News

Another great year at Biggin Hill!

13 Sep
by Chris, posted in News   |  Comments Off on Another great year at Biggin Hill!

The band performed at the annual event at RAF Biggin Hill airbase on Saturday 10th September.

The rain during the afternoon unfortunately lead to an indoor verison of the usual sunset ceremony and a cancellation of the Spitfire fly-past, but it was still well received by the cadets and the rest of the audience.

After the usual delicious bbq (and a break in the rain!), we sat down for the evening concert in the chapel. The concert featured some last night of the proms style pieces, including Jerusalem and Pomp and Circumstance, and some readings throughout from Cadets about the Battle of Britain and the role RAF Biggin Hill played in this. The night ended withan encore of ‘Those Magnificent Men on their Flying Machines’!

The band always like playing this event and we look forward to going back next year too!

dsc_0018

Stevenage Areas – March 2016

12 Sep
by Chris, posted in News   |  Comments Off on Stevenage Areas – March 2016

We enjoyed our day out at the areas in Stevenage in March and asked our young member Charlie, to write a review of her first contest with the band. Charlie joined the main band earlier this year, having played with the training band before.

Being a typical brass band player, the days leading up to the contest were stressful, nerve racking and exhausting! There were multiple long rehearsals, lots of extra practise and just general worrying about messing up on the day. This made me feel as if I didn’t want to be part of it and it was the only thing on my mind. Despite my part not being very important, I still felt as if my messing up would ruin the whole thing. Standing in the queue waiting to register, sitting in the room waiting to go on, walking on stage, setting up, these were all done with shaky hands, butterflies and sickness. But I guess these were just the usual pre contest emotions, as when the piece started and we began playing, the atmosphere changed; the audience members changed from being judgmental examiners who were marking us, to welcoming people who wanted to hear a variety of different styles of music! This changed the way I played. When feeling nervous I don’t enjoy the music as I concentrate so hard to prevent any mistakes and worry the whole time.  So when my nerves changed to excitement, my playing changed into enthusiasm and I really enjoyed it. During my rests I watched the audience to see their expressions and their quiet remarks (which were very positive) which also boosted my confidence! Completing the last few bars and standing to appreciate our applause, there was a great relief and happiness as I knew I had done my first contest and I knew that despite our score, every member played to the best of their ability! And when it came to our results, it proved that all the hard work and stress did pay off, and made me realise that if you view/ approach contests in the right way, they are just like a concert; fun, enjoyable and nothing to worry about!

And the winner is…

19 Mar
by admin, posted in News   |  Comments Off on And the winner is…

4 -Grimsdyke

3 – Soham Comrades

2 – St Sebastian Woking

1 – Cawston

Best Bass Section 13 St Sebastian Woking

Best Trombone section 8 Cawston

Conductor – Cawston

2016 Area Qualifiers – Stevenage

19 Mar
by admin, posted in News   |  Comments Off on 2016 Area Qualifiers – Stevenage

Half way through this years London and Southern Counties qualifying content for the National Finals. Played number 2 sandwiched between Welwyn Garden City and Grimsdyke.

Oxford Contest

05 Mar
by admin, posted in News   |  Comments Off on Oxford Contest

A try out of this years 2nd section area qualifiers test piece “The Mermaid of Zennor” by Philip Harper resulted in a  third position placing. The Oxford & District Brass Band Association 2016 Winter Contest held on the 28th February was adjudicated by Brett Baker

Santa Comes to Yiewsley

19 Nov
by Chris, posted in News   |  Comments Off on Santa Comes to Yiewsley

Santa Comes to Yiewsley!

2 2015 CHRISTMAS POSTER_Page_1

Frank Renton Snares The Band!

12 Sep
by Chris, posted in News   |  Comments Off on Frank Renton Snares The Band!

Frank Renton taking the band

Once again, the band had the pleasure of Frank Renton putting them through their paces on the test piece “Snaring of the Sun” by Stephen Roberts. Last time Frank came down, he gave us some tips on the test piece “Variations on Maccabeus” by Kevin Norbury, which was played at the areas in March. The band had a great result and came second place, which is why the band is now going to the National Finals on Saturday 19th September! Let’s hope that we can do the piece justice like we did at the areas.