November Spotlight

Brass Roots November Spotlight

As part of our Brass Roots project we will be doing a monthly spotlight on an interesting ‘thing’ that we need your help with…

This month i’m going with something a bit more recent – something that came up a lot when we asked people for their memorable band moments at our AGM.

A local arts group needed a band to support their project On Landguard Point, which was bidding for Arts Council funding as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Somehow we ended up at the end of Clacton Pier, in the rain, under red umbrellas, playing music by Michael Neiman on film. That’s banding for you!

On Landguard Point Teaser from Pacitti Company on Vimeo.

Were you there? Did you go to the film showing?

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October Spotlight

As part of our Brass Roots project we will be doing a monthly spotlight on an interesting ‘thing’ that we need your help with…

As some of the band have just returned from a trip to our twin town in Grossalmerode I thought this would suit! This document seems to be a programme for the first twinning trip between Royston and Grossalmerode – the band (of course!) were there to play.

Were you there? Do you remember the event? What are your favourite memories of twinning trips to Grossalmerode? Have you got any photos to share?

Thanks to Royston Museum for making this interesting artefact available to us

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Brass Roots – the beginnings

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Fantastic news!! Here comes Brass Roots

We’ve been awarded £10,000 from @heritagelotteryfund for our band history project ‘Brass Roots‘ thanks to money raised by National Lottery players!

Over the next year there will be many different opportunities to delve into record books, create a new oral history, launch a youth mini-project, reconnect with old friends and much more…

Get in touch with us if you would like to be involved.

Changes in the Development Band

We’re sad to announce that Lisa King is stepping down as the conductor of our fabulous Development Band due to other commitments.

Lisa has conducted the band since it started two years ago and her energy and enthusiasm have inspired many new and returning players – thank you Lisa!

This means we are recruiting for a new volunteer to lead this successful beginner band.  If you would like to take up the challenge, please contact Charmian Flowerday using our contact form by Monday 2nd October.

For the full story of the what the role entails, take a look at the  job description.

Contesting

For the uninitiated, brass band contesting can seem crazy – and it is a bit. You spend about 4 months (on and off) practising one piece of music which culminates in 10 minutes of performance on stage to a pair of judges in a curtained cubicle.

On the plus side, it gives a band the chance to really get under the skin of a piece and to concentrate on technique. It brings the band together and puts a bit of pressure on us to perform – and it’s also a good day out!

This year – After a last rehearsal in the morning of Sunday 19th March – we made our pilgrimage to the Gordon Craig theatre in Stevenage. The fourth section is quite big (18 bands) so it’s split in two and we were in the first half of the draw. We had a little time before going on which can be spent listening to other bands, catching up with friends or looking at shiny new instruments for sale (and trying to resist the temptation to purchase). We went on stage as prepared as we could be and I was genuinely excited. We played. We waited.. and in the early evening we heard: 6th place!

The result was a good one for the band, and it’s a nice reflection that the band is secure in its new bandroom; we have a healthy number of regular members and an experienced conductor. Who knows what we could achieve next year, but for now bring on the summer programme!