Christingle Service
Tewkesbury Abbey - 24th December 2010
The final Christmas engagement of 2010 saw the Training Band provide the introductory music to the annual Christingle Service at Tewkesbury Abbey. The Training Band played several carols and Christmas tunes for the half hour prior to the service whilst people were arriving for what is a magical Christmas service, especially when the candles are lit and the lights dimmed for the singing of ‘Away in a Manger’.

Supermarket Carols Part 2!
Morrisons Supermarket, Tewkesbury - 21st December 2010
Members of the Band undertook another marathon day of carol playing outside the Morrisons Supermarket in Tewkesbury with players from both the senior band and the training band taking it in turns to ensure there was a presence outside the supermarket throughout the day. Once again we would like to say a big Thank You to all who helped with the playing, collecting or donating!

Carols in the Snow
Tewkesbury - 18th December 2010

On a snowy Saturday afternoon several members of the Band met outside Boots in Tewkesbury to play some carols and collect. We had planned to start at 10am but delayed this until 12pm due to waking up to a covering of snow on the ground in the morning and the snow still falling. There was a break in the snowfall and several members still keen to get some carol playing in so we gathered together at just after 12pm and warmed ourselves by playing a selection of carols to the public. Unfortunately the snow came back at just after 2pm and the snowfall was heavy causing the shoppers to head for home and the band members to the nearest warm hostelry for chips and a drink!

Civic Carol Service
Methodist Church, Tewkesbury - 16th December 2010 7pm
On Thursday 16th December the Band provided the musical accompaniment to the annual Town Civic Carol Service led by the Methodist minister, Revd Oseias da Silva, and the Town Mayor's chaplain Canon Paul Williams from Tewkesbury Abbey, the Town Mayor and various Town dignatories. We led the congregation in a series of carols and the speakers read the story of the nativity and prayers in-between.

Cleeve Vale Rotary Club Carol Service
St Michael's Church, Bishop's Cleeve - 14th December 2010 7:30pm
On Tuesday 14th December the Band provided the music for the singing of carols at the annual Cleeve Vale Rotary Club Christmas Carol Service at St Michael’s Church in Bishop’s Cleeve. The Rotary Club led the proceedings and kept the audience warm with plenty of carol singing. There were stories from the compere, BBC Radio Gloucestershire presenter David Smith, to entertain the audience and tea & biscuits to keep their energy levels up.


Tewkesbury Town Band Christmas Concerts
Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury - 11th & 12th December 2010 at 7:30pm
The Band's annual Christmas concerts were once again sold out for both nights and the capacity audiences were treated to some fantastic festive music and fun. The concerts featured the 64 playing members of the Tewkesbury Town Band family with the choirs of Tirlebrook Primary School (Saturday) and Innsworth Junior School (Sunday).

The concerts commenced with the theatre in complete darkness as a quartet of the Band's young players (Hannah Williams, Grace Windsor, Lucy Windsor and Michael Blake) entered the auditorium wearing head torches to play 'See Amid the Winter Snow'. As they moved from their position on the steps to the front of the auditorium another of our young members, Matthew Lee, read a Christmas poem. The quartet then congregated in front of the stage to play 'Silent Night'. Dave Brown on the drum kit then began to play the familiar bolero rhythm as the Band still in darkness on the stage each turned on their stand lights just before their entry in Darrol Barry's clever arrangement of Christmas tunes over the bolero rhythm into 'A Christmas Bolero'. The stage lights being raised just as the Band's conductor took the stage as the music reached its climax.

The audience were then warmed up as they sang the carol 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen'. The beautifully lilting arrangement by Rieks van der Velde of the tune 'Son of Mary' was then wonderfully played as a duet by principal cornet, Helen Walters, and flugel, Helen Poole. On the Saturday evening the Band played the lively leggerio arrangement of John Rutter's 'Shepherd's Pipe Carol'. (On the Sunday evening, due to school exams the next day, this was switched with Noel Brooks' arrangement 'Born For You' featuring the same octet of our younger members as at the Pied Piper Concert on 9th December).

The members of the Tewkesbury Town Band Intermediate and Beginner Training Bands, comprising 43 brass players then took to the stage and joined together for their short concert. The Intermediate Band opened with an upbeat arrangement of '
Deck The Halls' by Frank Bernaerts. This was followed by the Beginner Band members providing some 'Cheesy Feet Rock'! The Intermediate Band cornets then put on their dancing shoes as they were featured in 'Swingin' Dixie' complete with choreography, swaying and other fun actions!

Next the Beginner Band entertained us with the theme from 'Wallace & Gromit' before the Intermediate Band played an arrangement of Vivaldi's 'Winter'. The Training Band segment of the concerts was completed with the members of the Beginner Band standing at the front of the stage to play the solo line to the accompaniment of the Intermediate Band in William Himes' arrangement 'Christmas Debut: Good King Whatshisname!'.

