Join us for the free Live In The Lodge Christmas Celebration, featuring our largest number of performers from the local community to date!
Nearly 60 people will come together from the local community playing ukuleles, spoken word, guitars and drums – many for the first time – along with new djembe and improvisation groups and, of course, the FL community choir! Professional artists, including bassist/trumpeter Percy Pursglove, who has performed with the likes of Jamie Cullum, Gregory Porter and Amy Winehouse, will be playing alongside our Live In The Lodge musicians, as well as acoustic guest musicians popping up throughout the afternoon. Come along, have a mince pie (kindly donated by Asda) and support lots of brilliant community music!
Free – Sunday 16th December Doors open 3.45pm (4.15pm start) Falcon Lodge Community Centre, Newdigate Rd, B75
Join us at the Community Centre this Sunday from 4.00pm … featuring the Falcon Lodge Community Choir, solos and debut group performances from our young ukulele and guitar beginners, spoken word, drums, and our guitar and ukulele groups and soloists
With special guests Lluis Mather (bass, sax, flute), plus a set from the brilliant Sam Frankie Fox and Ricardo Rocha, playing good-vibe world and folk music on a whole host of instruments and vocals, from guitar to harp!
Free entry & refreshments! Sunday 22nd April, 2018 Falcon Lodge Community Centre, Churchill Rd, B75 7LB
Please bring a friend, spread the word, and support all the dedication and hard work of all our instrumentalists, singers and young musicians.
A quick reminder for everyone:
– Choir rehearsal, from 2.00pm – Methodist Church;
– Beginner ukes/guitars with Georgina – 3.30pm, Community Centre
– Ukuleles (Sam) – 3.00pm, Community Centre
– Guitars (Sam) – 3.30pm, Community Centre
– Drums/spoken work (Joe) – 2.30pm, Community Centre
After just one rehearsal, take a listen to our great Falcon Lodge Community Choir practising a new piece, ‘Banaha’, coming out of the Congo in the late 1950s, after a Belgian priest – Father Guido Haazen – tried to disseminate music from the Congo abroad with a choir he formed, ‘Les Troubadours du Roi Baudouin’. The title means … banana!
… who has been learning drums with Joe for the last year, on her brilliant first gig in Erdington a couple of weeks ago with musicians at Oikos Cafe and CAFE Arts Forum … hopefully you’ll be able to catch her again soon at our April concert in the Lodge, before she starts charging appearance fees!
A quick reminder that our free New Year/Christmas-ish Concert (re-arranged from a snowy December) is this Sunday, January21st, from 4.00pm.
Featuring the Falcon Lodge Community Choir, Ukulele and Guitar learners, spokenword and a drum/percussion group, plus … we’re also very excited to be joined by very special guests back on the Lodge (but this time indoors!) – the amazing BostinBrass! We also welcome the brilliant internationally touring trumpet/double bass player PercyPursglove, who will be helping to accompany and support our instrumentalists.
It would be great to see you there, to support the hours of hard work everyone has put in, as well as the rare opportunity to catch Bostin Brass with Percy Pursglove in concert, instead of marching around the streets! Please spread the word, and don’t forget, it’s free entry for all.
For our choir and instrumentalists, we have a quick run-through and warm up on Sunday:
3.00 – Choir arrive for rehearsal (Methodist Church)
3.15 – Tiana, Rosa / guitars (Community Hub)
3.30 – Guitar group (Community Hub)
3.30 – Drums/spoken word (Community Hub)
3.40 – 3.55 – Ukulele group (Community Hub)
3.55 – 4.00 – Kieran / ukulele (Community Hub)
Sadly it looks like we’re going to have to cancel this afternoon’s Christmas extravaganza – if you look out of the window you’ll probably guess why! All very annoying … apologies for the inconvenience.
We should be able to reach most people performing, but please can you pass this message on to friends and anyone you know who was planning to come along too.
However, this does mean we can extend Christmas into 2018 and have our concert then!
Have a safe, warm day – and hopefully see you all on Wednesday for our final session of the year, where we can arrange a new concert date for January.
We had a great workshop today with the lovely children and staff at New Hall Primary School, with the brilliant Brazilian percussionist Adriano Adewale (we’ll have some video online soon!) …
We’ll be starting new free classes and lessons in guitar, ukulele and drums later this month, for both children and adults, all on Wednesday afternoons and evenings at the Community Hub in Falcon Lodge.
If you’re interesting in coming to try out a new intrument, just drop us an email – firstname.lastname@example.org , say hello on Facebook, or call the Town Hall Symphony Hall Community office (Mon-Fri) on 0121 644 6051 and we can put the best times together for everyone.
We also have a lovely Community Choir, which meets every Wednesday evening … it’s free to join, very friendly, fun and informal! Be great to welcome you along.
Let us know if you need any other info or have any ideas for more music in Falcon Lodge, and we’ll try and make it happen!
The usual times tomorrow, for the Community Centre (instrumental lessons) and Methodist Church (choir):
3.35 – 4.15pm – Ukulele II (Josie, Joyce, Brenda)
4.30 – 5.45pm – Choir (arrive from 4.15pm to begin for 4.30pm)
4.45 – 5.15pm – Ukulele I (Tyrese, Kieran)
6.00 – 6.35pm – Ukulele III (Denise, Claire, Sandra)
6.35 – 7.20pm – Guitars (Dee, Tiana, Sarena, Janice, Brenda, Rosa, Marc)
Drums – as usual, let us know if you want to change or swap times, or if anyone new wants to come along at any time. We currently have the 3.30-4.00pm slot free, so just drop us a message if you want to come along then.