martin service user sadly passed away( Mr cappuccino) RIP
Who knew that when we started Bang and Crash that it would end up with us performing at the
amazing Royal Albert Hall. This show was a dream of David Stanley's for a lot of years. He felt
that people with a learning disability should have the chance to perform at this iconic venue and
so he set out to make it happen. This took many years due to having to perform and sell out
another top London venue first. He did this by inviting other groups to join in and not only did
we do it, we broke a Guinness world record by playing the most number of triangles in a triangle
concerto that David wrote, the audience got involved in that one and were amazing.
This opportunity was such an exciting one for us, we're a small group compared to the others
but we have just as much enthusiasm. Like with the London Palladium, it was a very long day,
but our gang managed it with ease. They did themselves proud with their behaviour and
support of each other. And also like with the Palladium, we learnt it through watching videos and
listening to backing tracks.
Our proudest moment of the day was when six of the nine played the glocks. When we
rehearsed for the Palladium, we couldn't get our group to play them well enough to perform
them on stage, but when it came to the Royal Albert Hall, I was determined that they were going
to be able to join in with other performers. My months of nagging and being a grumpy music
director (apparently that's what I am!....lol!) well it paid off and they were so proud of
themselves. Seeing their big smiles just melts your heart.
Myself and Luo are so very proud of our Bangers and Crashers, we look forward to it every
week and they don't leave us disappointed. Roll on the next adventure.