May

Brass at the Proms plays Popular Classics 17th June 2007 - Concert tickets now on sale!
No need to tune to Classic FM. Hear some of the most popular classics played live by your local Town Band. Sing the songs, wave the flags and enjoy an evening where every piece may be one which you can whistle or hum along to. This concert will feature items such as:
Light Cavalry Overture Suppe
In The Hall of the Mountain King Grieg
Grand March from Aida Verdi
Plus more!

Come and be entertained in style with the Tewkesbury Town Band at our annual Proms concert on Sunday 17th June 2007. Always filled with fun, laughter and great music, this year will be no different! Following on from her success leading the Sound of Music sing-along at our Christmas concerts we are pleased to feature our assistant principal cornet player, Helen Poole, who will lead the singing in all the flag waving favourites of the Last Night of the Proms concerts.

Tickets are available from the Roses Theatre Box Office on 01684 295074 priced at just 9 and 7.

 

Evesham Park - Sunday 27th May Washout
Sunday 27th May saw the Band make its annual trip up to Evesham on a rain-soaked day in the fruitless hope of playing on the bandstand in Abbey Park. Sadly, the weather won and we all adjourned to a nearby hostelry, leaving the ducks to enjoy the solitude of a wet park!


 
Bandstand Wedding
On Saturday 12th May the Band's Euphonium and Baritone duo, Carole Murphy and Martyn Sudworth, got married at the slightly unusual venue of Bicester Bandstand.

Several members of the Band (Helen & Hadrian Walters, Helen Poole, Robin Purser and Nigel Morgan) joined forces with members of Martyn's father's band Kennington (Oxford) Band to provide musical accompaniment to the service. Betty Ellis, Keith Rose, Rob & Alayne Robinson were also present at the ceremony and reception.

The ceremony was followed by a buffet reception at the Masonic Lodge in Bicester where the various Band members were invited to provide a short concert. This included the duet 'Softly As I Leave You' by the newlywed couple....hopefully not a sign of the future!

The Band would like to wish them Congratulations on their marriage and wish them a long and happy future together.

 

May

Saturday 12th Martyn & Carole's Wedding, Bicester Bandstand
Sunday 27th Abbey Park Bandstand, Evesham [2:30pm-4:30pm]
Monday 28th Tewkesbury Abbey Fete [12:15pm]

June

An Edwardian Pastime
The rain held off for the afternoon of Sunday 24 June, allowing us to take our place on the bandstand at Stroud and join the local choir on their Edwardian Day. Despite the less than perfect weather we managed to attract a reasonable audience once we began playing our programme, several of whom were appropriately dressed in fashionable clothes from Edwardian times. We provided them with a selection of music from our summer programme, including the solos 'Londonderry Air' featuring Helen Walters and 'Feelings' featuring Clive Miles. As requested we included several items from the Edwardian era to match with the theme of the day. These included 'Florrie Forde's Favourites', the march '1914', the Laurel & Hardy song 'Let Me Call You Sweetheart' (arranged by our baritone player Martyn Sudworth), and the solo item 'The Hippopotamus Song' played by George Cullwick.

A Classical Evening
On Sunday 17 June the Band held its annual Proms Concert at the Roses Theatre. This years programme had a distinctly classical feel about it!

Our programme commenced with the boisterous 'Fanfare & Soliloquy' by Trevor Sharpe, before moving on in traditional fashion to the overture, Suppe's 'Light Cavalry Overture'. this featured some great playing from our front row cornets who were kept busy throughout the night. One of my favourite pieces followed, Albinoni's famous 'Adagio' superbly arranged for brass band by Jacob de Haan. This featured some wonderful sonorous playing of the theme by our flugel player, Mandy Hounsome.

The first solo piece of the evening saw our principal cornet, Helen Walters, take centre stage to perform Goff Richard's arrangement of the multicultural traditional air 'Londonderry Air'. Helen beautifully captured the emotion of this well known theme and received a rapturous ovation from the almost sell out audience.

