Eynsford Concert Band and the Band of the Grenadier Guards raise £8,000 for ABF – The Soldiers’ Charity!
It was our great pleasure to perform with the Band of the Grenadier Guards on 5th November 2017 at Pamoja Hall and to help raise an incredible £8,000 in support of ABF – The Soldiers’ Charity in one very special evening.
The ABF give a lifetime of support to soldiers and veterans from the British Army, and their immediate families, when they are in need. The concert, fittingly titled ‘Lest we forget’ in remembrance of those that have fallen in the line of duty.
The concert opened with the Band of the Grenadier Guards who performed five pieces in the first half. One most memorable piece was Otto Schwartzs’ “The Story of Anne Frank”. This was an inspiring and moving piece, which included a striking violin solo played beautifully by Warrant Officer, Sarah Marinescu. By contrast, a little light music by Naulais where another soloist, Lance Corporal David Wong impressed the audience with his smooth playing in “Flamme & Co”.
Next up, Eynsford Concert Band performed three pieces opening with Sparkes’ ‘Invictus (The Unconquered)’. A diverse piece, dedicated to various units of the US Army. The first half concluded with ‘Big Band Bash’ proving that Eynsford can carry off that big band sound.
For the second half, the bands joined forces, producing a grand and rich sound. Two students on clarinet from the Sevenoaks School also joined us.
We played pieces such as Deleruyelles “Fields of Honour” and Schonbergs’ “Bring Him Home” featuring the fine vocalist, Musician Robert Bowering from the Band of the Grenadier Guards. A little light touch was provided when the massed bands played a Beatles medley, well received by those old enough to remember them.
The audience had a surprise when the eighteenth century band from the Grenadier Guards came on stage in full heritage costume (most memorably their wigs and tights), and it’s wasn’t even panto season yet! This enabled the audience to appreciate the different perspectives of Handels’ historic Royal Fireworks Suite. The concert ended with a series of popular marches played by the massed bands
This was our fourth concert with the Band of the Grenadier Guards, enjoyed by players of both bands and our audience alike. We hope to be performing together again soon, so watch this space!
Raising this amount in one concert is a fantastic achievement and we thank you all for your generous support.
Thanks also to Gill Monk for some great photos ..as always!
The Eynsford Concert Band Young Musicians’ Academy is now recruiting and has vacancies for:
Our Young Musicians’ Academy is designed to provide young musicians with a safe and encouraging environment within which they can build their experience of playing in a large ensemble while getting to know the band’s members, music and ways of working.
The academy is open to students who are in full time education and who have achieved a minimum grade 6 or equivalent. The programme’s objective is to allow young musicians to play with the band at an earlier age (typically before they might reach grade 7/8 standard), who we hope will build a bond with the band whilst at school such that they return once home from university/college.
If you are interested, or know anyone who might be interested in joining us, then please let us know.
Early August 2017 saw the band continue on its ‘European Tour’, taking a trip to Norway’s Majestic Fjordlands to entertain the passengers onboard Cruise & Maritime’s Columbus.
Our ‘Night at the Movies’ concert was enjoyed by an audience of all ages. Our music ranged from a medley of ‘Frozen’ songs to the ‘Dambusters Theme’ and ‘Finale from the William Tell Overture’, made famous by The Lone Ranger in 1956 (and the remake in 2013!)
Our ‘Last Night at the Proms’ concert seemed to prove even more popular with our audience. After moving the concert indoors due to poor weather, we played a variety of music, including the classics, Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance and Fantasia on British Sea-Songs, featuring Thompson’s ‘Rule, Britania!’ which meant the audience could enjoy a good sing-along…we were even treated to a one-off performance by the cruise dance team who dressed as pirates and captured our very own Princess Ella during our performance of ‘Pirates of the Carribean’!
The band proved so popular with everyone on board that we were asked to do one last concert on the deck of the boat. Everyone was treated to beautiful sunny weather and sea breezes as we sailed across the North Sea. This performance recapped some of the audiences’ favourites from our previous performances on the ship along with a couple pieces we hadn’t played before. The band finished with an absolute bang with ‘Pomp and Circumstance’ which was conducted by a very special guest conductor, Tony, the Cruise Director who was just as surprised at his appearance as the audience were!
The band had an absolutely fantastic time on the cruise; we enjoyed performing as much as we loved seeing the beautiful Fjords of Norway (and the all inclusive drinks package!)
We’d like to thank all who came along to support us and, looking at some of the feedback we received below, we are thrilled that you seemed to enjoy it as much as we did!
