Cheltenham Silver Band have regular public concerts throughout the year. From bandstands to street fairs, Remembrance day marches to carol services - see where we are playing next by clicking HERE to see our events page on Facebook!
Our first joint band event was our annual performance at the Cheltenham Lido. There were over 50 players from the Training Band and Main Band. There are some great clips on our facebook page if you wish to sample some of the music. It was also an opportunity for our new Musical Director, David Crowe, to conduct the second half.
We performed at a number of engagements throughout December including a charity concerts for the Sue Ryder Hospice; Winchcombe Station supporting the RNLI; Rotary Club Concert at the Ladies College and the Dursley Tabernacle. Alongside our concerts, with played carols at several locations around Gloucestershire.
Remembrance Parade, Armistice Production and Toddington Station Remembrance Service
On Sunday 11th November, Cheltenham Silver Band led the parade as they marched into the Promenade. Following the service, we then went to perform in the Armistice Production which took place at the Everyman Theatre. Two very moving events which we were privileged to be part of.
On Sunday 18th November, the Silver Training Band performed at Toddington Station Remembrance Service.
10th October 2018
Thank you Sir Thomas Rich's School for hosting Training Band tonight for a fabulous joint rehearsal and mini concert lead by Colin.
7th October 2018
Sir Charles Irving Musical Showcase
What a fantastic day on Sunday with so many great performances and virtually everyone getting up and playing. We had solos, duets, trios, quartets, quintets, sextets and even a septet.
We received some really constructive feeback from Nige and from our ‘old boy’ Josh Cirtina, who learned to play the Bass Trombone with CSB when he was only 10 years old. Josh is now a professional player who plays with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and with many of the top Brass Bands and Orchestras across Europe. Josh was immensely impressed with everyone and said that what our Band is doing is pretty unique and something that all other bands would do well to learn from. He’s never come across any other musical organisation where the players are so supportive of each other and where players of all abilities and experiences perform together. He left us really enthused and I suspect his colleagues will be hearing a lot about what we’re achieving for a long time to come.
I know that not everyone managed to hear Josh perform at the beginning of the Showcase, due to warming up and other commitments, but I saw a few jaws drop when he started to play. His chosen piece was called Fnugg, which is normally only played on the Tuba – I’ve never heard it played on a Bass Trombone before, but it just shows what our instruments are capable of, if we’ve got the time to practice for the many many hours such a piece needs. Absolutely amazing, but for those that didn’t manage to hear him play, there are a couple of YouTube links below, which show where the piece came from and a stage performance of it.
This was our first ever tour of the band which was supported by Charles Irving Charitable Trust. We all wore our T-Shirts with pride throughout our visit. A visit to Aquafun was a great opportunity for the children as well as adults to relax and calm our nerves before our first engagment Ostend. We had a fantastic turn out for our first performance and an engaging programme ensure there was something for everyone.
The following day we performed at Nieuwpoort and our concerns of a small audience mid morning on a Sunday were completly unfounded with several hundred enjoying the show. The afternoon provided an opportuniy for some local visits in Bruges as well as a boat trip and meal out for the group.
An emotional lay ahead as we headed to Tyne Cot Cemetery on Monday morning. Whilst the band perfomed In Flanders Field, two members of the band laid a wreath. A performance after lunch in Ypres was throughly enjoyed by those in the local restaurants. This was followed by a visit to the local museum which gave us all an incite into the shocking events of WW1. The evening concluded at the Menin Gate where the band listened to the Last Post ceremony.