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with great sadness that we announce the passing of one our
founder members, Jeff Cox who lost his battle with cancer
on 21 April. The band will be holding a memorial concert in
Rowhedge on 28 June 2011 at 7.45pm (Rowhedge Village Hall).
are with his family and friends at this time.
Rowhedge Village Hall
Concert Band is extremely happy to help the Rowhedge Village
Hall celebrate its Silver Jubilee, having been privileged
to have it as its home for most of that time. We would certainly
like to take this opportunity to express our thanks to the
East Donyland Community Association for continuing to provide
such an invaluable facility for the Essex Concert Band and
to wish the Association continuing success for the future.
given a “Last Night of the Proms” concert around
this time of year for some 17(?) years and thought we should
include the traditional finale again this year (9 October)
despite the slightly different slant for the rest of the programme.
about the concert, see our performances
rehearsal before the summer will take place on 20 July 2010.
Rehearsals will start again on 31 August 2010.
Christmas Concert 2009
Our annual Christmas
Concert will be taking place this year on Tuesday 15 December
at our usual venue, the village hall in Rowhedge.
charity for our Christmas concert this year is Sea Change:
a project based in Maldon that uses traditional sailing vessels
to offer activity-based learning to young people and adults.
Further information on the project can be found on their website
note that the concert will start at 7.45pm. Entry
is free with a retiring collection.
always our year has had busy and quiet times. A personal highlight
for me was our return to St Botolph’s Church in Colchester
in June. A lovely venue, it was a great pleasure for me to
perform the finale from Philip Sparke's Clarinet Concerto
following my move from principal clarinet to the lower brass
section at the start of the 2008-9 season.
season finale was a trip to Oulton Broad in Suffolk, where
we performed on the bandstand in St Nicholas Everett Park.
Not the best of summer days but with true British spirit we
still sat with our picnic before returning home. We had some
very loyal supporters who endured the weather! Although perhaps
it helped that we’d locked the bus so they couldn’t
band took a break in August, beginning rehearsals again on
1 September and we wasted no time in getting back to the job
in hand – performing. On Saturday 12 September we performed
a ‘Last Night of the Proms’ at All Saints Church
in Maldon coinciding with the BBC finale event.
of the events at which we are invited to perform are held
in aid of local organisations. Additionally we also hold our
Christmas and summer concerts to raise funds for organisations
chosen by members of the band. During 2008/9 our charities
were Age Concern Colchester and the Mayor’s Charities
for whom we raised £350 and £250 respectively.
by Amanda Arthur
Botolph's Church, Colchester
June, the Essex Concert Band will return to St. Botolph's
Church to give its summer gala concert to support, on this
occasion, the Mayor of Colchester's Charities. As in previous
years the band are also pleased to welcome guest artists,
this year the Bedfordshire Police Choir who will provide a
real contrast of sound in their own items and join the Band
for the evening's finale.
will open with Shostakovich's energetic and exhilarating Festive
Overture before turning to the contrasting mood of the
opening of Edvard Greig's Morning - the first of
four movements from his Peer Gynt Suite which then
as soloist during the evening is Amanda Arthur in the finale
from Philip Sparke's Clarinet Concerto. Amanda was
the Principal Clarinet of the ECB for a number of years before
taking up a new challenge in the lower brass section. Sparke's
jazzy style in this piece reflects the clarinet's versatile
character, equally at home in classical and jazz worlds. Amanda
is later joined by Julie Slater, her successor on the clarinet
“hot seat” in the light hearted Clarinando
in the second half of the concert.
contributions from the band include two original works for
wind band, firstly Gustav Holst's ground breaking Suite
in E Flat, and then contemporary composer Paul Hart's
tribute to the silent movies, Silver Screen. Extracts
from the the record breaking Les Miserables precede
the combined forces of band and choir in Handel's Hallelujah
Chorus, which closes the concert.
