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Eynsford Concert Band is now on YouTube!

 

You’ll be pleased to hear that Eynsford Concert Band has it’s own YouTube Channel.

Including music from our recent cruise to the Fjords of Norway, our performance at the European Championships and our concerts with the Grenadier Guards at The Pamoja Hall.  We plan to add more videos from our concerts, along with some high quality audio recordings as and when we can.

 

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You can also “subscribe” to the channel (follow the link on the top right hand corner of the YouTube page), allowing you to receive updates when we post future videos.

Click on the logo above and take a look!..

 

 

Another Christmas Cracker at the Mick Jagger Centre

 

December 18th 2016 saw another Christmas Cracker performance by Eynsford Concert Band at the Mick Jagger Centre in Dartford.

 

 

Our sell out crowd were treated to a rare mix of Christmas favourites – from Rimsky Korsakov to Mariah Carey, from “The Huron Carol” to “Santa Baby”, all in the aid of the very special Valence School in Westerham.

This was a great end to a busy year for us – representing the UK at the European Championships, supporting a Spitfire fly past and huge fireworks to our 1812 overture.

Next year promises to be equally exciting with some great new ventures to be announced, so watch this space….

 

Many thanks to Ethan Siegel for the pictures…

Comedy at The Mick Jagger Centre

 

When the opening joke of the evening is “How many conductors does it take to change a lightbulb?”  (A: who knows…no one ever looks at the conductor!), then you know that things can only get better..

This was definitely the case on Sunday 17th April 2016 at the Mick Jagger centre Dartford and the result was a fabulous fun concert.

From silent movies to the Simpsons all aspects of comedy were explored.

Complete with cartoons, a fab singer (Sue Rivers), special guest dancers (Laura Cutts, Georgia Cullingham and Elise McNally) and great music throughout, we were kept enthralled by an entertaining and excellently produced production.  A complete entertainment package.

 

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I couldn’t say what my favourite was as I enjoyed it all, though The Stripper brought back fond memories of Christmas Days with Morecombe and Wise (look on YouTube to see what I mean), not to mention Del Boy and Rodney’s Batman and Robin sketch.

 

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The buzz around the hall at the end of the evening was “I really enjoyed that”.   As always a great evening of entertainment.

Well done guys, can’t wait for the next one!

 

Anne Lord

Audience Member and Groupie

Eynsford Concert Band and the Band of the Grenadier Guards raise £18,000 for SSAFA

 

On 22nd November, Eynsford Concert Band and the Band of the Grenadier Guards came together to perform at the spectacular Pamoja Hall in Sevenoaks, Kent.  This was our third liaison and, yet again, the concert was a sell out.

Over the three years, these concerts have raised almost £18,000 in support of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity that supports the members, ex-members and families of the Armed Forces who find themselves in need.

Raising this amount is an incredible achievement that has only been possible through the popularity and enthusiasm that the concerts have generated and the generosity of the friends, families and special guests that have attended them.

Tonight’s concert was entitled ‘For Queen and Country’, showcasing the pomp and ceremony of our great nation.

 

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Eynsford Concert Band (conducted by Mike Smith) opened the evening with ‘Procession of the Nobles’ by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, where, as in previous concerts, we were augmented by the Grenadiers’ brilliant fanfare trumpeters, who added another level of intensity to the performance.

We continued with ‘La Mezquita de Cordoba’; a descriptive piece, which follows the history of the Mosque in Cordoba through the ages.  We first performed this stunning piece at the National Wind Band Symposium, in the Gala concert which marked the end of our year as National Wind Band Champions.

 

We concluded our set with ‘Bond…James Bond’; a selection of themes from the films and providing a tenuous link with the Olympic Games opening sketch featuring The Queen and 007.

 

The band of the Grenadier Guards (conducted by Major Kevin Smith) opening their performance with the fanfare ‘State Occasion’.  This was followed by the fantastic ‘Symphonic Animations’ which featured a number of solo and group performances of well known animated film themes.  A wonderful Oboe solo performance of ‘The Watermill’ by Lance Corporaal Peter Batai and Walton’s ‘Spitfire Prelude’ concluded the first half.

 

 

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The second half was a spectacular joint performance, with both bands performing to the highest standard; captivating our audience.  With nearly 100 musicians on stage, the massed bands of Eynsford Concert Band and the Band of the Grenadier Guards is impressive, both in sight and in the sound they produce.

Once again, the fanfare trumpets were in evidence in ‘Vivat Regina’, and the programme continued in patriotic style.

