We were delighted to receive the official video from the Isa Arfen Cat Walk Show on 20th February 2018 with the Melodians playing Voodoo Ray in the background. A great piece of music and a fabulous opportunity to play at London Fashion Week. Many thanks to Serafina Sama the designer.
I regret to inform those that planned on coming to hear us play at the Sutton event on the 24th November that we will not be able to play. Sutton have just told us that we have been allocated 20 minutes on stage with 5 minutes to get on stage and 5 minutes to get off the stage. As you will know our instruments are large and it takes at least 20 minutes just to set up for a small group and the same to remove the instruments. Plus, as Sutton do not pay for those taking part, we had put ourselves forward as buskers in order to raise some much needed funding for the Melodians. The amount raised from 20 minutes of playing would be very unlikely to cover the costs of hiring a van for the weekend and paying for fuel and any other costs. Apologies to all supporters but no alternative for us.
The Melodians has been in discussion with the Tongan High Commission about a possible exchange with a brass band from Tonga in 2019. The idea came about from a previous player with the Melodians – Lady Berkeley (or Dido as we know her), when she visited Tonga this year. She was overwhelmed by the welcome she received from the Tongan people and delighted by the many creative and talented people she met. She came back to the UK with one idea on her mind – to put forward a proposal for an exchange with a Tongan group to Terry Noel for him to take forward. If funding can be raised, the Melodians could be visiting Tonga in 2019 to perform and the Queen Salote College Brass Band would come to the UK.
Viliami Lolohea, the First Secretary of the High Commission of the Kingdom of Tonga came to our rehearsal last night in order to meet us and start the discussions.
Here is a performance of the Queen Salote Brass Band in Tonga.
Video from Art Night 2018 on 7th July where Melodians collaborated with the artist Jeremy Deller to become an ‘Art Installation’ in Battersea by performing a single piece of music continuously for the entire evening from 6pm until 1am the next day (with just a 1 hour break for dinner). By my calculation around 50 performances.
It might have been difficult, but as the visitors to the event came and went each performance was fully appreciated and the Melodians put all their experience and enthusiasm into the event.
A short recording of the Melodians playing Havana at the Great British Festival in Minsk.
The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.