Don’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.
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
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 Amersham Band ‘flower’ 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
Friday 27 November – Chesham Christmas Carols. The band will kick off the carol season in Chesham this year, marching down Broadway and the High Street and then playing under the clock tower.
Friday 4 December – Christmas Lights. The band will play carols to accompany St Mary’s School, Cubs and Brownies under the town Christmas Tree. .
Saturday 5 December – Amersham Christmas Showcase. The band will play carols outside St Michael’s Church
Tuesday 8 December – The Beacon School Christmas Concert
Sunday 13 December – Amersham Band Christmas Concert featuring the Main Band, Amersham Community Brass and our new Brass Roots group. At Amersham Free Church starting at 3pm.
It 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.
On Sunday 25 October, Amersham Community Brass took to the stage for its very first contest – with trombone player Anisha Khilji walking away with the best soloist trophy. The band had been invited to take part in the Addlestone Challenging Brass event which is a friendly competition between four local bands. The band played an entertainment programme based on a theme of holidays, with pieces from around the world such as Waltzing Matilda, African Funk and O Sole Mio, featuring the winning solo by Anisha. The band also played the set piece march “Viscount Nelson”. ACB Musical Director, Mary Wells said “Everyone worked really hard to prepare the programme and I am delighted with our performance. We made a great impression at our contest debut, even though we were up against much more experienced contesting bands. We should all be very proud of what we have achieved”.
On 24 October a team of Amersham Band members will be running in relay around Amersham to cover a total distance of 100km. The sponsored run is to raise money for our bandroom appeal. The band plans to create a Brass Academy for individual and group tuition together with the launch of a “Brass Roots” programme for beginners, a Youth Band and a Big Band. To support this the band will set up a teaching and rehearsal facility in the town centre. To fund these plans we are trying to raise a total of £300,000 through donations, fundraising, pledges and grants.
The start, finish and staging point of the run will be at St Michaels Church, Sycamore Road and we will have a small band playing to entertain and encourage our runners. The run will start at 10 o’clock. Please come along to support us. If you can’t make it then perhaps you would consider an online donation via local giving.
Our popular annual MusicFest returns with an entertaining evening of music and song by the very best in our community. The band is in top form following promotion to the National Championship Second Section and has been working on an exciting new repertoire. We are also delighted to announce the return of the Jackie Palmer Girls’ Choir, following their outstanding debut at the 2014 MusicFest. The ever popular Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School Choir, whose enthusiastic and beautiful singing is sure to enchant you, complete the programme. The MusicFest will be held on Saturday 17 October at the Elgiva Theatre, Chesham. Tickets are available from the Elgiva Box Office. Book now to avoid disappointment as last years event was a sell-out.
With it’s 170 year history, Amersham Band will provide the ideal entertainment for Amersham’s Heritage Day on Sunday 13 September. Band historian, Caroline Perkins has carried out extensive research in conjunction with the Amersham Museum, which has uncovered the first mention of the band in 1845. There’s a fascinating history of the band through the late Victorian period and then in the 20th Century, with dozens of examples of how the band supported civic events and celebrations.
Band Chairman, Fred Harrison, said “the present band is honoured to have been such a central part of the town’s traditions over such a long period and we are now planning to strengthen our contribution to the community. The aim is to create a brass academy and to purchase a band-room rehearsal facility in the town centre.” The band started a fundraising appeal a few weeks ago and is making great progress. Come and support the band at Heritage Day so that we can secure our future in Amersham for the next 170 years.
Regular Amersham Band audiences will be familiar with the band’s rendition of “Baggy Trousers” by Madness. Our Musical Director, Paul Fisher, plays trombone in the Madness horn section and he asked the boys to make a video to support our bandroom appeal. You can check out the special message by clicking the picture. Don’t forget to follow their advice and make a donation.
We are pleased to report that the Charity Commission has accepted our application and that Amersham Band is now a registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation. Our Charity Registration Number is 1162520.
The key objective for the new Amersham Band CIO is to improve, develop and advance the public education in, and appreciation of, the art and science of brass band music in all its aspects by any means the trustees see fit, including through the presentation of public concerts and practice and performance.
We are delighted at this development as it is an important step forward for the band, as it enables us to purchase property and to claim tax benefits, both of which are key as we strive for the goal of our own Amersham Bandroom.
Amersham Community Brass spent a productive Saturday morning recording their very first CD. The recording session was organised by band-member Richard Skepper and took place in the theatre at Amersham and Wycombe College. ACB band manager Caroline Perkins said ” it was a great opportunity for everyone to get experience of a recording session and afterwards some of the younger members got to try out the studio recording desk”. The band had carefully rehearsed 6 pieces for the last few weeks and the preparation paid off as each track was successfully recorded without too many re-takes. The finished CD will be coming out very shortly.
Amersham Band is excited to announce the launch of a new “Brass Roots” group for beginner and elementary level players. Band Chairman, Fred Harrison, said ” we want to bring the opportunity of group music-making to more local people and the Brass Roots group is aimed at those who want to learn to play a brass instrument. It’s a chance to develop music skills, have fun and make some new friends at the same time.”
The sessions will be led by Paul Fisher and Ashley Horton and will be held at the Winchmore Hill bandroom on Thursdays at 6:30 -7:15pm. For more information click the Brass Roots flower logo.
Paul Fisher is Amersham Band’s Musical Director and is the author of the increasingly popular BAND-TIME teaching method.