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.
Newark and Sherwood Concert Band is delighted to announce that following of a kind offer by Jonathan Pass at Kelham Hall and Country Park, we will shortly be moving from our current home at Newark Railway Club to The Dome at Kelham Hall.
Colum O’Shea, the band’s Musical Director commented, “This is a tremendous opportunity to be based at possibly the finest building in Nottinghamshire. Jonathan’s support for the band will help in so many ways and we are extremely grateful to him for this.”
As part of the move, the band will be undertaking concerts from time to time at Kelham Hall & Country Park. The first of these is on Friday 15 May 2015 and appropriately is entitled "New Beginnings". Further information can be obtained from the band’s website at www.newarkandsherwoodconcertband.co.uk and through which the band can also be contacted.
Jonathan Pass said, “We are absolutely delighted to have the Newark and Sherwood Concert Band move to our venue, we are looking forward to their live show on the 15 May in The Dome and wish them all success in this year's shows.”
Where did Christmas and New Year go? We hope you had a good time and wish you a happy and prosperous New Year!
It's back to rehearsal for the band this evening (Tuesday 6 January) after a well-earned break. 2014 finished on a real high with the performances in Collingham at the start of December and in the Newark Town Hall Ballroom for the local MP and band president, Robert Jenrick just before Christmas.
We already have a few bookings coming in for 2015 including Newark's Palace Theatre again in September (date to be finalised) courtesy of our sponsors and patrons, Tony Marriott and Geoffrey Foulds. In the summer we're playing at Upton Fete once more and hopefully we will also be able to secure a spot for in the Newark Castle grounds as we've somehow missed out for the last three years! A new venue for us will be in Radcliffe-on-Trent.
For up to date information on all of our forthcoming concerts please visit our Forthcoming Concert page by clicking here.
If you would like us to play at a local venue of yours, then please let us know and we will do our best to arrange it.
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!
What a fantastic evening! To a packed and sold out Collingham Memorial Hall, Newark and Sherwood Concert Band, under the direction of its Musical Director, Colum J O'Shea performed a wide ranging programme of Christmas music.
The concert opened in style with a rousing "Fanfare for Christmas" before moving on to more gentle music from "The Snowman" and keeping with the wintry theme, some highlights from the Disney film "Frozen". A new piece "Good Swing Wenceslas" (the Good King was the first king of swing according to Colum!) went, as would be expected, swingingly and after some audience involvement (aka carol singing), Rebekah Ackroyd narrated "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" which had the audience in fits of laughter as the band provided musical accompaniment to the tale.
The second half opened with "Stars and Stripes for Christmas" and further audience singing. A new piece for the band "Minor Alternations" was performed with all sections having their chance to shine in various solo opportunities. Further audience participation was needed for "The Twelve Days of Christmas" with some even undertaking actions as directed!
Colum surprised the band during the second half by presenting some awards.
The first award was for the most improved player of 2014 which was presented to a surprised and very delighted Richard Williams, bassoon. Richard only joined the band in February and then only because while dropping his daughter (Victoria, flute) for rehearsal he mentioned that many years ago, whilst at school, he played the bassoon. He has now ended a 30 year "retirement" although he commented, "it is still a matter of work in progress with much, much more to do!"
Band person of 2014 was awarded to Tina Pointing for the unstinting efforts she has put in, cajoling players for the numerous concerts performed during the year and in getting equipment to where it should be, when it should be!
Finally, the Unsung Heroes of 2014 Award was presented to Caroline Walker and Bob Weall. Bob is the band's librarian and has a garage full of music and organising this to keep Colum happy is no mean feat! Caroline is the band's secretary and has continued to undertake, as she has for some years, much of the backroom organising.
The concert closed to rapturous applause following a rousing rendition of "William Tell" and an encore, "Christmas Festival".
Next year's concert has already been booked...
