News & Reviews
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9th to 13th May
The Band had a fantastic time collaborating with the wonderfully talented Twyning Players to put on 4 nights of performances of a stage adaption of the film Brassed Off. Taking the role of the 'Grimley Collierly Band, we mostly hid away at the front providing the music but some members did take to the stage for the Saddleworth March Contest scene and to serenade 'Danny' in hospital complete with miners helmets and lamps! It was a brilliant week of performances and series of rehearsals in the weeks prior to it. Many thanks to the Twyning Players for inviting us to be a part of it.
|All In An April Evening
The Band enjoyed performing at Ripple Church on Sunday evening in a concert we titled All In An April Evening. With a mixture of Spring music and music from England (on St George's Day!), it was a wonderful mixture of music with something for everyone to enjoy!
|Palm Sunday Parade|
The sun shone on the Palm Sunday parade at the Abbey today.
The showers tried to stop the fun this afternoon at Gloucester Beer Festival but thankfully they passed over fairly quickly and the Gloucester drinkers were hardy folk who had come well prepared for the weather. We opened with a aelection of tunes that will feature in the production of Brassed Off! that the Band is doing with the Twyning Players in May. Helen Walters beautifully played the popular Concerto d'Aranjuez and later joined forces with Rebecca Marshall for a great rendition of Something Stupid.
There was a good mix of the old and new with Morgenblatter, One Day Like This, Don't You Want Me Baby. and Florentiner. Martin Cullwick gave another great rendition of Wanderin' Star, and the audience were treated to the usual Dambusters finale. A big thank you to our deps for the day - Rob Folland, Debbie McDougall, George Cullwick and Grace Windsor. We hope everyone had a fun time.
England Area Contest, Torquay
We finished 15th out of 18 this time round. A little disappointing but subject to any changes by the Regional Committee we should still be in the Third Section next year! We played a good performance off the number one draw and entertained the few members of the audience in the auditorium at 9:30am. We also enjoyed a few rounds of crazy golf, some digging on the beach, plenty of ice cream and a drink or two!
A nice review from The British Bandsman:
1. Tewkesbury Town (Nigel Morgan) The Boggart is well thought out and the band delivers all that is asked by the conductor. Appropriate style and tempos all the way. More nice playing in House on the Hill, with all soloists doing their bit. Possibly a bit light in dynamic contrast at times but it is all in good shape from the band. Blackley Village sets out at a nice tempo and it's all within the band’s scope. The conductor works hard at times to keep it steady but the good work pays off with a very well directed performance overall to get us started.
Afternoon Tea Concert
The Band had an enjoyable afternoon giving an Afternoon Tea concert at the Watson Hall featuring a variety of music and a delicious feast of sandwiches and cakes.
The concert was opened with the famous William Rimmer march Punchinello. This was followed by an overture by Suppe called Tantallasquallen that featured some wonderful cornet playing. The Strauss waltz Morgenblatter whisked our audience away on a trip to Vienna before we transported them back to Yorkshire for a little Last of the Summer Wine. Our bass trombonist Martin Cullwick then took centre stage to entertain the audience with his playing of Wanderin' Star. We closed the first half with Men of Harlech to mark the recent passing of St David's Day.
The audience were then treated to tea and cake in the interval to get them in good spirits ready for our first public performance of next weeks test piece Darkwood by Dan Price. It is an exciting piece based on the history of the town of Blackley in Manchester. The first movement depicts a mischievous spirit called a Boggart who inhabits a beautiful natural clough. This transitions into a hymn like second movement based on a church on a hill before the folk dance final movement depicting the evolution of the village of Blackley into an industrial centre. The Band gave a good first public performance which entertained and captured the spirit of the movements. We just need to keep working on the detail and clarity across the week ready for our trip to Torquay. We followed a boggart with a bogart as we played As Time Goes By from the film Casablanca. Dan Hart and Helen Walters then stood to play a cornet duet based on the Nancy and Frank Sinatra song Something Stupid. The Band then played A Peaceful Moment in memoriam of all our lost band players and supporters. The concert was brought to a close with the jaunty Spanish Gypsy Dance.
It was a fun afternoon with an appreciative audience. A big thank you to all of the people who baked cakes, made sandwiches and served the audience.
Happy 80th Birthday to long serving member of the Band Betty Ellis! We enjoyed some celebrations after band practise!
|"BRASS" In Concert!
Monday 20th February
On Monday evening Harrison Williams, a product of the Band's Training Band and now studying music at Birmingham Conservatoire directed a fantastic performance of a redacted version of Benjamin Till's musical "Brass!". A great night was had by all who attended. Congratulations Harry. A review of the show can be found here: http://www.4barsrest.com/reviews/concerts/con2045.asp
Tewkesbury Winter Ales Festival
The Band enjoyed entertaining the drinkers at the annual CAMRA Tewkesbury Winter Ales Festival in the Watson Hall this weekend - especially the well thought out participation in The Dambusters - complete with paper airplanes for everyone!
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Christingle Service, Tewkesbury Abbey
Christmas is here...the Training Band had a different perspective on events at the Tewkesbury Abbey Christingle Service this year as they entertained over a thousand people waiting for the service. Dan Hart, Rebecca Marshall, Jon Knight, Amy Williams and Harry Williams provided a few carols to the waiting queue before the Training Band moved indoors to play carols whilst the congregation were directed to their seats. That is it for the Band's Christmas playing. We wish all our members, friends, family and supporters a very Happy Christmas and look forward to seeing you all again in the New Year.
playing at Morrisons
A good days carolling at Morrisons in Tewkesbury saw a few hardy souls play for a large percentage of the 9 hour stint and most of the Band's members make an appearance across the day. There were plenty of good comments from the public and lots of contributions to our collection. A big thank you to all who played, collected, supported and donated today.
Christmas Concerts at the Roses Theatre
Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th December
A fantastic weekend of Christmas Concerts completed. Thanks to everyone who made them such a success from those who sold programmes, transported chairs and instruments, played instruments, sang in the choirs or simply listened. It wouldn't have been the same without you.
The Band opened with an arrangement of the Leroy Anderson classic 'A Christmas Festival Overture' featuring a clever mix of popular carols. This was followed by 'The Box of Delights' from Hely-Hutchingson's Carol Symphony. Rebecca Marshall then took centre stage to beautifully play the lush melody 'They Were Looking For A King'. Things were speeded up by a dashing sleigh ride through the snow in the form of Prokofiev's 'Troika'. Keeping it classical the Band concluded our first set with Bizet's 'Farandole'.
The Training Band then took the stage for their short concert. They opened with the March from 'The Nutcracker '. This was followed by an original piece by Helen Walters 'The Little Penguin' before Amy Williams stood to wonderfully play Vivaldi's 'Winter' on her baritone. Two carols from around the world followed with the German carol 'Gaudete' and the Japanese carol 'Hitjusi Wa Nemuri'. Their fantastic performance finished with a collection of dancing polar bears as they played Helen's 'Dance of the Polar Bear'.
Next a world war evacuee appeared on stage to introduce and conduct the Band's final piece of the first half, a selection of music from the 1971 film 'Bedknobs and Broomsticks'.
After an ice cream or drink the concert recommenced with the bright and sparkling 'Christmas Carillon' by James Curnow. Our young principal cornet, Dan Hart, stood to play the fun popular Christmas tune 'Santa Baby' with great aplomb. The band then played a swing version of the carol 'O Christmas Tree' in an arrangement by Max Stannard entitled 'Yo! Christmas Tree'.
It was then time for the annual Band Awards which this year included a new low brass award in memory of John Warner. The winners were:
Musician of the Year - Ben Stock
Young Player of the Year - Amy Williams
Band Member of the Year - Derinda Wildman
Cornet(s) of the Year - Dan Hart & Rebecca Marshall
Low Brass Player of the Year - Martin Cullwick
Section of the Year - Baritones
A big congratulations to all the winners. Hadrian Walters was also presented with a glass plaque to mark his 25 years with the Band and was granted Life Membership for his service to the Band.
The school choirs then took stage to wholly entertain us with their great singing and choreography. On Saturday the Tirlebrook Primary School Choir sang a fantastic selection of songs from their iSing Pop Christmas show that had the audience bopping along. On Sunday the amazing pupils from Alderman Knight School sang a selection of songs from their Christmas collection in their own inimitable manner. Everyone was then invited to join in our final three numbers: Jingle Bells, The Sleigh Race and Rudolph. We hope everyone had as great time as we did. Happy Christmas from all at the Band.
Training Band Concert and carol services
Sunday 11th December onwards
It has been a busy week for the Band that started with a fantastic concert by the Training Band at St Nicholas ' Church in Ashchurch. That concert highlighted the amazing progress that continues to be made by this group and saw Genevieve and Amy receive their Grade 3 and Grade 7 exam results respectively. Groups from the Senior Band played at the Sea Cadets Candelight Service on Wednesday and the Tewkesbury Civic Carol Service on Thursday. It was an honour to participate in both services. Today and tomorrow we will be ending the week on a high as we play our two Christmas concerts at the Roses Theatre. There are still a few tickets left so don't miss the opportunity to join the Band, the Training Band, Tirlebrook Primary School Choir (Saturday) and Alderman Knight School Choir (Sunday) for some festive fun.
playing in Tewkesbury
Saturday 10th December
Today the Band played carols in Tewkesbury from 10am until approx 3pm. The weather wasn't feeling festive - rather warm and rather wet but we carried on!
Wednesday 7th December
The Band were delighted to participate in the annual Christmas Celebration concert held to raise funds for the local Pied Piper Charity. The Band as usual provided the accompaniment for the carols that interspersed the concert as well as performing a short set of festive music to round the concert off. The concert opened with a welcome from the parish priest of St Peter's Roman Catholic Church, Monsignor Liam Slattery, before the audience were invited to sing the carol, O Come All Ye Faithful.
The children of St Peter's Primary School choir then entertained us with some wonderful singing featuring Silent Night, Something Special, I Will Rejoice and Love Has Come. They were followed by an amazing blind thirteen year old girl, Ashleigh Tirley, playing the organ having learnt how to play the tunes entirely by ear after hearing them. A talent she displayed later in the concert by joining with the Band in the playing of the carols for the audience to sing along to.