 Next in our journey through the great classical composers came Mozart with Edrich Siebert's arrangement for brass band of the 'Rondo from the 3rd Horn Concerto'. Clive Miles, solo horn, provided a fantastic show of musical technique and style as he performed this well known tune.

We then ventured into the New World for an arrangement of the various themes for the first movement of Dvorak's 'Symphony No. 9' by Jan de Haan. These were among the many tunes that Nigel Morgan, our MD, had learned his trade by wagging a knitting needle to them as he listened to his LP record. Luckily the pattern worked this evening with no snagged stitches, as the Band gave a thrilling performance of these much loved themes.

An operatic excerpt followed with the 'Prelude to Act 1 from La Traviata', before we went ice skating with the tune made famous by Torville & Dean at the Winter Olympics Ravel's 'Bolero'. The first half of our programme was rounded off with a wonderful muted chord from the trombones, and several quaver runs from the rest of the Band in Kenneth Cook's arrangement of 'In the Hall of the Mountain King' from Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite.

A fifteen minute breather for the cornets before a return to the opera with Dennis Wright's arrangement of the 'Grand March from Aida'. As it states in the title a grand majestic way to open our second half! Martin Warner then mellowed the mood with a sweet rendition of the 'Benedictus' from Karl Jenkins 'The Armed Man - a Mass for Peace'. The Overture to Tchaikovsky's 'Swan Lake' ably arranged by one of our front row cornet players, Robin Purser, took us to the ballet (as you would expect from a group of brass players we were slightly heavy on our feet, but our playing was good!).

Following the 'Fantasia on British sea Songs' our assistant principal cornet player, Helen Poole, appeared on stage in a fancy red dress to once again impress us with her brilliant singing voice. She led the audience through the Last Night of the Proms favourites: 'Rule Britannia', 'I Vow to Thee my Country', 'Jerusalem' and 'Land of Hope and Glory' (Pomp & Circumstance No.1).

A great night of classical favourites enjoyed by all. A special Thank You to our guest players: Neil Crowe (Eb Bass), Dave Butler (percussion) and Chris Caddock (cornet).

St Catherine's Church Fete
The Training Band began their summer with their annual trip to St Catherine's Church in Gloucester to play for the enthusiastic jumble sailors and fete goers. This year we were invited inside due to the changeable weather we are experiencing and the potential for a shower or two! We were also please to welcome former member (and now percussionist with the Leyland Band), Pete Strawson back to play trombone with us. The Training Band entertained their audience with old favourites suh as 'Band Power' and 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight'; as well as several new ones including 'The Jungle Suite', 'Conquest of Paradise' and the brilliant 'Schnappi Das Kleine Krokodil'!

Stratford-upon-Avon Bandstand
After last year's washout at Stratford-upon-Avon and last month's washout at Evesham, it was good to travel to Stratford-upon-Avon on the 10th June and actually find the weather good enough to play! There was a good audience for what was now our first bandstand appearance of the year, with many tourists joining our loyal followers to listen to our concert. Our programme included a first run out for our summer music, with several new pieces such as 'How Do Ya Like Your Eggs in the Morning?', 'Sway' and 'Skirl' joining a few tasters for our forthcoming Classic Proms concert such as 'Light Cavalry Overture' and Albioni's 'Adagio'.
Summer Training Band Schedule
The Summer has arrived and as usual this means that the Band is busy with concerts on Bandstands, at fetes and in the Roses Theatre.

This unfortunately leads to changes to the Training Band timetable. For full details please see this page.

June

Sunday 10th Stratford upon Avon Bandstand [2:30pm-4:30pm]
Saturday 16th St Catherine's Church Fete, Gloucester - Training Band
Sunday 17th Brass Plays Popular Classics Concert, Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury [7:30pm]
Box office: (01684) 295074
Sunday 24th Stroud Bandstand [2:30pm-4:30pm]

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