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Summer Band Concerts

August 19th, 3rd September, 10th September 2023 (all 2.30pm - 4.30pm)

Hyde Park will be alive with the Sound of Music.
Our mini-series of Hyde Park bandstand concerts starts on Saturday, August 19th from 2.30 to 4.30 pm

We welcome Orquesta Mambarito, with their star singer Victor Marchangioli, who will produce a cool Latin American sound for us to dance to, or just sit and relax and listen, and perhaps tap your feet.

Generously supported by the volunteers in the Information Kiosk at Hyde Park Corner.

There is no need to book and no tickets to pay for any of these concerts. They are designed to be enjoyable, musical events for everybody. Chairs will be set up, an ice-cream van will be in attendance, and all we need is some proper summer weather.

Following this, we have on Sunday, 3rd September 2.30 to 4.30 pm The Snowdown Colliery Welfare Band from East Kent.

This takes us right back to the silver bands, which used to feature on bandstands in parks and at the seaside, all over Britain.

These brass or silver bands are part of our musical history, but their repertoire will certainly not be stuck in the past, and they will feature many arrangements of catchy, numbers from the shows.
It’s a spine-tingling sound when their dozens of musicians strike up with fanfares to attract the crowds.
Generously supported by member Carl Richardson.

To round off this little series, on Sunday, 10th September from 2 to 4.30pm we welcome back the South London Jazz Orchestra, with their swing dance teacher Simon Selmon.

The earlier start is designed so that Simon can take us through some steps. Last year, his contribution was impressive and as well as many of us being encouraged to get up and dance, large groups of wonderful dancers turned up from all over. It is always a special and very popular afternoon.

Many thanks to the Marble Arch BID team for funding this concert.

We have to thank these generous supporters and several others who, over the last few years, have funded these lovely concerts and for their support through several years of Covid Lockdowns, and then the sad death of Queen Elizabeth last year.

We are back in business this year, the rain must surely ease some time soon, and we’ll see the sun again?

Sue Price
7th August 2023