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Tewkesbury Abbey - 28th March 2010
It was a nice sunny day for the annual Palm Sunday service and short parade from the grounds of Abbey House into Tewkesbury Abbey. The Band followed the congregation providing the music to their first hymn 'All Glory Lord and Honour' as they followed the donkey through the Abbey grounds and into the Abbey. The Band then provided the music for the second hymn, 'Sing Hosanna', from the back of the Abbey whilst the Verger and assistants cleaned up the small present that the donkey had left in the Abbey entrance!
Concert with Brassband Panta Rhei Gent
Tickets are available now at £5
each from Sweets & Treats sweet shop on Tewkesbury High Street, St.
John's Church Office in Churchdown (opposite the Hare & Hounds pub) or
by calling 01684 291675. Seating will be around tables and the bar will
be open prior to the concert and in the interval and at the end.
More TV stars in the Band
Intensive Labour and Torquay Love!
We were drawn to play number four on the Saturday morning in The Forum at the Riviera Centre so once we had eaten our breakfast and had one final rehearsal run through of the piece it was time for us to make our way over to the Hall to give our contest performance. The piece Labour & Love is an incredibly descriptive piece in an operatic style that required all of the principal players in the band to perform solos and play the part of the characters in the story. We were pleased with our performance and all of our soloists contributed well on the day to add to the shape of the piece. There were a few minor slips but overall we gave everything that Nigel, our MD, had asked for and enjoyed ourselves. Unfortunately as is often the case on the contest stage the adjudicator was looking for something completely different! We came 12th out of the 15 bands competing and will have to achieve a good placing next year to ensure that we continue our time in the Third Section.
After playing we were able to relax, listen to a few other bands performances and enjoy the Torquay sunshine. We met lots of our banding friends, had a few drinks and some great fish & chips! We also managed to find time to play crazy golf, tennis, have a paddle and hack our way around the pitch & putt course.
Labour & Love
The Band is busy preparing the first original piece of music for brass band, Labour & Love by Percy Fletcher, for the West of England Regional Contest at Torquay on 13 March. This piece was commissioned for the Crystal Palace Contest in 1913 and due to the wonders of the internet it is possible to listen to a very old recording of the opening to this piece played by the winning band at that contest, Irwell Springs Band. The clip can be found here with a history of the Irwell Springs Band.
|Saturday 13th||West of England Regional Contest, Riviera Centre, Torquay - Test Piece: Labour and Love by Percy Fletcher|
|Sunday 28th||Palm Sunday Parade, Tewkesbury Abbey|
19:13 Celebration Concert
The concert opened with the Training Band who played two movements from the 'Castles of Scotland Suite' by James Pendleton, musical pictures of the settings of four Scottish Castles. The first movement describes 'Edinburgh Castle' with all the pomp and ceremony of the famous tattoo coming through in the music. The second movement is 'Stirling Castle' and is an incredibly atmospheric setting in a contemplative mood, the final chord of which rang round the Abbey. The Training Band then took the mood upbeat with Two Rock Classics, 'Pinball Wizard' and 'Don't Look Back in Anger'. A brass band original from the pen of Darrol Barry followed, 'Starchaser', which is a piece in the style of John Williams' music for numerous space films. The first half of the Training Band's performance closed with a great arrangement of Disney tunes by the Scottish composer, Alan Fernie, entitled 'Disney Matter'.
The Training Band commenced their second half with a rendition of the pop song 'Congratulations' in honour of the dedicated Abbey fundraisers. This was followed by the theme music from the hit Disney cartoon 'The Aristocats' before the mood was mellowed with a wonderfully sonorous rendition of the 'Maori Lullaby'. There was more Disney with an arrangement of the tune from Beauty and the Beast, 'Belle'. The concert was brought to a close with the final two movements from the Castles of Scotland Suite, the melodic 'Rothesay Castle' and the rousing 'Loch Doon Castle'.
Concerts, Concerts, Concerts
The Senior Band may be busy practising the Area test piece, Labour & Love, during February ready for their return to the Third Section at the West of England Regional Contest on 13 March. However, many of its members have also been busy with the other musical groups that they play with performing concerts around the country.
Katie Travers and George Cullwick took part in a joint concert between Worcestershire Youth Brass Band and Tredegar in All Saints Church, Evesham. Hadrian & Helen Walters and Susan Stayt-Mackey performed with Lakeside Concert Brass in two charity concerts. The first was a fun evening of music held at the Holy Trinity Church in Tewkesbury to raise money for a children's charity with the audience sat round tables in a cabaret style. The second was an evening of music held at Ribstone Hall School in Gloucester to raise funds for the Haiti Earthquake Appeal; Susan also played with the Colwell Arts Band in this concert.
