Winchester City Council Christmas Party

What an exciting start to December – a Christmas party for Winchester City Council! We were invited to play at the Staff Christmas Party in the wonderful surroundings of the Winchester Guildhall. We were performing along side a DJ as part of the package so needed to ensure that our music was complementary and our timings were exact; not a problem for the Take Note Crew!

The guests were all beautifully attired, some of whom came from their annual Christmas lunch, ready to hit the dance floor! Songs like “Crazy in Love” and “Livin’ La Vida Loca” went down a real storm, with “Mustang Sally” even requiring an encore as Sarah sang with and amongst the guests! There were some very impressive voices out there, (notably Lex Cleverley!), and even more notable dance moves on display as the party atmosphere built throughout the evening.

As the clock struck 12 the party had to come to a close; not before the whole room sang some specially selected Christmas hits. What a great night had by all… all that remains for us to say is a very Merry Christmas from all at Take Note HQ!

“Just wanted to say thank you for helping to make the party a lot of fun with the riotously fun Band! Really impressed, quite literally never missed a beat, with an excellent selection of songs!”

“Really enjoyed your singing last week. It was great…actually…. FAB-U-LOUS!”

Corporate Summer Ball

We certainly got handed the ‘golden ticket’ when we were asked to play for an accountancy firm’s corporate summer ball. The event was laid on to thank staff for all their hard work, and what a reception it was! Defying any stereotypes, these accountants really know how to party.

After supplying the venue (New Place, Devere Venues, Southampton) in advance, all the usual documentation; Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) certificates and Public Liability Insurance paperwork. All that was left was for us was to turn up on the night ready to get the party started.


The celebration was themed around the Roald Dahl novel ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. All the staff came dressed as their favourite children’s book character. We saw everything from Alice in Wonderland right through to Tintin and Snowy. Unsurprisingly, the Oompa Loompa’s won the prize for best fancy dress – there was quite a lot of orange!


The event was organised by the partnership’s social committee and they did a fantastic job organising food, scenery right through to transport making it a real pleasure to play at.


Sarah and Craig did a wonderful job interacting with the staff, joining in with selfies on the dance floor through to singing arm in arm as they belted rock anthems. David, our primary saxophonist was unable to join us for this event, however, Cecily a friend of the band joined us for the evening giving us an all female brass line up!