The Senior Band took to the stage again for a rousing rendition of Peter Graham's Christmas march 'The Spirit of Christmas'. This was followed by a quick jaunt through the snow as the Band played Leroy Anderson's 'Sleigh Ride'. George Cullwick then gave us an easy relaxed version of Meredith Wilson's Christmas song 'It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas' in an arrangement for solo Eb Bass by Marco Middleburg. The first half was brought to a close with our musical director, Nigel Morgan's annual dressing up piece! This year in a tribute to one of our Vice Presidents and strong supporters, Mr Workman of Cotteswold Dairies, he appeared on stage dressed as a milkman ala Benny Hill...the band then played as he sang the Benny Hill hit 'Ernie' with audience participation as Hannah Norman held up a big card with the crucial 'Ernie' phrase on at the points in the song where the audience were to join in! A special thank you to Helen Walters for arranging the music for this item and for stepping up to conduct the band whilst Nigel sang.

The second half of the concert began with a sparkling arrangement of Leroy Anderson's '
Christmas Festival Overture'. The Band then played an arrangement by Andrew Baker of Victor Hely-Hutchinson's 'The Box of Delights' from The Carol Symphony, before the audience were asked to join us and sing the carol 'See Amid The Winter's Snow'. This part of our concert was then brought to a close with either 'Shepherd's Pipe Carol' or 'Born For You'.

There was then a welcome break for the Band as the school choirs (both of which were slightly under strength due to the cold and sickness bug doing the rounds) took to the stage to provide some choral entertainment to the audience. Both choirs provided some fantastic singing and fun items much appreciated by the audiences.

After the choirs had finished the Band and the choirs joined together on the stage to round the concert off with our traditional Christmas concert closers 'Jingle Bells', 'Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer' and 'While Shepherd's Watched' conducted by Father Christmas and several of the youngsters from the school choirs. The audience were then asked to sing along in our final number 'Away in a Manger'. Due to popular demand the Band then played 'White Christmas' as an encore.

A special Thank You to Kerry MacDougal (Saturday) and Will Norman (Sunday) who helped strengthen our cornet section for these concerts.

The following awards were presented at our Christmas Concert.

2010 Award Winners:
Miles Amherst Trophy - Alex Blencowe
Fred Poole Memorial Cup - George Cullwick
Jeff Clarke Cup - Mark Windsor
Francis Martin Memorial Cup - Trombones
Dave Crowe Memorial Cup - Kev Bennett


Miles Amherst Junior Progress Trophy for the Junior member who has made most progress during the year - Alex Blencowe

Alex moved up from the Intermediate Band to the Senior band during 2010 and has rapidly established himself as an important member of the front row of the cornet section. Alex has played with the Training Band for a number of years and has developed into a very good cornet player over this time. We look forward to many more years of his playing.


Fred Poole Memorial Cup for the Musician of the year - George Cullwick

George Cullwick started learning to play on the Eb Bass in the Training Band in 2002 and over the years has developed into a confident and talented player. He has been featured in several solo items over the years, including Tubby The Tuba, It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas and his unforgettable appearance as a bear to play Bare Necessities! Over the last 5 years he has provided a strong foundation for the bass section and our band. Sadly he is soon to reach college age and 2011 is likely to be his last year with the Band. A well deserved recipient of this award.

Jeff Clarke Cup awarded to the Band Member of the Year - Mark Windsor

k is one of those members that every band needs. He works tirelessly in the background on all manner of tasks. He has co-ordinated several projects during the year. He regularly transports equipment around and helps train several of the Training Band members.

Mark is also a stalwart of the back row, putting in those tricky off beat rhythms on 3rd cornet with some aplomb and currently playing for two!

Francis Martin Memorial Cup for the Section of the Year - Trombones

The most important section in any band!!




Dave Crowe Memorial Cup for the Cornet Player of the Year - Kev Bennett

Kev Bennett is our star soprano player, he is always willing to help the older bass players carry their instruments and acts as the Band Manager to ensure the discipline of the band is maintained. He has a fantastic tone on the soprano cornet and never goes over the top with his playing, just adding the icing on the cake when required....albeit Nigel often has to coax this out of him since unusually for a soprano player he often prefers to hide his light under a bushel!


Pied Piper Concert
Tewkesbury Abbey - 8th December 2010
On Wednesday 8th December the Band played its part in the annual concert to raise funds for the Pied Piper Charity. The audience were welcomed into Tewkesbury Abbey from a chilly winter evening to the sound of Darrol Barry’s ‘
Christmas Flourishes’ before settling comfortably into their seats for a fantastic evening of entertainment.

