Another wonderful evening at the Palace Theatre, performing a Proms Concert for the Newark Twinning Association. This is the second time we've been asked to play for them and we have already been re-booked for 2018.
There were 52 band members on the stage; the theatre was full and the atmosphere amazing - hundreds of balloons floating from the balcony and a barrage of glitter canon!!
We started with The Liberty March and then went into Phantom of the Opera, after which followed a very diverse programme, including a fabulous rendition of Minnie the Moocher with MD Colum singing the vocals and getting the nearly 600 strong audience joining in with gusto. You can hear his performance here.
The second half saw the band members in fancy dress, many of which were hilarious and added to the general party atmosphere of the night's concert. Of course there was the rousing Proms finale of Sea Songs Shanty, Jerusalem and Pomp & Circumstance.
Just a very good night. You can hear see photographs here.
We're in the 20 October 2016 Edition of The Newark Advertiser!
We’ve not written a blog for a while so thought it was about time.
Well what a busy time we’ve been having. Numerous concerts, new members and now a charity. NSCB continues to go from strength to strength.
Following the huge success of Newark Twinning Association’s Last Night of the Proms in February, we’ve performed no less than seven further concerts through the summer with another six lined up between now and the end of the year.
We’ve played again at Collingham May Fair (in the rain) and Upton Fete (in the rain) but despite the weather these were great successes. We then celebrated HM The Queen’s 90th birthday at Newark’s Masonic Hall raising funds for both the band and the hall and in Newark Market Place (in the rain – there’s a common theme here!).
We have to say though that the highlight of the summer was the Brass Explosion in Newark’s Castle Grounds at the end of August. What a fantastic celebration of live local band music at which we were thrilled to perform for the firework finale. The audience was fantastic and the timing of “1812 Overture” as the fireworks exploded could not have been better. There was a great article in the Newark Advertiser.
Moving on to the autumn, we’re looking forward to our main event of the year at The Palace Theatre, Newark on 4 November. This year’s concert is entitled “Tributes” and will be a musical celebration of some of the things that have happened in 2016 and some of the people who have left us. It’s promising to be a wonderful evening and tickets are selling fast.
Before we know it though, it will be Christmas (!) and we have concerts in Farndon, Collingham, Kelham and Southwell this year to keep us busy. More details are always available on our website.
Turning to people, it’s also been a busy year and we have been delighted to welcome new faces and say fond farewells to some of our members who have left. Goodbyes include George Topham (kit) who has gone off to university, Georgia Lewis (clarinet) who has moved to Leicester to start a new teaching job, Laura Swales (oboe) who has returned to her home in Bristol and Steve Whitehouse (bass trombone). Warm welcomes include Andy Wheeldon (cornet), Natalie Stanton (trumpet), Andrew Bevan (trumpet), Andy Terry (trumpet), Pete White (tenor sax), Tony Wheat (oboe), Reuben Wheeldon (tenor sax), Paul Waters (trombone), Ronnie Warner (tuba), Chris Leighton (kit). Good luck and welcome!
2017 is not here yet but will be the band’s 20th Anniversary season and one which we fully intend to make memorable. We have some great plans and will have some great events to celebrate. Watch this space for more information!
Another large and enthusiastic audience was still on its feet cheering and asking for more at the end of Newark and Sherwood Concert Band’s performance at The Palace Theatre on Friday evening (6 November 2015). Their concert was once again a resounding success as musical director Colum O’Shea led the band through the years of musical theatre and film music with something to suit everybody’s taste.
The concert opened with a rousing rendition of the theme music from Star Wars - Phantom Menace before moving on to the gentler melodies of Gilbert & Sullivan’s operettas and Rogers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma. The audience was then brought more up to dates with treats from shows such as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Les Miserables and Wicked.
Colum did not let the audience down and once again kept everyone entertained in between pieces with jokes and monologues which added to an already wonderful atmosphere that was appreciated by audience and band members alike.
The concert finished with a real bang as band members supported by James Williams (10) fired cannon at the end of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. James is the band’s official “roadie” and has supported the band at every concert since his father Richard (bassoon) and sister Victoria (flute) joined 18 months ago.
The band has continued to go from strength to strength in the last year and there are now over 40 talented musicians including a number of children who attend weekly rehearsals at Kelham Hall. Part of the band’s ethos is to nurture and develop young talent and it is always on the lookout for new players. More information can be found on the band’s website www.newarkandsherwoodconcertband.co.uk.
