facebook twitter rss vimeo

*
banner

Shirley guide funds in the right direction

The Shirley Band has been helping guide funds in the right canine direction...

Guide Dogs

 

The Shirley Band from Solihull near Birmingham has helped to raise more than £600 for the charity, Guide Dogs by performing in what is believed to be the national organisation’s first ever concert featuring a brass band.

Tread the Boards

The event also included the choir of Kingsley School from Leamington Spa, which was conducted by former Jaguar Land Rover Band trombonist, Julian Smith, as well as actors from Stratford-based fringe theatre company, Tread the Boards.

Premiere

Shirley played a range of Christmas music, including the premiere of ‘Jingle Swing’ by MD Dave Bishop-Rowe, whilst the choir performed Benjamin Britten's ‘Festival of Carols’ and Tread the Boards provided excerpts from Charles Dickens' ‘A Christmas Carol’, which was written specially for the concert by well known music journalist Alan Jenkins.

The band was invited to perform at the invitation of baritone player Richard Robinson, a volunteer fundraiser with Guide Dogs and who with his wife Sharon, also boards Guide Dogs during their training.

Guide Dog's first ever concert featuring a brass band was a huge hit, and we've already had requests from the near capacity audience to hold another event next yearRichard Robinson

Huge hit

Richard told 4BR: "Guide Dog's first ever concert featuring a brass band was a huge hit, and we've already had requests from the near capacity audience to hold another event next year."

He added: "The lifetime cost of a Guide Dog is around £50,000. With no Government funding for the charity, Guide Dogs relies on the generosity of the public which helps the charity to provide mobility and freedom to blind and partially sighted people."



Donald HNSON

Black Dyke mourn loss of former President

January 20 • Black Dyke has announced the death of Donald Hanson, the man who helped secure the future of the band following the demise of the John Foster & Son textile business.


Black Dyke

Black Dyke to premiere new works in medieval splendour

January 20 • A successful 'Grants for the Arts Programme' award will see Market Rasen Band host Black Dyke and two world premieres at one of the great medieval cathedrals in England.


Medals

Foden's to search for lost treasures of the past

January 20 • Foden's is hoping to locate 376 medals presented to the players who won 16 British Open and National titles between them in the band's golden era of historic success.


rwcmd

Childs to lead workshop glimpse of student life at Royal Welsh College

January 20 • Dr Robert Childs is to lead a Junior Brass Band Workshop at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff next month — so sign up now!


The Brighouse & Rastrick Band - EYMS Brass Band at Hull City Hall

Saturday 20 January • Hull City Hall. 67 Carr Lane,. Kingston upon Hull HU1 3RQ


Black Dyke Band - Morley Town Hall

Saturday 20 January • Morley Town Hall, Morley, Leeds LS27 8DX


Wantage Silver - Gary Curtin

Saturday 20 January • Reading Central Salvation Army RG1 7JR


The Hepworth Band - Soprano Sarah Ogden

Sunday 21 January • Christ Church, Sude Hill, New Mill, Holmfirth HD9 7BL


The Fairey Band -

Sunday 21 January • The Hawth Theatre. Hawth Avenue. Crawley. RH10 6YZ RH106YZ


Strata Brass

January 20 • Bb/Eb BASS.Rehearsals SUN/WED,bandroom 5 mins from J35/36 M1 (Hoyland).. Yorkshire 1st Section under dynamic MD Jonathan Bates (Solo Horn - Fodens Band).. Sensible concert/contest schedule.


Sandhurst Community Brass

January 20 • We would be delighted to hear from any tenor horn players who are looking to join an enthusiastic, very friendly band. Any other players can apply, we can find a space for you


Ilkeston Brass

January 20 • We are looking for a Tenor and Bass Trombone plus 1st Baritone. All other positions are always welcome.. Under MD Geoff Hawley we have a sensible mix of concerts and a few contests per year. . Rehearsals Thursday and Sunday evenings just off M1 J25/26.


Neil Samuel


Conductor