Last Friday, the Silk Street Funeral Jazz Band performed on a very special procession for Lyndsay, Noah and family in Twickenham, London. This was no ordinary funeral; in fact it wasn’t a funeral. It was instead a celebration of her Mum’s life.
Preparing for the day
Lyndsay and I spoke on the phone a number of times before the event and said how she wanted the day to be a Celebration of her Mum’s life rather than a sombre occasion. As we got chatting I found out her Mum was a big fan of Jazz, particularly the band of Ball, Barber and Bilk and how her Mum was a regular visitor to the famous Eel Pie Island back in the 1950s. Lyndsay chose to hire the full 7-piece band as she wanted the sound to be heard all over Twickenham embankment in true New Orleans Jazz Band style!
Lyndsay and her sister emailed us a couple of days before and selected some of her Mum’s favourite songs from our repertoire list. These included Stranger on The Shore, After You’ve Gone, Midnight in Moscow and Just a Closer Walk With Thee.
A Celebration of Life
It was important that we started the procession off in a reflective and appropriate way. The full band struck up with the New Orleans dirge ‘St. James’ Infirmary’. As we got on to the bridge, the flourish of the clarinet, the slide from the trombone and the fanfare of the trumpet signalled a change in mood as the brighter and up-tempo When The Saints Go Marching In started the celebrations. We led guests up the steps in to Twickenham Rowing Club where eulogies were read, a fish and chip supper was enjoyed by all and guests danced the night away to the sounds of New Orleans Jazz. At the end of the evening fireworks lit up the skies in Twickenham. As friends and relatives said their final goodbyes, we performed a very reflective Acker Bilk song called ‘She’ led by our fantastic clarinet player.
Lyndsay was kind enough to write to us the following day to let us know how we made her Mum’s celebration so special:
“Hi Jonathan and the band. Thanks so much for helping to make Mum’s send off so great. We all really enjoyed the music and it gave our celebration a magic edge. Please find attached article from the Richmond and Twickenham Times. Thanks to all of you (and say a particular hi to the clarinet player from my sister-in-law!) Best regards to you all”
She even sent us some of the photos from the evening, we uploaded them (with her permission) to Facebook to share which includes the article mentioned above.
New Orleans Funeral Jazz Band
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