Autumn sees the band marking two notable milestones, with the start of our 40th year coinciding with 35 years since our conductor joined the band whilst under the tutelage of founder Sid Cooper. Back then the band was predominantly populated with musicians from the schools where Sid taught, so it seemed fitting to mark these milestones with a return to our school roots for a workshop and concert with musicians from Thurstable school. The day's theme of "Try Everything – a Musical A to Z" sees the band's experienced players guiding the school musicians through all styles of music, from classical, big bands, pop, shows, films, dixieland, rock-n-roll and latin, culminating in an evening concert at St Luke's Church in Tiptree in aid of Children In Need.
Shortly after that we'll be wrapping up this year's activities with our Christmas Concert on Saturday 16th December at 7:30pm in the beautiful St Peter ad Vincula Church in Coggeshall. The Christmas Concert has always been a favourite of both the band and our audiences, with the concert always having a lovely warm and fun atmosphere wherever we hold it. That's become even more so in recent years when we've been able to programme the concerts to contain nothing but Christmas music. This year's concert includes music from Tchaikovsky, Irving Berlin, The Polar Express and Paul McCartney among others, plus carols to join in with and some beautiful carol arrangements by Holst & Leroy Anderson that are perfect for listening to. We hope you'll join us for a lovely evening of festive music in a lovely setting.
Looking further ahead to 2018, we already have a packed programme to celebrate the band's 40th anniversary and are very much looking forward to playing some of the band's all-time favourite music in some of our favourite venues. The total amount raised for charities by the band in the last dozen years will also pass £40,000 during the band's 40th year, which is another milestone of which the band are very proud.
As always, details on all of our events are available on this website, and new players of any age are always welcome to come and see us on Friday evenings at Heathlands School, including at our next Open Rehearsal on 19th January. We look forward to seeing you at our Christmas Concert, and we wish you a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year.