Amersham Band

Amersham Band is a brass band based in South Buckinghamshire with roots going back to 1845. In recent years the band has flourished, attracting new members and achieving increasing success with promotion to the Second Section of the National Brass Band Championships. Amersham Band’s Musical Director is Paul Fisher. As a professional trombonist, Paul has worked extensively both in this country and around the world, touring with Symphony Orchestras, Pop Bands, Big Bands and Musicals. He is currently Principal Conductor of the Herts County Youth Brass and a lead teacher in brass for the County.


Rehearsals are on Monday evenings, 8pm – 10pm, at the Methodist Church, The Hill, Winchmore Hill, Amersham, HP7 0PA

Amersham Community Brass

Amersham Community Brass was formed in 2014, and is aimed at developing players from Grade 3 upwards. Already at a strength of nearly 40 members, the band is still keen to recruit new players and we have instruments available for loan if needed. The Annual membership subscription fee is £50.
Mary Wells is the Community Brass Musical Director. Mary teaches at a local school and plays solo horn at Ellesborough Silver Band.


Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings, 7.30pm – 9:00pm, at the Methodist Church, The Hill, Winchmore Hill, Amersham, HP7 0PA

Amersham Brass Roots

Brass roots is our new group for beginner and elementary level players. Launched in September 2015, Brass Roots is led by professional musicians Paul Fisher and Ashley Horton.and is run on a termly basis with a subscription fee of the sessions, Click the photograph for more information

If you are learning to play a brass instrument, why not come along to Brass Roots?  You can develop your brass skills, have fun and make some new friends at the same time.


Brass Roots is held on Thursday evenings, 6.30pm – 7.15pm, at the Methodist Church, The Hill, Winchmore Hill, Amersham, HP7 0PA

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Events

Saturday 14 MayHyde Heath Fete. We are pleased to be returning to Hyde Heath Fete this year. A 12 piece band will be playing.

Friday 20 MayWhit Friday March Contest. We are off to Saddleworth to try our luck competing with the best bands in the world. Lets hope it doesn’t rain.

Sunday 22 MayEntertainment Contest at Crawley. The band will be competing again in the SCABA contest at the Hawth, Crawley.

Sunday 5 JuneAmersham Memorial Gardens.  One of our favourite local concert venues. Starts at 2:30pm

Sunday 12 JuneJoint Concert with Brighouse & Rastrick Band. The highlight of the year will be our joint concert with the world famous Brighouse and Rastrick band at the Wycombe Swan. Tickets are now on sale at the Swan Box Office.

Saturday 18 JuneSix of the Best Concert. A joint concert with Chess Valley Male Voice Choir, one of our regular partners. The concert will also feature trumpet soloist Mark Armstrong.

Saturday 9 July Amersham Carnival. Details to be confirmed.

Sunday 17 JulyAmersham Memorial Gardens. Another chance to see the band if you missed us earlier in the Summer. Starts at 2:30pm

1-5 SeptemberTrip to Bensheim. Once again we will be travelling to Amersham’s twin town, Bensheim to take part in the annual Winzerfest celebrations.

Saturday 15 OctoberMusicFest 2016. This year our ever-popular MusicFest concert will be held again at the Elgiva Theatre, Chesham. David Childs, Euphonium Soloist is our featured guest this year.

 

Amersham Band Memorial Gardens WW1 Concert 2014

Mar 18

Band wins District Community Award

CDC AwardsThe band is delighted to have been awarded the Chiltern District Council Community Group Award. This recognises the contribution that the band has made to the community, entertaining local residents. The Award was presented by District Councillor Graham Harris, who acknowledged the 170 year heritage of the band and praised the recent efforts the band had made to encourage people to participate in music making. Fred Harrison and Caroline Perkins received the Award Trophy on behalf of the band.

Caroline said “A big thank-you all our volunteers, players and Musical Directors for their commitment to the band and the brass band community.”

Mar 17

Brighouse and Rastrick Band in concert with Amersham

B&RcropThe band is delighted to be have been invited to share a stage with the multi-award-winning Brighouse & Rastrick Band, regarded by many as the best and most consistent ‘public subscription band’ in the world. The joint concert will be held at the Wycombe Swan on Sunday 12 June 2016. Amersham Band’s events manager, Philip Sweetman, said “it is a huge honour for the band to perform alongside the Brighouse and Rastrick Band – it is a great recognition of Amersham Band’s rapidly gaining reputation for high quality performances.”

Tickets are on sale at the Wycombe Swan Box Office. Buy early to avoid disappointment.

Mar 04

Our 2016 Solo Competition Winners

George DigbyMatthew nd MurrayOli Moring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The band held its annual solo competition on Sunday 28 February. There were 18 entries including solos, duets, a trio and a quintet, with the competition divided into beginner, intermediate and advanced sections. Professor Gordon Campbell was the adjudicator and he generously gave every performer a mini-masterclass on improving their playing skills. Gordon was highly impressed with the standard of playing from some of the younger performers and he had a challenge to choose the winners. Final results were as follows.

