SHIPSTON TOWN BANDS

David Birch - Is a familiar face in brass banding circles, being an extremely experienced  euphonium player, Having spent many years encouraging and mentoring many future players, he launched the fledgling community-based concert band to complement Shipston Band's Town and Training Band.

Stour Concert Brass is the 'new kid on the block' founded by conductor David Birch,  the  brass band has proved highly succesful with players and audiences alike. The band welcomes players of all abilities and proves the next stop for players after their early training, as well as experienced players as an alternative to contesting. The band meet every Friday evening and fulfill a full engagements calender throughout the year.

SOPRANO CORNET:

PRINCIPAL CORNET:

TUTTI CORNET:

SOLO CORNETS:


REPIANO CORNET:

SECOND CORNETS:


THIRD CORNETS:    

FLUGEL HORNS:

PRINCIPAL Eb HORN:

1st Eb HORN:

2nd Eb HORN:

PRINCIPAL EUPHONIUM:

2nd EUPHONIUMS:

1st BARITONE HORN:

2nd BARITONE HORN:

PRINCIPAL TROMBONE:

2nd TROMBONE:

BASS TROMBONE:

Bb BASS:

Eb BASSES:

KIT PERCUSSION:

TUNED PERCUSSION:

Paul Herbert

Luke Barker

Grace Coates

Bethan Bown, Kieran Bown,

Alec Banner

Bob Pitts, Karen Wears

Caroline Banks,  Anne Witts,

Jim McLeman

Roger Rippen,  Chris Bown

Mike Butler, Rebecca Coates

Karen Pitts

Norma Begley

Mary Cox, Angie Weaver

Eugene Gratwohl

Alan Birch, Tim Wilson

Gordon Sharp

Tim Banks

Mark Banner

Sandra Butt

Richard Barker

Keith Davies, Vacancy

Mark Davies, Ken Smith

Roy Flitcroft

Vacancy

he’s big, pink - and he was there!

all is safely gathered in

SUNDAY, 7th OCTOBER, 2018 - ST. MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS, GREAT WALFORD

     It was only commented only recently how the year flies by, the summers gone and autumn’s here and with that in mind our thoughts go to harvest festival.

     Great Wolford’s Annual Harvest Festival Service has by now become a regular event for Stour Concert Brass and once again proved popular by congregation and band alike. The quaint early Victorian church hosted a large gathering who arrived punctually as the peel of bells from the church town rang out over the Cotswold countryside.

     The band played a selection of hymns as the gathered congregation settled in for the Sunday morning service and once the bells concluded the traditional service commenced and the band accompanied the hymns. At the conclusion the band played a short concert: An up-tempo version of ‘Bringing in the Sheaves’ (obviously), a World War One commemoration followed with young Luke Barker playing ‘Arizona Bell’ in tribute to the young cornetist Edwin Firth of the Fodens Motorworks Band who was lost in this war, the arrangement ‘In Flanders Fields’ complete with poetry reading by Dave Birch and concluded with Alec Banner who accompanied by the band played ‘Charlie Is My Darlin’.




so it's hats off to nick . . .

SATURDAY, 29th SEPTEMBER, 2018 - AUTUMN FETE, BOURTON-ON-THE-HILL HOUSE

     Occasionally it has been said: ‘If You Want To Get Ahead - Get A Hat’, well Nick Smith took that to heart to protect his head from the surprisingly fierce rays of the sun as Stour gave an afternoon performance at the Annual Autumn Fete for the village of Bourton-on-the-Hill, once again hosted in the gardens of Bourton-on-the-Hill House.

     Previously Stour Concert had played in the Tithe Barn itself, but this year a fine, warm sunny day saw the band outside in the centre of the barn lawn. The set-up was as near perfect as possible, entering the stone building filled with craft stalls one side and chairs and tables the opposite, where tea could be taken and then out through adjacent ‘winnowing’ door into the barn garden, where to the left more tables and chairs were set out.

     A large crowd of villagers arrived and soon filled up the barn and garden and at 1 p.m. Nick Smith opened the band’s programme with the march ‘Round Tower’ after which continued with many of the pieces that had formed the core of 2018’s summer programme, along with three special treats: Luke Barkers’ ‘Arizona Belle’, Mike Butler’s ‘Send In The Clowns’ and young Alec Banner with his xylophone offering of ‘Charlie Is My Darlin’.

BURMINGTON FETE - BURMINGTON, SATURDAY, 3RD MAY, 2018

     Yes 'Burmington Bertie' once again welcomed fetegoers and Stour Concert Brass at the village’s Annual Fete and Dog Show. Bertie, the big pink 'whatever' waved and got into the swing of things on this fantastic Summers afternoon.

     Stour commenced their first garden fete in grand style with their 2018 Bandstand programme, featuring young Alec Banner on Xylophone playing an arrangement by Ken Smith of the old Scottish melody ‘Charlie Is My Darling’, which came through remarkably well considering it was being played outside. It was a first too for talented young Bethan Bown who took the principle cornet chair for the first time and charmed the audience with her solo - so it’s congratulations to Bethan and well done Alec.

     Once again a full band, which included no less than three euphoniums entertained folk as they wandered around the recreation ground enjoying the various stalls and attractions. The waft of delicious hot dogs and the sight of locally crafted cream scones and cups of tea proved an immediate draw to the band at half time, many of whom retired to the tea tent.

in memory of ilmington's fallen

REMEMBRANCE CONCERT, ILMINGTON VILLAGE HALL, FRIDAY, 2ND NOVEMBER, 2018

     Friday November 2nd saw Stour Concert Brass visit Ilmington for a concert to celebrate the centenary of the signing of the Armistice to end the Great War.

