About the Band
EYNSFORD CONCERT BAND is a symphonic wind ensemble that has been based in the small Kentish village of Eynsford since 1972.
The band has 50 playing members from all over the South East of England that aspire to attain the highest standards of musicianship within a social and friendly environment.
The band enjoys performing a wide range of concert band repertoire from popular music arrangements and orchestral transcriptions to classic and modern wind band works. We have recorded three CDs, proudly releasing Heritage in January 2010, featuring a Suite by Nigel Clarke written especially for the band.
Eynsford Concert Band has gained an international reputation having toured Austria, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ireland, Netherlands, Malta, Spain and Belgium as well as playing aboard cruise ships in the Fjords of Norway and the Mediterranean where we provided the on-board entertainment.
Throughout 2012, the band celebrated it’s 40th birthday. Our celebrations included a celebration concert that thrilled its audience with a musical journey, charting the band’s forty year history from humble beginnings in 1972 to today. In late August, the band set sail for a fun weekend of music and celebration aboard Fred. Olsen Cruise Ship, Balmoral.
In July 2014 the band had the honour of being crowned National Champion Concert Band following their performance at the National Concert Band Symposium (NCBS) held in Canterbury. This was followed by being asked to represent the UK for the first European Championships for Wind Orchestras in Utrecht, Holland.
The band is firmly rooted in its community and every year raises substantial amounts for local charities, raising nearly £40,000 since 2004. As a Registered Charity (No. 277086) itself, we invest any revenue from performances back into the band, to fund the purchase of music, hire of the rehearsal and performance venues and obtaining instruments for those members who cannot afford to buy them. It is only through the voluntary efforts of its members that the band survives.
Eynsford Concert Band is delighted that Major Michael Smith BA(Mus) LRSM has joined us as our Musical Director. In April 2008 he was selected for a commission into the Corps of Army Music, and subsequently served as Director of Music of The Band of The Royal Irish Regiment and The Band of the Corps of Royal Engineers, before being asked to take up the much coveted appointment of Director of Music of The Band of the Grenadier Guards.
In July 2013 Michael left the Band of the Grenadier Guards to return to Headquarters Corps of Army Music in a staff officer post and also taking on the role of Corps Secretary, Corps of Army Music. In April 2015 he was appointed Chief Instructor at The Royal Military School of Music where he is responsible for the training of Army Bandmasters and Musicians. After almost 4 years since leaving the Band of the Grenadiers Guards, Mike has the honour and unique distinction of returning to the Grenadiers Band as their new Director of Music.
Mike’s appointment has taken the band into a new and exciting era. Having the opportunity to have such an accomplished musician and band leader has been a real privilege and, amongst other achievements, allowed the band to build a close friendship with the Band of the Grenadier Guards, be crowned National Champions in 2014 and to represent the UK in the first European Championship for Wind Orchestras in 2015.
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