Archive for Llewellyn Wells

Musical Director

The band thank Nigel Howard for his hard work, musicianship and guidance over the past 10 months. Since joining us last August, Nigel’s contribution was essential to our success at the National Championship and our fabulous concerts in Wokingham. Nigel wishes the band every success for the future and thanks everyone for their hard work during his time as MD. We also wish Nigel the very best in his musical career.

Musical Director

The band thank Lee Woodward for seven and a half years of tireless dedicated service, which have seen the band move up to the Second Section, win the Oxfordshire and District Contest and qualify for the National Championship.

Ted Cull, Principal Cornet 1981-2005

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Wokingham Winter Carnival

Wokingham Winter Carnival is a fun day for all the family, starting at 11am on Sunday 29 November with street markets, performances and events throughout the day.

Saint Sebastian Wokingham Band will lead the Carnival Procession which starts at 4pm at Shute End and parades around the town.

Wokingham Fireworks

Saint Sebastian Wokingham Band will lead the torchlight procession from the town centre at 6:30pm on Saturday 7 November.

The procession of 500 flaming torches walking down Broad Street is truly memorable and well worth coming down to watch and listen to the band.

The fireworks start at 7:30pm – the display will wow the audience and will be followed by a big bonfire.

More information about the event can be found at
http://www.wokingham-fireworks.co.uk/Fireworks-2015/fireworks-2015.html

Putting Brass in Macmillan’s Pocket

Saint Sebastian Wokingham Band recently performed in a concert which raised £765.50 for the Town Mayor’s Charity – Macmillan Cancer Support
The evening also saw the presentation of the band’s annual awards.

Following the rousing march General Mitchell, the band played the beautiful tone poem Finlandia. Principal Cornet Kevin Barker continued in style with Georgia on my Mind and our Trombone section delivered a colourful and enjoyable arrangement of It’s Not Unusual. Flugel Horn Damon Emes lyrically provided contrasting solace and resolve with A Time for Peace before the excitement of Gaelforce, The Dam Busters and band awards.

Awards

Long service awards were presented to Bb Bass Derrick Curtis (5 years) and 3rd Cornet Keith Spiers, who has retired from the band after 35 years of distinguished service.

We the band nominated our Concert Secretary Dawn Thompson to receive the award Bandsman of the Year for her tireless service, administrative and logistical contribution to the running of the band, and this in the face of the most challenging personal circumstances.

Musician of the Year was awarded to Solo Horn Siân Moorhouse (pictured) for her musical contribution to the band and consistent instrumental progress.

The Wokingham Paper published an article about our concert.

Article in The Wokingham Paper

Town Mayor’s Concert

Wokingham Town Mayor, Councillor Philip Mirfin, invites you to a concert performed by Saint Sebastian Wokingham Band!

Saturday 26 September 2015, 7:30pm (doors 7pm)
Wokingham Theatre, Twyford Road, Wokingham RG40 5TU

Tickets cost £10 each and are available at Wokingham Theatre
www.wokingham-theatre.org.uk 0118 978 5363

Proceeds support the Mayor’s Charity – Macmillan Cancer Support

Wokingham All Saints Concert

As part of the Wokingham Summer Music Festival we invite you to join the band for our lunchtime concert at All Saints Church! Our programme features famous marches, choral composition, hits from stage & screen and much more!

Saturday 20 June 2015, 12-1pm
All Saints Church, Wiltshire Road, Wokingham, Berkshire RG40 1UE

Tickets cost £6 and are available at http://www.wegottickets.com/event/315068

For more information about the Wokingham Summer Music Festival go to http://www.wokinghamconcerts.co.uk/summer-festival.html

Whit Friday – The Greatest free Show on Earth

The band enjoyed a terrific Whit Friday with good friends and fun all day!  After supporting the Whit walks at Greenfield, we partook of a well-earned drink and hot lunch.  The band then delivered an afternoon sports day concert before performing at no less than 6 contests throughout Saddleworth!

Up against a selection of the best brass bands in the world, our contest results are encouraging and are as follows:

Delph 18th out of 77 bands
Diggle 25th out of 63
Denshaw 19th out of 66
Dobcross 19th out of 69
Greenfield 35th out of 68 – click here to watch our performance of The King’s Cavalier
Uppermill 28th out of 55

Saints Annual Gala Concert And Awards Evening

The Saint Sebastian Wokingham Band recently held their annual Gala Concert, which also saw the presentation of their annual player awards.

Following the rousing march ‘Ravenswood’ the band continued in usual style with the overture from ‘The Marriage of Figaro’. Following an earlier panic where repiano cornet Maria Lacey had to go back home to pick up her forgotten music and returning literally as the band were taking the stage, Maria along with identical twin Sally, flawlessly performed ‘the Flower Duet’ from Lakme.

Continuing with opera but this time form Italy, the band played Alan Fernie’s ‘Italian Fantasy’ a selection of popular themes including Funiculì, Funiculà, Nessun Dorma, O’ Sole Mio and Grand march from Aida. Concluding the first half, was the descriptive music from Karl Jenkin’s ‘The Armed Man’.

Following a short interval, the band started the second half with Hogarth Lear whirlwind of ‘Pel Mel’. In memory of the recent passing of Graham Woodward who was avid follower and close friend of the band not to mention Father of our MD Lee, the Band played Elgar’s Nimrod. Resetting the mood, the band played the Ray Woodfield portrait of circus life ‘Russian Circus Music’ with sections depicting the tumbling acrobats, scary bears and elephants and not forgetting the clowns.

Awards

Providing a short rest for the band, it was time to announce this year’s players awards.

The Bandsman of the year award is given for an individual’s service towards the running of the band, and this year was presented to the Band’s Chairman Paul MacNeill.

The next was for the light hearted ‘Facebook player of the Year’. Following all rehearsals, MD Lee Woodward votes for the player or section he believes to have played the best throughout the rehearsal. This year, Solo horn Jen Butchers was the worthy winner of this coveted award.

Finally, the Musician of the year. This year was presented to Wayne Filer on soprano cornet because of his “consistently high standard of playing at rehearsals, concerts and at contests”

Demonstrating one the reasons why he was voted Musician of the year and under extreme pressure, Wayne took the stage and performed Paul Duffy’s jazzy ‘Oh When the Saints’.

The Band then continued with the ever popular Last Night of the Proms including Fantasia on British Sea Songs, the hymn ‘Jerusalem’ and ending in style with Pomp & Circumstance March No. 1.

“I’m so Proud of Saint’s. It’s been a good year contest-wise, a respectful result at the Areas and a win at the SCABA entertainment contest. All of our concerts have been great; I purposely put out challenging music but the band take it in their stride and play it to a high standard. I’m blessed to have a committed band with great players all around the stand. Thank you to everyone and keep up the good work.” MD Lee Woodward.