Band Starts the Summer Season
This Saturday sees the band perform at our first summer engagement of the year; namely Great Wratting Village Fete. It will also mark the start of a busy period for HSB, where the Senior Band and Youth & Community Band will be performing in a variety of events across West Suffolk and Cambridgeshire throughout the coming months. To find out where you can see us this summer, why not check out our events page?
Spring Concert/Band Awards
A good time was had by all at our latest Arts Centre concert; with both audience and band thoroughly enjoying the occasion. Sunday evening also saw the presentation of our annual band awards, and we were delighted to present trophies to the following players
Most Improved Player – Steve Morley (Third Cornet) Player of the Year – Andrew Cooper (Soprano Cornet) Bandsperson of the Year – Tom Walker (Third Cornet)
Well done all, thoroughly deserved!
Step into Spring with HSB…
The band are looking forward to our next Arts Centre concert, held on Sunday 15th April. ‘Step Into Spring’ will feature an eclectic programme of music (ranging from Berlioz to Bowie!) and will include a number of new compositions written/arranged by our very own Tim Pannell and Craig Sanders. Tickets are on sale now (and can be purchased here), so be sure to spend an evening in the company of your local Championship Section brass band.
Youth Solo Festival Hits the Right Notes
Sunday 25th March saw the return of the Haverhill Youth & Community Band Solo Festival, with over 20 entrants (representing HYAC, Cottenham Brass and Tendring Brass) performing in front of adjudicator, Ryan Higgin. The event proved to be a great success and we congratulate everybody who took part – especially the prize winners. Another highlight of the morning was the performance of a massed band (formed of competitors and keen adult supporters), who entertained the audience before the awards ceremony. Congratulations once again to all who performed; we hope to see you all again next year!
- Under 11’s Slow Melody Champion – Maisy Brookes (Tendring Brass)
- Under 11’s Florid Champion – Daisy Holliday (Cottenham Brass)
- Under 18’s Slow Melody Champion – Anna Bailey (Cottenham Brass)
- Under 18’s Florid Champion – Florence Wilson-Toy (Haverhill Youth & Community Band)
HSB Retains Championship Section Status
Sunday 18th March saw the band compete at the London & Southern Counties Regional Contest. Despite a good performance of Kevin Norbury’s ‘Odyssey’, our rendition did not find favour with the two adjudicators, who later placed us 8th out of 11 competing bands (Northfleet Brass had withdrew from the contest). The result was however, good enough to secure our Championship Section status for another year and we look forward to returning next March to do battle once again.
One More Rehearsal to Go…
The last few weeks have seen the band in intense preparation for the upcoming London & Southern Counties Regional Competition, held in Stevenage on the 18th March. We’re thoroughly looking forward to performing Kevin Norbury’s ‘Odyssey’ and hopefully our efforts will be rewarded come Sunday evening. We wish all competing bands the best of luck.
High Sheriff’s Awards
Thursday 15th February saw the band travel to Ipswich, where we were invited to perform at the 2018 High Sheriff’s Awards (an awards night for voluntary groups and individuals across Suffolk). Held in the ornate setting of Wherstead Park Mansion, we performed two sets of music at the beginning and conclusion of the ceremony.
HYACB & Hadstock present ‘Concert Brass’
On Sunday 18th February, Haverhill Youth & Community Band will once again perform alongside Hadstock Silver Band. With a varied selection of music on offer, this is a great chance to enjoy two of the community’s favourite brass bands. Tickets are available to purchase here.
Butlins in Review
The band have just returned from Skegness, where we competed in the Butlins Mineworkers Contest.
We began proceedings early Saturday morning with a rehearsal in Skegness Silver Band’s practice room, before eventually making our way back to Butlins to find out where we had drawn to play… 7th out of 8 bands it was to be. Not long later, we made our way to the changing facilities (a small marquee to the uninitiated) before getting ready to go on stage. For our test piece, we had chosen to play ‘The Year of Dragon’ by Philip Sparke – a wonderfully emotive piece written in three movements. Despite an extremely positive rehearsal beforehand, our performance wasn’t without errors and the band generally felt that we had left our best playing in the band room. However, any disappointment soon disappeared when we started our next rehearsal (less than half an hour after coming off stage!), this time working on our entertainment programme which we would perform the following day.
(Photo courtesy of the British Bandsman Magazine)
Our chosen theme was ‘Missions’ and we had decided to perform five pieces that were all related to this idea. We opened our programme with a new composition entitled ‘Nuevos Horizontes’, a fiery Latin number written by Tim Pannell and Craig Sanders, then immediately launched into the ‘Wellington March’. This was then followed by ‘Don’t Doubt Him Now’ performed superbly by our Principal Cornet player, Tim Pannell. The final two pieces of our programme consisted of ‘Life on Mars?’ (a new arrangement also written by Tim) and ‘The Yompers’; a suite of six short movements which depict the events of the Falklands War. Written by Craig Sanders, this was another new composition which we were delighted to perform in front of such a large audience.
Despite a technical fault which left us and several other bands without the use of video screens, we overcame the issue and gave a performance to be proud of.
The result? 8th and last place it was. However, there are plenty of positives to take away from the weekend which we can use to strengthen the band in time for the L&SC Regional Contest. Onwards we go
It’s almost time…
Last night the band completed our last rehearsal before we travel to Skegness tomorrow. This promises to be another fantastic weekend and whatever the result, we’re incredibly proud to be representing the town (and indeed East Anglia) and being able to compete alongside some of the country’s best.
We wish the best of luck to all bands competing over the weekend
Full steam ahead for Butlins
Rehearsals are now well underway for the Butlins Mineworkers Contest and we’re thoroughly enjoying the challenge of our chosen test piece. On Sunday 7th January, we will be holding an open rehearsal for anybody to come along and have a sneak-preview of some of the music that we’ll be performing in Skegness. Join us at Haverhill Methodist Church Hall from 3pm – We’d love to see you
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
After a highly successful 2017, we are now looking forward to the new year and all it has to offer.
The Band are currently working hard towards our second appearance in the Championship Section of the Butlins Mineworkers Open National Brass Band Contest; with our chosen test piece and an exciting themed programme, we’re delighted to be returning to this contest and hope to impress the adjudicators with two great performances.
From all at Haverhill Silver Band, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year – Here’s to a great 2018
Carols for All
On Sunday 17th December, Haverhill Silver Band will once again collaborate with Haverhill & District Operatic Society to present ‘Carols for All’. Featuring the band, the choir and the organ, this carol concert has become one of Haverhill’s most popular events. Click here to purchase your tickets now!
Family Christmas Concert
Last night we enjoyed another successful Family Christmas Concert under the direction of Deputy Musical Director, David McClintock. The Senior Band and Youth & Community Band performed to a large and appreciative audience, making weeks of preparation worthwhile. We now focus our attention on the Haverhill Civic Carol Service held in St Mary’s Church this Wednesday. See our events page for more details…
Christmas is coming…
The Band (alongside Haverhill Youth & Community Band) are looking forward to kick-starting the festive season next Sunday, where we’ll be showcasing our annual Family Christmas Concert at Haverhill Arts Centre. This is always a popular event, so be sure to buy your tickets as soon as possible!