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Kent Garden Show Late May Bank Holiday Weekend 2019

The band enjoyed its appearances on all three days of the Kent Garden Show at the Kent County Showground and, playing to large crowds, was in receipt of numerous comments praising the quality of its playing and the choice of music. It was an occasion to feature just about all of the band’s soloists and ensembles, all of whom rose… Read more »

Marden Church 27th April 2019

The band enjoyed its return to Marden Church for its second successive concert during the evening of Saturday 27th April. The concert, in a lovely setting, was attended by an appreciative and enthusiastic audience and the programme; which was loosely based around St. George’s Day, featured four soloists; Ian Lanceley, Alan Bristow, Phil Neeve and Abbie Bristow, who was performing… Read more »

St Michael and All Saints Church, Marden. 27th April 2019

The band is busily preparing for its much anticipated return to St Michael and All Saints Church in Marden. Our first appearance there was in April 2018 and we are delighted to be performing in this lovely venue once again. The concert commences at 7.30pm with an admission charge of £10 which includes a glass of wine.

Regional Contest 2019

Ian   13th March 2019   No Comments on Regional Contest 2019

The band have been working hard on this year’s 2nd Section test piece, Darrol Barry’s ‘The Rise of the Phoenix’, in preparation for the annual London and Southern Counties Regional contest which takes place this over coming weekend 16th and 17th March. The contest will be held in Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre and the band have been drawn to… Read more »

BAE Systems Company Carol Service 2018

The Band was delighted to play for the Company Carol Service once again on Monday 10th December. The service featured congregational carols, which the band accompanied, a number of readings, four band slots, a mass Twelve Days of Christmas and a now regular appearance from the Ukulele Band who performed a number of Christmas hits in their own inimitable style.

Leeds Castle Christmas Market December 2018

This November and December saw the band once again performing in the grounds of the lovely and historic Leeds Castle for the Leeds Castle Christmas Market. Having played there twice in 2017, the band was asked to perform on three separate weekends in 2018. The large crowds were entertained with varied programmes consisting of Christmas music, soloists and pieces from… Read more »

Rochester Christmas Dickensian Festival 1st/2nd December 2018

The band was once again delighted to be invited to perform at the annual Rochester Christmas Dickensian festival. However, that delight soon turned to dismay as the weather closed in on the Saturday with persistent rain and drizzle limiting our performance opportunities in an effort to save the music from ruin. The band did manage to complete all of its… Read more »

December 2018

Ian   27th November 2018   No Comments on December 2018

The band has just begun a busy few weeks of Christmas events with a performance on Saturday 24th November at Leeds Castle Christmas Market. We have two further performances there this year – Saturday 8th and Sunday 16th December. In addition to the these appearances you can also get to see and hear the band perform at the Rochester Dickensian… Read more »

End of the 1st World War Centennial Concert

The band was delighted to take part in Maidstone’s ‘Party to Remember!’ on 4th November 2018. The aim of the event was to celebrate the end of the Great War 100 years ago and featured the band along with The Maidstone Singers and Energize Community Choir. Each group performed pieces from the era separately and also en masse, concluding with… Read more »