The sun shone, the band played and the crowd danced at the last of this year’s Music in the Meadow concerts on Sunday.

Guildford Friary Brass Band was the last billing of the year and proved to be popular with the audience. The 28-member traditional brass performed a wide variety of music including original brass band compositions, classical works and contemporary popular music.

Despite this summer’s sometimes chilly and wet weather the free, live music concerts sponsored by Savills Farnham, have increased in popularity. In total over 6,000 people have attended the 14 concerts, which is an increase on last year’s numbers.

Pat and Dennis Cook who regularly attend Music in the Meadow said: “The Sunday afternoons spent in Gostrey Meadow, listening to various kinds of music over the summer months, are an oasis of calm and normality in a very unsettled and troubled world. The fact that all ages are represented, with lots of families enjoying themselves is a real credit to Farnham as a town.

“We, and a lot of our friends, really enjoy listening to the music, a sing-along, and occasionally a dance, in a convivial and pleasant atmosphere.”

The 2015 programme included the appearance of three new bands and the return of some crowd-pleasing favourites. The concerts have also helped to raise funds for a number of local charities that hosted the official refreshment tent.

Reflecting on the season, Councillor Jill Hargreaves, Lead Member for Tourism and Events says: “I would like to thank everybody who has supported Music in the Meadow 2015 and especially to our sponsor Savills Farnham plus individual concert sponsors Tony Fresko and Kidd Rapinet.

“This year we introduced a new PA system, which improved the overall sound quality and in response to our unpredictable weather; we sold ponchos, which were very well received. We are always looking for ways we can improve people’s enjoyment of Music in the Meadow so please do let us know whether you would like to see more concerts, what you think about the length of the concerts and whether you would like other entertainment such as games for children.”

Feedback, comments and enquiries from bands interested in taking part in next year’s programme, should be sent to Steph King.

Celebrating at Music in the Meadow

Celebrating a first birthday at Music in the Meadow.

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