As usual, the band had a very busy Christmas period to round off another busy year.
Money collected during these events will be shared between the band and our nominated charities Cancer Research UK and Parkinsons UK.
The Band played carols multiple times in Cobham, braving the cold and avoiding the rain.
A small group played carols at Cardinal Newman Primary School in Hersham.
The Band played at two very large services for the Welcome Church in Woking with Carols during the service and other Christmas music.
The main Christmas concert was held in Holy Trinity Church in Guildford featuring singing group Harmonia Voices. Music by the band included The Snowman, The Christmas Song and Gaudete. Music by Harmonia voices included Away In A Manger, We Wish You A Merry Christmas and I Wonder as I Wander. Together the band and singers performed Winter Wonderland and All I want for Christmas is you.
We finished the year with a festive band social event held in Cobham.
The band made its debut appearance at the Alexandra Park bandstand in Windsor on 31st August and the location couldn’t be better – with views of both the castle and the river. Opened in 2016 by the Queen, this bandstand must be one of the newest around and replaces a derelict one that was removed over 30 years ago!
Musical Director Steven Williams chose a wide variety of music for the program and opened with Entry of the Gladiators (Julius Fucik). Other music included Be A Clown (Cole Porter arr. Alan Fernie) and The Best of Abba (Anderson & Ulvaeus arr. Bernaerts), as well as a number of pieces that featured particular instruments including Pie Jesu (Webber arr. R. Steadman-Allen) with Stephanie on Soprano and Mat Baker on cornet.
The concert concluded with the epic Starbust (Dan Price).
‘The Best of Brass’ was the theme for a concert at the Vera Fletcher Hall in Thames Ditton on the 23rd of February, the first engagement of the year.
The audience and band had an enjoyable evening with some very well known brass music as well as other popular pieces that fitted the ‘Best of’ theme.
Entry of the Gladiators started the show which also included Hey Jude, The Floral Dance and All through the night.
Soloists were :
- Mat Baker on Cornet playing Trumpeter’s Lullaby
- John Wilde on Baritone playing Rusalka’s Song to the Moon
- Stephanie Scholes on Soprano Cornet playing Intermezzo from Cavaleria Rusticana
Special thanks go to Billy Fletcher who was guest conductor for the evening.