After the Holly And The Ivy it was the turn of the Gloucester Salvation Army Songsters and Timbres to entertain us with three songs (The Christ is Born, Softly and Worship The King) and a display by the Timbrels featuring plenty of tambourine gymnastics. Bishop Rachel Treweek then told us a story in the form of a tongue twisted version of the Cinderella fairytale. A male singer, Robin Lock, sang three songs - Bethlehem Down, The Three Kings and Peace - before the audience were given the challenge of singing While Shepherds Watch to the tune Lyngham.
The Band then concluded the musical content of the Concert with its short set. We opened with James Curnow's Christmas Carillon based around the Carol Ding Doing Merrily on High. Rebecca Marshall then stood to gracefully play the beautiful solo They Were All Looking For a King. This was followed by a solo from our other young front row cornet player Dan Hart. Dan took us to the pop charts with a bright rendition of Santa Baby. We completed our set with a trip to Russia and a snowy sleigh ride in Prokofiev's Troika. The audience had one final chance to sing with Hark The Herald Angels Sing before the concert was closed with a thank you from the Chairman of the Pied Piper Charity. A great night that hopefully raised plenty of money for a fantastic charity.
Alderman Knight School Christmas Fayre
Saturday 3rd December
The Training Band had the pleasure of entertaining the shoppers at the Alderman Knight School Christmas Fayre on Saturday 3rd December with a wonderful mix of festive music from around the world.
St Nicholas' Church, Ashchurch Christmas
Friday 2nd - Sunday 4th December
The Band is pleased to have been invited to join the St Nicholas' Church (Ashchurch) Christmas tree festival weekend.
The theme for the festival this year is 'peace'.
Montpellier Christmas Festival
Sunday 27th November
The Band entertained the shoppers at the Montpellier Christmas Festival in Cheltenham with plenty of carols. For our second half, we were joined by some enthusiastic singers for a festive sing along session. That completed the fourth carolling event of the weekend.
Cleeve Christmas Lights
Saturday 26th November
The Band once again added a bit of extra festive cheer to the turning on of the lights in Bishop's Cleeve. Fortunately it stayed dry this year for the crowds to gather to see Father Christmas pull the switch....then run to the end of the car park to see the lights!
Tewkesbury Abbey Christmas Fayre
Saturday 26th November
The Training Band once again added some festive sounds to the wonderful Abbey Christmas Fayre. Amy Williams featured as a soloist with the Band in a simple but sonorous arrangement of Winter.
Mitton Manor Primary School Christmas Fayre
Friday 25th November
The Training Band was excited to take part in the wonderfully festive Mitton Manor Primary School Christmas Fayre. Amongst the fairy lights, snow machines and real donkeys, the Band added some festive sounds in their second Christmas engagement this year.
Tewkesbury Festival of Lights
Sunday 20th November
We were honoured to have professional bell ringer and vice president of the band join us for Jingle Bells at the switching on of the Christmas lights in Tewkesbury. The training band performed splendidly to add some festive cheer to the lovely event. Well done all.
Remembrance Sunday Parade
Sunday 13th November
The Band was once again proud to lead the huge parade through Tewkesbury on Sunday morning to the Abbey and then from the Abbey to the Memorial Cross for the Act of Remembrance. At 11am Daniel Hart played a fantastic rendition of the traditional Last Post and Reveille . The Band then led the parade back down and up Church Street and back along the High Street.
On Friday 11th and Sunday 13th November several members played the Last Post and Reveille at different Acts of Remembrance in Gloucestershire and Worcestershire.
Training Band Cabaret Evening
Saturday 15th October
Report to follow
John Warner Memorial Concert
Saturday 2nd October
On Saturday night the Band was delighted to join with the Malvern Chase Brass Band to give a charity concert in memory of John Warner to raise funds for the Midlands Air Ambulance. John played Bass Trombone and later Percussion with us from 2006 until he tragically died in a cycling accident in 2015.
The Malvern Chase Band opened the concert with an entertaining programme that commenced with The Wombling Song (one of John's favourite cartoons). This was followed by two tunes made famous by the musical group Sky, Carillon and Toccata. John's daughter then played a fantastic solo, Che Faro Senza Euridice, despite having a chest infection. The popular Beatles tune Yesterday followed before Nathan King, a young trombonist who had been inspired to take up playing by John, stood to play the trombone solo The Acrobat. Malvern Chase Band concluded their set with an arrangement by John of the Bruckner piece Locus Iste.
After a short turnaround of bands Tewkesbury Town Band took centre stage for our set. We opened with the March of the Cobblers before playing the ever-popular Second Waltz from Shostakovich's Jazz Suite. As a tribute to John's bass trombone playing his replacement of bass trombone, Martin Cullwick, stood to play the bass trombone solo King of the Road. A little fun followed with the school days inspired Baggy Trousers before John's son Martin stood to play the fantastic Benedictus from Karl Jenkins Armed Man suite which as usual had people jumping out of their seats at the loud climax. Our set was completed with renditions of Bolero and the Can Can.
After tea, coffee and biscuits the two bands joined together for a selection of massed band items. The first two being trombone trios (played on the night by 7 trombonists), Frolic For Trombones and The Bold Gendarmes. The popular London River overture followed before we had everyone clapping along to When the Saints Go Marching In. As is fitting in a concert as a tribute to a trombonist the encore was Seventy-Six Trombones.
Thanks to Christine Warner and her family for organising the event and we hope a lot of money was raised for the Air Ambulance charity.
September is one of those sad times when we say farewell to the young people who are either returning to university or going there for the first time.
It has been great to see those who returned during the summer and helped us out.
A big congratulations to our principal euphonium player Hannah Norman as she makes her way to Wolverhampton University. We look forward to seeing her on the many return visits that she currently has planned.
If you are a student coming to the University of Gloucestershire or know of someone who would like to play with a busy town band then please contact us.
Ashton under Hill Fete
Saturday 3rd September
The Training Band enjoyed playing at a rather wet Ashton under Hill fete this afternoon. They entertained the hardy listeners with a mixture of their light music. The weather did dry up for the dog show and tug of war events but it was such a shame for the organisers that the weather wasn't brighter.
|Sunday 4th||Ripple Church Concert, Ripple [6:30pm]|
|Sunday 18th||Tewkesbury Civic Parade, Tewkesbury High Street [2:15pm]|
Kemerton Village Fete
Saturday 27th August
The Band had a great time entertaining the people of Kemerton at their annual summer fete. We managed to avoid the rain whilst playing in the perfect sized gazebo but ended up trapped underneath it for a further ten minutes at the end due to a heavy thunderstorm. We had opened with a request for fine weather with Bring Me Sunshine and during the afternoon played a variety of light music including The Godfather Waltz, Carrickfergus, Skirl, Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book and I Don't Feel Like Dancing. In the end it was our playing of The Rainbow Connection that proved most appropriate.
|Friday 5th to
|Training Band Tour to Brixham|
|Saturday 27th||Kemerton Village Fete [pm]|
Gloucester Beer Festival
Blackfriars Priory, Gloucester
Saturday 23rd April
The Band enjoyed St George's Day afternoon playing to a large audience enjoying a relaxing drink in the sunshine at the Gloucester Beer Festival. The Band performed a programme of light sing-along music to an audience enjoying the sunshine in the courtyard at the Priory whilst sampling the wide selection of real ales on offer.
Our programme included: Fantasy on German Folk Songs, Schneewalzer, The Godfather Waltz, King of the Road, Baggy Trousers, I Don't Feel Like Dancing, Life On Mars as a tribute to David Bowie, Dambusters, a tribute to Terry wogan in the form of The Floral Dance and We'll Meet Again.
Hopefully we will be back next year!
Tewkesbury Town Band AGM
Tewkesbury Town Hall - Sunday 17th April 6pm
On Wednesday 15th April the Band held its annual AGM in Tewkesbury Town Hall. As usual prior to the administrative element of the evening the band members, their family and supporters were treated to an excellent demonstration of the musical abilities of our Training Bands.
They gave a half hour concert showcasing items from the Beginner Band and the Intermediate Band. Helen thanked all the people who help her make these bands a success including the parents and other family members whose support and encouragement is essential. Young percussionist Ben Stock took a turn at conducting the Intermediate Band in Hymn for St Jim.
Following the concert it was time for the
AGM chaired by the Band's President the Town Mayor, John Badham.
A positive round up of the Band's year to February 2016 followed with reports from the Band's Officers and Musical Director. We have had another good year with plenty of activity and music making. The year ahead is looking trickier as we need to move band room. The good news is that a solution may be on the horizon.
Committee members, players and supporters were thanked for every part they play within the Tewkesbury Town Band family. It is everyone working together that makes the Band such a success.
Helen Walters, Derinda Wildman,
Pete Hart, Christine Poole,
Martin Cullwick, Hannah Norman
|Sunday 17th||AGM - including Training Band Concert 6pm, Tewkesbury Town Hall|
|Saturday 23rd||Gloucester Beer Festival [12:45pm-1:30pm & 2:15pm-3pm]|
Palm Sunday in Tewkesbury
Sunday 20th March [9:15am]
The weather on the morning of Sunday 20th March was a major improvement on last year's rain and it was dry as we lead the Palm Sunday Parade from the gardens of Abbey House round to the front door of the Abbey.
We paraded around the Abbey playing the hymn tune St Theodulph to accompany the congregation singing 'All Glory Laud and Honour' as we made our way to the East End of the Abbey.
There the gospel readings were read before we concluded our playing with the accompaniment to 'Sing Hosanna'.
Torquay Fun & Disappointment
West of England Regional Contest, Riviera Centre, Torquay
Friday 11th - 13th March
The Band made the 140+ mile journey to Torquay on the evening of Friday 11th March in good spirits. After a good rehearsal when we arrived at our hotel it was time for some food, drink and a good sleep ready for the contest on Saturday.
We were drawn to play in the afternoon and so after our Saturday morning rehearsal had time to fill whilst waiting for the main event of the day. When we eventually took the stage to play the Welsh traditional tune inspired 'A Cambrian Suite' we gave a solid and musical performance with some beautiful playing by our young soloists.
Sadly the adjudicators weren't impressed and placed us 16th. Well done everyone, all the young soloists played well and Nigel was happy with the performance we gave. Sometimes the luck goes your way and sometimes it doesn't. The good news is we should still be a Third Section Band next year.
