You don't need me to tell you that this year has been extraordinary. So many aspects of our lives have been turned upside down.
Possibly the biggest upheaval for people in Bigastro has been the cancellation of fiestas and celebrations. First it was Holy Cross, then San Isidro, Easter, Corpus Christi, Santa Ana and now San Joaquin.
An important part of most celebrations in Bigastro is music. We have not been able to enjoy a concert by either the Symphonic Band or the Junior Band since March.
Undaunted though, the President – Alfonso Banuls, the Director – Diego Soller and the musicians came up with an ingenious idea. They got Telfy involved and recorded four different concerts to be broadcast from the 13th to the 16th at 8pm each night.
The first concert was performed by a saxophone ensemble, the second by a Big Band group mainly playing brass, the third was mainly woodwind and the fourth was the Symphonic Band playing a traditional concert selection for San Joaquin.
The music selections were delightful and memorable, the standard of playing was as usual immaculate and the production by Telfy was professional.
We owe a great debt to Alfonso, Diego and the musicians who took part. You have managed to enrich our lives during these difficult times.