News and dates to note
Under advice from Public Health England and the Methodist Church, meetings of the Project are temporarily suspended. Keep in touch with Sarah! More as we know it ....!
Message from Sarah, 17th March 2020:
It is with a very heavy heart and great sadness that Band for Life sessions are on hold as of today. It probably won’t come as a surprise, but it’s been a hard decision: The Methodist Church are closing all buildings, services and projects from today.
I will be contacting members, and maintaining regular telephone contact at least weekly throughout the closure, and offering anything else we can in the way of shopping etc.
Currently the suspension is until 12th April but will then be reviewed.
Please don't hesitate to keep in contact: I am (literally!) going nowhere so working from home and available to offer support if you know of anyone who needs it.
I wish you well; stay safe and let's hope this passes soon.
Sat 25th April 2.15-3.45 we were due to perform at Canary Wharf Roof Garden (again) with a set of well-known rock, pop and jazz tunes. Like everything else, this is now cancelled.
Advance Warning of Planned meeting
An Open Morning/timely review, with a bit of music, some films from the film club, ALWAYS coffee and cake, while we share what we've been doing, what we're going to do etc. And the further info is: not in forsee-able future, but once we are all back together!
Our Christmas meeting on 20th Dec 2019 welcomed about 40 visitors who joined in singing Carols and Christmas songs. Great fun!
Band for Life was saddened by the death of Harvey Freed.
Harvey and his wife Hilary had been members of Band for Life since Sarah began the group. Harvey was also a renowned member of the Zacchaeus Project bowling team at Bethnal Green church, and is much missed by all his friends across the projects and beyond.
WE were very happy to be playing again in the Crossrail Roof Garden, this time for the Late Bloom festival, August 2019, ending a summer of great free community arts events curated by The Space. We put together a programme of solo numbers and welcomed plenty of audience participation in our group numbers. It’s a great space to perform in. There was a great atmosphere and lots of support shown us.
One of the highlights is having to park our van down in depths of Canary Wharf, an area usually unseen by the passing shoppers, and negotiate the big loading bay lifts in our hi-vis jackets!
Saturday 8th June 2019, we were back at the Canary Wharf Roof Garden to play.
We are becoming a fixture!
To avoid a session on Good Friday, we held an open coffee and hot cross buns time on Maundy Thursday.
Farewell to Gerald, a friend and fellow musician.
MEMBERS of Band for Life headed to the City of London Crematorium for the funeral of Gerald, their friend and fellow musician. We were all touched to hear from his family during the service how much the Band for Life project meant to him. He suffered greatly in recent years with numerous physical health problems, but made enormous efforts to get to the sessions and we stayed in constant contact when he wasn’t well enough to attend. During one period of absence he spent his Fridays making a wooden name sign for the group, which we proudly display at every session and event.
Saturday 24th November 2018
Thanks for making our Christmas sale such a success.
On Saturday 25th August 2018 our musicians were back at Canary Wharf , to take part in the Late Bloom Arts Festival. We are becoming regulars!
Plans for the Band to play at Canary Wharf again for the Spring Bloom Festival were fulfilled.
Yes, we had a lunch-time slot on 2nd June (2018), performing in a very public, and very warm, arena
BAND FOR LIFE marked Mental Health Awareness week in May '18 by taking part in an event organised by the Inspire consortium (the local collective of community mental health organisations). The Band performed two 30 min sets during the afternoon. We got great feedback that everyone had enjoyed our music. Gerry made us a wonderful wooden sign.
Members, volunteers and carers from Band for Life visited the Royal Albert Hall for the Friendship Matinee, featuring symphonic rock by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
We had a Christmas social in West India Quay.
Everyone enjoyed a lovely meal, good company, and plenty of festive spirit!
The July, October and December Coffee Mornings in 2017 were well-supported and raised much needed funds for us. We were promoting good mental health and ways of improving our wellbeing by socialising, engaging in creative activities: - art and craft, listening to live music and singing. Thanks to all the participants, helpers and customers. We value your contribution to the Band
We performed at the Late Bloom Festival in the Crossrail Roof Garden at Canary Wharf. Members performed solo, and there were group numbers for people to join in! Watch a clip:
Peter played jazz on the keyboard. Sweet Caroline had everyone smiling and dancing along as they passed the stage in the Gardens
Canary Wharf Group Plc confirmed a generous donation to support Band for Life in working with the local community. Here's a big thank you to Canary Wharf Group Plc from everyone at Band for Life.