All in all we were proud to be fielding 20 players that have either passed through our Training Band or being trained by the Band over the years. Of the remaining 8 players at least four have been with the Band for 15-20 years! This is testament to the fun and enjoyment we gain from our music making and the family atmosphere of the Band.
|Friday 11th to
|West of England Regional Contest, Riviera Centre, Torquay - Test Piece: A Cambrian Suite by Michael Ball [Contest on Saturday 12th]|
|Sunday 20th||Palm Sunday Parade, Tewkesbury Abbey [9:15am]|
A Spring Afternoon Tea Concert
Watson Hall, Tewkesbury
Sunday 28th February
A fantastic concert to a packed Watson Hall this afternoon. Plenty of sandwiches and tea were consumed.
The first half opened with the overture 'The Lonely Mill' by the mystery composer Handel Lancaster. A fun number that serves as a great concert opener. This was followed by the 'Prelude to Act 1 of La Traviata'; a quiet number that really tests the bands sonorous playing.
Next there were three pieces highlighting our young soloists. First it was the haunting 'Godfather Waltz', then it was the duet 'As Long As He Needs Me' from the musical Oliver, and finally a beautiful arrangement of 'She Moved Through The Fair' by Matt Kingston. The first half was rounded off with Allan Street's Scottish carnival 'Skirl'.
The refreshments were brought out during the interval (a big thank you to all the ladies and youngsters who worked hard all afternoon keeping the audience fed and watered).
The second half commenced with a rendition of the piece that we will be playing at the West of England Regional Contest in Torquay in two weeks time, 'A Cambrian Suite'. The band played well and brought out the music in this Welsh tune inspired piece. A little more work over the next two weeks and we should give a performance we can be proud of.
After that we played an upbeat arrangement of 'Scarborough Fair'. It was then time to pay tribute to two of the celebrities that died during January 2016. First we played 'Life On Mars' in memory of David Bowie; then we played the 'Floral Dance' to mark the passing of Sir Terry Wogan. The concert was rounded off with a medley of music hall songs from the days of the 'Black & White Minstrels' TV shows. We hope everyone had a great afternoon.
Tewkesbury Winter Ales Festival
Watson Hall, Tewkesbury
Saturday 6th February
A fantastic afternoon at the Tewkesbury Winter Ales Festival. Great playing by the Band which started with The Muppet Show Theme featured a Bavarian segment (Auf De Jagd, Bier Her & Schneewalzer) followed by three traditional folk songs (Irish Rover, Scarborough Fair & Wild Rover) and a selection of American folk tunes in the form of Hootenanny.
Tributes were then paid to the recently deceased David Bowie with our rendition of Life on Mars, and Terry Wogan with the inevitable Floral Dance! Things then went wild amongst the drinking public as we played Dambusters and witnessed a mass flying of paper aeroplanes!
Encores were requested by the audience in the usual raucous manner and we duly obliged with Jerusalem and Swing Low Sweet Chariot as we warmed the audience up ready for their afternoon of rugby viewing.
|Saturday 6th||Tewkesbury Winter Ales Festival [12:45pm - 2pm]|
|Sunday 28th||Concert in the Watson Hall, Tewkesbury [3pm]|
Tewkesbury Abbey Christingle Service
Tewkesbury Abbey [3:15pm - 5pm]
Thursday 24th December
The Christingle Service in Tewkesbury Abbey has become the annual finale to the Band's Christmas season and it always provides a fitting start to a couple of weeks of relaxation away from band. As usual there was a large turnout of Training Band members to play music to entertain the huge congregation that attends this service, usually in the region of over 1,000 people, while they gather in the Abbey before the service.
The Band and Training Bands have now completed 18 Christmas engagements since the 21st November....that's a lot of Christmas music that has been played! It's now all over for another year. Thanks to all members, family and supporters of the Band for another great year.
Happy Christmas from all at Tewkesbury Town Band.
A Day of Carols at Morrisons, Tewkesbury
Tewkesbury Morrisons [10am - 6pm]
Wednesday 23rd December
Wednesday 23rd December saw another significant day of fundraising effort from the band members as they spent 8 hours in the foyer of Morrisons supermarket in Tewkesbury. Across the day a few crazy people covered up to 8 hours of carol playing while others popped in and did their bit for as long as they could.
Family members and band supporters helped with the collecting and hopefully we raised an amount commensurate to our efforts. We would like to take this opportunity to say a huge Thank You to all of the members of our Band family who have been part of our very busy Christmas period. We couldn't do it without your support and enthusiasm.
Thanks also to all those that contributed to our collections and helped continue the Band's work.
Blooms Garden Centre Carolling
Blooms Garden Centre, Bishop's Cleeve
Monday 21st December
On Monday lunchtime a group of players from the Band spent a few hours playing carols at the Wyevale Garden Centre near Bishop's Cleeve entertaining the shoppers and raising funds for the Band.
Festive Fun from the Training Band
Watson Hall, Tewkesbury
Sunday 20th December
The afternoon of Sunday 20th December saw the Training Band give their annual fantastic Christmas Concert in the Watson Hall. As usual the Training Band's played fantastically and it was great to see the future of Tewkesbury Band continues to have good foundations.
The Beginner Band played the first part of the concert opening with 'Marching Along' before confusingly playing 'First Tune' second! There was a little popping fun as they treated us to 'Bubblewrap Boogie'. We then took a journey to Bethlehem on a 'Little Donkey' before watching the celestial wonder of the 'Angels From The Realms of Glory'.
The Intermediate Band then took to the stage to entertain us. They opened with a fanfare 'Bugle Call' before playing the traditional tune 'Mary Ann'. The tempo was then raised as the percussionists and band got to rock out with 'Pinball Wizard'. The Band then transitioned from a rock classic to the Classics as they played the beautiful Vivaldi tune 'Winter'. More pop followed with arrangements of two Christmas number ones 'Mad World' and 'Only You'. A snowy flight through wintery skies ensued as we went 'Walking in the Air' with the snowman. It was then time for a carol, 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen', which was followed by 'Jingle Bell Rock' and the finale was of course 'We Wish You a Merry Christmas'.
All of this was followed by the usual party food and games. A special mention goes to Rebecca Marshall who was voted Training Band member of the year and awarded the Ron Caddock Memorial Trophy.
Carolling in Tewkesbury
Tewkesbury [10am - 4pm] - Saturday 19th December
On Saturday 19th December members of the Band and Training Band's spent as many hours as they could spare to play carols for over 6 hours outside Boots in Tewkesbury in order to raise funds to allow us to continue to provide the free tuition, instrument hire and other facilities to those who wish to become part of the Band family and enjoy the pleasure of playing a brass instrument with others.
The weather continued to be unusually mild for the time of year and meant that we were less frozen than in the past at the end of our playing. Across the day most of the band members had made an appearance with several bringing family members to help with the collecting. A big thank you to all who played, collected and most importantly to all who donated.
Tewkesbury Civic Carol Service
Tewkesbury Methodist Church, Tewkesbury
Thursday 17th December
This evening the Band played at its second carol service in two days. Last night a group of players accompanied the singing of the carols at the Tewkesbury Sea Cadets candlelight carol service. A wonderful evening in an atmospheric setting. This evening we provided the music for the Civic Carol Service at the Methodist Church by The Cross. It was one of the best attended Civic Carol services for years and had a wonderful Christmas feel to it with everyone leaving full of festive spirit.
Tewkesbury Sea Cadets Carol Service
SS Otter, Tewkesbury
Wednesday 16th December
The evening of Wednesday 16th December saw a group of players from the Band accompanied the singing of the carols at the Tewkesbury Sea Cadets candlelight carol service.
As usual it was a wonderful evening in an atmospheric setting that brought the Christmas Story to life through the singing of carols and the reading of lessons.
The fantastic picture to the left is from local photographer Jack Boskett.
Corse Lawn Nurseries Christmas Parties
Corse Lawn & Staunton Village Hall
Monday 14th December
A group of players from the Band enjoyed a different day of Christmas Carol playing today as they entertained the children and their parents at four consecutive preschool Christmas parties at Corse Lawn and Staunton Village Hall.
An enjoyable if long day featuring plenty of a certain red-nosed reindeer, Jingle Bells and Away in the Manger.
A Wonderful Evening of Festive Fun in Tewkesbury
Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury
Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th December
The Bands gave their annual installment of festive fun at the Roses Theatre on the evening of Saturday 12th and the afternoon of Sunday 13th December entertaining two large Roses Theatre audiences with a programme of seasonal favourites and more! The Band opened the concert with the traditional tune 'Gaudete' in the form of Rodney Newton's bright upbeat arrangement. This was followed by an enthusiastic rendtion of Alan Fernie's clever reworking of Joy to the World under the title of 'Joy!' that got the audience clapping along.
Our young percussionist Ben Stock then took to the front of the stage to play the glockenspiel in the traditional 'Ukranian Bell Carol'. Our principal cornet Daniel Hart then took centre stage to play a beautifully warm rendition of Keith Wilkinson's arrangement of 'O Holy Night'. It was then time for a little theatrical performance from MD Nigel Morgan as he introduced our next piece dressed as Willy Wonka accompanied by sweet distributing Oompah Loompahs. The Band then played a selection of tunes from the original film 'Charlie & the Chocolate Factory' arranged by Gavin Somerset. Rounding off the Senior Band's first half performance was another arrangement from Gavin Somerset in the form of a fun romp through numerous Christmas tunes entwined within a rendition of the Twelve Days of Christmas in a piece entitled 'A Partridge in a Pear Tree'.
The Training Band then took over the stage to show off their musical talents with their usual mix of Christmas and fun music. The Intermediate Band opened with the traditional tune 'Mary Ann' before the Beginner Band played an arrangement by Helen Walters of 'Marching Along'. The Intermediate Band then played an arrangement of the Christmas number one 'Mad World' followed by the Beginner Band treating us to the Christmas favourite 'Little Donkey'. The bands then combined to play two carols 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen' and 'Angels From The Realms of Glory' before the Intermediate Band rounded off the Training Band's performance with 'Jingle Bells Swing'.
The second half of the concerts were
opened in rhythmic fashion with Darrol Barry's intermingling of several
Christmas tunes with Ravel's Bolero in the form of a 'A
This was followed by
the sister of our percussionist Megan Stock leading the audience in the
singing of several Christmas carols in Peter Graham's medley 'A
Carol Fantasy' and the Christmas song 'Let
It Snow'. A fantastic performance from a great young singer.
It was then time for the annual presentation of the Band Awards:
The Miles Amherst Junior Progress
Cup was won by our front row cornet player
Some great singing from our guest choirs, Warden Hill School on Saturday and Alderman Knight School on Sunday,
followed the awards and raffle.
