pannell and Matthew Waterson also created their own projects and again these can be seen by searching YouTube and Facebook.

Band members were also pleased to be involved in the VE and VJ projects promoted by Haverhill Town Council.

Plans to resume rehearsals in mid-July had to be scrapped on Government advice but finally, with precautions put in place, the band as able to rehearse, outdoors, on August 30

Players were spaced in blocks of six, two metres apart, the blocks at 3 metres.

Richard Pannell, from the band, said: "This was not banding as players know it, but in balance players felt that it was good to actually get together and play after such a long break.

"The band hopes to carry on, weather permitting, throughout September.

"Then comes the task of how to manage indoor rehearsals, which is a problem at another level.

"Experiments are being conducted at the moment to look into how instruments and voices create aerosols and bands, groups and choirs and orchestras throughout the country, amateur and professional, eagerly await the results to see how to move forward with rehearsals and performances."