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May News

Band Sunday

Well it must be the first Sunday in May again!

 

On 7th, to mark the anniversary of a tradition that began in 1910, the band climbed to the summit of Wotton Hill to perform it's annual morning concert of hymns and marches to 'welcome in the summer'.  It was lovely to see that a crowd had come along to support us in this madness - thank you all, and we also owe a debt of gratitude to our Musical Director for the morning, our friend Jason Andrews, who stepped in at the last minute to help us out - Great job Mr A!

 

And then in the afternoon, to mark the anniversary of a tradition that began in 2023, the band played a concert in the town which was planned to take place in Market Street, but due to the disappointing weather, was moved to the undercover area behind the Star Inn.  Again, huge thanks to all those who came along to watch us in the rain, and a really big thanks to Lita and the staff of the Star for saving the day and providing the much needed shelter.  We also mustn't forget our guest MD for the afternoon, the brilliant David Lawrence - Thank you once again David.

April News

Champions of Brass - Workshops and Gala Concert

We are now in the process of preparing for our special anniversary event...

 

To mark the occasion of the band's 130th anniversary, we are proud to present a joint celebration with Foden's Band - the world's number one ranked brass band.  The concert will take place at The Innovation Centre, Renishaw, New Mills, Kingswood, Wotton-under-Edge, GL12 8JR, and in addition to the concert, thanks to funding from the Arts Council, we are delighted to be able to offer FREE workshops with Foden's Band for brass and percussion players of all ages and abilities.  The workshops run from 10am to 1pm and provide a rare opportunity to learn from some of the best players in the world, and for a discounted ticket price of £5, workshop attendees can watch the Gala Concert with Foden's Band and Wotton Silver Band and take part in the massed band performance.

 

Sign up for workshops, and buy tickets here

 

World's Best Coming to Wotton-under-Edge

We are delighted to release details of an exciting event that we have planned for June..............

 

One of the proudest moments in Wotton Silver Band's 130 year history came in 2021 when Sam Iles - a young percussionist who developed his skills with the band between the ages of 13 and 17 - lifted the National Champions of Great Britain trophy at the Royal Albert Hall aged 20 as a member of Foden's Band! They did it again in 2022 then went on to win the prestigious British Open title at Symphony Hall, Birmingham in 2023 too.

 

The traditional "British brass band" genre has outposts across the globe. Cheshire-based Foden's Band is now ranked as the World's Number One Brass Band and is coming to perform at Wotton-under-Edge in June!

 

Wotton Silver Band has championed brass tuition and performance for players of all ages continuously for 130 years, serving their community and the wider district. To mark this anniversary the band is delighted to announce a landmark event entitled Champions of Brass to be held at Renishaw's New Mills Headquarters at Kingswood, Wotton-under-Edge. Incredibly this was the very place of the band's genesis; it was for the benefit of the workers at the mill that the band was originally founded by the Tubbs & Lewis Company.

 

Funded by Arts Council England, Wotton Silver Band is delighted to announce that Foden's Band will join them on Sunday 23rd June at Renishaw's state-of-the-art Innovation Centre. Their virtuoso players will provide free Masterclass Workshops from 10am until 1pm - brass and percussion musicians of all ages and abilities are invited to apply. At 3pm there will follow a joint Gala Concert with a massed band finale to include workshop participants.

 

Present at the event will be another of Wotton Silver Band's alumni - tuba player and military bandsman Dave Tutty. Having joined the Band of the Coldstream Guards in 2008, Dave is currently serving with the British Army near Salisbury. He has travelled the world and played at many notable events including the wedding of Prince William and Katherine, the 2012 London Olympics, three FA Cup Finals and the 2014 NATO Summit. Dave's tuition with Wotton Silver Band began at 9 years old and he credits the band for providing him with the opportunity and inspiration for his amazing career.

 

There is no sound comparable to an elite brass band live. Foden's Band’s performances epitomise musical excellence. For an emotive experience that will live long in the memory, book your tickets now.