The audience were welcomed to the concert and invited to join in the singing of ‘Angels From the Realms of Glory’. Reverend Geoff Crago introduced the Pied Piper charity and acted as compere for the evening. The Haberdashers’ Monmouth School Choir beautifully sang an eclectic mix of Christmas songs including Vivaldi's 'Laudamus te', Elgar's 'The Snow', Rutter's 'Angel Tidings', Cornelius' 'Three Kings from Persian Lands' and 'Infant Holy'. The audience then sang ‘As with Gladness Men of Old’.

The audience were then entertained by folk singer Johnny Coppin who sang 'High in the Heaven' and led the audience in the singing of the 'Gloucestershire Wassail'. Canon Bernard Massey then told some stories of the Nativity as seen through the eyes of children from the notes of Gervais Phinn.

The Band then played four items from USA's Eastern Territory of the Salvation Army's Christmas Band Journal for 2005. We opened with the jolly Christmas march 'The Festive Season' by Paul Curnow. The young members of the band (Hannah Williams, Grace Windsor, Alex Blencowe, Katie Travers, Lucy Windsor, Michael Blake, Hannah Norman and Becky Wilmot) were then featured as an octet with band accompaniment in 'Born For You'. The audience were then treated to the various timbres of the trombone as Hadrian Walters played the solo 'To Bethlehem' by Michael Babb. Our final item was a lively arrangement by Dorothy Gates of John Rutter's 'Shepherd's Pipe Carol'.

Next the audience sang 'We Three Kings' before Johnny Coppin returned to sing three more songs 'All on a Winter's Night', 'The Oxen'  and the 'Sans Day Carol'.

The Right Reverend John Went, Bishop of Tewkesbury, then gave a thoughtful and amusing address about Christmas before the final carol ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’ and closing words from Reverend Geoff Crago. The Band said Happy Christmas to everyone with the playing of ‘We Wish You A Merry Christmas’.

Tewkesbury Abbey Fayre
Tewkesbury - 4th December 2010
The afternoon of Saturday 4th December saw Helen & I leave Morrisons where we had been carolling for the past 3 hours to make our way to Tewkesbury Abbey to meet the members of the Training Band for their two half hour performances to add background music to the Abbey Christmas Fayre. The Training Band played to an appreciative audience who actually interrupted their browsing of the stalls to sit and listen to the selection of carols and Christmas tunes. A special mention must go to our two young soloists in William Himes' 'Christmas Debut: Good King Whatshisname?' who both played brilliantly, Emily Brewis and Emma Keene.

Supermarket Carols
Morrisons Supermarket, Tewkesbury - 4th December 2010
Members of the Band undertook a marathon 8 hours of carol playing outside the Morrisons Supermarket in Tewkesbury. Once again players took it in turns to ensure there was a presence outside the supermarket throughout the day. Our efforts are raising much needed money to allow the Band (which is a Not For Profit Entity) to continue to provide training for young and old alike, to fund the purchase of music to keep adding something new to our concert programmes and to fund the purchase of instruments and other capital items so that new players can be provided with something to play. So a big Thank You to all who helped with the playing, collecting or donating!

Festive Cheer in Montpellier
Cheltenham - 2nd December 2010
On Thursday 2nd December a hardy group of players from the Band wrapped up warm to entertain the public whilst they were shopping at the Montpellier Festive Shopping Evening from 5:30pm until 8pm playing a wide selection of carols by the Courtyard and outside the shop Foundation.  The generous shop keepers and traders plied the players the offer of delicious soup and champagne making the evening a thoroughly enjoyable affair for all!

Thursday 2nd Carols at The Courtyard, Montpellier, Cheltenham [approx. 5:15pm-8pm]
Saturday 4th Carols at Morrisons, Tewkesbury [10am-6pm]
Saturday 4th Tewkesbury Abbey Christmas Fayre - Training Band
Wednesday 8th Pied Piper Concert, Tewkesbury Abbey [7:30pm]
Saturday 11th Band Christmas Concert, Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury [7:30pm] featuring Tirlebrook School Choir
Sunday 12th Band Christmas Concert, Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury [7:30pm] featuring Innsworth Junior School Choir
Tuesday 14th Bishop's Cleeve Rotary Club Christmas Concert, St Michael's Church [7:30pm]
Thursday 16th Civic Carol Service, Tewkesbury [7-8pm]
Saturday 18th Carolling in Tewkesbury
Sunday 19th Training Band Christmas Concert & Party, Watson Hall, Tewkesbury [2:30pm] - postponed due to snow & icy weather
Tuesday 21st Carols at Morrisons, Tewkesbury [10am-4pm / 6pm-8pm]
Friday 24th Christingle Service, Tewkesbury Abbey - Training Band [3:30pm]


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