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Start of the year sees Saints gain Second Place at the scaba Spring Contest and a young player’s First Contest

Saints have been busy since John Watts came on board in January, preparing for the Area contest that takes place in March. Like many bands, we decided to give the Area test piece, Ex Terra Lucem (by Jonathan Bates), a good run out at scaba’s spring contest at The Hawth theatre in Crawley on Sunday the 25th of February.

Saints worked hard, and with John at the helm, we came away with the Second Place trophy, the March Prize and the Soloist Prize won by our flugel player Damon Emes.

Contest Secretary (Leighton Cornelius) and Chairman (Llewellyn Wells)

Contest Secretary (Leighton Cornelius) and Chairman (Llewellyn Wells)

Not only was this the first contest and event of the year for Saints and with John as MD, but it was also our youngest player, Victoria’s first ever contest. At 12 years old, Victoria Thompson has been doing a brilliant job playing 3rd cornet and will be joining us at the Areas. A very talented young musician, Victoria showed no nerves at all, and did her parents Dawn (our 2nd Horn) and Andy (Bass) proud!

Victoria with her Cornet

Victoria with her Cornet

Mum and Daughter

Mum and Daughter

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Upcoming Dates in 2018
Sunday 18 March – Area Contest in Stevenage
Sunday 22 April – St George’s Day Parade
Monday 7 May – May Fayre

First Concert of the Year!

Saints are back with our first concert of the year at All Saints Church, Wokingham on Saturday the 25th of February.

We are privileged to be sharing the concert with A440 Choir; an exciting mixed-voice choir of 40 singers based in Berkshire. Together we will perform the best of Brass and Choral music.

With a varied and exciting evening of music planned, Saints and A440 Choir know the church is the perfect location to showcase our first joint concert!

The concert starts at 7.30pm with doors opening at 7pm.

Tickets are £10 with under 18s free, and can be bought on the door or via the website https://allsaintswokingham.yapsody.com/


February Concert Poster

Saints Support the Mayor in 10th Annual Concert

Presentation to the Mayor

Saints present the Mayor with the Wokingham March for the 10th anniversary.

St. Sebastian Wokingham Band’s annual concert in aid of the Mayor of Wokingham’s charity took place this year at the newly-opened Whitty Theatre at Luckley School. The evening, which was the 10th anniversary of the annual concert, was a little different than usual, as this year it was organised by the Town Mayor, Cllr Gwynneth Hewetson, and we shared the concert with some of her chosen local acts.

Saints opened our set with the premiere of a brand new composition commissioned in honour of the town – The Wokingham March. This was composed by our cornet player and bandmaster, Steve Block, and is based on The Wokingham Song by Roy Lillington. The piece went down extremely well with the audience and afterwards The Mayor was presented with a special memento in honour of the premiere of the piece and the 10th anniversary of the concert, which is now displayed in the Town Hall!

After this presentation, the Bandsman of the Year was announced, which is voted for by band members and given to the member that has contributed the most to the running of the band in the past year. The very-deserving winner this year was our band librarian, and part-time quartermaster, Siân Moorhouse. Siân also received a long-term service award for her 5 years with the band, and a special award was given to Bill Martyn for his amazing 45 years’ service with the band.

Following the awards, our MD, Nigel Howard gave the audience a brief introduction to the film Brassed Off, which had been requested by the Mayor as a theme for the concert, before the band played several pieces from the film. The first piece we played was a Flugel Horn solo, featuring Damon Emes; Rodrigo’s Adagio from Concierto de Aranjuez (famously referred to as Concierto d’Orange Juice in the film). This was followed by Clog Dance and Danny Boy, before finishing with a breathtaking rendition of the William Tell Overture.

The concert was a huge success, and some fantastic feedback has been received. Of course the night was not just ours, and the success is shared with our fellow performers the Wokingham Choral Society, Jaxannah, When We Speak and The Hula Monkeys.

Saints are now looking forward to our next public engagements – our annual marches in Wargrave and Wokingham for Remembrance Sunday on 13 November. We are also busy in December with carolling, and our Christmas Concert this year is on Thursday 15 December at the Wokingham Theatre, in aid of the Wokingham Cancer Care Trust.