The Band then led Father Christmas' dancing as they played a big band arrangement of jingle bells in the form of Gavin Somerset's lively arrangement of 'Jingle Bell Swing'. The concert was then rounded off with Father Christmas' other favourite tune 'Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer'. After much applause the audience were treated to a 'White Christmas' encore.
Two great concerts. Happy Christmas everyone from all at Tewkesbury Town Band..We hope everyone had a great time. It was good to welcome back Harry Williams and Matthew Lee on to the stage with the band while they enjoy their university holidays. A big thank you also goes to Harry's friend Izzy who helped out on repiano cornet.
Alderman Knight School Christmas Cheer Evening
Alderman Knight School, Tewkesbury
Thursday 3rd December
The Training Band had a fun time playing festive music for the enjoyment of those attending the Alderman Knight School Christmas Cheer Evening.
This is one of the Training Band's regular engagements and the wide selection of craft stalls always provides a good opportunity for band members and families to do some early Christmas shopping.
Our budding young conductor enjoyed himself too!
A Charitable Christmas
St Peter's Romantic Catholic Church, Gloucester
Wednesday 2nd December
On the evening of Wednesday 2nd December the Band made their annual appearance at the wonderful concert held to raise money for the Pied Piper Appeal and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. We accompanied the carols and played three pieces (Yuletide Rag, Walking in the Air, Rudolph) in our own segment of the concert. The other acts included St Peter's Primary School choir, the Instruments of Praise Gospel Choir, Harry Kirby and Claire Carter. Hopefully plenty of funds were raised for the charity.
|Wednesday 2nd||Pied Piper Concert, Gloucester [7:30pm]|
|Thursday 3rd||Alderman Knight School Christmas Cheer Evening [6pm - 8pm]|
|Saturday 12th||Band Christmas Concert, Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury [7:30pm] featuring School Choir|
|Sunday 13th||Band Christmas Concert, Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury [3pm matinee] featuring Alderman Knight School Choir|
|Monday 14th||Carol Playing for Corse Lawn & Staunton Nursery Parties, Corse Lawn Village Hall [9:30am - 5pm]|
|Wednesday 16th||Sea Cadets Carol Service, Tewkesbury [7pm]|
|Thursday 17th||Civic Carol Service, Tewkesbury [7pm - 8pm]|
|Saturday 19th||Carol Playing in Tewkesbury High Street [9:45am - 4pm]|
|Sunday 20th||Training Band Christmas Concert & Party, Watson Hall, Tewkesbury [2:30pm]|
|Monday 21st||Carol Playing at Wyevale Garden Centre, Bishop's Cleeve [10:30am - 1pm]|
|Wednesday 23rd||Carol Playing at Morrisons, Tewkesbury [10am - 8pm]|
|Thursday 24th||Christingle Service, Tewkesbury Abbey - Training Band [3:15pm]|
Festive Fun in Cheltenham
Sunday 29th November
A busy weekend of carolling was completed with a group from the Senior Band playing at the Montpellier Christmas Shopping Event. It was cold and wet but there was a reasonable sized group of people who congregated for the end of afternoon carol sing-a-long. Thanks to Tom Petticrew who helped out on trombone.
Festive Fun at the Tewkesbury Park Hotel
Tewkesbury Park Hotel, Tewkesbury
Saturday 28th November
A group of players from the Senior Band enjoyed a wonderful afternoon at Tewkesbury Park Hotel playing carols for children from Queen Margaret's Primary School and their families who had designed baubles for the Christmas tree. The Town Mayor was there to present them with prizes as they hung them on the hotel's Christmas tree. A big thank you to Harrison Williams who helped out on cornet.
Tewkesbury Abbey Christmas Fete
Tewkesbury Abbey, Tewkesbury
Saturday 28th November
The Training Band thoroughly entertained the shoppers at the Tewkesbury Abbey Christmas Fete this morning with a selection of festive music .
They thoroughly entertained an audience of shoppers who were browsing the wide selection of craft stalls looking for presents for their family and friends.
Mitton Manor School Christmas Fayre
Mitton Manor Primary School, Tewkesbury
Friday 27th November
It was wet and blustery yesterday evening while the Training Band entertained the fete goers at Mitton Manor Primary School Christmas Fayre. The band soldiered on against the elements to give a great musical backdrop to this festive evening.
The lights on the bandstand gave us an enforced break when they stopped working but that allowed people to warm up and get a hot drink. A big thank you to everyone who took part with a special mention for Shannon, Linda and Leon who kept the tune going.
Christmas Comes to Tewkesbury
Sunday 22nd November
A damp November afternoon saw the Training Band entertain the people gathering in Tewkesbury to enjoy the annual street fair to celebrate the switching on of the Town's Christmas lights.
They played a selection of Christmas carols and tunes whilst wrapped up warm to a welcoming audience that were starting to get into the early festive spirit as they began looking for presents for their family and friends on the myriad of stalls along the High Street.
The First Lights of Christmas!
Saturday 21st November
The Band enjoyed its first Christmas carol playing of 2015 as it made its annual appearance at the switching on of the Bishop's Cleeve Christmas lights.
A good crowd gathered to listen to the band, watch some young ballet dancers and watch Father Christmas switch on the lights at Bishop's Cleeve on a chilly November evening.
A Moment of Remembrance
Sunday 8th November
The Band were once again proud to lead the huge Remembrance Parade through a sunny Tewkesbury this morning. At just after 9am the Band lead the Remembrance Parade through Tewkesbury to the Abbey.
Following the service at about 10:45am we then lead the parade back to The Cross for the Act of Remembrance at 11am before leading the parade back along the High Street to Sun Street. In Helen's absence our assistant principal cornet Daniel Hart played a fantastic last post.
Picture courtesy of local photographer Jack Boskett.
|Sunday 8th||Remembrance Day Parade, Tewkesbury [Meet 9am; March Off 9:30am]|
|Saturday 21st||Bishop's Cleeve Christmas Lights Ceremony [4pm - 5:30pm]|
|Sunday 22nd||Tewkesbury Christmas Lights Ceremony - Training Band [pm]|
|Friday 27th||Mitton Manor Primary School Christmas Fete [6pm - 8pm]|
|Saturday28th||Tewkesbury Abbey Christmas Fayre - Training Band [10am]|
|Saturday 28th||Tewkesbury Park Hotel Carols [2pm - 4pm]|
|Sunday 29th||A Montpellier Christmas, Montpellier, Cheltenham [3pm -5pm]|
An Evening of Praise
Saturday 17th October
The Band entertained the villagers of Ripple with a concert of Praise items on the evening of Saturday 17th October. The concert opened with a lesser known march from the pen of Peter Graham 'Stateside' before moving on to an atmospheric arrangement of 'Onward Christian Soldiers' in a Pines of Rome style by Alan Fernie. Our two young cornet soloists were then featured as Rebecca Marshall played Thomas Mack's arrangement of 'Peace Like A River' and Dan Hart played Ivor Bosanko's arrangement of 'Share My Yoke'.
The tempo was then raised with a visit to the musicals as Helen Edgar played Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'I Don't Know How to Love Him' on her flugel. There was a moment of reflection and remembrance of those whom we have lost as the Band played Jonathan Bates beautiful 'A Peaceful Moment'. The first half was brought to a close with Jacob de Haan's amazingly descriptive and exciting work 'The Saint and The City'.
We began the second half with Derek
Broadbent's arrangement of the Ralph Vaughan Williams version of the
tune to the hymn 'Old Hundredth'.
This was followed by a medley of gospel songs by James Curnow entitled 'Jubilation'.
Martin Warner stood to play the euphonium solo 'Benedictus'
from Karl Jenkins 'The Armed Man' arr. Small. Once the audience
had returned to their seats after the rousing climax in Benedictus the
Band entertained them with Peter Graham's arrangement of the popular
hymn tune to How Great Thou Art under the title 'Swedish
Folk Song'. The concert was brought to
a close with some beautiful quartet playing in Steve Bradnum's
arrangement of the 'Irish
Blessing' and a rousing rendition of
the 'Hallelujah Chorus'
arranged by Philip Sparke.
Mop Fair Parade
Friday 9th October
The Training Band enjoyed its annual leading of the parade of dignitaries from The Crescent to the dodgems ready for the opening ceremony to the annual Tewkesbury Mop Fair on Friday evening.
Everyone then proceeded to enjoy themselves on the various attractions at this fantastic fair.
Latest Addition to the Band Family
Friday 2nd October
On Friday 2nd October the band family was joined by it's latest addition as principal cornet, Helen Walters, and first trombone, Hadrian Walters, had their second son.
A big welcome from the Band to Andrew Laurence Walters....now which instrument will he play?
|Friday 9th||Tewkesbury Mop Fair Parade, Tewkesbury High Street [6pm]|
|Saturday 17th||Praise Concert, Ripple Church [7:30pm]|
Training Band Cabaret Evening
Bredon Village Hall, Bredon
Saturday 26th September
A fantastic Cabaret Evening concert by the Training Band last night. The usual mix of band fun (including singing in 'Singing in the Rain', movement in 'Mary Ann' and dressing up in 'George of the Jungle' & 'Jungle Suite') and great solos from the young and old Training Band members.
The Beginner Band opened the concert with 'Marching Marines' and were followed by the Intermediate Band playing and singing 'Singing in the Rain'. Amy Williams played a beautiful rendition of 'Sittin on the Dock of the Bay' before one of our newest learners Mattie Haseldon joined Emmeline Turner to play 'Together & Alone'. They were followed by another new learner Magnus Howard who played 'Steam Roller'. Shannon Huntley, Ella Hart and Emily Henning then joined together to play a trio version of 'Something Stupid'.
A happy tune called 'Mr Jolly' followed from the Beginner Band before the Intermediate Band's bass section were featured in the tune 'Slavonic Basses'.
We were then treated to a drum solo from
Nathan Thomas 'Shut Up & Dance'
before Emmeline Turner led us through a 'Small
Small World' advising us 'Never
Smile at a Crocodile'! The Beginner
Band played 'Soldier Soldier'
before Daniel Lewis took us to a 'Haunted
House', Genevieve Haseldon asked us 'Where
is Love' and Rebecca Marshall told us 'You
Raise Me Up'.