Great article in this week's Newark Advertiser about Newark & Sherwood Concert Band's big concert on Friday 6 November at Newark's Palace Theatre.
Tickets are available from the Palace Theatre box office or via the Palace Theatre's website HERE.
Tickets are £11 or £10 concessions (plus booking fee).
Newark and Sherwood Concert Band has over 40 members and the age range is from 8 to 80 (something). This week we celebrate the birthdays of three of our younger members, Amelie, Amy and George. Happy birthday to you all!
We have a number of young people in the band all of whom play exceptionally well and are outstanding ambassadors of youth music. The youngsters are the future of many organisations, including NSCB, and we should be very proud to have them in our numbers!
On Saturday 26 September, Caroline arranged for Richard and Victoria to be interviewed by Ady Crampton on Radio Newark. Click on the link below to hear what he had to say!
It's hard to believe that at 1pm as we were thinking of going to Newark Castle to set up for this afternoon's concert it was raining heavily! Only half an hour later the sun was shining and that's what it continued to do for the remainder of the afternoon.
Today's concert was the last of a number in only a short space of time and in my view, it was one of the best that we have done. The audience certainly appreciated it and there were lots of people there to hear us including not only some familiar faces but many new ones too.
The programme was one that included a number of NSCB favourites including General Mitchell March and Highlights from Frozen. The audience were clapping and cheering before we had even finished more than once. This afternoon was a resounding success.
Alan Walker did us proud with his rendition of Yesterday and others played their part too. The band's "deputy deputy musical director" also did his turn and Colum proved that he could dance. It was fantastic.
That's it for the summer now and we'll spend the next few weeks rehearsing for our next outing which will be at Newark's Palace Theatre on 6 November. Click here for details.
A message from Linda & Richard Birch
On Friday 12th June 2015 two local community groups, Voices Choir and Newark and Sherwood Concert Band came together to perform A Summer Concert for the community of Balderton (and further field) at The Salvation Army Centre, Balderton.
We would like to express our thanks to everyone involved as the evening proved successful. Firstly, thank you to the audience for their generosity in raising funds for Prostate Cancer. We are pleased to inform everyone that £400 was raised for this charity. Secondly the choir and band would like to thank the audience for the appreciation that was shown as everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.
We would also like to express our thanks to The Salvation Army Centre at Balderton for providing such a brilliant venue and for their welcome and assistance and also to Newark Community First Aid for their attendance and participation. Thankfully this was in a spectator capacity as their services were not required!
Finally the evening was a success for introducing the band and choir to new audience members as for a good percentage it was the first time they had seen either the band or choir. Both the choir and band would like to continue growing links with the community and are available to perform both individually and collectively under the musical direction of Christine Hopkins (Voices) and
Colum O’Shea (Newark and Sherwood Concert Band).
Many thanks to everyone for their help and support and making the event such a success, especially considering this was our first attempt at organising something like this.
Linda & Richard Birch
For a little while we've been discussing with Jonathan Pass the possibility of moving our base to Kelham Hall & Country Park. Jonathan now operates Kelham Hall following the decision by Newark and Sherwood District Council to relocate and we're delighted to announce that we will shortly be moving. From early May, our new home will be The Dome at Kelham Hall!
This is a tremendous opportunity to be based at possibly the finest building in Nottinghamshire, or perhaps even the East Midlands. Jonathan has agreed support for the band which will help financially and allow us to continue to grow. We are extremely grateful to him for this! We should also express our grateful thanks to Newark Railway Club who have hosted us for the last couple of years.
As part of our move, we will be undertaking concerts from time to time at Kelham Hall. The first of these is on Friday 15 May 2015 and appropriately is entitled "New Beginnings". If you are interested in coming along, more details can be found on our concerts page, along with a link to the online booking system.
So for Newark and Sherwood Concert Band 2014 has drawn to a close with a great performance of Christmas music at Newark Town Hall for a Christmas Reception hosted by Newark MP Robert Jenrick who is also our band's president.
If you have heard the band at any of our concerts in 2014 and have liked what you heard, please spread the word! We're taking bookings for 2015. Please contact band secretary, Caroline Walker, to find out more.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of our friends and supporters!