     The concert reflected both the music of the Great War but also a tribute to the foundation of the RAF. The RAF March Past opened the concert and Keep The Home Fires Burning built the atmosphere. Principal Cornet Luke Barker played the contemporary solo Arizona Belle one of many solos featured by the legendary Edwin Firth tragically killed in 1918.

     The musical portrayal of John Maclean’s poem In Flanders Fields was very atmospheric and was followed by a period of silence. In the tribute to the RAF many well known favourites including 633 Squadron, The Great Escape and Aces High were featured and the 1940’s favourite A Nightingale Sang In Berkley Square was beautifully portrayed as a cornet solo by Grace Coates. The evening concluded in patriotic style with a Proms Style Finale.

all is safely gathered in

SUNDAY, 7th OCTOBER, 2018 - ST. MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS, GREAT WALFORD

     It was only commented only recently how the year flies by, the summers gone and autumn’s here and with that in mind our thoughts go to harvest festival.

     Great Wolford’s Annual Harvest Festival Service has by now become a regular event for Stour Concert Brass and once again proved popular by congregation and band alike. The quaint early Victorian church hosted a large gathering who arrived punctually as the peel of bells from the church town rang out over the Cotswold countryside.

     The band played a selection of hymns as the gathered congregation settled in for the Sunday morning service and once the bells concluded the traditional service commenced and the band accompanied the hymns. At the conclusion the band played a short concert: An up-tempo version of ‘Bringing in the Sheaves’ (obviously), a World War One commemoration followed with young Luke Barker playing ‘Arizona Bell’ in tribute to the young cornetist Edwin Firth of the Fodens Motorworks Band who was lost in this war, the arrangement ‘In Flanders Fields’ complete with poetry reading by Dave Birch and concluded with Alec Banner who accompanied by the band played ‘Charlie Is My Darlin’.




so it's hats off to nick . . .

SATURDAY, 29th SEPTEMBER, 2018 - AUTUMN FETE, BOURTON-ON-THE-HILL HOUSE

     Occasionally it has been said: ‘If You Want To Get Ahead - Get A Hat’, well Nick Smith took that to heart to protect his head from the surprisingly fierce rays of the sun as Stour gave an afternoon performance at the Annual Autumn Fete for the village of Bourton-on-the-Hill, once again hosted in the gardens of Bourton-on-the-Hill House.

     Previously Stour Concert had played in the Tithe Barn itself, but this year a fine, warm sunny day saw the band outside in the centre of the barn lawn. The set-up was as near perfect as possible, entering the stone building filled with craft stalls one side and chairs and tables the opposite, where tea could be taken and then out through adjacent ‘winnowing’ door into the barn garden, where to the left more tables and chairs were set out.

     A large crowd of villagers arrived and soon filled up the barn and garden and at 1 p.m. Nick Smith opened the band’s programme with the march ‘Round Tower’ after which continued with many of the pieces that had formed the core of 2018’s summer programme, along with three special treats: Luke Barkers’ ‘Arizona Belle’, Mike Butler’s ‘Send In The Clowns’ and young Alec Banner with his xylophone offering of ‘Charlie Is My Darlin’.


2 bands and a 'little barbershop'

TRACEY SOLLIS CHARITY CONCERT - EVESHAM ARTS CENTRE, PRINCE HENRY SCHOOL, EVESHAM, FRIDAY, 22ND SEPTEBER, 2018

     What  started out as a simple brass band concert, culminating in a massed band event at an Evesham Church to raise funds for The Tracy Sollis Leukaemia Trust which has proved a popular annual event for Avonbank Brass Band, Stour Concert Brass and a specially invited local choral groups.

    Once again The Evesham Arts Centre was the venue and this year’s invited group was Vale Harmony - a barbershop, close-harmony group which provided an alternative to the sound of brass.

     Avonbank kicked-off the proceedings in fine style with the Musical Director of the Coventry-based Jaguar Land-Rover Band Dave Lea conducting Avonbank as they showed their metal with some fine pieces including a lovely offering from Mike Pawsey the band’s soprano cornet player and a brand new piece written and conducted by an Avonbank member who conducted the maiden performance of a piece dedicated to Sue’s daughter and former horn player simply entitled ‘Tracy’, a piece that whilst holding a special place for members of Avonbank, was played on the very Eb horn Tracy used whilst she was alive and an enthusiastic band member herself. Compere Dr. Val Trim introduced the pieces at the conclusion of which saw Vale Harmony take to the stage and presented a selection of close-harmony pieces.

     Next up it was the turn of Nick Smith and Stour Concert Brass to present a short programme of seven pieces which include Grace Coates with her enchanting solo ‘First Light’, Luke Barker’s ‘Arizona Belle’ and as Stour’s second half of their set was dedicated to the fallen of World War I including ‘In Flanders Fields’ which includes extracts from the well known poem given by Grace Coats, Bethan Bown and Dave Birch after which Stour presented their finale with ‘The Day Thou Gavest’.

     Next came the interval, after which, fully refreshed, everyone took their seats for the highlight of the evening - the massed bands. Old favourites followed in the guise of the march ‘Pendine’ and a lovely arrangement of  piece written in 1954 for the musical ‘The Student Prince’ and made famous by the film’s lead Mario Lanza - ‘I’ll Walk With God’, after which Vale Harmony returned to sing their final set.

     Sadly this gala evening drew to a close and the two bands joined to give a massed band performance of ‘Trumpets Wild’ and a thrilling conclusion to the concert with the ever-popular ‘Breezin’ Down Broadway’. So to thunderous applause the evenings performers rose for one last time, at which point Sue Sollis gave her thanks to all concerned to conclude a highly successful and entertaining evening.