guests, the Bedfordshire Police Choir will also be demonstrating
their versatility with a wide range of musical styles, including
Andrew Lloyd Webber's All I Ask of You and Paul Simon's
Bridge Over Troubled Waters.
tickets are available in advance from Manns Music priced £6
(£4 concessions). Tickets will also be available on
the door priced £7 (£5 concessions).
is flying by as always and already we find that we are mid-way
through the 2008-9 season. We have many performances coming
up throughout the spring and summer but we have also been
busy to date.
the autumn we performed our usual concerts in Rowhedge: in
November with guest conductor Matt Andrews and our Christmas
concert in December. During November we also played our first
concert at All Saint's Church in Maldon and we are very pleased
that we have been invited back again in 2009. In October we
also returned to West Mersea for a lively evening of music
with a Proms flavour.
our committee members once suggested that our 'friends' might
like to know more about the individual members of the band.
Although many are friends or relatives of at least one of
our members our newsletter will now feature a 'meet a member'
area in which the profile of a member or section will appear.
Our first victim is Steve Edmonds who proposed the idea. You
can receive future newsletters and member profiles by joining
our free mailing list.
now view details of a number of events covering the remainder
of the 2008-9 season as well as those for 2009-10 that are
already in the pipeline. You can find these in the performances
section. We hope to see you at one of our concerts soon!
2007/8 Season Summary
was another busy year for the band although it feels suitable
to make the anology to buses coming along at once. A particular
highlight of the year was our return to St Botolph’s
Church in Colchester where we were able to welcome guests
the Tendring Music School Concert Band to join us. Additionally
it was a particular priviledge to also welcome soloist Jonathan
Radford from Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester
to give a rare UK performance of Holcombe’s Rhapsody
for Alto Saxophone. We wish him continued success for the
our events are to raise funds for worthy causes either ones
that we have chosen to support ourselves or those chosen by
the organisers of the event at which we are performing. We
are particularly proud this year to have supported two local
charities: Stepping Stones Nursery and Colchester Youth Enquiry
Service (Y.E.S.) to whom we were able to donate in excess
of £800 thanks to the increasing size of our recent
Over the past few
years the band has grown in both quality and quantity and
has attracted excellent musicians on a regular basis. It is
now better resourced than it has ever been with over 40 members.
Our newest recruits are a trio of clarinets who signed up
in April. Welcome Amanda Saywell, Colleen Williams and Richard
Busy lives and
changes of circumstances sometimes mean that members have
to leave though invariably resignations are accompanied by
expressions of regret as leaving is often a wrench. This year
four established members have left though all have asked to
go on the ‘Deps’ list and are more than willing
to step in if a gap needs filling at a performance. So rather
than goodbye, it’s au revoir to Ruth Cross, Alto Sax
(joined December 2001), Jane Tomlinson, Tuba (September 2003),
Nina Selwood, Flute (June 2005), and Geraldine Phillips, Flute
(May 2007). Our congratulations also go to Jane on the birth
of Madeleine in May.
June 2008, 7.30pm
Joint concert with TMS Concert Band
St Botolph's Church, Colchester
In aid of Y.E.S (Youth Enquiry
Featuring soloist Jonathan Radford (Chetham's School of Music)
pleased to be, once again, joining forces with the students
of Tendring Music School Concert Band when we return to the
splendid setting of St Botolph's Church in Colchester on 14
June. This year we will be raising funds for the Colchester
Youth Enquiry Service (Y.E.S.) who provide support, information
and counselling to 11-25 year olds in Colchester (www.colchesteryes.org).
We will also be welcoming guest soloist Jonathan
Radford (saxophone) who will be travelling to Colchester for
the event from his term-time residence at Chetham's School
of Music in Manchester. Among his many achievements Jonathan
was a regional winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year
2008 contest and in 2007 gained the Associated Board’s
Diploma for saxophone performance (Dip. ABRSM). Jonathan has
been studying at Chetham's since the age of 13 when he gained
a music scholarship. He will complete his studies in 2009.
