Summer’s end….

With the Summer coming to a close, it’s time to update everyone on what the band has been up to and what is coming up.

July saw the band playing at Bredfield village fete, an event we have done in previous years and one which the band very much enjoy. In a beautiful garden setting, the band played an outdoor evening concert in perfect July weather.

Beautiful venue at Bredfield Fête

The first half consisted of music to enjoy including ‘Breezing down Broadway’, ‘633 Squadron’, the beautiful cornet solo, ‘First Light’ from principal cornet player Georgi Hawkes-Wright and the entertaining tuba solo, ‘Never had a friend’ played by principal Eb Bass player, Garry Smith.

The second half consisted of some more recognisable pieces including ‘Let’s face the Music’ and an ‘Abba’ medley. It also featured another of our talented soloists, Soprano player Jason Beattie with his impressive rendition of ‘Demelza’. The concert finished with some Last night of the Proms style favourites including ‘Jerusalem’ and ‘Pomp and Circumstances’. Both the band and audience had a brilliant evening, it’s been a long while since the band have played as a full ensemble at an outdoor concert but as always, our hosts were wonderful and we had a great time.

Bredfield Village Fete featuring Georgi Hawkes-Wright with ‘First Light’

The other big news for July was the recording of a new band CD. In honour of the band’s 40th Anniversary, several special things have been planned, a key one being a new CD. It will feature some of the band’s favourite music along with brilliant pieces from key soloists. We spent many weeks rehearsing and an incredibly hot couple of days recording with the wonderful World of Sound but we should have an exciting new CD ready to be released in October. Details will be made available nearer the time on how you can get your hands on a physical or electronic copy. A huge thank you to our MD Nigel Cooper and to World of Sound for helping us through the recording.

A glimpse into the recording…

Then came August. Now, August is normally a quiet month for the band where the members have a well deserved rest for a couple of weeks. However, given their success in March at the L&SC area contest where they gained an invite to the National Finals in September, the talented old band members lost their right to a summer break and have been rehearsing throughout August for the challenging test piece, Trittico. (We have let them have the odd rehearsal off!)

Trittico is a technically challenging piece consisting of complex time signatures and conflicting rhythms. It is an interesting piece to play, certainly not without its frustrations but one that the band have enjoyed getting stuck into. With just a couple of weeks to go until the National finals, the band are in good shape and are now in the stages of fine tuning their performance. A visit from Philip Harper, MD of the world famous Cory Band put the band through their paces at the weekend and helped put in place some last, minor adjustments. The band were thrilled to have a day with Philip Harper again having gained so much from his last visit prior to the area contest. His expertise and knowledge are incredible and we hope to take his tips and advice on board and give another award winning, contest performance.

Philip Harper with the band working on Trittico.

The band will be playing at the National Finals in Cheltenham on Saturday 17th September. Follow us on Facebook and twitter to keep up to date with the latest news on the day.

Looking beyond the Nationals and the CD release there is another major event in the diary. On Saturday 19th November the band are holding a special 40th Anniversary concert at the stunning venue of Wherstead Park. We will be welcoming back past members and musical directors to play alongside the current members of the band to put on a brilliant concert for you all. This event is shaping up to be quite the evening and tickets have just been released for sale. If you would like to join us for a night of music and celebration, find tickets for the event over at eventbrite. It’s a concert you won’t want to miss!

Looking beyond our 40th Anniversary Concert means mentioning the “C” word and the brass band world does not allow that (at least not until the end of October) so that is where we pause for now… 🎄

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