The band have had a busy start to 2018 attending a variety of events.
In April the band were invited to play at the Man Engine event in Radstock, we were thrilled to be part of such an usual local event and we were very lucky to have ring-side seats to watch the show once we had played. Later in April we marched through Wells with the Somerset County Federation of WIs to celebrate their Centenary, we processed from Wells Cathedral to St Cuthbert’s Church where we played Jerusalem whilst the WI members sang.
May opened with Priston May Day where we played our summer programme for the first time on a lovely sunny afternoon. We played at Hampset Cricket Club the following weekend for a fundraising event organised by Andrew Stammers. A highlight in May was being invited to play at the Radstock Co-op 150th Anniversary celebration evening at the Bath Pavilion. A couple of our members were able to stay and enjoy the celebrations after we had played together with many members of other local organisations.
At the beginning of June The Natural Theatre Company asked us to perform at an arts event in Radstock. A couple of band members had to join in the acting, I think we were all agreed that they should stick to playing! We played at the opening of Westfield Funday and we were lucky enough to get our photo taken with Michael Eavis. We finished June with a Sunday afternoon concert in Keynsham Bandstand which is always fun as it is very well supported by the local residents.
We played in Parade Gardens in Bath at the beginning of July on a scorching hot afternoon, which required the consumption of many ice creams in the interval. A couple of week ago we performed at M Fest in Midsomer Norton, it is always a pleasure to be able to play for our local community.
We will be spending August working on our concert programme for our autumn concert at St Thomas’ Church in Wells on 6th October. Our next engagement will be at Double Hills in Paulton at the beginning of September.
The Band recently played in the Wells Band Stand and after an enjoyable afternoon we were really pleased to receive the following comments from members of the audience:
Comments from Phil Wilby, Musical Associate,
Black Dyke Brass Band:
“I had the occasion to visit Wells Cathedral two weekends ago and walked with the organist Matthew Owens and his family down towards the bandstand.
We were delighted to hear some of the band’s concert (Matthew is an ex cornet player from Stockport!) and I wanted to write and thank you all for the great work that the band do to keep the flame alive in the South West…… in particular, we were delighted to hear a solo from Aidan aged 10 …… great sound and splendid self assurance. Mathew’s two boys were entranced to hear someone of their own age play so beautifully……. so let’s hope that Aidan has lit a flame for the future.
Every Good Wish to MN and Radstock and best wishes for Cheltenham”
Comments from Sue Bibby a professional musician and teacher
“Just wanted to say how much I thoroughly enjoyed your performance on Sunday July 16th in Wells Recreation ground.
I was visiting the area that weekend. I studied at Birmingham Conservatoire and in my schooldays played with Skelmersdale Brass Band who were 2nd section back then.
Congratulations and well done on such a fantastic listening experience. I loved it!
God bless you all and keep up the good work”.
Jubilation reigned amongst the members of the Midsomer Norton and Radstock Silver Band after the band were awarded third place at the West of England National Brass Band Third Section qualifier at Torquay on Sunday 12th March 2017. With the top three bands qualifying for the finals, the band earned the right to compete at the National Brass Band Championship finals for the second successive year at Cheltenham in September.
Competing against eighteen bands from across the West of England, the bands performance of the Test Piece ‘Darkwood’ received excellent remarks from both adjudicators and was just reward for the hard work and dedication put in by the bands musical director Joanne Sykes and band members leading up to the contest.
The day was further celebrated with the news that the band had accrued the league table points required to earn promotion to the Second Section and achieve the highest national ranking in the bands history. This is a significant achievement for the band and shows how much the band has progressed.
Looking forward, the band will be preparing a new repertoire of concert music for the coming season with summer concerts featuring both Senior and Brass Academy bands.
The Band are holding a 35th Anniversary Concert on Saturday 3rd October, commencing at 7.30 pm at the Midsomer Norton Methodist Church, with Guest Soloist Carlton Sykes
Tickets can be purchased from the Church, Band members or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and cost £5.50 in advance or £7.50 on the door
On the 24th June, a group of youngsters and adults set out on a trip to take part in the Annual Bideford Solo and Ensemble contest.
We’re proud to say that we entered no less than 45 classes within Bideford, with a group of around 25 people doing a mixture of solos, duets and quartets.
Continue reading Bideford – June 2014
On Saturday 22nd February 2014 the band held their annual dinner and awards evening. This was well attended by members of all bands, all the members of the main band voted for who they thought should be acknowledged as the ‘player’s player’. This was proudly presented by Jo to Finlay, also presented on the night was the madam secretary’s cup, awarded by Heather to Thomas. The final award was awarded by Mark to Louise.
On 4th January 2014 a number of Brass Academy band members and parents of band members met informally at Farrington Farm Shop for coffee and discussed how they could be more involved in the smooth running of the band.
Continue reading Band News January 2014
On Saturday 19th October, 13 members of the Brass Academy, accompanied by their parents and Jo Sykes travelled to Launceston to take part in the Launceston 8th Annual Solo and Quartet Contest.
Continue reading Report on Launceston Brass Band Solo and Quartet Contest