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Silver linings for Gillingham in 2015

Gillingham Imperial Silver has enjoyed a great year thanks to an influx of new talent...

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Gillingham Imperial Silver recently celebrated a successful 2015 at their annual Christmas concert.

Awards

The town's Mayor presented their annual awards which went to Jess Hudson as the 'Most Improved under-18 in the Senior Band', Sarah Barnes ('Highest Rehearsal Attendance'), and Tom Malleson ('Greatest Contribution').

Megan Bokker received the 'Most Improved Player' in the Training Band with Ellie Stiles taking the same award in the Beginner's Band. The 'Youngest Player' Award was won by Maddie Currie. (All above)

Contest high

The Dorset band ended 2015 on a high after their recent Third Section win at the Wessex BBA contest in Bournemouth to round off a year that started with the loss of five regular players.

However, the return of flugel star Michelle Hudson after a 16 year sabbatical playing in Cornwall, alongside Elaine Laurence, Sam Vaughan and Clare Chapman has boosted things once more.

Delighted

Band Manager Tom Malleson told 4BR: "We are delighted to welcome back Michelle alongside her mum Jackie on solo horn and daughter Jess, who at only 14 is a great young talent on solo cornet."

He added; "Elaine is also joining her sister Mary to boost our cornet section, Clare has been a regular helper for a while and Sam is another promising young cornet player. Great thanks go to our stalwart Marcus Adams, who teaches most of the band's youngsters and gives help and support to those joining the back row."

The band also recently held a very successful beginner's open evening. Organised by training band percussionist Lottie Dean as a school project, the evening attracted over 20 people, of which nine are now regular members4BR

Beginners group

The band also recently held a very successful beginner's open evening. Organised by training band percussionist Lottie Dean as a school project, the evening attracted over 20 people, of which nine are now regular members.

After a year in which the band also welcomed German friends Musikzug Viktoria Hille and Cory's Glyn and Helen Williams for a great concert, the band is looking forward to 2016, starting with an exciting concert in February and the West of England Championship in Torquay in March.



rncm

Results: 2018 UniBrass Trophy

February 17 • The students of the Royal Northern College of Music retain their hold on the UniBrass Trophy


Bristol

Results: 2018 UniBrass Shield

February 17 • Bristol University come out top in the battle for the UniBrass Shield


Filton Concert

Results: 2018 Welsh Open

February 17 • Filton Concert reclaims Welsh Open title under the direction of Tom Davoren


Perth

Strong line-up for Scottish titles in Perth

February 17 • There will be plenty of keenly fought action at the Scottish Championship in Perth next month, with national representation, titles and qualification up for grabs.


Kettering Citadel S A Band - Leicester South Songster Brigade

Saturday 17 February • The Lighthouse Theatre. Kettering Conference Centre. Thurston Drive. Kettering. NN15 6PB NN15 6PB


Contest: Unibrass

Saturday 17 February • Barbican Centre, Paragon St, York YO10 4AH


Foden's Band - Patrons Concert

Tuesday 20 February • Sandbach School. Crewe Rd, Sandbach CW11 3NS CW11 3NS


Regent Hall Concerts - RAF Chamber Ensemble

Friday 23 February • Regent Hall. (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London W1C 2DJ (opposite RESERVED) W1C 2DJ


Elland Silver Band -

Saturday 24 February • All Saints Church Savile Road Elland HX5 0NH


Strata Brass

February 17 • Require FRONT ROW CORNET (flexibility in the section) after Yorkshire Area (1st Section) in March.. Rehearsals SUN/WED.. MD Jonathan Bates (Solo Horn - Fodens Band). Sensible concert/contest schedule.


Shipston Town band

February 15 • We currently need a Kit percussionist, 2nd horn and Bb Bass as we prepare for the forthcoming Midlands Area at Bedworth in March. We are graded Section 4


The Corsham Band

February 15 • Having now been promoted to the 2nd Section for the forthcoming Contest season, the band are now looking for a back row cornet player, 2nd or 3rd, to join our team


Kevin Wadsworth


Conductor, adjudicator, teacher (ABBA)