Advance ticket sales will be available from
Mann's Music (Colchester High Street) and Y.E.S. from 16 May
at the discounted price of £6 and £4 (conc).
Tickets priced £7 and £5 (conc)
will be available on the door.
25th March the Essex Concert Band will be opening its doors
to visitors at Rowhedge Village Hall from 7.45pm to 9.30pm.
Come along when you like and leave when you've had enough!
If you have children who need to be in bed before we finish,
no problem. We won't be offended if you leave early or arrive
mid-way through. We will be performing a wide range of music
during the evening but it will be an informal atmosphere.
Come on in and take a seat.
Do you think you might like to come to band concerts
in the future but are not sure whether it's for you?
the perfect opportunity to sample the music and there's no
Are you a musician who would like to come along and
play for the evening?
aware that not everyone wants to make a commitment to playing
with a group on a weekly basis but if you would like to play
with us for the evening please get in touch in advance via
address. Much of our music requires musicians to be around
ABRSM grade 5-6 standard although some pieces may be easier
and equally some will be more challenging.
An open evening wouldn't be an open evening without refreshments
which will be available on a self-service basis. The band
will take a break mid-evening, so why not come along and have
a chat with us. Find out more about the people behind the
music. We think you'll be surprised to find out what some
of us do for a day job.
Charity Concert for Christmas
December 2007 the Essex Concert Band performed its annual
concert of Christmas music and carols. With the refurbishment
of the village hall in Rowhedge in full swing, the band were
pleased to be welcomed to the nearby Church of St Lawrence.
Members of the
audience enjoyed a broad mix of yuletide musical fare with
marches, of differing character, opening each half, arrangements
of carols in various stylistic guises, and the “evergreen”
Christmas Song featuring saxophone soloists.
Christmas movies seem to inspire composers to produce joyful
music and the score from A Home Alone Christmas and the brass
fanfares of A Finale for a Winter Festival gave an exciting
end to each half of the concert.
The concert was
held in aid of the local nursery for children with special
needs: Stepping Stones. The Band were pleased to welcome the
co-ordinator Carol Nice and members of her team to the event
and even with the cold weather conditions the venue was full
As is traditional
for the event, no tickets were sold in advance but audience
members were asked to donate to a collection on retiring home
which raised £360 for Stepping Stones. The band very
much hopes that the nursery, which is hoping to relocate to
a new building during 2008, will be able to put the money
towards new equipment.
will not rehearse on 31 July 2007 or any Tuesday during August
rehearsal will take place on Tuesday 4 September 2007.
During the past year we have worked once more with the splendid
Tendring Concert Band* as well as visited many of our regular
venues: Rowhedge, Kelvedon, Harwich and Tiptree. We were also
fortunate to add new venues in Wickham Bishops and also St
Botolph's Church in Colchester to our concert series. We very
much enjoyed taking part in all of these events and hope that
we will have the opportunity to return in the future.
Many of our events
are held in support of very worthy causes but we were particularly
pleased in December to be able to support the work of the
Colne Endeavour Music Club** with whom some members of the
band are very closely linked.
closed on 22 July when we appeared on the bandstand in Colchester
with guest conductor Matt Andrews. Dispite the forecast the
weather was kind to us and the event was very well supported.
We have welcomed several new members this year whose skills
have added to the quality of the playing as well as to the
excellent atmosphere within the band. With our membership
at a new high we are now in a situation where some sections
have reached capacity. However, we will always find room where
we can and welcome enquiries from potential members.
