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Enderby Band entertain with their Annual Christmas Concert

Members of the Enderby Band played to a packed audience for their annual Christmas Concert at Enderby Parish Church.

The two-part concert on Monday 19th December saw the Band, under the baton of their Musical Director Simon Gresswell, invite the audience to participate in a number of popular Christmas carols.

Apart from Christmas carols, the evening’s programme also contained numbers from West End musicals including ‘Anthem’ from the musical Chess (Anderson, Rice & Ulvaneus arr, A. Duncan).

Enderby Band perform Xmas Concert
Enderby Band perform to a packed audience in Enderby Parish Church

The audience were also treated to guest solo performances by Lucy Cutt on flugel horn – ‘My Love is Like a Red Red Rose’ (G Langford) and ‘Away in a Manger’ (P.Graham).

Also making a guest appearance was accomplished and experienced soprano Sarah Stephens who wowed the audience with ‘Think of Me’ from Phantom of the Opera (A Lloyd Webber) and ‘O Holy Night’ (A. Adam arr. K.Wilkinson).

A 30-prize raffle was drawn on the evening and refreshments were available during the interval.

After the final piece, the popular ‘Troika’ (S. Pokofieff arr. R Farr) left everyone tapping their feet, upbeat and reluctant to allow the band to finish without an encore!

The band duly obliged and the audience showed their appreciation with loud applause.

More information and news of forthcoming events is available on the Enderby Band website www.enderbybands.com

International Brass Tutors to lead Youth Band Training Weekend in Lutterworth

enderby-band-1Enderby Youth and Junior Bands are pleased to announce that Yamaha have generously provided significant funding to cover the tuition costs of a team of expert Neo Brass tutors to lead a Youth Brass Band Training weekend at Lutterworth College.

The event will take place over the weekend of Saturday 17th September and Sunday 18th September 2016. Each day will begin at 9.15am and finish around 5.00pm.

Russell Gray, one of the world’s leading exponents in the art of cornet playing, will direct the weekend course. Russell is currently much in demand as a conductor of leading brass bands throughout Europe. He will be assisted by Lucy Cutt who will lead the Flugel and Tenor Horn sections. Lucy is currently a lead soloist with the famous Faireys Band.

Steve Walsh will lead the Euphoniums and Baritones. Steve has performed as principal Euphonium with many of the UK’s greatest brass bands and has a huge range of accolades under his belt including the European Brass Band Championships, the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain, the British Opens and many solo prizes.

To complete the quartet, Simon Gresswell, Musical Director of the Enderby Band, will provide tuition to the Bass sections.

Simon is a former member of Black Dyke Mills, Desford Colliery, Faireys, YBS and the Brighouse & Rastrick Bands. He is frequently called upon as a tutor of lower brass in the UK and Europe and has been the development artist for the new Yamaha Neo BBb Tuba.

Ryan Richards of Tredegar Band has been brought in by Enderby Youth Band to lead the Trombone sectionals, and there will also be specialist percussion teaching provided.

Members of the Enderby Band Organisation will be on hand to support the work of the Yamaha tutors throughout the weekend to ensure that players of all abilities feel completely supported as they tackle a wealth of good quality challenging music, as well as providing pastoral support to the youngsters throughout the two days.

Participants in the course will be divided into two bands:

  • A junior band for players from beginner standard up to Grade 2 standard.
  • A main band for players of Grade 3 standard and above.

The weekend will be a mixture of full band rehearsals and sectionals, with regular breaks to enable the players to socialise.

The course will conclude with a play through of the music learned by both bands on the Sunday afternoon to which parents and friends are warmly invited.

The cost of the whole weekend is only £10. Further details and application forms are available by email from Catherine Owen on Catherine@snaefell.plus.com.


Enderby Band help to raise £9k for charity

ESO at Curve smallEnderby Band was delighted to hear that a show in which the band appeared has raised almost £9000 for charity.

Enderby Bands’ website reports that the show, entitled ‘We’ll Meet Again’, was held in November last year at Leicester’s Curve Theatre and was staged to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Second World War.

