Theo has a
'Whalley' of a Time
Congratulations to Concert Brass's young cornet player Theo Whalley Hoggins who has passed his Grade 4 exam with merit.
On Saturday Theo competed in the final of the brass section of the Banbury Young Musician Competition where he played 'Russian Galop' and was placed second. Well done Theo!
A fine, dry April Sunday morning saw Stour Concert Brass out on the streets of Stratford-upon-Avon as members of the local churches came together to celebrate Good Friday with their annual Witness Event.
The event which sees a gathering of local folk meet on Waterside close to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre to start their celebration to mark the day when hymns and prayers are sung and said at three destination: The Swan Fountain, opposite the Town Hall and finally outside the Library in Henley Street, prior to the cross, which heads up the procession through the streets, being placed at the head of Bridge Street.
This has now become an annual event for Stour and has proved to be a rather enjoyable first outing for available members of the band in their performing year. A smart turnout of instrumentalists of all ages once again arrived to accompany the hymn singing at this event.
Witness Event Sets Stour Off On Another Successful Year . .
Got To Ten and the T-Shirt Too!
Alec Banner Concert Brass's young solo cornet player celebrated his tenth birthday and showed off the date to the band in fine fashion.
Apart his cornet and percussion Alec really enjoys Maths and the picture of his T-shirt shows this in his novel way of showing his 10th birthday.
Alec's first solo piece is called 'Hot Of The Line' and he's certainly that, as even at this young age he plays with a level of confidnece and assurance not always seen until a few more years have passed - so we can probably expect great things for this young man, whose already making quite a name for himself in Stour Concert Brass.
Stour In The Swim At Droitwich
DROITWICH LIDO PARK - SUNDAY, 2ND JULY, 2017
Lido Park in Droitwich is a magnificent venue and the band were blessed with lovely weather and a large and appreciative audience.
The varied programme of popular easy listening music proved very popular and so many people came to express their opinions that we almost missed the chance of an ice cream.
Luke Barker introduced a new solo 'Glorious Ventures' and both of the band’s arrangers Bass players Keith Davies and Ken Smith were pleased to hear the applause to their arrangements. Marches were in plentiful supply with 'The Crescent', 'The Medallion' and 'The Waltonian' all finding a place alongside favourites such as 'Memory', 'I Dreamed A Dream' and 'Hallelujah' by Leonard Cohen.
The nearby Lido was not to be missed and some of the younger members enjoyed a swim. whilst the more mature members of the band frequented the ice cream vendor to slake there thirst.
And It's A Grade Four
For Kieran Bown
Kieran Bown Concert Brass youngest member has just passed his Grade 4 exam on his cornet with not just a pass, but a well earned distinction.
Kieran has recently joined dad Chris on the back row of Stour Concert's cornet line-up and is already enthusiastically joining the band on its outings enjoying all that brass bands offer up and coming brass players, his elder sister too is a regular feature in the band line as she plays cornet on Stour's front row.
Fabulous Friday Evening
At High Sherrif's Event
WARWICKSHIRE HIGH SHERRIF'S EVENT - ADMINGTON HALL - FRIDAY, 7TH JULY, 2017
On a warm evening on Friday, 7th July, Stour Concert Brass visited Admington Hall to play for a garden party hosted by Mark Davies who is the current High Sherriff of Warwickshire.
The event was a team effort with Sherry Barker and Sandra Butt making a dash to the band hall to pick up extra chairs and Luke Barker who sorted out some special requests from the music library.
The band performed without a break for two and a quarter hours. 'Hallelujah' by Leonard Cohen proved so popular we had two requests to play it again and we duly obliged. Amongst the guests was the conductor of Coleshill Band who complimented the band on its performance.
We had a visit from a couple of friendly dogs one of whom took a liking to Principal Cornet Luke.
Stour Rev Up For Local Motorshow and Bertie's 'Do' at Burmington!
May saw the band enjoy playing for a new event The Lions Vintage Car Show held at the Wellesbourne.
Organised by Robin Hammond this proved an enjoyable day with the band receiving many compliments for their choice of music and the quality of their performance.
The band visits Burmington some three miles from Shipston-on-Stour for their annual show. Twenty-nine members of the band were available and gave a good performance with soloists including Eugene Gratwohl on euphonium, Alec Banner on cornet, Mike Butler on flugel and the horn section section with ‘Hey Jude’.
Wonderful Wooly aFayre
Yes it's that time of year to get Shipston summer on the way as local folk gather for a jolly good day out, kicked of by Stour Concert Brass.
This annual event brings together all the wooly folk of Shipston as the Square fills up with sheep and all things wolly. Stour Concert Brass as usual opened up the proceedings with that well known Charlie Cox fanfare and after a brief minutes silence to remember those lost in a recent national incident the proceedings got underway. Stour gave a short opening programme before joining the throng of locals to enjoy a highlight of Shipston's calendar of events.
It was a 'Red Letter Day' for new membeer Alex Banner who impressed and entertained the band and folk who gathered to hear the band as he presented his new solo 'Hot On The Line' which he played so very well for one so young, Alec has only recently joined Stour Concert from the Junior/Training Band where he has impressed us all with his cornet and xylophone skills.
Some Glorious Hot On The Line
Puffing at Abbey Fields
EVESHAM BANDSTAND CONCERT - SUNDAY, 16TH JULY, 2017
Concert Brass made their annual visit to Evesham’s Abbey Park and received a warm response from many regular visitors.
The varied programme included marches, songs from the shows, hits from the sixties and a number of the band’s excellent soloists. 10 year old cornet player Alec Banner drew sustained applause for his solo ‘Hot On The Line’ while Principal Cornet Luke Barker’s performance of ‘Glorious Ventures’ by Peter Graham showed why he has been invited to join both National Children’s Band and the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain.
Other featured soloists were Paul Herbert on Soprano Cornet, Mike Butler on Flugel and the entire Horn and Flugel Section. We have played an arrangement of ‘Puffing Billy’ by Edward White on each engagement this year and we were pleased that an enthusiastic member of the audience was able to confirm that this was the theme music to the BBC Radio programme Children’s Favourites.
The organisers were very complimentary about the band’s performance and we look forward to a return visit next year.
Alec Banner Takes a Merit
Young cornetist Alec Banner is now the possessor of a shiny new certitifcate.
Alec recently took his Associated Board Grade Four Exam and not only passed but came away with a Merit.