After a short interval the concert resumed with the Beginner Band playing 'Postman Pat' and the Intermediate Band entertaining us with 'George of the Jungle'. Solos followed from Lauren Farey 'Spring', Matthias Wildman 'Those Magnificent Men' and Ben Stock 'Hall of Fame'. The Intermediate Band played 'Mary Ann' before Alice Henning played 'Doyle's Lament', Theo Wildman played 'Folk Song' and Henry Hick played 'Carnival of Venice'. The Intermediate Band played the Caribbean classic 'Yellow Bird', Ruth Turner played 'I Know Him So Well', Derinda Wildman and Ben Stock combined for a rendition of 'In The Hall of the Mountain King', Daniel Hart played 'Zelda' and the Intermediate Band rounded the concert off with 'The Jungle Suite'
A huge congratulations to all involved in putting on such a great show.
Death of our Bass Trombonist - John Warner
Funeral Service, Malvern Priory
Wednesday 23rd September
It was with immense sadness that the Band learned during August of the death of our ever-youthful and inspiring member John Warner. He was an inspiration to everyone who met him with his positive outlook on life and his constant desire to improve. He had only picked up the trombone on his retirement and had become a fantastic bass trombone player through dedicated practice despite facing the challenge of impaired hearing.
Sadly he had to stop playing the trombone last year due to problems with a detached retina. This didn't stop him from attending band and he had moved to percussion to start a new musical adventure. He and his son had been missed by the Band on the afternoon of 29th August when we were playing at Kemerton Fete and we were praying hard for his speedy recovery from his cycling accident on the Friday. Sadly this was not to be.
AOn Wednesday 23rd September the massed bands of Tewkesbury Town and Malvern Chase gave him a good send off for John Warner playing Wanderin' Star and Benedictus in Malvern Priory. This was followed by a short concert at the wake at the Three Counties Showground. The massed bands played Seventy-Six Trombones, Beyond The Sea, Baggy Trousers, Those Magnificent Men, Frolic For Trombones, Georgie Girl, The Wombling Song and The Muppets Theme. Thanks to everyone who took part. Hopefully we did him proud!
We have reached that time of the year when we have to say sad goodbyes to those members of the band that are studying at university. We wish them all well and hope to see them again at Christmas time. Thanks to all who have helped us out this summer.
Leaving for the first time this year is our second trombonist Matthew Lee to go to Cardiff and start his training to become a doctor. We hope he has a great time and analysis to fit in trombone playing amongst the intensive training! We should also mention Hannah Benbow who left for university last year and is currently spending the first half of her second year in Sweden.
Civic Parade and Afternoon Concert
Tewkesbury High Street and The Royal Hop Pole Gardens
Sunday 20th September
A good afternoon in Tewkesbury. First we led the Civic Parade down the High Street picking up the dignitaries at the Town Hall and slaloming past a set of traffic cones across the road and along Church Street to the Abbey. After that we set up in the gardens behind The Royal Hop Pole to give an hours concert to a good audience of drinkers and families enjoying a relaxing Sunday afternoon.
We opened with a little James Bond in the 'Best of Bond'. This was followed by the overture to the 'Pirates of Penzance' with some nice playing from the cornets. Martin Cullwick then stood up to play his first ever solo and gave a fabulous rendition of 'Wandering Star'. The tempo was raised with 'Baggy Trousers' before being relaxed with 'Colours of the Wind' from Pochahontas. There were a few more pop favourites in the form of 'Amarillo', 'Beyond the Sea' and 'La Cucaracha' before we rounded our afternoon's playing off with 'Old Time Religion'.
All that was left to do was to have a drink and a meal to round off a busy weekend that had also seen the Band host bands from around the country in our bandroom as they held their final rehearsals prior to appearing at the National Finals at the Centaur in Cheltenham.
Photo courtesy of The Photo Studio
A Royal Landmark
Tewkesbury Abbey Tower, Tewkesbury
Wednesday 9th September
On the morning of Wednesday 9th September a small group from the Band joined the Mayor and the Town Sargeant, Mike Kean-Price, at the top of the Abbey Tower to mark the occasion of Queen Elizabeth Ii reaching the milestone of becoming the longest reigning monarch in British history. The group listened to the pronouncement by Mike before marking the occasion with the playing of the British National Anthem.
|Photo courtesy of Charles Coleman|
|Wednesday 9th||Tewkesbury Abbey Tower Roof (National Anthem) [11am]|
|Sunday 20th||Tewkesbury Civic Parade, Tewkesbury High Street [2:15pm]|
|Sunday 20th||The Royal Hop Pole Gardens [4pm]|
|Wednesday 23rd||John Warner's Funeral, Malvern Priory [2pm]|
|Saturday 26th||Cabaret Evening - Training Band [6pm]|
Kemerton Village Fete
Saturday 29th August
On the afternoon of Saturday 29th August the Band provided some light entertainment to the villagers enjoying Kemerton Village Fete. We started in concert fashion with the march 'The Spacemen' followed by the overture to 'Pirates of the Penzance'. The programme was then lightened to include 'Beyond The Sea', 'The Ugly Duckling', 'Thomas the Tank Engine' and 'Postman Pat' in what was a children's corner (covering all ages). A little pop in the form of a good arrangement of the Madness song 'Baggy Trousers' followed before we went all secret service with 'The Best of Bond' selection.
After a break to look around the stalls and enjoy some refreshments we played a second set that opened with the march 'Stateside'. This was followed by the haunting music from the Godfather trilogy of films in the form of 'The Godfather Waltz'. A jaunt through several of the hits of the perennial Cliff Richard followed with the eponymous selection 'Cliff'. Everyone was encouraged to join in with the actions to 'YMCA' and 'Is This the Way to Amarillo'. Another favourite 'La Cucharacha' followed before the mood calmed down with the theme song from the Disney animation Pochahontas 'Colours of the Wind'. Everything was rounded off with a little 'Gospel Celebration'.
A Wet Afternoon on Malvern Bandstand
Priory Park, Malvern
Sunday 23rd August
The weather on the afternoon of Sunday 23rd August was hardly appropriate for a bandstand concert as it proved to be wet, drab and grey. However as the band played through its programme the weather brightened and by the time we had finished for the afternoon a good audience had gathered to enjoy our endeavours.
We opened with the march 'The Spacemen' before continuing in traditional fashion with the overture to 'The Pirates of Penzance'. Given the perfect weather for ducks we then played 'The Ugly Duckling' and 'Beyond The Sea'. There was a mixture of the music from our summer programme that was played with the hope that the sun would make an appearance.
The audience were treated to originals such as 'Sunset Serenade' and 'Spring Song' as well as popular favourites such as 'The Best of Bond' and 'Colours of the Wind' .
A Yorkshire Band Camp with Golcar Training Band
The Training Band's Return Visit to Golcar Training Band (Slaithwaite and Holmfirth)
Friday 7th to Sunday 9th August
On the morning of Friday 8th August the members of Tewkesbury Town Training Band and their families gathered to board the coach to the Yorkshire Pennines for a weekend of band camp. The Training Band were renewing their friendships with the members of Golcar Training Band who had visited us in Tewkesbury in May 2014.
The trip was a long one but we arrived at the bandroom in Slaithwaite to be greeted by a delicious buffet lunch provided by members of the Golcar Band. After the welcome and enjoying the food it was down to the serious business of rehearsing the music that the bands were going to play over the weekend at their joint concerts on Saturday and Sunday.
Pete Strawson, the musical director of the Golcar Training Band, started the rehearsal with several clapping games out on the car park before running us through a selection of the pieces in an hour and half relaxed rehearsal.
The Training Band members and their families then made their way to the campsite at Holmfirth to set up camp for the weekend. A tractor transported the tents to the campsite and we rapidly set about putting them up in the couple of hours we had before the coach arrived to pick us up and take us to the Outlane Golf Club for a proper Yorkshire feast of fish, chips and mushy peas.
After our meal the members of the two bands had time to socialise and participate in the little known sport of Indoor Curling (similar to curling on ice but using stones with wheels on them!). It was then time to return to our campsite for a good night's sleep ready for an exciting day on Saturday.
After the usual delicious band camp breakfast on Saturday morning the Training Band members returned to the Slaithwaite band room for a morning of rehearsals for this evenings concert. After another wonderful lunch provided y the Golcar Band members we then travelled to Marsden for an afternoon exploring by the canal and an interesting trip by narrow boat into the Standedge Tunnel, which is apparently the longest and deepest canal tunnel in Britain.
The children ran off some energy and learned a few things about traditional means of transportation before it was time to return to the campsite for our tea prior to the evening's joint concert with Golcar Band at Slaithwaite Band Room. Unfortunately the Tewkesbury Training Band Musical Director, Helen Walters was not feeling well and so had to leave the concert in the capable hands of the Golcar Training Band MD, Pete Strawson.
included a selection of the pieces that the bands had been working on
over the past two days. It opened with an easy version of the Slaidburn
march, included the upbeat Heroes, a little in the way of a
Jamaican Calypso and some Sngin' in the Rain.
There was also another easy march in the form of Colonel Bogey before a slight jungle theme occurred with George of the Jungle, followed by Alan Fernie's Jungle Suite featuring Lions, Snakes and the noisiest Monkeys you have ever heard! Things were calmed down with the Japanese traditional Song of the Seashore before we were left with the tune Silver Trumpet buzzing around our heads!
A fantastic concert enjoyed by a good audience including members of the Slaithwaite Band whose band room the concert was being held in. A band room that we would love to have for our own given it has a bar and a concert space.
On Sunday morning it was time to pack the camp down following another fantastic breakfast. This was done in the sunshine and our band camp in Yorkshire proved to be the driest in the history of our band camp travels.
The final concert of the weekend took place at the amazing bandstand in Beaumont Park, Huddersfield and a good audience of local people turned out to listen to the combined Training Bands play two 40 minute sets covering all of the pieces that the bands had worked on across the weekend. Both Pete and Helen took it in turns to lead the massed band. A lot of fun was had by all involved and the half time ice creams were especially appreciated.
