Every band loves its regular annual jobs, but it's also fun to take on new challenges. The Cobham Band, under the baton of the band’s Musical Director, David Ruel did just that on Wednesday 24th July when it took its first job in central London in its 120 year history at the beautiful, historic and prestigious venue: the College Gardens of Westminster Abbey. Every cloud has a silver lining they say, and earlier in the year the band had the cloud of having to find a new rehearsal room in Cobham. After much searching and many trials we finally found a home in the Church and Church hall of St Andrew's in Cobham. This brought the silver lining when two of St Andrew's parishioners heard us and recommended us to their son, the coordinater of the Abbey's lunchtime concert series. This resulted in an invitation to perform which was enthusiastically accepted by the band. An hour and a half's programme was warmly received by an audience in the hundreds of tourists, band enthusiasts and office workers taking an al fresco break. The concert opened in true traditional brass band style with a march, ‘True & Trusty’ followed by a varied and entertaining programme which included brass band classics, traditional, dance band, popular music and a solo, from the band’s flugel horn player, Will Johnston, ‘Here, There & Everywhere’. The concert was brought to a close with the band and audience upstanding for The Queen. And having broken their London duck, so to speak, the band is back in London this Sunday 3rd August, playing at Kensington Gardens bandstand from 2.00 to 3.30pm, promising a musical tour of the British Isles to be enjoyed from the comfort of your deckchair!