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Enderby Remembers

Members of the community in Enderby joined in a procession to remember over a million British and Commonwealth soldiers who died in both world wars and in more recent conflicts.

Remembrance Day procession

Local residents joined with Parish Councillors and members of the Royal British Legion, along with several local organisations to process through the village, led by musicians from the Enderby Band and standard bearers from the local Scouts and Guides.

The procession took place on a chilly but sunny morning and culminated in a Remembrance Sunday Service at Enderby Parish Church, conducted by the vicar Jerry Taylor.

During the service focus turned to the war memorial as names of the fallen were read out, a number of wreaths were laid and The Last Post was sounded.

The Service concluded with the singing of the National Anthem.

Remembrance Day procession

Remembrance Day procession


Display at Enderby Community Library
Display at Enderby Community Library


Enderby War Memorial

St John the Baptist Church – Enderby

Two marble plaques; one above with hooded nowy head
bearing carving of cross and WW1 names beneath;
tablet below plain with WW2 names

[War Memorial photo & description: Leicestershire War Memorials | Enderby Heritage Group]

[Other photos: Procession – LG (EYE viewer) | Library Display – Enderby Community Library]

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

Musical Director Simon Gresswell leads Enderby Band to competition success

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Simon Gresswell

Simon Gresswell’s tenure as musical director of the Enderby Band started in the best possible fashion after the band were awarded 1st place in the inaugural Bolsover Brass in the Bandstand contest on July 12th.

The band’s website reports that they played a varied 30-minute concert programme which included three pieces of original music, as well as crowd-pleasing favourites.

Adjudicator, Glyn Williams praised the band’s attention to the basics of band playing, as well as their overall sound, closing his remarks by stating that he felt it was “a performance that had everything”.

An elated Simon said after the results:

“I’ve won many trophies but none has given me as much pride as my first win as conductor. The band deserves enormous credit as they beat some good competition today, and I’d like to thank them for their hard work and dedication”

A spokesman for the band commented:

“We’re all absolutely delighted with the result today. Obviously it’s a terrific start under Simon’s direction, but what is especially pleasing is Glyn Williams’ praise for our attention to the basics of good playing, which is something Simon has been really concentrating on over the last six weeks. Its great to see that Simon’s hard work is already paying dividends”

The band is now busy preparing for the remainder of its summer concert commitments, and two prestigious appearances at Leicester’s Curve Theatre and DeMontfort Hall in the Autumn, as well as resuming competition at the Wychavon Festival of Brass.

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The winning team!

Shirebrook Winning Programme:
Enter the Galaxies (Paul Lovatt-Cooper)
A Little Prayer (Evelyn Glennie arr. Robert Childs)
Share My Yoke – Cornet Solo: Sean Doughty (Joy Webb arr. Ivor Bosanko)
With Fire and Sword (Peter Graham)
Deep Harmony (Handel Parker arr. A Broadhead)
American Salute (Morton Gould arr. Simon Kerwin)
The Irish Blessing (Joyce Bacak arr. Stephen Bradnum)
Phoenix (Peter Graham)

Trio of new players for Enderby Senior Band

Enderby Senior Band has announced the signing of three new players as it looks forward to a new era.

Reporting on the organisation’s website, the band says that filling the vacant 2nd horn seat is Neil Orton. Neil is returning to playing after a two year break, and brings with him a wealth of experience having played for a number of First and Championship Section Bands previously.

Meanwhile the band welcomed Alex Baldwin on Soprano Cornet.

Alex is a former student of London College of Music and Drama and Birmingham Conservatoire, and joins the band after helping on the Solo Cornet bench for last year’s Wychavon, Leicester and Milton Keynes contests.

Photo Sean, Alex and Neil
New signings L-R Neil, Sean and Alex. Picture courtesy Enderby Band Organisation

Finally the band is delighted to announce that its new Principal Cornet is Sean Doughty.

Sean is well known to the whole Enderby Organisation, having cut his playing teeth in the Youth Band and progressing into the Senior Band, before leaving to take the principal Cornet Seat at City of Coventry Band. He returns to the band as a student of Music Performance at Birmingham Conservatoire.

Trevor Hounsome
Trevor Hounsome takes the Assistant Principal’s seat

Current Principal, Trevor Hounsome (pictured right) will take the Assistant Principal’s seat and will be on hand to support Sean’s development as a player.

A Senior Band spokesman stated:

‘We’re pleased to have secured three very good players in quick succession, especially after a disappointing performance at the Area and the departure of our conductor, Simon Jones. Neil has played for the likes of Banks’ Brewery, Jaguar Cars and Jackfield amongst others in the past, so adds crucial strength in depth to the band and it’s always good to see retired players coming back to banding.

“Alex is clearly a very accomplished player, and we think he will prove a real asset on such a key seat, and of course we’re delighted to welcome Sean back to the Enderby fold. All three are fitting in really well and we’re looking forward to the future together.’

In fact Sean’s return brings the total number of current and former Youth Band players now playing in the Senior Band to ten – which is something the whole organisation is immensely proud of, and speaks of the success of its player development program.

The band now has a busy few months as it prepares for the Woodfarm Contest, Whit Friday and Pershore Festival of Brass, as well as auditioning applicants for the vacant Musical Director’s role.

The spokesman added:

‘The combination of the Area result and Simon’s departure could be seen by some as the start of a downturn in the band’s fortunes, however we made real progress last year and the Area was simply a bad day at the office.

“With these signings we have filled two vacant seats and significantly strengthened our front row, and we are very pleased with the number and quality of the applicants for the MD’s role.

“It’s going to be a busy few weeks now as we try to prepare for the contest while running MD auditions in parallel, but the band’s outlook is very positive indeed and we are looking forward to the rest of 2015 and the future.’

News item sourced from Enderby Band Organisation website [http://enderbybands.com/content/newsview.php?id=72]

Enderby Band look for players to complete line-up

enderby bandThe Enderby Band have announced they require a number of players to complete their line-up.

The positions to fill are:

  • Soprano Cornet
  • 2nd Horn
  • Solo Trombone
  • Principal Percussion

In a news item on the Band’s website they say they are ‘sorted‘ for the forthcoming defence of their Midlands Area title. After that event they will be looking to fill the above seats with permanent players.

The Band say their 2015 schedule is filling up with a good mix of contests and concert engagements.

They go on to describe themselves as “…a friendly bunch, who work hard in the band room before enjoying a pint in our local afterwards“!

Anyone interested in joining the Band, or just fancy a chat about the announced vacancies, please contact Danielle Thomas on 07974 392076, or Chris Stanley on 07855 625556