March News

Regional Brass Band Championships Torquay

Test Piece Preview Concert

On Sunday 3rd we were delighted to be invited to a fantastic event organised by Bratton Community Brass Bands. The event took place at the Wiltshire Music Centre and it gave the 5 invited bands the opportunity to perform our test piece ahead of next weekend's regional contest in Torquay.
The bands that played were..
1st section Wotton Silver Band
Championship Section Brunel Brass
Tom Hutchison, principal cornet at The Cory Band attended the event and provided some fantastic feedback for all 5 bands on our performances.
Thank you so much to Bratton for hosting this enjoyable and well-organised event.

January News

Contest Preparations

Our preparations have started for this year's West of England Regional Brass Band Championships.

This year's test piece is Eric Ball's 'High Peak', written for the 1969 National Final and described by the composer as a Rhapsody for Brass Band is in four descriptive movements - Vision, Aspiration, Ascent and Attainment.

We will be travelling down to Torquay in March to perform High Peak at the Riviera Centre in the First Section Championships.

Farewell to Stan

On Monday 8th we said a fond farewell to Stan Rodman, a dear friend and honorary life member of the band.  The band attended Stan's funeral at Westerleigh Cremetorium where we played a selection of Stan's favourites from his time with the band, including music from 'Beauty and the Beast', 1970s/80s brass band classic 'Hootenanny', and Glenn Miller's 'In the Mood'.

Stan played an active part in the band for over 50 years, both as a player and as band treasurer, and he features in photos of the band from the 1940s with a cornet to the 1990s with his beloved Euphonium.

Stan was a very talented Euphonium player, but he contributed so much more to the band over the years.  Those of us who have been around long enough can remember Stan driving the band coach to take us to band contests at distant venues such as Coleford, Weston and Stroud! and he served as band treasurer for many years.  When Stan retired from playing, he continued to support the band in many ways, always providing us with beautiful, handmade birdtables that we were able to auction at our annual Christmas Concerts, and always coming along to support us at concerts and contests from Wotton Hill to the Centaur at Cheltenham Racecourse.

We will miss you Stan, but you leave us with some very fond memories.

Our love & thoughts go out to the Rodman family x

December News

Carols

... and the rest of December was taken up with our hectic Carolling Schedule when we play in small groups in our quest to raise funds to cover the band's costs for the year ahead.

In total we played at 27 carolling sessions, from local high streets to supermarkets and even Gloucester Services, and as in previous years, this fantastic effort was well worthwhile, and our thanks go out to all the band members for sharing the load, and to all those who have generously donated to us over the festive period.

Thanks to everyone who has supported the band over the past 12 months and Happy 2004 to you all from everyone at Wotton Silver Band!

Annual Christmas Concert - Kingswood

Our last formal concert of the year was our annual Christmas Concert at Kingswood Village Hall.  We played a selection of Christmas music, including a great performance of 'Santa Claus is Coming to Town' from our Principal Cornet player, Jules Farron.  However, as always, the real stars of the night were our amazing Training Band who put on a great performance and then joined the main band to play 'Jesus Christ The Apple Tree'.  Congratulations to all our young members - they are absolute superstars!

Chipping Sodbury Lions Christmas Concert

On Wednesday 7th we joined Yate Community Choir in the Chipping Sodbury Lions annual Christmas Concert.  This lovely event was very well-attended and, as always, was a really Christmassy event with a wide variety of Christmas music from classics to popular songs and with plenty of carols to sing along to aswell.

Our thanks go to the Lions Club for organising this lovely concert and also to Liz Martin and the Yate Community Choir for a great, entertaining performance.

November News

Remembrance Parades

Sunday 12th was a busy day for us, leading the local parades at Wotton in the morning and at Dursley in the afternoon.  Well done to everyone for such a great performance on such a mserable day, and particular thanks to Last Post performers - Jules Farron at Wotton and Bruce Davies at Dursley.