Following the bandstand concert the bands travelled to the Outlane Golf Club for a barbeque prepared by Pete and his percussionist friend, Simon Oliver (from Black Dyke). There was a quick game of cricket between the younger band members before we began the long journey South back to Tewkesbury. A big Thank You to everyone at Golcar Band for their warm welcome and great hosting.
|Friday 7th to
|Training Band Tour to
Saturday 9th - Joint Concert at Slaithwaite Band Club [7pm]
Sunday 10th - Joint Concert on Beaumont Park Bandstand, Huddersfield [12pm - 2pm]
|Sunday 23rd||Malvern Bandstand [2:30pm-4:30pm]|
|Saturday 29th||Kemerton Village Fete [1pm-3pm]|
Beer Festival Fever
CAMRA Cotswold Beer Festival, Postlip Hall, Winchcombe
Saturday 18th July
On the afternoon of Saturday 18th July the Band had its usual good time at the Cotswold Beer Festival entertaining the beer connoisseurs and sampling some of the myriad of beers on offer. We played three themed musical sets. The first had a Bavarian feel to it with the 'Radetsky March', 'Auf der Jagd', 'German Folk Songs Selection', 'Bier Her' and 'Schneewalzer' making up its bulk. Rounded off with a little 007 in the 'Best of Bond' to link to the second set!
The second set included a mix of film and popular light music including 'The Godfather Waltz', 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly', 'The Ugly Duckling', 'Cliff' and 'Old Time Religion'. After topping up our beer glasses it was time for our final set and the usual build up to the 'Dambusters' theme where the audience are teased before a full rendition is given. We opened with 'Sway', this was followed by 'Beyond the Sea' and 'Baggy Trousers' before one of the audience joined in to our rendition of 'The Stripper'. Thankfully the piece ended before he got too far! It was then time for the 'Dambusters', 'Land of Hope & Glory' and 'We'll Meet Again'. Overall lots of fun and great applause and shouts for encores at the end.
A Medieval Weekend with Irish Friends
CJ Kickham Brass & Reed Band's Tour to Tewkesbury
Saturday 11th to Wednesday 15th July
Our friends from CJ Kickham Brass & Reed Band from Tipperary, Ireland set off early on the morning of Saturday 11th July to make the long journey across the Irish Sea to Tewkesbury. They arrived in the late afternoon and settled themselves into the Premier Inn hotel which was to be their base for the next few days.
After freshening up they travelled across to Beckford Village Hall where we greeted them with a barbeque and social evening. There was plenty of good food and beer to be sampled whilst everyone renewed the friendships made last year when we travelled over to Ireland to meet them. The members of CJ Kickham Band also had the opportunity to try on their outfits for Sunday's Medieval Parade through Tewkesbury!
The next morning the members of CJ Kickham Band met up with members of the Senior and Training Bands of Tewkesbury Town Band to form a band of over 50 players to lead the first Tewkesbury Medieval Carnival Parade from Quay Street through the town to the Medieval Battlefield. The parade featured medieval re-enactors, school and community groups all dressed in appropriate medieval costumes.
The Bands played a selection of medieval tunes as the parade of over 800 people moved through the town. The streets were packed with onlookers enjoying the great weather and the fantastic spectacle of the parade. A YouTube video of the parade is included to the right.
After the parade the band members had a few hours to explore the Medieval Festival, enjoy the food on offer, visit the stalls and watch the biggest medieval battle re-enactment in Europe featuring over 2,000 soldiers. After a day at the Medieval Festival it was time for the bands to make their way to Churchdown for a meal and to give a concert at the Churchdown Community Centre.
The CJ Kickham
Band opened the concert with a fantastic mix of fun music including some
great singing from members of the band and the entertaining party piece
that had the audience swaying along. Once our guests had completed their
programme it was time for Tewkesbury Town Band to take centre
stage and play a half hour programme of light music. We opened with the
before our principal cornet Helen Walters and soprano cornet Kev Bennett
stood to give a beautiful rendition of 'As
Long As He Needs Me'. A couple of film
themes followed with the haunting 'Godfather
Waltz' and our fun staging of 'The
Good, The Bad and The Ugly'. Finally we
rounded off our program with 'Swing
The stage was then crammed to its seams with the massed forces of both bands for the final section of the concert! This featured 'Aces High', '633 Squadron', 'Handbags & Gladrags', 'Mood Indigo', 'Young Amadeus' and 'Radetsky March'.
This was all followed by a few drinks at the Elmbury Lodge next to their hotel to round off a great day of banding with musical friends.
On Monday the CJ Kickham Band visited Malvern and despite the weather having turned wet, in true crazy Irish style they took to the bandstand in Priory Park to play an hours concert to the ducks and passers by braving the inclement weather.
In the evening many of the Tewkesbury Town Band members and their families joined the CJ Kickham band members for a farewell meal at The Royal Hop Pole. Thank you's were said and gifts exchanged over some good food and drink.
We have had a great time welcoming them to our town. The fantastic thing about music is the friends you make across the world who share its wonderful language.
We look forward to meeting up with them again one day in the future and hope that they enjoyed a good time in our town.
St Catharine's Church Fete
St Catharine's Church, Gloucester
Saturday 11th July [1:30pm]
A busy weekend for the Band began with the Training Band playing a fantastic hour long concert at St Catharine's Church Fete this afternoon entertaining the browsers and shoppers at the special 100th Anniversary year summer fete.
The concert featured the usual varied selection of music from the Training Band's summer programme including the march 'Heroes', the upbeat pop of the Ketchup Song 'Arserje' and several movements from 'Little Europe' with the percussion section starring on bicycle bells in the Dutch movement.
The featured tunes included the earworm 'Silver Trumpet', a tune that stays with you for the rest of the day and concluded with the fun item 'Here Comes Bobby The Bear'.
A big thank you to all the Senior Band members drafted in to help at the last minute due to several late drop outs from Training Band members.
Summer Sunshine and Brass Music
Pershore Midsummer Festival of Brass
Saturday 4th July
A fantastic afternoon of playing at the Pershore midsummer Festival of Brass. The weather was perfect and the audiences enthusiastic. We hope everyone enjoyed our programmes.
The Senior Band played their first concert in the beautiful surroundings of Pershore Abbey at 12:25. In a nod to it being American Independence Day today we opened with Peter Graham's march, 'Stateside'. A bright and breezy march full of joy that resounded around the Abbey. This was followed by 'A Gospel Celebration'. A suite of three well known gospel tunes that was well suited to the Abbey acoustic: 'Go Tell It On The Mountain', 'Were You There?' and 'Old Time Religion'.
This was followed by two warm melodies from European composers that sounded wonderful in the Abbey. The first was Thomas Doss' 'Sunset Serenade' composed in memory of his musical colleague and the second was Jacob de Haan's 'Spring Song'. Our short concert in the Abbey was concluded with Kevin Houben's atmospheric major work 'Broken Sword', a work based around the sword of Edward the Confessor - one of the five swords used in the Coronation ceremony for the British monarch.
It was the turn of the Training Band at 1:55pm to entertain the passers by at Chapman Court. They opened with the march 'Heroes', a bright modern March with a great heroic feel. This was followed by the Norwegian tune 'Ved Nesland Kyrkje' with the solo parts played by Daniel Hart and Rebecca Marshall. It was then time for a little American tribute with 'Swinging USA Style'. Moving southwards it was then time for a Caribbean 'Jambalaya' before a delightful rendition of the traditional Japanese song, 'Song of the Seashore'.
The tempo then moved upbeat with the Ketchup Song ('Aserje') before fate was tempted as they played the popular 'Singing in the Rain'. This great concert by our Training Band was rounded off with a 'Jamaican Calypso', the catchy 'Silver Trumpet' and the fun 'Here Comes Bobby the Bear'.
Immediately following the Training Band at Chapman Court was the Senior Band who opened with the rousing march from the film 'Aces High'. Next there was a little fun as the Band played 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly' starring Helen Edgar as the Mexican bandit on flugel and Daniel Hart as Clint Eastwood on cornet. Some great playing and acting that really entertained the audience. Staying in the world of films we then played the haunting theme music to 'The Godfather', one of those tunes that just sticks in your head.
Helen Walters on cornet and Kev Bennett on Soprano then played a beautiful duet, 'As Long As He Needs Me' from the musical Oliver! Several of the band members then switched their instruments for tuned bottles to play the introduction to 'Little April Showers' from the Disney film Bambi. Our final piece of the day was a selection of songs from the Disney animation 'Alice in Wonderland'.
After this it was time for an ice cream, a drink and some food whilst listening to brass band music. A big thank you to Jon Rottenbury from Staffordshire Band for helping us out on trombone.
|Saturday 4th||Pershore Midsummer Festival of Brass [Senior Band: 12:25pm-1pm Abbey & 2:40pm-3:15pm Chapman Court / Training Band: 1:55pm-2:30pm Chapman Court]|
|Saturday 11th||St Catharine's Church Fete, Gloucester - Training Band [1:30pm - 2:40pm]|
|Saturday 11th to
|Visit of CJ Kickham Brass & Reed Band from Tipperary, Ireland|
|Saturday 11th - Social at Beckford Village Hall [7pm]|
|Sunday 12th - Tewkesbury Medieval Festival Parade (Tewkesbury & CJ Kickham Bands), Tewkesbury [11am]|
|Sunday 12th - Concert featuring Tewkesbury & CJ Kickham Bands, Churchdown Community Centre [7pm]|
|Saturday 18th||Cotswold Beer Festival, Postlip Hall [11:30am-3pm]|
Mitton Community Association Concert
Mitton Manor Primary School, Tewkesbury
Friday 28th June [7pm]
On the evening of Friday 28th June the Training Band played a concert for the Mitton Community Association, a group of dedicated people from the Mitton Area who organise events to bring the local community together. Sadly for them despite all of their hard work very few people from the local community turned up to the concert. However the Training Band played their hearts out as did the other acts appearing on the evening.
The concert featured a good selection of music from the Training Band's summer programme including the march 'Heroes', several movements from 'Little Europe' with the percussion section starring on bicycle bells in the Dutch movement. Calming the mood down their was the traditional Japanese tune 'Song of the Seashore'.
There was a little pop with the Ketchup Song 'Aserje' and the tune that everyone seems to go home humming 'Silver Trumpet'.
Bishop's Cleeve Street Fair
Sunday 14th June [12:30pm]
To round off a busy weekend the Training Band made their annual appearance at the popular Bishop's Cleeve Street Fair on the afternoon of Sunday 14th June. The theme was a continental theme and the Training Band played a selection of pieces within their programme to link to this theme including several from the 'Little Europe' suite including 'Dutch Bicycles' and 'Belgian Beer'.
The weather was warm and the skies clear enough for a fly past by a dakota aircraft at 2pm which flew over the Training Band whilst they played the appropriately titled 'Heroes'. A video of this can be found here.