Members of Tewkesbury Band could also be found attending concerts around their locality during February. Several members enjoyed an entertaining jaunt through the history of low brass instruments led by Chris Cranham and Stuart Death of the Travelling By Tuba duo. We even had the opportunity to try out some of the old instruments that they had brought with them to demonstrate on, including a sackbutt, a cornett and an opheicleide. A large contingent from the Band also enjoyed an evening of fantastic music and playing by the International Staff Band of the Salvation Army at the Gloucester Citadel.
Tewkesbury Winter Ales Festival
|Saturday 6th||Tewkesbury Winter Ales Festival|
|Friday 26th||Celebration Charity Concert, Tewkesbury Abbey - Training Band|
Diamond Time at Butlins!
The Saturday morning draw by the Butlins redcoats gave us the number 15 draw being the final band on in the Third Section and the final performance on the day of the test piece 'Diamonds'. This piece was composed for the 2008 Liverpool City of Culture celebrations by Tom Moss and is based around three historically famous diamonds: Koh-I-Noor (the Moon of Light), Cullinan (the Crown Jewels diamond) and Briolette (the disappearing diamond). Sound clips from the Liverpool celebrations can be found at the website of Tom Moss.
So we had a few hours to spare
following our 9am rehearsal before the big performance of the day. A chance to
hear some of the bands playing in the other sections, all of which run
concurrently during the day with the exception of the Championship Section which
followed the Fourth Section in the Centre Stage. Around 2pm the Band met at the
registration point ready to play.
of the piece 'Diamonds' is a clever dual reference by Tom Moss to the
fact that the children and tutors of the youth brass bands that had been
invited to participate in the Liverpool city of culture celebrations
were real gems and 'diamonds' in what they do.
The first movement 'Koh-I-noor' opens in a strident epic march style similar to the stirring film music of John Williams for the Indiana Jones films. This is not surprising given the history of one of the world's largest diamonds originating from India and having been seized as a spoil of war by various different cultures and rulers. It is also a diamond that is supposed to contain a curse that affects the fortunes of male owners; a diamond that it is only safe for a woman to own!
The Band opened up with confidence and captured the themes and detail well. In the words of adjudicator Alan Fernie we were 'big and beefy' and 'enjoyed this' movement! A fair summation of our playing and a movement that had real drive and spirit to it.
final movement 'Briolette' begins with a warm sonorous flugel and
soprano cornet duet before building to an industrious middle section
which slows to a reprise of the earlier tune before reaching a
tremendous climax. This movement contains one of those two bar phrases
that goes round and round in your head for weeks afterwards it is just
so catchy. This movement and the piece as a whole are a great test of
your stamina. There is a middle section where the horns and trombones
have bar after bar of crescendo from subito mf to f...a great diaphragm
The Briolette of India diamond is reputedly the
oldest diamond on record and in a link to our test piece from the areas
in 2009 was reputedly taken on the Third Crusade by Richard the
Lionheart in the 12th Century. It then disappeared until it can next be
traced in the 16th Century when Henry II of France presented it to a blond mistress. It disappeared again before surfacing in 1950 when a New York jeweller purchased it from an Indian Maharajah.
The name of the diamond comes from its cut known as the briolette, an
exaggerated double rose cut, and it is one of the purest diamonds in
The Band enjoyed playing this piece and that came through in the adjudicators comments albeit we had just a little too much 'red meat' for them in our playing! Our final placing of 11th out of the 15 bands was slightly disappointing but the adjudicators comments were positive and the standard of the competition was strong. We were also the highest placed newly promoted band and finished head of Maltby Mineworkers Band who were National Finalists last September. So a lot of positives can be taken from our performance.
We had our usual fun filled weekend listening to good music, drinking, eating and having our January paddle in the North Sea!
80th Birthday Surprise
Tewkesbury - 29th December 2009
Between Christmas and the New Year a small group of players from the Band joined together at the request of a very good friend of the Band, Chris Caddock, to provide some brass music for the 80th birthday party of his mother, Ethel Caddock. Helen Walters, Robin Purser, Helen Poole and I (Hadrian) were only too pleased to quickly put together a short programme of carols and other quartet music for such a special occasion. We were ably assisted by Chris and a friend of his called Nigel.
Ethel is the wife of the late Ron Caddock who was a great influence on the Band during his lifetime and is still well remembered by those who were in the Band at the same time. It was great to play a part in her 80th birthday celebrations.
|Friday 22nd to
|Butlins Mineworkers Open Brass Band Festival, Butlins, Skegness - Test Piece: Diamonds by Tom Moss|
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