SWBBA Contest - Torquay

On Saturday 4th the band travelled down to Torquay to take part in the SWBBA annual contest.  The band competed in the open section of the contest and were up against bands from both Championship and First Sections.  We chose to play George Lloyd's 'Royal Parks' and were pleased with our performance, which received some very positive feedback from adjudicator, Sam Fisher and gained us a respectable 9th place.

October News

Dursley Poppy Proms

On Saturday 28th, we returned to Dursley to take part in the Royal British Legion Poppy Proms.  It was great to see this popular event back after a break of a few years due to Covid.

The concert featured an entertaining programme from both the band and the fantastic Dursley Male Voice Choir, and we were also treated to a tremendous performance by the very talented pianists from the choir - Barrie Cooper and Matthew Sharpe.

It was lovely to see this special event back to full force and we hope it will once again become a fixture in our annual calendar.  Thank you for inviting us Dursley & Cam RBL!

A Grand Afternoon Out Concert

We were absolutely delighted to see such an amazing audience and so many young faces at our family-friendly concert  on Saturday 14th.  This concert of TV and film music included popular tunes from the Wallace and Gromit films, Beauty and the Beast, Star Wars, Matilda and many other family favourites.  A highlight was a fun performance of Bare Necessities from our Solo Eb Bass player, Andy Symes, who at one point appeared on the shoulders of a bear!

We were also very fortunate to have been joined by Paul McLauchlin from Brass Bands England, who ran an excellent, fun-filled session for all those who wanted to have a go at playing a brass instrument.  Thank you so much Paul.

Our thanks also go to Renishaw for allowing us to use their amazing Innovation Centre to hold our concert, and for the brilliant Renishaw staff who were there to help us on the day.

If you are interested in our Training Band, please take a look at our Training Band page, or send us an email at learntoplay@wottonsilverband.co.uk

September News

Proms at the Plough

On Sunday 24th we were finally able to play our Proms Concert at the Plough Micropub in Charfield (postponed from July).  This afternoon concert was really well-supported by an enthusiastic, flag waving crowd.

This lively concert included a variety of music, from Broadway show tunes, to popular music from the 70's to the 2000's and also featured our soprano player, Marcus Dunstan, playing the theme tune from Bond film 'Live & Let Die'.  As always, the concert included the Last Night of the Proms favourites.

Thanks as always to the Plough for a warm welcome and another well-organised event.

August News

Cold Aston Village Fayre

Wow!  Our friends at Cold Aston Village Fayre are a hardy bunch!  Despite the complete wash-out summer we have had, they ploughed ahead with their annual fayre on Saturday 5th and provided us with the biggest gazebo ever to ensure we stayed dry on what must have been one of the wettest afternoons of an already wet summer.

As always, the village really looked after us and we thank everyone who came along to watch our performance in the pub courtyard

We hope the fayre was a success for Cold Aston, despite the weather and we look forward to seeing you all again next year.

July News

July turned out to be a bit of a wash out for our engagments.  We are hoping to reschedule our cancelled trip to the Plough in Charfield, so keep an eye on our 'What's On' page for a new date!

John Coles Park, Chippenham

The one July event that did go ahead was our concert in the bandstand at John Coles Park in Chippenham where, despite the very stormy weather, we did manage to perform a full programme!

We are really grateful to the wonderful group of hardy souls who stuck with us for the whole performance - we really appreciate your support!

Keynsham Memorial Gardens

Our first July performance took place on Sunday 9th on the bandstand in Keynsham Memorial Gardens.  Once again we were very fortunate with the weather (look at the colour of the sky in the photos), so the park was busy, helping us to attract a large and appreciative audience.

Congratulations to our brilliant soloists - Ken Stout on Flugel Horn playing 'Only in Sleep' and Mandy Norman on Euphonium playing 'In Christ Alone', and also to our Trombone section for their rendition of the entertaining 'Frolic for Trombones'.