 

 

‘Here’s a Health’ by Wiffin and Philip Sparke’s ‘Albion Heritage’ followed.  I was then pleased to duet with Lance Corporal Peter Batai, in Handel’s ‘Entrance of the Queen of Sheba’.  It isn’t every day one gets a chance to play a baroque classic with a world class body-builder, and I think we gave a memorable performance.

 

 

A performance of Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, followed by Holst’s ‘Jupiter’ ably demonstrated the range of repertoire possible with a massed band of 100 players.  The concert finale included the Ladies of the audience singing along to ‘Jerusalem’ and rousing performances of ‘Pomp & Circumstance March No1’, the ‘SSAFA March’ and the ‘British Grenadiers March’ brought the evening to a spectacular close – a fitting tribute to SSAFA and the serving and fallen members of our Armed forces.

 

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I think I can safely say that both bands are extremely proud of the contribution that we have been able to make to SSAFA and the armed forces personnel and families that they support.  We are also proud of the friendship and strong bonds that have been built between the two bands over the past three years.

Our thanks go to Mike Smith and Major Kevin Davies for their enthusiasm, professionalism and humour in bringing us together and for making the concert such a success.  Our sincere thanks go also to Neil Crabtree from SSAFA and to the staff at the Pamoja Hall for all of their continued hard work in helping organise the event.

 

Alan Simpson
Principal Oboe, Eynsford Concert Band

 

 

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Read more about SSAFA and the support that they provide

Read more about The Band of the Grenadier Guards

A Christmas Festival at the Mick Jagger Centre

 

On Sunday 20th December, the Eynsford Concert Band brought their traditional Christmas celebration to The Mick Jagger Centre in Dartford.

 

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This year’s concert did not disappoint.  With the band dressed in colourful Christmas attire and a stage dressed in tinsel and lights, the scene was set for an evening of christmas music, poor jokes and questionable carol sing alongs.

And colourful it was.  With a full programme of popular music from ‘The Polar Express’, ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and ‘Jazz Waltz no. 2’ to the traditional Christmas sounds of ‘Troika’, ‘Sleigh Ride’ and ‘A Most Wonderful Christmas’.

The star of the evening was the band’s very own vocal soloist, Sue Rivers, who performed the beautiful’ Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ and ‘I’ve Got My Love to Keep you Warm’.

With a sell-out audience in an equally festive mood, it was a great evening that sets the bar even higher for next year!

 

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With many thanks to Luke Bowman and Nanmwa Gadong for taking some great pictures of the evening.

Eynsford Concert Band to represent Great Britain at the 2016 European Championship for Wind Orchestras

 

 

Eynsford Concert Band is delighted to be invited to the first European Championship for Wind Orchestras, to be held in the Tivoli Vredenburg concert hall, Utrecht, The Netherlands on 21st and 22nd of May 2016.

 

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The European Championship for Wind Orchestras is an international non-profit association, with the purpose of arranging the European Championship for Wind Orchestras, founded in Utrecht in October 2014.

The band is greatly honoured to be invited to this competition, allowing us to build upon being crowned ‘National Champions’ at the inaugural National Concert Band Symposium competition in 2014.

The competition will be tough as we already know we will be competing against some of the finest bands in Europe.

If you would like to know more …or arrange to attend and show your support… please mark the dates in your diary and check back regularly for more details.

A date for your diary: European Championships for Wind Orchestras – Utrecht

Read more: ECWO

Eynsford Concert Band win National title!

 

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We are very pleased to announce that the Eynsford Concert Band were the winners of the National Concert Band Symposium 2014 – a competition featuring some of the finest wind ensembles in the country.

Founded in 2013 the National Concert Band Symposium (NCBS) is an organisation that aims to bring the very best of concert band and wind orchestra music to the widest possible audiences. Its inaugural annual event was held at in the Colyer Fergusson Building at the University of Kent in Canterbury on July 5th and featured discussions, workshops and masterclasses led by some of the leading figures in the concert band world, culminating in a concert with the Central Band of the RAF, the Kew Wind Orchestra and soloist Philip Cobb (principal trumpet of the London Symphony Orchestra).

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At the heart of the event was a contest, bringing together some of the best wind ensembles in the country (the only competition of its kind in the UK). Each band was given 30 minutes to present a programme of music that would showcase its technical skills and abilities, with performances adjudicated by a panel of 3 world class musicians led by the renowned composer, Johan de Meij, who flew over from the US for the event.