The promoter of the event, Leicester’s Lord Lieutenant Lady Gretton recently presented a cheque to the county president of the Royal British Legion, Colonel Robert Martin.

The show, which was created by local arts charity Applause, told the story of the conflict through the eyes of the people of Leicestershire using images and popular music of the time.

The band were part of a line up of artists performing on the night which also included Elaine Pantling, David Morris and Jenny Saunders, Curve Young Theatre Company and vocal group The Simpletones.

Speaking about the event, Lady Gretton said:

‘We enjoyed a wonderful mix of music and drama with light-hearted moments and tear-jerking moments. All of this was for such a good cause.’

Col. Martin commented:

The Royal British Legion is the custodian of remembrance and the Poppy Appeal is at the heart of our fund-raising. The fantastic amount will go towards supporting our vital work.’

The Band on stage at Curve [Photo: Enderby Band]
The Band on stage at Curve [Photo: Enderby Band]
It is the second year the band has appeared at Curve – in 2014 the band performed at a similar event to mark the 100th Anniversary of the First World War.

This event also raised a similar amount for the Poppy Appeal.

Keep up to date with the Band’s activities at http://www.enderbybands.co.uk/

Enderby Senior Band about to embark on some ‘prestigious’ engagements

enderby band4Enderby Band is preparing for an exceptionally busy year end, which includes two prestigious concerts at two of Leicester’s finest venues.

On November 11th, the band will form part of the ‘We’ll Meet Again’ concert to be held at Curve. Over the last few years the band has become something of a regular performer at the £61m city centre venue, having performed there for the Christmas production of ‘Hello Dolly’, helped celebrate its tenth birthday, provided music for opening nights and appeared in last year’s ‘Pack Up Your Troubles’ concert.

The Curve event is titled ‘We’ll Meet Again’ and as the title implies, it is a concert themed on World War Two.

The concert aims to tell the story of what it was like to live in Leicestershire during the war, through music, photographs and the memories of those who were there at the time.

Later in the month (28th), and moving across the City to the historic De Montfort Hall, the band will be guests of the Rock Choir in a fund raising concert for the local charity Rainbows.

This concert will be hosted by local radio personalities Monica Winfield and Dave Andrews and will feature Rock Choir’s trademark brand of uplifting music.

Band spokesman, Ian Hayto commented:

“Obviously we’re really pleased to be asked to perform at these two great venues. These are both high-profile events, and reflect the reputation and profile the band is building. It’s great to be asked back to Curve, having played at last year’s ‘Pack Up Your Troubles’ concert. That was a spectacular event which proved to be very popular and we are very much hoping this year’s concert will be the same.

We’re sure the concert with Rock Choir will also be very popular and it’s actually another chance for us to team up with Sarah Stevens who is their musical director. Sarah is well known to us as she is a regular fixture at our Christmas Concert, so we know what a great musician she is.

Also, November sees our local association contest. That, along with two big concerts to prepare for, means we are in for a very busy month!”

Tickets for the concerts will be available at the respective venue’s box offices, and further details can be found in the calendar pages on the Band’s website, or on Curve and De Montfort Hall’s websites.

Enderby Youth Band enjoy student outing

enderby bandThe young players of Enderby Youth Band had an enjoyable sneak preview of what student life could well be like at the UniBrass Championships.

The Band recently enjoyed their invitation to play before the results ceremony at the UniBrass Championship at the University of Warwick.


Day of it

In fact, most of the young players opted to make a day of it by participating in the workshops run by Cory Band players in the morning, before enjoying the chance to listen to a number of the University contenders in the afternoon.

For their own performance, the band reprised their entire ‘Richard III’ themed programme from the previous week’s Action Medical Research competition in Blackpool, complete with costumes, choreography and multi-media projection.


A spokesperson said:

“The reaction from the large audience was tremendous, with prolonged applause after each item and an extended ovation as the band finished.

They really enjoyed the artistic presentation of the music as well as understanding and appreciating the historical interest and topical relevance of the programme.”


The spokesperson added:

“Our young players were absolutely delighted with their reception and the encouragement this gave them, and we would like to thank the organisers for their kind invitation to ask us to perform.”

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