We are very pleased to announce that we have invited Geoffrey Foulds and Tony Marriott to be patrons of Newark and Sherwood Concert Band as a gesture to say thank you fore their very generous help and support over the past 12 months and for their promised support in the future.
We now have a fabulous piece of music arrived from the US of A! Minor Alterations by David Lovrien - hopefully we can have a go at it on Tuesday! Have a listen by clicking below...
Don't forget that we start back with rehearsals this coming week (4 November) and looking forward to seeing you all there.
For those who weren’t able to attend rehearsal last night (really good evening with lots of new music and a new French Horn player!!) our Palace sponsors came to see us in the break and Geoffrey gave a short speech to all before we started the 2nd half - he also gave an envelope with this message inside and a cheque made out to the band. I am sure you all agree that we can’t thank these two wonderful gentlemen enough and are delighted to be associated with them. We would be very happy to perform at the Palace Theatre again next year and will meet up in the New Year to make the necessary arrangements:
Thanks to a lot of hard work on all our parts, the Concert on 12th September 2014 was a great success and far exceeded our expectations. Congratulations.
Apart from the artistic success - 250 people made it very clear that you did play well - there was also a small surplus when all the bills had been paid. Tony and I would like you to accept a cheque for half that surplus - you earned it on and off the stage - we are keeping our share on one side in the hope that you will allow us to promote a similar concert for you at the Palace Theatre next year.
We hope that you are enjoying lots of success and we shall see you all at Collingham at Christmas. We are sure that you have a wonderful future and are proud that we have had a small part in your past.
Geoffrey & Tony
It has been a good break but we were all glad to be back to rehearsal this week. The consensus was that the Palace concert had gone really well, despite the challenges of playing in the theatre for the first time and not having the opportunity to rehearse and hear what the acoustics were like.
Colum was kind to us and got us back into it gently playing some of the old music. We also practiced Flutopia, with Colum announcing that it would feature in the Christmas Concert - with the flutes "instructed" to learn it so that it could be played from memory!
We ended at the break this week with the second half of the rehearsal helping Bob sort the music that had been handed in. Lucky he did have help as it took ages to sort it into instrument order!
Finally, welcome to Sarah on alto sax; glad she enjoyed the evening and look forward to seeing her next week. Also, welcome back to Rebekah on bassoon. See you all next Tuesday and hopefully also the others who couldn’t make it tonight.
Looking forward to getting back to rehearsals on Tuesday 30 September after our two week break and welcoming Sarah, Rachel and Henry on alto saxes; it will also be nice to see Rebekah again on bassoon. Only received a few apologies for absence so hopefully there will be well over 40 of us there tomorrow. Don’t be late as there’ll be some equipment shifting to do!
If you have any music, make sure you bring it with you please as it has to be handed in ready for our new music.
Listening to the band as a member of the audience, on the other side of the stage, was a new experience for me. Of course I expected the band to play well, but the performance exceeded expectations. The programme began with a tight and rhythmic performance of “The lmperial March”, a convincing forerunner to the evening after which, the band never looked back.
Highlights were provided by Shelby’s warm and delicate euphonium playing of “Music of the Night” and the soaring, exciting voice of Rebecca with “Ave Maria”. Mention must also be made of the accompaniment in these two items, when the band’s sensitive playing appropriately balanced the soloists’ renderings. Other solo sections in various pieces, were expertly given by principals of the band and volubly appreciated by the audience.
Within the programme’s title of the concert ”Music from Films and Shows”, there was something for everyone; ballads, traditional marches, classical, popular and contemporary pieces. An excellent choice of music, which in fact, appeared to entertain everyone. The finale, a resounding “William Tell Overture”, was not quite enough to satisfy an eager audience, which reluctantly accepted that the concert was finally over after several encores of “Radetzky March”.
Colum confidently and expertly conducted the band and compered throughout, entertaining an audience of all ages with good and bad jokes, ditties and asides.
Congratulations to everyone involved with a superb evening’s entertainment. I look forward to playing with the band again in October.