Thanks to Keynsham Town Council for the invite and for all the organisation behind the scenes - it was an absolute pleasure to play for you.

June News

National Trust - Newark Park

In the heat of the afternoon on Saturday 24th we performed on the lawn at the National Trust's Newark Park near Wotton-under-Edge.

We are really thankful to the National Trust team for making us so welcome and comfortable in the heat, providing us with water and hats & generally looking after us.  It was a great pleasure for the band to perform in such beautiful surroundings so close to home, and we do hope to be invited back (the last time the band played at Newark Park our drummer, George, was a baby, so we do hope to return a little sooner next time!)

Thank to everyone who came along to watch the performance - our first concert with our new Musical Director, Jim Bennett.

May News

A Warm Welcome to our New MD - Jim Bennett

We are delighted to announce the appointment of our new Musical Director, Jim Bennett who joins us this month.

 

Jim was born in Keighley, West Yorkshire, and after schooling in Bedford went on to study trumpet at the RCM under Paul Archibald and Andy Crowley, where he also took a unit in conducting under Neil Thomson.  After leaving the RCM, Jim worked as a freelance player in and around London, including work as an orchestral player with The Senesino Players, The Chiesa Consort and the London Orchestra of Academia; studio work for Nickelodeon, AdelphoiMusic Ltd and the Johnny Parry Chamber Orchestra; and jazz residences at The Belfry, Knightsbridge and The Sun and Doves, Camberwell.  He was also Musical Director for Punchdrunk Theatre's production of Faust.

 

In 2009, Jim and his wife Rebecca moved from London to Somerset, where he continued in his playing career and also started conducting more regularly, including 9 years with Gillingham Imperial Silver Band.  He also conducts the Yeovil Concert Band and the Sherborne Youth Band, as well as standing in on various occasions for Glastonbury Brass and Sherborne Town Band.

 

Jim has taught at Bedford School, Clayesmore School and for various music services, but is currently taking a break from teaching to look after his young family, with whom he now lives in Street.

 

Jim is thrilled to have been passed the baton at Wotton Silver Band and is very much looking forward to working with the band both in the contest arena and on the concert stage, and above all, continuing to share our passion for music with you into the future.

Coronation Celebrations

It wouldn't be the first Sunday in May without our traditional hike to the top of Wotton Hill, where we welcome in the Summer with a selection of hymns and marches.  We were delighted to see a wonderful crowd of people who had turned out to watch us at what must be our most iconic (and totally bonkers) engagement of the year.

Special thanks go to our solo cornet player, Andy Elliott who kindly, and expertly, took on the job of Musical Director for the day (we are also informed that he plays percussion... Is there anything this man can't do?)

Thanks to everyone who came along to watch us - it's fantastic to see so many of you!

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... and later that day (7th May) we came down into the town to take part in the Coronation Party in Market Street, as coffee and cake was served by Wotton Heritage Centre and The Keepers - Wotton Area Community Hub.

After a lively performance we listened as the town's Crier, George Carpenter, delivered the Coronation Proclamation before everyone joined together to sing God Save the King.

Many thanks to Wotton-under-Edge Town Council for organising the party in celebration of the Coronation of King Charles III, and thank you for inviting us to play a part in such a special day for our very special town.

March News

Regional Championships - Torquay

February News

Preparations for Torquay

January News

Father Brown

December News

Carolling

Christmas Concert

Christmas Concert

Chipping Sodbury Lions Christmas Concert

November News

Remembrance Parades

October News

Oktoberfest

Ex-Wotton Player is National Champion Again

Welcome to Magnus

September News

Chipping Sodbury Town Hall

Alan Bruton - Memorial Concert

Royal Proclamation

Keynsham Memorial Park

August News

Thank you Nige

Cold Aston Village Fayre

July News

Evening Concert - The Plough, Charfield

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