The Training Band also played several tunes from Beauty & the Beast and Aristocats and featured Rebecca Marshall in the solo 'Ved Nesand Kyrke' given to the band by our Norwegian friends from Fla Musikkorps when they visited in 2006.
Moving slightly further afield from Europe there was a 'Jamaican Calypso', a little 'Jambalaya' and an American folk tune 'Silver Trumpet'. Inbetween sets there was plenty of time to look around the Street Fair and sample the delights of the food stalls.
Summer Proms Concert
Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury
Saturday 13th June 7:30pm
It was a hot humid evening in the Roses Theatre that saw an enthusiastic audience enjoy a first half featuring musical memories from their childhoods.
We opened with the happy Salvationist march from the pen of James Anderson 'Goldcrest' before playing the overture to the Gilbert & Sullivan musical 'Pirates of Penzance'. It was then time for some music from the wonderful animated films of Disney with some great tuned bottle playing by the horn section in Leigh Baker's clever and atmospheric arrangement of 'Little April Showers', which was followed by a trip to the fantastically strange world of 'Alice in Wonderland' which apparently features more songs than any other animation with many favourites such as 'I'm Late', 'The Unbirthday Song' and 'March of the Cards' featured in the arrangement for brass band by Swiss composer Betrand Moren.
More fun followed in 'The Ugly Duckling' with our Musical Director, Nigel Morgan, leading the audience in the singing. A selection of Flanders & Swann songs arranged into the medley 'A Drop of the Hat' by Sandy Smith came next with some great tuba playing from Derinda Wildman in The Hippopotamus Song. The first half was brought to a close with a selection of songs from Cliff Richard unsurprisingly entitled 'Cliff' that had the audience humming along to 'The Young Ones', 'Bachelor Boy', 'Summer Holiday' and 'Constantly'.
After the interval the Band opened with 'A Gospel Celebration' featuring three gospel songs arranged as a suite for brass band. After the bright start we then had a mellow moment with two beautiful tunes from the pens of European composers. First there was 'Sunset Serenade' by Austrian Thomas Doss which was written in memoriam for his friend. The second was 'Spring Song' by Jan de Haan written in celebration of the new life of springtime and for his new grandson.
After the raffle it was time to get the audience singing and waving flags with the Last Night of the Proms favourites - Fantasia on British Sea Songs, Jerusalem and Pomp & Circumstance #1. A big thank you to everyone involved and especially our guests: Will & Hannah Norman, Harrison Williams and Hannah Benbow - all products of our Training Band.
John Moore School Fete
John Moore School, Tewkesbury
Saturday 13th June [2pm]
Unfortunately for the organisers of the John Moore School Fete the weather decided to turn after several weeks of sunshine to become rather wet. However, the fete must go on and so everything was quickly rearranged to indoor homes (classrooms and the school hall).
The Training Band played two half hour programmes in the school hall which was serving as the arena for the day and was handily placed near to the refreshments and cake stalls! They played several of the Beginner Band pieces and thoroughly entertained a good audience enjoying a break from browsing the many fundraising stalls on offer.
A good start to what was a busy weekend for the Tewkesbury Town Band family.
|Saturday 13th||John Moore Fete [2pm - 3:30pm ] - Training Band|
|Saturday 13th||Summer Concert, Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury [7:30pm]|
|Sunday 14th||Bishop's Cleeve Street Fair [12:30pm - 2:30pm] - Training Band|
|Friday 26th||Mitton Area Community Association Evening [7pm] - Training Band|
A Norwegian Visit
Fla Musikkorps Tour to England
Thursday 21st to Monday 25th May
Just after lunchtime on Thursday 21st May our Norwegian friends from Fla Musikkorps arrived in England for a short tour. They were welcomed by Helen & Hadrian Walters from the Band at their hotel in Cheltenham and once they had settled themselves in were taken on a tour of the Holst Museum in Cheltenham before enjoying a relaxed meal in The Storyteller restaurant, which happens to be run by a Norwegian couple so they were able to order drinks in their native language.
On Friday 22nd May Fla Musikkorps visited Pershore for some sightseeing in the morning before travelling over to Pershore High School for a rehearsal and school lunch of fish & chips. In the afternoon they gave a concert to the year 9 pupils featuring many of their excellent soloists and stand-in tuba player Hadrian Walters since one of their players had been ill in the night....hopefully he will be better tomorrow. The concert was well received by the staff and pupils.
Afterwards there was time for a trip to Evesham and Evesham Country Park before travelling to Beckford Social Club for an enjoyable social evening with the band members from Tewkesbury Town Band. Thanks to Steve Edgar and Christine Poole for the usual delicious food and Theresa Newman for co-ordinating the skittles competition won by Geoff Henning. Time for sleep ready for a day in Worcester and a not to be missed concert at Ripple Church.
23rd May we took them to the city of Worcester for a morning of
exploring, shopping and drinking. In the afternoon they had a pleasant
boat trip along the river before we travelled to Ripple for a brief
rehearsal in the Church for the evenings concert and a delicious feast
of pies and chips at The Railway Inn.
After this feast they played a fantastic concert to a good audience in St Mary's Church in Ripple to help raise funds for the church's toilet fund. The concert featured a wide selection of pieces including many that featured the Band's excellent soloists: Arne Solberg on soprano in Hanen and Vitae Lux, Bjorn Ole Raphaug in Ved Nesland Kyrke, Berit Morkved in Donegal Bay, Arild Mohan Hassel in Wanderin' Star and Terje Halie in Night in Havana. They also played Kenneth Downie's 'Music from Kantara' and excerpts from Goff Richard's 'Hollywood'. A selection of videos from the concert can be found here.
A fantastic concert that was appreciated by all in the audience and was rounded off with a selection of cakes baked by the local church people.
On the morning of Sunday 24th May we took Fla Musikkorps on a tour of the Cotswold Brewery near Bourton on the Water where they sampled a little of this microbrewery's beers, ciders, gin and vodka for breakfast!
After the morning tour of the Cotswold Brewery we took Fla Musikkorps for lunch and sightseeing in Bourton on the Water. We then travelled back to Aston on Carrant for a massed band rehearsal and barbeque where over 50 players combined to practise the eight pieces ready for tomorrows joint appearance at Tewkesbury Abbey Fete.
Afterwards we enjoyed a magnificent feast of barbeque food, salads and cakes.
On Monday 25th May Tewkesbury Town Band and
Fla Musikkorps played a fantastic series of short concerts for the
people enjoying Tewkesbury Abbey Fete. Fla Musikkorps started the day
with a further exhibition of their talents and attracted a large
appreciative audience for their music making.
After a short break they were joined by the players of Tewkesbury Town Band to comprise a huge massed band for the next concert. Together we played Silver Star, Welsh Echoes, Stal Himmel, Baggy Trousers, All My Loving, Gospel Celebration, Amazing Grace and Fantasia on the Dargason. This was great fun and rounded of Fla's tour nicely. They then had to dash to change before saying goodbye and boarding their bus to the airport to return to Norway. We had a great time hosting them and were sad to see them go.
For our final set it seemed strange playing in a smaller band as we played a selection of light items (Goldcrest, Cliff, Beyond the Sea, Blueberry Hill, The Godfather Waltz, Postman Pat, Thomas the Tank Engine, Herbie and Floral Dance) to conclude our day at the fete.
Thursday 21st to 25th May
Over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend the Band will be playing host to our friends from Norway, Fla Musikkorps. They visited us in 2006 and we entertained them so well then that they have decided to make a return visit this year.
We have a good mix of social activities, sightseeing visits and concerts lined up for them during their stay.
On Thursday 21st when they arrive in the UK we will be taking them to the Holst Museum in Cheltenham before enjoying a social evening with them at The Storyteller restaurant in Cheltenham.
Friday 22nd will see them visit the beautiful market town of Pershore and perform a concert for the pupils at Pershore High School. In the evening we will be holding a band social with them including the odd game of skittles in Beckford.
On Saturday 23rd they will be visiting Worcester where they will have time to look around the city and then take a boat trip along the river. in the evening they will be giving a concert at St Mary's Church in Ripple. Don't miss this opportunity to hear a band from Norway and to support the churches fundraising efforts for a new toilet block.
On Sunday we will be taking them to one of the local brewerys for a tour and tasting session before then spending the evening in joint rehearsal and a barbeque.
Their final appearance will be as our guests at Tewkesbury Abbey Fete before they head off to catch their flight back to Norway.
Community Award for our Musical Director
Watson Hall, Tewkesbury
Monday 18th May
At the annual Tewkesbury Mayor making ceremony the Band's musical director, Nigel Morgan, was surprised to be awarded the 2015 Tewkesbury Town Community Service Award in recognition of his 18 years of work with the Town Band. His role in building a strong entertaining band and cementing its place at the heart of the local community was recognised by the people of the town with this well deserved award.
The Band is delighted to see his hard work recognised in this way and would like to congratulate him on the award.
|Thursday 21st to
|Visit of Fla Musikkorps from Norway:|
|Thursday 21st - Band arrive. Holst Museum visit. Welcome meal at The Storyteller, Cheltenham.|
|Friday 22nd - Pershore visit including concert at Pershore High School. Evening Social with Tewkesbury Band Members in Beckford.|
|Saturday 23rd - Worcester visit including boat trip. Meal in Ripple. Concert at Ripple Church.|
|Sunday 24th - Brewery visit. BBQ and joint rehearsal between Fla and Tewkesbury Bands.|
|Monday 25th||Tewkesbury Abbey Fete [11am] - including performance from Fla Musikkorps|
Gloucester Beer Festival
Blackfriars Priory, Gloucester
Saturday 25th March
The Band was pleased to be invited to entertain the afternoon drinkers at the Gloucester Beer Festival being held at Blackfriars Priory in Gloucester. The Band performed a programme of light sing-along music to an audience enjoying the sunshine in the courtyard at the Priory whilst sampling the wide selection of real ales on offer.
Our programme included: Spanish Eyes, The Pink Panther, The Godfather Waltz, La Cucharacha, Beyond The Sea, Mambo No 5, Klezmer Karnival, Dambusters, The Floral Dance and We'll Meet Again.
Hopefully we will be back next year!
Tewkesbury Town Band AGM
Tewkesbury Town Hall - Wednesday 15th April 7pm
On Wednesday 15th April the Band held its annual AGM in Tewkesbury Town Hall. As usual the evening's proceedings commenced with a short pre AGM concert by our Training Band to the Town Mayor, band members, family and friends.