We would like to thank you and your team for allowing us to join you on the cruise to the Norwegian Fjords. We had a wonderful time and as expected your band was magnificent. It was good to see our next door neighbour -Alison Sutton- in action, and to sit and have a good chat with her that doesn’t often happen day to day at home. We also were able to take a couple of excursions, which will also give us many happy memories. My sister, brother , and friends in our group will also be remembering it for a long time. Once again very many thanks
Kind regards. Derek and Janet Mansbridge.
I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the Eynsford Concert Band performances on board Columbus last week.
The cruise was wonderful, especially as we were spoilt with good weather, and the band performances made it an even more special experience. The open air concert was tremendous.
Kind regards and best wishes to the band for their future performances, Pat Cobley
Thanks for forwarding these to me. They are precious memories if the most enjoyable time I have had in ages. THANKYOU FOR MAKING IT ALL HAPPEN, and promise to include me if you ever decide to do it again.
Much love for now Karen Barclay xx
Thanks for the great organisation of this trip, it was the first time we had been on a cruise and we now know we would like to do more in the future as it was an excellent trip. It must have been so rewarding to see how well the band was received by the cruise guests with a standing ovation for every performance, I would be shocked if CMV were not trying to get you on one of their cruises every year.
Regards Gary Melrose
Thanks for doing such a great job. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip.
Kind Regards Steve Ollerhead
Thanks to Ian and Steve for organising such a fantastic trip. It was thoroughly enjoyable and listening to the band was the icing on the cake.
We look forward to the next adventure.
Best wishes Chris and Victoria Wilde
Thank you very much indeed for arranging the cruise. I loved every minute, in fact I’d be happy if the ship couldn’t leave Tilbury, provided that off shore alcohol rules applied !
As long as the band plays, I’m more than happy to listen
Thanks once again, Iris Gutteridge xx
Thank you so much for all your organisation & hard work.I really enjoyed the cruise & loved seeing ECB perform.
It was great particularly on the outdoor concert to look around to see smiling faces & tapping feet – you should all be proud of yourselves.
Thanks again Carole Quinn x
Thank you so much, I had a fantastic holiday and enjoyed listening and watching the band you were amazing. Many thanks and kind regards,
We thoroughly enjoyed the trip! Thank you so much for letting us come along!!!
I was brought up on Military, Naval and Marine bands as my Dad was a Surgeon Commander. It’s great that one of the choirs I belong to since moving near to Portsmouth is accompanied by the Association of Royal Marine Association Concert Band, who are great.
I have to say, though, that I prefer ECB!!! All the concerts were fab, and I even snuck into a rehearsal or two as well! Do keep us on your mailing list and we’d be up for any other trips, – especially cruises!.
I do hope you’re not all too shattered as I appreciate all the hard work you all put into organising and performing!
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.
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.
On Sunday 14th May, in the wonderful Pamoja Concert Hall (The SPACE) in Sevenoaks, our near-sellout audience were treated to a spring concert based on the theme of Love, Hate and War (but mostly Love).
We started off the concert with a bang, performing Prokofiev’s “Montagues and Capulets” from Romeo and Juliet, a piece made famous by the television show “The Apprentice”, and which seemed to prove popular with our audience.
Followed by Frankie Valli’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”, we moved through our programme onto a Gershwin Medley, featuring “Fascinating Rhythm”, “Embraceable You” and of course, “I Got Rhythm”.
The second half of our concert started with Saint-Saëns’ “Danse Bacchanale” before performing our feature piece, “Chivalry” by Martin Ellerby, a symphonic tone poem that depicts scenes of romance, love and war. This was something we had been working on for a while, and it seems to have paid off as we received very positive feedback from the majority of our audience members!
Another highlight of our second half was “Land”, an unaccompanied percussion solo played beautifully by Stefan Beckett as well as “Czardas”, the solo again being performed by Stefan.
We would like to say a huge thank you to those of you who came along, we couldn’t put on our concerts without your support! We hope you enjoyed listening as much as we enjoyed performing and we hope to see you again soon ….and many thanks to Ethan Siegel for his fabulous pictures!
Eynsford Concert Band is excited to announce Mike Smith’s appointment as Director of Music of the Band of the Grenadier Guards.
After almost 4 years since leaving the Band of the Grenadier Guards to take up staff appointments at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall, Mike has the honour and unique distinction of returning to be their new Director of Music.
He assures us that he is looking forward to the challenge of working with two fine group of musicians and reestablishing relations between the Grenadiers Band and Eynsford Concert Band over the coming months.
A return joint concert in Pamoja Hall, Sevenoaks is already being planned for early November where Mike will lead both bands in what promises to be a fantastic evening of top class music.
We all wish Mike every success in his new role and look forward to spending time with our friends at the Band of the Grenadier Guards.
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….
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.