Lane provides heartfelt tribute to friend and banding colleague

Composer Liz Lane's musical tribute to a much missed player will also help a great charity with its future work.

  Yvonne Hamblin was a much loved cornet player with Lydbrook Band

A work written to celebrate the life of a much missed friend and bandswoman is helping to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation charity.

'Serenata' by Liz Lane is inspired by the life of Yvonne Hamblin, a cornet player with the Lydrook Band in the Forest of Dean, who died three months ago.

Slow waltz

It's a lovely slow waltz that Liz has deliberately written so that it can be played by bands at any level with flexible instrumentation. Over 2800 people have already viewed it on her Facebook page with its audio excerpt.

The music, which was played at Yvonne's funeral is being offered with the blessing of Yvonne's family and Lydbrook Band in her memory. Bands can download the score and parts for free with Liz hoping that they will make a small donation to the ongoing work of the British Heart Foundation in response.


Liz told 4BR: "My personal thanks go to everyone who has already downloaded 'Serenata' and made donations to the British Heart Foundation.

It's wonderful to know that the memory of this very special lady who gave so much to banding can live on with the music.

The download has had a fantastic response from as far afield as the Netherlands and Australia"

The score and parts are available for free download at: www.bit.ly/serenata-lizlane


Liz has just enjoyed a busy few weeks with her music – with Cory performing her delightful 'Grand Union Waltz' in Cardiff, and Steven Mead recording her euphonium solo 'Robin, Robin' for his latest CD.

Her work, 'The Eagle' – written to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing was also given a premiere at the recent UWE Music Technology Conference in Bristol by Luke Pallister and Alison Howell.

It's wonderful to know that the memory of this very special lady who gave so much to banding can live on with the musicLiz Lane

Hear it

You can hear the piece played by Lydbrook Band under the baton of Tom Brevik on Strike up the Brass: https://www.mixcloud.com/davejury/strike-up-the-brass-july-8th/?fbclid=IwAR2RodEpT72_fIqYOdL00E-5HhtN4ovByGULnn8r0NMnJWJmgv-EeL00440 at 32.56 (interview at 29:40).

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