The Intermediate Band opened the concert with an upbeat piece called 'Heroes' by Andy Norman. This was followed by the Beginner Band leading us on a march with their rendition of 'Marching Marines'. Rebecca Marshall then took the lead to play the cornet solo in a piece gifted to us by Fla Musikkorps on their first visit to Tewkesbury in 2006 'Ved Nesland Kyrke' to mark the fact that we are looking forward to their second visit in May. The Beginner Band then played a fun piece called 'Bad Hair Day'. This was followed by a trip to the Caribbean as the Intermediate Band played 'Jamaican Calypso' followed by the Beginner Band demonstrating their sartorial elegance with a piece called 'Odd Socks' and the up tempo 'Mardi Gras'. Both Bands then combined to close the concert with the fun piece 'Here Comes Bobby the Bear'.
After a welcome by the Chairman the
proceedings of the meeting were handed over to the President of the
Band, the current Town Mayor, Councillor Christine Danter. A short formal meeting
outlined the Officer's reports and band accounts prior to the election
of committee members for the year ahead.
Committee members, players and supporters were thanked for every part they play within the Tewkesbury Town Band family. It is everyone working together that makes the Band such a success.
Helen Walters, Derinda Wildman,
Pete Hart, Martin Cullwick
|Wednesday 15th||AGM - including Training Band Concert 7pm, Tewkesbury Town Hall|
|Saturday 25th||Gloucester Beer Festival [12:45pm-1:30pm & 2:15pm-3pm]|
Palm Sunday in Tewkesbury
Sunday 29th March [9:15am]
The damp weather on the morning of Sunday 29th March didn't prevent us from leading the Palm Sunday Parade at Tewkesbury Abbey and providing music for the donkey's ears! Instead of the usual procession from the grounds of Abbey House to the Abbey the procession became an indoor affair.
We paraded around the Abbey starting at the East End and playing the hymn tune St Theodulph to accompany the congregation singing 'All Glory Laud and Honour' as we made our way to the West End of the Abbey. There the gospel readings were read before we processed back to the East End of the Abbey playing 'Sing Hosanna'.
A Pastorale Scene in Torquay
West of England Regional Contest, Torquay Riviera Centre
Friday 13th to 15th March
On Friday 13th March the Band boarded our coach to make the 140 mile trip to Torquay to have a fun social weekend away with the serious element of a contest performance on the Saturday afternoon. The journey down to Torquay went smoothly and we arrived at the Cavendish Hotel in good spirits for our evening rehearsal at 8:30pm.
We had a good penultimate rehearsal of Dean Jones' 'An English Pastorale' with a run through of the piece and the usual final fine tuning of our concentration which is usually the key element to giving a good performance on the day. We were then able to enjoy a delicious hot buffet in the hotel restaurant and a drink or two in the knowledge that we would not be playing in the contest until Saturday afternoon.
We arose on Saturday morning for our breakfast followed by a 9:30am final rehearsal while we awaited confirmation of our draw and the approximate timing of our performance. We drew number 18th so it meant a long wait until around 4pm before we got to play the piece to the adjudicators, Michael Fowles and Lt Col Graham Jones.
The long wait until our performance of the piece gave us time to enjoy the sights and tastes of Torquay. So we had a trip to the ice cream seller, played crazy golf and visited the tea shop! The perfect way to prepare for a good performance.
At about 4pm we entered the sports hall at the Riviera Centre to play 'An English Pastorale' with the aim of attracting the attention of the adjudicators and to stand out from the rest for all the right reasons. We opened the piece with a broad majestic 'Heralding of the Dawn' before stepping out into the misty 'Autumn on the Plains' to watch the day awaken as children scamper through falling leaves. The moving quaver rhythms all fell into place and underpinned the jolly tune well. Winter in the Dales arrived and the mysterious opening worked well and was followed by a beautiful cornet quartet that really captured the mood nicely. The euphoniums led the romp into 'Spring on the Lakes' and really captured the awakening nature in what is a wonderful piece of musical writing. The Band then enjoyed the sunshine as they led the audience out onto the quayside to enjoy 'Summer on the Quays'.
Playing close to the end of the contest we didn't have long to wait for the results which were preceded by a good speech from the adjudicators; we were pleased to be placed 7th in such a large field (one place higher than last year) and that result should have confirmed our promotion back up to the Third Section for next year. Draft grading tables can be found on the New Forest Brass website.
After the contest the band members enjoyed an evening meal at the hotel followed by a drink or two and an evening of karaoke in the bar at the Cavendish Hotel. Sunday saw more of the same before we returned up the motorway to Tewkesbury.
An Afternoon Tea Concert
Sunday 1st March 3pm
The first day of March saw the Band hold it's first ever afternoon tea concert at the Watson Hall in Tewkesbury. Christine Poole, the band members and their families had prepared a veritable feast of sandwiches and cakes for the audience to enjoy with drinks as they listened to our musical feast!
We opened the concert with Darrol Barry's bright concert march 'McArthur Glen', a piece that bounces along and encourages you to go shopping at your nearest retail outlet. This was followed by the overture to 'The Pirates of Penzance' which had the audience singing along and tapping their feet. The first soloist of the afternoon was our Assistant Principal cornet, Dan Hart, who stood to play the beautiful melody by Dvorak 'Rusalka's Song to the Moon'. This was followed by an unusual arrangement by Sam Wood of Strauss' Blue Danube melody in the form of a foxtrot entitled 'The Rhythmic Danube'. This was followed by our second young soloist of the afternoon, Hannah Norman on euphonium. She gave a wonderful rendition of 'To a Wild Rose' by Edward MacDowell arranged for brass band by Eric Ball.
It was the time to showcase the piece of music that we have been working on ready for the West of England Regional Contest in Torquay in a fortnight's time, 'An English Pastorale' by the composer Dean Jones. This is a descriptive piece that captures the four seasons of the year across five movements. The piece opens with a short fanfare to 'Herald the Dawn' and set the thematic material for the piece. This moves straight into the next movement entitled 'Autumn on the Plains' which has a constant rhythmic pulse running through it underneath a melody that is passed around the band. The band captured the sound of the falling leaves and children having fun well in their playing. The next movement 'Winter in the Dales' is incredibly exposed and starts with a difficult soprano and repiano octave chord that creates a moment of cold unease with moving Bass notes. The highlight of the movement is a lush quartet theme that brings a little warmth to the winter. This movement resolves into an upbeat major chord that leads into the next movement 'Spring on the Lakes' that features a wonderful euphonium melody and leaves you feeling inspired by the new growth of the season. The final movement 'Summer on the Quays' is a bright finale with a great sense of rhythmic fun that takes the initial fanfare and works it back round to a concluding chord that could lead us back to the first movement just as the seasons flow round in their endless cycle. The Band gave a good first public performance of this music that was enjoyed by the audience and learned a few things about the areas of the piece that need improving for the contest.
There was a brief interval for the audience to sample the food delights on offer before we opened the second half with Andrew Duncan's 'Welsh Echoes' to mark the fact that it was St David's Day. A tune that weaves three popular Welsh melodies (Sosban Fach, David of the White Rock, and Watching the Wheat) into a good Welsh feature. The final soloist of the day, Julia Edgeworth-Simmonds on euphonium continued the Welsh theme with a lovely rendition of 'Myfanwy'. This was followed by the popular 'Adagio from Spartacus', either known as the wonderful slow movement from Khatchaturian's ballet 'Spartacus' or as the theme tune to the eighties TV series The Onedin Line. Our concert was rounded off with a selection of the music from the Disney/Pixar film 'Brave'. The Band were then allowed to enjoy the left-over cakes and sandwiches.
|Sunday 1st||Concert in the Watson Hall, Tewkesbury [3pm]|
|Friday 13th to
|West of England Regional Contest, Riviera Centre, Torquay - Test Piece: An English Pastorale by Dean Jones [Contest on Saturday 14th]|
|Sunday 29th||Palm Sunday Parade, Tewkesbury Abbey [9:15am]|
Tewkesbury Winter Ale's Festival
Saturday 7th February
The first concert engagement of 2015 for the Senior Band was our annual Saturday lunch time appearance at the Tewkesbury Winter Ales Festival in the Watson Hall on Saturday 7th February. We performed a programme of light sing-along music to entertain the drinkers as they enjoyed the wide selection of winter ales on offer. The Band had a great time and based on the enthusiastic applause the audience did too!
Our programme included: 633 Squadron, Spanish Eyes, Nessun Dorma played wonderfully by Helen Walters, The Godfather Waltz, La Cucharacha, Beyond The Sea, Mambo No 5, Klezmer Karnival Dambusters and We'll Meet Again. Hopefully we will be back next year!
|Saturday 7th||Tewkesbury Winter Ales Festival [12:45pm - 2pm]|
For all the news and reviews from previous years click on the links below:
If you follow the links below then you will find a few excerpts from our 2008 Christmas concert. Enjoy!
George Cullwick playing 'The Bare Necessities'
Nigel Morgan dressing up for 'Jericho Revisited'
Some great dancing by the Training Band in 'I Don't Feel Like Dancing'
A fantastic original work by Robin Purser 'Weekend Rain' as performed by the Training Band.
The Training Band showing off their talents in 'Muffins Rhapsody'.
The track listing for our first CD recorded by Dr Jeykl Mobile Recordings is shown below:
2. Beyond The Sea
3. The Londonderry Air
4. Buglers' Holiday
7. Those Magnificent Men
10. Barnard Castle
11. Don Giovanni
12. Wild Rover
14. Amazing Grace
15. Nearer My God To Thee
16. Marching Onward
Trenet & Lawrence arr. Frank Bernaerts
Trad. arr. Goff Richards [Soloist: Helen Walters]
Leroy Anderson arr. Roger Barsotti [Soloists: Helen Walters, Helen Poole & Robin Purser]
Morris Albert arr. Derek Ashmore [Soloist: Clive Miles]
Ron Goodwin arr. Eric Banks
Tomaso Albinoni arr. Jacob de Haan
Ravel arr. Christopher Wormald
W A Mozart arr. Ken Smith
Trad. arr. Martyn Sudworth
Ruiz & Gimbel arr. Jan van Kraeydonck
Trad. arr. William Himes
Just a reminder that all the views portrayed on this website are mine and Hadrian's (mostly Hadrian's!!) and may not reflect the views of Tewkesbury Town Band as a whole.
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