New Year, New faces and New President at Cawston 2004 drew to a successful close as Norwich based Cawston Band played to a full house with their Annual Christmas Concert at the St Faiths Centre. The Management of the Centre have for over 10 years now allowed the band to use the venue free of charge for which the band are extremely grateful. Over 200 people enjoyed the Christmas Concert, conducted by Musical Director Colin Swaep LRSM and many said it was the best Christmas Concert the band had put on there, and the donations which totalled nearly £ 500 seem to support that feeling. The concert was the culmination of what has been a busy couple of months for the band with several concerts, a contest and a couple of beer festivals all performed at since the end of October. Joining the band for those last few hectic months were Solo Cornet player Max Dye and Bb Bass Stuart Clarke. Chairman and Bb Bass player Ian Clarke (no relation!) was delighted when after a long time he finally had a fellow Bb Bass player to wallow in the depths with! Looking forward to 2005 and this promises to be very exciting for Cawston as in August they will embark on a weeks visit to Koblenz in Germany. It will be the bands first ever overseas visit. Many fund raising events are planned between now and August, the first of which is a ‘Night at the Musicals’, which will be the bands first engagement of 2005, on the 22nd January. Finally the band are extremely proud and delighted to announce that their new Honorary President is actor, director and comedian Stephen Fry. Stephen’s family have a long association with the band and in fact in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s Stephen’s mother held the position of Band President. When approached by the band Stephen commented that he was ‘honoured and delighted to be asked and that he had fond memories of the band from when he was a child’ It is hoped subject to his many commitments that Stephen Fry will be able to attend the bands’ final fund raising event, A Grand Fete and Picnic style concert at the end of June. Chairman Ian Clarke said the whole band are delighted that Stephen accepted the position and that having the son of a former Band President take on the role continues the ‘family ethos’ that Cawston have tried to develop over many years.