Band News August 2018

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.

Concert at Wells Band Stand on 16th July

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”.

Double Celebrations

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.

Sound of success for Midsomer Norton and Radstock Silver Band

Jubilant members of Midsomer Norton and Radstock Silver Band celebrate their success

Midsomer Norton and Radstock Silver Band have achieved another milestone in the bands history by qualifying for the Third Section finals of the National Brass Band championships of Great Britain.

With eighteen bands competing in the third section, the band’s rendition of the test piece ‘A Cambrian Suite’ by composer Michael Ball earned positive comments from the two adjudicators and third place at the West of England Brass Band regional qualifier held at the Riviera Centre in Torquay on the 12th March 2016. Qualification for the national finals will see the band competing against other third section bands from across Great Britain at Cheltenham in September. Having achieved a credible fifth place at the third section regional qualifier in 2015, the Musical Director, Joanne Sykes and the band members were overjoyed with this years result.

Since winning the fourth section regional qualifier in 2012, the band has been making excellent progress under the baton of their current musical director and with contest results improving year on year, this years success is a testament to the hard work that Joanne has put in with the band.

Looking forward, the band has a strong commitment to training and developing up and coming brass players and it was encouraging to see two members of the training band making their contesting debuts with the senior band line up at Torquay.

The Midsomer Norton and Radstock Silver Band is a local, friendly and ambitious band and would welcome established brass players or anyone wishing to learn a brass instrument. The band practices on Tuesday and Friday nights at the Trinity Church Hall in Radstock starting at 7.30pm.




Launceston Solo and Quartet Contest 2015

Launceston Solo and Quartet Contest 2015

Launceston is here again and the Brass Academy is eager to come back with medals and trophies. Everyone has been practicing hard!


Class 1
1st: Aidan
3rd: Lizzy

Class 2
2nd: Arthur

Class 4
1st: Thomas

Class 6
1st: Aidan
3rd: Lizzy

Class 7
2nd: Tabby & Finlay
3rd: Edmund & Arthur

Class 8
2nd: Finlay, Tabby, Edmund & Arthur
3rd: Aidan, Luke and Arthur

Class 11
2nd: Thomas

Class 12
2nd: Thomas

Class 16
2nd: MSN Ensemble

Special Awards
Best Trombone (Under 16): Arthur
Best Trombone (Over 16): Thomas
Most Entertaining Player/Group: MSN Ensemble


Thank you everyone who has practised hard! We hope you come again next year!

35th Anniversary Concert

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 and cost £5.50 in advance or £7.50 on the door

Bideford Solo Competition 2015


Class 1:
2nd – Izzie
3rd – Aidan

Class 2:
2nd – Arthur
Most promising player – Arthur

Class 3:
2nd – Finlay
3rd – Tabby

Class 4:
1st – Thomas

Class 6:
1st – Thomas
3rd – Tabby

Class 8:
1st – Finlay  & Tabby
3rd – Edmund & Arthur

Class 9:
3rd – Mark & Tabby

Class 10:
1st – Finlay, Tabby, Edmund & Arthur

Thank you to all members of the band who participated in the competition and we hope you come again next year!

Band News March 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.