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….
After another busy year that has included a cruise of the Norwegian Fjords, 2 concerts at the fabulous Pamoja Hall and performing alongside our friends from the Band of the Grenadier Guards, we thought it time to invite friends and family to relax with us at a special Christmas Party.
Please join us at the splendid and historic Camden Place (home to Chislehurst Golf Club) from 7.00pm on Friday 22nd December.
A Christmas themed buffet will be available. Price £10 per person. By invitation only.
(Chislehurst Golf Club)
Camden Park Road
Kent. BR7 5HJ
JOIN US THIS SUNDAY EVENING – TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE!
Eynsford Concert Band and the West Malling Community Choir are thrilled to be joining forces again to bring you a joint Autumn Spectacular concert in the beautiful surroundings of St. Mary’s Church, West Malling.
Join us for an evening of music for all, culminating in a rousing finale of Rule Britannia, Jerusalem & Land of Hope & Glory
TICKETS AVAILABLE : £10, Children Free, available on the door
We’ve just returned from the first European Championship for Wind Orchestras, held in the Tivoli Vredenburg concert hall, Utrecht on Saturday 21st May 2016.
A great experience. Such a high profile and well organised event, a fabulous concert hall and Europe’s greatest wind bands. A privilege for us, a small community band from Kent, to be representing the UK.
We played well (we think) but the competition was tough and arguably in a different league to us. But we didn’t disgrace ourselves and didn’t feel too out of place. We came home with 8th place and with a score that was close to some other great bands, so we are holding our heads up high.
The winner was the great Dutch band – Koninklijke Harmonie van Thorn, playing one of the finest pieces written for wind orchestra. Their 120 strong band, 2 harpists, 5 cellos, 3 double basses and 100 strong choir was a stark contrast to our 45 keen amateurs and we’re pretty sure that they have trouble fitting them all into their local school hall for rehearsals every Tuesday night!
We are very proud of our achievement, to have pushed ourselves well beyond our comfort zone and to be the first band to represent the UK in the Europe.
If you are interested, further pictures and insights to the event have already been posted on our Facebook page.
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.
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.
The buzz around the hall at the end of the evening was “I really enjoyed that”. As always a great evening of entertainment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Principal Oboe, Eynsford Concert Band
On Sunday 20th December, the Eynsford Concert Band brought their traditional Christmas celebration to The Mick Jagger Centre in Dartford.
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!
With many thanks to Luke Bowman and Nanmwa Gadong for taking some great pictures of the evening.
Did you hear the one about the Musical Director and his book of poor jokes?…
Yes, by (ahem) popular demand, our 2016 Spring Concert will be dedicated to the music of the world of comedy. With the usual tenuous links to the likes of Michael Crawford, Laurel & Hardy, Dad’s Army and Tom & Jerry to music such as The Silent Movie Suite and Entry of the Gladiators, we are promised an evening of light entertainment and dubious double entendre.