Beginner Section  –  First Prize: George Digby.  Highly Commended: Stephen Knight..

Intermediate   –  Joint First Prize: Murray and Matthew.  Highly Commended: Garry, Rebecca and Carys (trio).

Advanced   –  First Prize: Oli Moring,  Highly Commended: Rod Stevens.

Feb 15

Vote for us to win a grant

Galaxy Hot Chocolate fundYou can help us get a £300 grant from Galaxy by simply clicking on the hot chocolate picture. If we get the most votes this week then we will be awarded the grant. There are also 4 additional grants awarded by a judging panel, so we get several chances. We want to use the money to reach out into local schools and encourage more children to have a go at playing a brass instrument.

When you vote you will be asked for an email address and you will the receive a mail with a validation link. Let your friends and family know too as everyone can have a vote. The votes are counted on Sunday 21st February, so don’t delay.

 

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We have also made a short video which will explain our appeal to those not familiar with the band. Click the thumbnail picture to watch.

 

Dec 28

Quiz Night Fundraiser

Quiz nightAfter the Christmas festivities are over why not sweep away those New Year blues at our Quiz Night fundraiser. This promises to be a fun evening where you can test your knowledge in the company of band members and friends. The Quiz which has a general knowledge and musical theme will be held at 7:30pm on Friday 22 January at Amersham Community Centre. Tickets are £12.50 per person which includes a ploughmans supper. There will also be a cash bar. Book a table as a group or take pot luck with individual tickets where we will try to put together competitive teams. You can buy tickets online at our Box Office, or speak to any band member. For more information click here.

Dec 14

Merry Christmas – A festive end to a brilliant year

xmastree2Merry Christmas to all our Supporters. Our Christmas Concert on 13 December played to a packed audience and was a highlight of the band’s year. The concert featured Amersham Band, Community Brass and Brass Roots, in their debut performance. As is the tradition, the band awards were presented. Congratulations to all our award winners.
Bridget Harrison – Amersham Bandsman of the Year
Barbara Douglas – Amersham Community Brass Bandsman of the Year
Thomas Haslam – Amersham Community Brass Most Improved Player
Emma Collins, George Digby, Daniel Coutts – Brass Roots 100% Attendance

As an extra bonus, band Chairman, Fred Harrison, announced that the bandroom appeal fund had now grown to £50,000 an amazing achievement since starting the appeal only six months ago.

The bands are looking forward to an exciting new year, with a programme as busy as ever. Keep an eye on our website for details of our 2016 events

Dec 08

Rothschild Foundation supports Bandroom Appeal

RothschildWe are delighted to have received a grant from the Rothschild Foundation to help us to establish our Brass Academy. The £5,000 grant will add to the appeal fund which has already grown to over £40,000. Band Chairman, Fred Harrison said “It is brilliant to have the support of the Rothschild Foundation, which is in addition to a grant from the Paradigm Foundation a few months ago. The support of our project by such organisations is a clear endorsement of the value and importance of music within a local community.”

Since the Summer, the band has been raising money via fundraising events, grants and donations. If you would like to support us then visit our Bandroom Appeal page where you can make an online donation.

Dec 01

Friends of Amersham Band – 100 Club

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Welcome to Friends of Amersham Band “100 Club” lottery – it’s a great way for you to support us while having a bit of a flutter. Since we are now part way through the  year we are offering a reduced membership of £25 valid until June 2016. There will be prize draws for two winners every two months starting in July 2015, with a special Christmas draw featuring three prizes. The prize money will be dependent on the number of tickets sold, with a 33% of the total membership revenue being allocated to the prize payouts. If you want to take part, contact a band-member for a membership form, or download a form by clicking the 100 Club logo.

GOOD LUCK !

This lottery is registered with Chiltern District Council and run in accordance with the Small Lotteries Guidance section of the Gambling Act 2005

Nov 13

Our ‘Family’ Christmas Concert – 13 December

XMAS 2015 Poster cropDon’t miss our Christmas Concert which features Amersham Band, Amersham Community Brass and our brand new Brass Roots group who will be giving their first public performance. The concert has a great family feel with all of our bands joining in and we invite all our friends and supporters to come and enjoy a programme of festive music. There is also plenty of opportunity for the audience to join in with carol singing. After the concert the band will serve mince pies, tea, coffee and soft drinks. The concert will be held at Amersham Free Church on Sunday 13th December at 3pm. Whether you are a regular or a new comer do come along to hear the traditional sound of brass band Christmas music. Tickets will be sold on the door at £5.

Nov 13

Popular Horn player passes away

John AllisonIt is with sadness that we report that John Allison, 2nd horn player with Amersham Community Brass, passed away peacefully at home after losing his battle with Myeloma. John joined the training band several years ago and he was an active, loyal and popular member of the band. More recently when he retired he also joined the Vintage Brass group. Even during the last few months John was able to participate in some of the band rehearsals and it was clear that he appreciated the company and friendship during his illness.

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