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We have been very busy since our last update, preparing for the 2014 Regional Contest. Last Sunday saw us take to the stage in Bedworth in the Fourth Section. For those of you who don’t know much about the world of contesting, the areas involve all bands playing the same test piece and being anonymously judged by two adjudicators (who have to sit all day in a small tent-like construction!). With a draw taking place for order of play, it is a brass bander’s version of the F.A. cup, only much more competitive. The top three bands, as decided by the adjudicators, qualify to play at the National Finals in Cheltenham.
The test piece we had to get our teeth into this year was Alan Fernie’s Three Spanish Impressions. It is a lovely work with a lot of mood and atmosphere. We had a lot of fun rehearsing this piece, thanks to our amazing M.D. Oli. He did so much hard work preparing for each rehearsal and organised for other conductors to take us for a few sessions. This really helped us gain a fresh perspective on the piece and massive thanks goes to Saphran Ali, Craig Stevens, David Hirst and our principal trombonist, Dave Deakin, who all helped out with rehearsals and performance feedback. A huge thank you also goes out to all the helpers who played with us in the contest (deps in banding terms!). In our eyes, they’re not really deps, they’re proper members of the band.
We had a couple of setbacks leading up to contest day, the most notable being a last minute illness to our 1st Horn player, Rob. Unfortunately for him and us, he had to have his appendix removed 2 weeks ago which meant he was unable to play with us at Bedworth. Most bands’ M.D.s would have had a near-breakdown with such an issue, but Oli took it in his stride and had rewritten parts dished out the next day!
So, we made it to the contest on Sunday and we are delighted to tell you we came third and are set to play at the National Finals!! It was a fantastic result for everyone involved and capped off what was an extremely enjoyable day. As nerve-wracking as playing in a contest was, the band still had lots of fun and a smiles were permanently on our faces as we took to the stage.
After the hysteria has died down of our great result, it will be time to begin preparations for all our jobs in the summer. We’re all looking forward to putting together a really varied, enjoyable programme for our audiences around the Midlands. We hope to see you all at some of our gigs across the summer and you can find out where we’re playing on our website.
Keep checking our Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest goings on at Stourport Brass Band. If you play a brass instrument and fancy joining in, please come along on a Tuesday night for a blow. The more the merrier!
Stourport on Severn Band is pleased to announce that thanks to the generosity of local people we raised £1495.86 towards Band funds for 2014. We look forward to playing Christmas music to you all again next year.
|Severn Valley Railway||Sunday 1st December 2013||£227.04|
|Tesco – Kidderminster||Wednesday 11th December 2013||£132.25|
|Tesco – Kidderminster||Tuesday 17th December 2013||£114.76|
|Sainsburys – Kidderminster||Sunday 18th December 2013||£161.77|
|Morrisons – Kidderminster||Thursday 19th December 2013||£75.10|
|Severn Valley Railway||Sunday 22nd December 2013||£761.79|
First of all, Stourport Brass Band would like to wish you all a very happy new year! It has been a while since we’ve updated, but that is thankfully down to us being very, very busy!
Before I tell you all about our festive adventures, we have some good news to share. In our last blog post, we told you about our upcoming appearance at the Gloucestershire Brass Band Association contest in Ross-on-Wye. Well, we are pleased to announce that we came home with a trophy! We were awarded the trophy for the highest placed 3rd section band in the contest. It was a very proud moment for all of us and capped off what had been a really fun day. Here are a few pictures of us from that memorable day.
The Christmas period is usually a brass band’s busiest time of year and this year was no exception! We got to play in a variety of different settings to a number of different audiences, all of which we loved.
The Avoncroft Christmas Fayre was one of our first engagements and was a really nice job for us to do. Playing carols in an intimately-lit barn was a lovely way to kick off Christmas for the band.
One of the highlights of the Christmas calendar came on the 13th December, when we got to play at Stourport Civic Centre in a joint concert with Stourport Choral Society and Lickhill Primary School. It was a brilliant evening and it was a pleasure to share the stage with such talented performers. We would love to work with these two groups again this year and show off the talent Stourport has to offer.
The next night saw us in Tettenhall, near Wolverhampton for a concert that has become a tradition for the band. Christ Church is a beautiful building with a great acoustic and as always, we really enjoyed playing there.
Christmas saw our usual appearances at Kidderminster supermarkets and we hope that we managed to entertain the shoppers of Morrisons, Sainsburys and Tescos on those cold, hectic evenings!
Stourport Brass Band’s festive season was opened and brought to a close at Severn Valley Railway, entertaining the families as they waited to see Santa. We love playing at SVR every year and seeing all the children singing along with us makes all the hard work seem worthwhile.
2013 was a very hectic year for Stourport Brass Band. We went through a lot of changes and at times, things looked a little bit bleak for the band. But as usual, we rallied together and came back stronger than ever and that is down to the wonderful spirit within the group. We would like to thank everyone for supporting us and coming to see us – we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
We have lots of exciting things coming up for the band and all the hard work begins at our first rehearsal this Tuesday (7th January). Hopefully we shall see some of you for some more musical adventures.
Stourport-on-Severn Brass Band currently has vacancies for the following positions:
We have good quality instruments available. If you are interested please get in touch and come down to a rehearsal – Tuesday evenings – for a listen, or a blow and a cuppa!
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Oliver Wilson as Musical Director. Oli is a very talented and enthusiastic conductor. He conducts the National Methodist Youth Brass Band as well as playing solo baritone with The Langley Band. The band is looking forward to working with him.
Oli’s first appearance with the band will be on 22nd June at Brinton Park for the Kidderminster Carnival.