So we are now home from Cheltenham after our first ever appearance in the National Finals. Unfortunately the result is not what we would have liked, but having listened to the recordings we can say we couldn’t have asked for anymore. We had an absolutely great weekend in Cheltenham and the whole proces of preparation, rehearsal and performance has been a fantastic journey for the Band, one which under the guidance of our inspiration MD Adam Taylor, we look forward to continuing onwards and upwards! Congratulations to our fellow NW Bands Brindle and Thornton Cleveleys
Finally a huge thanks to all our sponsors and supporters who have helped to make this all possible.
Thank you all for your good wishes.
On 27th May the band were delighted to provide the music for the wedding of the Euphonium section Michael and Lynsey. We played in the ceremony, which included special music written and arranged for the day followed by a performance in the beautiful Liverpool Town Hall. We welcomed some very special friends to help us out as some of the band where somewhat busy!
We had lots of great feedback with many people commenting on how magical and atmospheric the band made the day, adding that extra touch.
We have just performed in the Whit Friday Marches (which fell in a good place this year, with the Happy couple jetting off on Monday!) and will have more information to follow once all the results have been published.
Yesterday, on Sunday 26th February 2017, the band took part in it’s first ever major Brass Band contest, the North West Area. Off draw 13, the band went on to play a superb performance of St. Andrew’s Variations by Alan Fernie and we are very pleased to announce that we came 2nd out of 17 bands in the Fourth Section!
We were very happy with our performance, and this was backed up not only by the adjudicators comments, but those who listened on which also included great write ups from websites such as 4barsrest, all4Brass and the British Bandsman’s Magazine; as well as other bandsmen who were listening on the day.
We are now putting plans together to enter the National Finals in Cheltenham later in the year, whilst our next outing will be our Rock of Ages concert at the Capstone Theatre on 13th May.
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So, that’s our 2016 Christmas season off to a flying (or is that freezing!) start.
Saturday 26th November was the day the Christmas lights were switched on in Woolton Village and an ensemble from the Band were on hand to support The Elephant as they got into the Christmas Spirit with our musical tribute accompanied by fireworks and even a snow machine!
A great time was had by all as we entertained the crowds with a well chosen selection of Seasonal and other musical favourites.
On Sunday 23rd October 2016, the band entered its first ever Band Contest since its formation just under 3 years ago. Up against some tough competition, it was with great delight that the band went and won the Fourth Section! There were 7 Bands in total in our Section and we had a very early start. We were on the road around at 6:30am (6am for some!) to drive to a very Autumnal looking Victorian venue that most of us have never been to before; Rochdale Town Hall. The organisers were quite surprised with how keen we seemed to be, arriving at least 20 minutes before they were there to open up!
This is a great achievement for the band, not only being so newly formed, but there were many players who have never contested before. From what started as a pipe dream, all the hard work that has gone into the band paid off on Sunday, and we hope this will stand us in great stead for the contests at the beginning of the New Year.
We would like to give special thanks to all those who gave their time to help and give us guidance in rehearsals since we started preparing for the contest in August, including Mike Jackson, Brian Taylor, Jill Aspray, Paul Andrews and Nicola Shaw.
Preparations are now under way for our Annual Christmas Concert at The Capstone Theatre on Friday 9th December, this year joined by Sudley Junior School Choir. We will also be performing at The Elephant Pub as part of the Woolton Village Christmas Lights “Switch On” on Saturday 26th November, and in Bishop Eton Church for the Nugent Care Concert on Saturday 10th December.
Allerton Brass Chairman,