After a slow start to the season the past 3 months have seen
us very much as a performing band, so much so that we have
been too busy to organise our usual end of year social. Hopefully
we can put this right in the Autumn and we look forward to
coming together in an ‘off-duty’ capacity.
a huge thankyou to you the audience as well as the partners
and friends of the members for all the support and help we
have received during 2006/7. We look forward to seeing you
all again next year.
newsletter is available to download by clicking here.
of the Tendring Area Music School held at Tending Technology
College on Saturday mornings.
music, the club aims to develop the personal and social skills
of the members regardless of any disability or special needs
the person may have. http://colneendeavour.tripod.com
Collection' - in aid of the British Heart Foundation
May the Essex Concert Band presented a 'Spring Collection':
a concert of choral music and music for concert band featuring
the Manningtree High School Choir and singers from Witham
at St Botolph’s Church in Colchester delivered an eclectic
mix of styles with great tunes from stage and screen, barbershop
renditions and a few classical moments thrown into the mix
as well. Highlights of the evening included the Concert Band’s
dramatic performance of Malcolm Arnold’s challenging
Tam O’Shanter Overture using to great effect the acoustics
of the church. The concert closed with a performance combining
the Concert Band and their guests in a finale of music from
the ‘Swing When You're Winning’ album by Robbie
go to all those who attended for their generosity which will
enable the band to make a considerable donation to the British
on Saturday marked the end of the spring series of events
for the Essex Concert Band who will now begin preparing for
their summer events. For anyone who missed the concert, details
of our future events are available in the Performances
section of the website.
in aid of Comic Relief
The concert will
be a joint event with the Tendring Concert Band which forms
part of the Tendring Area Music School held at Tending Technology
College on Saturday mornings (age of musicians ranges from
This is now the
third occasion where the Essex Concert Band has been invited
to perform with the Tendring Concert Band. Such an event provides
the young musicians of Tendring Area Music School with the
opportunity to sit amongst the more experienced players of
the Essex Concert Band.
high standards that both groups maintain this is certain to
be an evening of fantastic music making, including such music
as You'll Never Walk Alone, Tijuana Brass in Concert, I Will
Follow Him (from the film Sister Act), Music from the films
Gladiator and Chicago and Magic Flute Overture.
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
Magic Flute Overture
You'll Never Walk Alone
Tijuana Brass in Concert
Mask of Zorro
New Baroque Suite
Highlights from Gladiator
Music from Chicago
I Will Follow Him (from Sister Act)
previous occasions, entry to the event is free although there
will be an optional retiring collection in aid of Comic Relief.
to see you there!
17 March 2007, 7.30pm
Technology College (Lower School), Landermere Road, Thorpe-le-Soken,
Charity Concert (Christmas) - Update
thank you to everyone who turned out on a very foggy and cold
Tuesday evening, helping to raise over £350 for the
Colne Endeavour Music Club.
you enjoyed the evening and look forward to seeing you all
Annual Charity Concert of Music and Carols for Christmas
concert of music and carols for Christmas will take place
at Rowhedge Village Hall on 19 December 2006, at 7.30pm.
we are very pleased that the concert will be in aid of the
Colne Endeavour Music Club (registered charity no.1049771)
with whom some members of the Essex Concert Band are closely
of the club is, through music, to develop the personal and
social skills of the members regardless of any disability
or special needs the person may have. Meeting every Friday
at St Helena School, the Colne Endeavour Music Club begins
with individual and group lessons, then coming together for
full band practice.
organisation is the Colne Endeavour Music Trust. The Trust
supplies instruments to those who need them - ranging from
recorders to French Horns.
tuition and the use of instruments are free.
previous years, we do not charge entry to the event but ask
that you show your appreciation and support in the form of
a retiring collection so that we can help the club continue
to operate free of charge to its members.
Essex Concert Band Entertain London Audience
St James’ Park was filled with the sound of music on
Sunday 16 July when Rowhedge based Essex Concert Band performed
as part of the Royal Parks’ Summer Season.
the direction of guest conductor Matthew Andrews, the concert
band entertained visitors alongside The Mall throughout the
afternoon with music from the classical and big band eras,
musical theatre and light band repertoire including the trumpet
trio feature, Trumpets Wild.
member commented: “We perform regularly in Colchester
and the surrounding villages but its great to get the chance
to play to new audiences in new places. And with the sun shining
too! It’s been a great afternoon and we’ve been
well supported both by passers by and our families and friends,
many of whom travelled from Colchester to be with us today.”
press release is available.