MEMBERS of Maghull Wind Orchestra have been enjoying putting on virtual performances during the lockdown.
Louise Edwards from the orchestra told the Champion: “During lockdown the Maghull Wind Orchestra Committee were determined to enable the band to keep making music even though they couldn't be together to rehearse.
“The idea of virtual performances was born and has taken the band on quite a journey.
“First came ‘You'll Never Walk Alone’ arranged by band trombonist Chris Horswood with more than 40 members taking part. The band wanted to thank the NHS staff for all they were doing at this time and released the performance to tie in with the Clap for Carers on April 16.
“The poignant message reached far and wide and met with huge praise for the band - far beyond their expectations!
“Secondly, in May came, ‘All You Need is Love.’ This time the piece was arranged by another of the band's trombonists, Adam Dutch.
“The performance was dedicated to the NHS and all other key workers who were doing so much to keep our country going.
“Again, the piece was loved by all who listened to it and appreciated by a great many key workers and NHS staff.
“The third performance was released in June, a brand new composition by Karl Whelan. ‘Hymn to the Angels’ was composed in support of NHS staff, care and key workers who are giving so much at this time - something Karl knew only too well with both his wife and mother working for the NHS.
“When Karl saw so many different bands putting videos online dedicated to the NHS he decided he wanted to do something too to celebrate the efforts of all key workers who are constantly risking their lives to help others, not just during this pandemic but every time they go to work. From this idea, ‘Hymn to the Angels’ was born with any monies raised being donated to NHS Charities Together.
“The orchestra have loved putting these virtual performances together both for the members, those who usually attend our concerts and people who had never even heard of us before!
“Watch this space as the next piece is already in production and will be launched in the next few weeks. The orchestra might not be able to get together to rehearse but that won't stop them from putting together pieces of music to share with audiences both near and far!”