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The standard of the competition was very high, so the band were delighted to hear themselves announced as winners at the evening gala concert. The written adjudication was highly positive:

“Flawless technique…rhythmic precision and perfect ensemble playing..”
“Plenty of humour and character. Very enjoyable”
“A great sound”

 

The title came with a trophy and £2,000 prize, sponsored by Buffet, to be spent on musical instruments. In addition the band’s percussion section were also pleased to pick up a special sectional award and a further £200.

 

Individual winners included:

Woodwind Category | Presented by Johan de Meij
Elizabeth Aaron (Flute | Burton Borough School)

Special commendation:
Catherine Bromley (Clarinet | Kew Wind Orchestra)

Brass Category | Presented by Anthony Halstead
Kevin Ashman (Trumpet | Maidstone Wind Symphony)

Special commendation:
Laurence Plant (Horn | Burton Borough School Band)

Percussion | Presented by Simone Rebello
Eynsford Concert Band Section

Special commendation:
Mike Dolovich (XBY Concert Band)

 

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The band are obviously very proud to have won this prestigious competition and look forward to defending the title in July 2015

Eynsford Concert Band sets sail for 40th Anniversary Celebration Cruise

 

40th Birthday Celebration Cruise

Throughout 2012, Eynsford Concert Band will be celebrating its 40th Birthday.

And what better way than to have a 3 day party, on a boat, and to invite all of our past and present members and audience.

With thanks to Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, we have managed to negotiate a great rate that we hope will allow as many of you as possible to join us for this fun weekend of music and celebration.

 

Our Mini Cruise departs Southampton on Saturday 25th August for a Bank Holiday Weekend Cruise to Antwerp.  The old marketplace of Antwerp, with its medieval alleyways, is captivating, as is the historic city of Ghent, home to many stunning buildings, including a thousand-year-old castle.

Our celebrations will begin with the band performing as we leave Southampton and will include a gala dinner and drinks reception.  The band will perform again as we leave Antwerp and start our journey home.

We will arrive back into Southampton during the early hours of Tuesday 28th August.

The Cruise will be on Balmoral, the largest of Fred. Olsen’s fleet, which promises to be a great venue for us to get the band and our friends and families together to celebrate this special occasion and to make some music.  We have agreed an Eynsford Band Group Price for this trip and you can find out more about the cruise itself by visiting the Fred. Olsen website.

 

Steve Bennett has kindly agreed to organise this trip for us and we request that you direct all bookings and enquiries to him.  Steve can be contacted on 07973 243487 or 01322 865818, or by email to [email protected]

 

To book, please complete the Eynsford Concert Band Booking Form, including your preferred cabin grade.  You will also need to provide a 10% deposit made payable to Fred Olsen Cruise Lines.   Pleae note that if you wish to pay by credit card there is a 2% fee.  There is no charge for debit cards.  To make a payment by Credit or Debit Card, please complete the Credit Card Payment Form.  Once you have completed your forms, then please pass them to a member of the band or send them to Steve at [email protected]

The prices quoted are guaranteed against fuel surcharge for all bookings made before 25th January 2012.

 

The band is excited to have this trip to look forward to and we very much hope that you can join us to help celebrate our 40th anniversary.

Band Social Event

It is clearly time for our next Band Social…please attend if you can… 

We thought that we should take the opportunity (not that we really need an excuse) to thank both John and Paul for their many years of hard work and dedication to the band and, of course, welcome Brian as our new Chairman.

A get together is being arranged for after the Malling Schools Project event on Friday 16th September.  This will be held at The Bull in West Malling, from 6.30pm onwards (and yes, it is a complete coincidence that this pub is at the end of our new Chairman’s driveway!)

The new Eynsford Concert Band Website

Welcome to the new website of the Eynsford Concert Band.

Our new website has been designed to be a source of information for the public, our audience and our members.

We hope that you enjoy taking a look around our new style site and can spot some of the new features that will allow us to keep you up to date regarding the band’s news, planned concerts and other events.

Our new website has been built to provide the band with a more dynamic tool to help us administer the band and to make it easier for us to maintain content and updates.  For you, our audience and friends, the site will provide you with:

  • Listings of our planned concerts and events
  • News and band updates
  • Various video clips and pictures of our performances
  • CDs and Tickets available for purchase through our new Online Shop
  • The ability for you to provide feedback through the Contact Us page

 

We hope you like it and look forward to your feedback (and shop orders!)