Band strikes up friendship links with Maltese on 10th anniversary

Bedford Town Band presentation to mayor of Mqabba in Malta
Bedford Town Band presentation to mayor of Mqabba in Malta

Members of Bedford Town Band have returned from a second successful tour to Malta, on the tenth anniversary of their first visit.

The band was the guest of the George V band in the town of Mqabba for the weeklong festival of the Feast of the Assumption.

Bedford Town Band concert at Bayview Hotel, Sliema, Malta.

Bedford Town Band concert at Bayview Hotel, Sliema, Malta.

Gifts and messages were exchanged between Mayor Dave Hodgson and Dr Charlene Zammit, Mayor of Mqabba, and the Bishop of Bedford and the local parish priest.

Gifts presented included a copy of Pilgrim’s Progress signed by the Reverend Chris Damp of the Bunyan Meeting Church, where the band rehearse, and a presentation score and parts for the hymn Who Would True Valour See arranged for their band by band member Roger Nichols.

The band took part in processions and concerts throughout the week in Mqabba as well as an informal concert by the pool at their hotel in Sliema. Plenty of spare time allowed the band to watch the most spectacular fireworks displays in Mqabba as well as exploring Malta and the adjoining islands of Comino and Gozo.

Back home, the band are continuing with their normal rehearsals for a busy schedule of appearances up to, and beyond Christmas. The band actually consists of a number of ensembles that cater to different standards, and would welcome brass and percussion players from beginners to advanced standards. Further information about Bedford Town Band, its appearances, and contact details can be found at http://bedfordtownband.org.uk