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!
The Band is proud to be a part of the service of remembrance at St. Mary’s Church, Haverhill, this Sunday at 3pm.
The Youth and Community Band is already working hard for the Family Christmas Concert, with the Silver Band, at 4pm on December 3rd, at Haverhill Arts Centre.
As is the tradition, Haverhill Silver Band will be at St Mary’s Church on December 6th at 7pm. On 17th December is Carols for All, with Haverhill and District Operatic Society, which for many is a highlight of the musical year. Old Independent Church, Haverhill, 8pm.
Players from both bands will also be carolling around Haverhill in the run up to Christmas.
After 18 years at the helm, Mark Ager has stepped down as Musical Director of Haverhill Silver Band. Mark has overseen the most successful period in the band’s long history, which has culminated in Haverhill Silver establishing itself as a championship section band. As well as numerous contest successes helping to raise the band’s profile nationally, the band under Mark’s leadership has continued to build its reputation and the support it receives locally through its regular concerts and civic engagements. Band Chairman, Tom Walker, said “Mark is leaving the band in a very strong position going forward and I know everyone would like to thank him for his many years of hard work and dedication as our MD”. The band is pleased to announce that Paul Filby has agreed to take on the MD role following Mark’s departure.