A mix of french horn and tenor horn players of all ages and abilities were put through their paces at a workshop hosted by Amersham Band. Professional players Richard Wainwright and James Dickinson led the workshop which was open to all and free of charge. This was the third in a series of sessions funded by Chiltern District Council with the aim to encourage ensemble playing of brass instruments. Photos of the horn workshop and the previous sessions for trombone and low-brass can be found in our gallery. Overall the workshops were great fun and the band hopes to be able to run further similar events in the future.
Rehearsals are on Monday evenings, 8pm – 10pm, at the Methodist Church, The Hill, Winchmore Hill, Amersham, HP7 0PA
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
Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings, 6.30pm – 7.15pm, at the Methodist Church, The Hill, Winchmore Hill, Amersham, HP7 0PA
Sunday 26 April – Amersham Band and Amersham Community Brass will be joining forces to march in the St. Georges Day Parade in Aylesbury. The parade starts at 3:15pm.
Saturday 9th May – A SprIng Celebration. We are holding our Spring concert featuring Amersham Band and Amersham Community Brass and special guest – trumpet virtuoso Mike Lovatt, The concert will be held at the New Kings Church, Amersham. Our last concert was a sell-out so don’t miss this chance to hear the bands and a fabulous soloist. Click here for more info.
Tickets available from band members or via our on-line Box Office.
Saturday 16 May – Amersham in Bloom. The band will be playing in front of St Michael’s Church in Sycamore Road, Amersham from 11:30 until 13:30. This is part of the Amersham in Bloom celebration. This is the first chance to hear our our new summer programme.
Sunday 17 May – SCABA Entertainment Contest. The band will be heading down to Crawley to compete again in the B Section Contest. We are defending our first place win from last year.
Friday 29 May - Whit Friday Marches. Off to Saddleworth again to compete in the Whit Friday March contest. We hope to visit at least six of the contest villages this year. We are taking a large group of supporters as well so we hope to put Amersham firmly on the map in the heartland of the Northern bands.
We are sad to announce that our longstanding Band President, Robin Richards has passed away. The band feels highly privileged to have had Robin’s support over the many years that he served as President. Robin was first associated with the band when his son Alistair started playing cornet in the late 1980s. Robin took the role of Chairman for several years and was then appointed as President. Even after Alistair moved out of the area and left the band, Robin maintained his keen interest in the band and was a regular supporter of our concerts and events. Late last year he kindly agreed to donate a silver trophy to be awarded to the winner of our solo competition. We have called this the President’s cup and it will act as a lasting memory of Robin.
Mike Lovatt is an internationally recognised trumpet player, Professor of Trumpet at the Royal College of Music, Lead trumpet player in The John Wilson Orchestra and a sought-after London trumpet session player. He has agreed to be our special guest at our Spring Celebration Concert on Saturday 9th May. The concert features Amersham Band and Amersham Community Brass and will be held at the New Kings Church, Amersham. The Band is in great form following our recent contest achievements and we are preparing some brilliant new repertoire. Our last concert was a sell-out so don’t miss this chance to hear the bands together with a fabulous soloist. Tickets are available from band members or via our on-line Box Office
Amersham Band made an impressive impact at our very first appearance in the Section Section of the London and Southern Counties Regional Championship. Having only been promoted in January, the band secured 4th place out of 15 competing bands, As newcomers to this level of performance, the band was delighted with the result. Band Chairman, Fred Harrison said “it’s a brilliant result and a justified reward for all the hard work that went into practice and rehearsals prior to the contest. The band performed a set piece for the contest – Variations on Maccabeus, which is based on the hymn tune “Thine is the Glory” by Handel.
The band is running another workshop, this time for horn players, both tenor horns and french horns. This workshop will be held in Winchmore Hill on 19th April and will be run by professional teachers James Dickinson and Richard Wainwright. Players of all levels of ability are welcome. The workshop is free to attend courtesy of a grant from Chiltern District Council.
Please register in advance if you would like to attend. This will help us to plan the sessions. Click here to register
Amersham Band’s Beginner Group are making preparations for the forthcoming Monster Brass Day which is to be held on Sunday 8th March. Barbara Douglas, conductor of the Beginner Group said “we agreed to provide the foundation band for the Monster Brass workshops which will be a great opportunity for our beginner players to experience playing in a larger group. We have started to practice the pieces for the workshop and I am delighted at how quickly everyone is picking up the new music.”
Monster Brass is organised by local brass teachers Kathy Gifford and Nick Care. Now in its 17th year, it provides free workshops for beginner, intermediate and advanced brass players. Monster Brass will feature the internationally recognised trumpet virtuoso Crispian Steele-Perkins and will take place at the Court Theatre, Tring. The workshop is free to attend and open to all local brass players. Click the Monster logo for more information or make an enquiry via our contact page.
On Saturday 21st March, the band will take to the stage to compete in the Second Section Regional Contest for the first time in its history. MD Paul Fisher is leading the band through intensive rehearsals of the test piece “Variations on Maccabeus” by Kevin Norbury. To help the band step up to this next level of performance, a crack team of musicians from the championship level Foden’s band traveled down to Amersham to run a whole day workshop with the band.
Foden’s conductor Mike Fowles, who led the workshop, complemented the band, saying “Amersham Band is a terrific example of community music-making. Honest, hard-working people coming together for fun and friendship in this most creative of hobbies. A thoroughly enjoyable day in the company of a great bunch of people !”
Wish us luck in the Contest on 21st March…..
After the Christmas festivities, why not start the New Year with some top-notch Jazz in the company of band-members, friends and family. All are welcome to join us in an evening filled with music, laughter and dancing with The Keep Clear Jazz Band and special guest Gordon Campbell.
JazzFest 2015 is a fundraiser concert to support the band’s development activities and will be held on Saturday 31st January 2015 from 7:30pm at Amersham Community Centre. Tickets £12.50 which include a Ploughman’s Supper. Cash bar available.
Sorry – this event is now sold out.
Merry Christmas to all our supporters. In true festive spirit, the band performed at a record breaking number of carol events, a total of 15 separate locations. At many of these we were able to raise funds for the development of the band, whilst at others we supported the general Christmas celebrations. You may have seen us out and about – for the record we played carols at;
Five Local Care Homes, Amersham and Wycombe Railway Stations, Chenies Garden Centre, Amersham Christmas Festival, The Scouts Christmas Service, Amersham Town Carol Concert, Winchmore Hill Residents, The Plough Pub, Harvey Road School Christmas Fayre, and of course our own Christmas Concert.
A very big thank you to all those who donated to our collections, we have some ambitious plans for the New Year and your contributions will help us to continue to provide music for the local community.
It has become a tradition to present the annual band awards at our Christmas Concert. The awards are made on the recommendation of the Musical Directors and three well-deserving band members received the trophies.
Amersham Community Brass
Most improved player – Garry Petty
Junior Bandsman – Ben Collins
Bandsman of the Year – Kim Speller.
Musical Director, Paul Fisher praised Kim for his commitment and dedication to the band. Kim was delighted to receive the award again, having previously won the award in 1986, some 28 years ago.