Hathern Band Christmas Bazaar

Nov. 24, 2012

The Hathern Band Christmas Bazaar was held at the Church on Saturday. Cakes, tombola, crafts etc were all on offer and our thanks to all those who turned out to support the event. The Concert Brass entertained with Christmas Carols which were very much appreciated.

The Annual Awards were presented by Andrea Allen, Musical Director and awarded as follows –

Hattie Hale
The Echo Shield
Youth Player/Bandsman of the Year

Jenny Peak
The Albert Caleb Kelham Trophy
The Conductors Award

Congratulations to both Hattie and Jenny, very well deserved.

Groby Solo's, Quartets & Duets

Oct. 7, 2012

A great day for Hathern’s youth players at the Groby Contest

Rebecca Simms – 1st in the Slow Melody age group, Aire Varie and Sightreading and won the Leicestershire Junior Champion Award
Freddie Buchanan – 1st in Slow Melody & 1st in Air Varie & 3rd in the Sightreading
Edward Brown – 1st Open Percussion

Well done to some excellent performances from our other youth players taking part on the day – Jenny Allen, Stephen Guerin, Louise Higson, Christopher Allen, Emily Higson, Katie Simms and George Baum.

Bandsman of the Year

Oct. 6, 2012

Bandsman of the Year, Lesley Bentley – Presented by the Musical Director David Newman at the annual Patrons Concert

Players Player award

Oct. 6, 2012

What a trio!! the All Stars
The Joanne Wood Players Player Trophy – presented to
Stuart Morgan, Joe Southgate and Graeme King. (they have yet to decide who will clean it!).

News update September 2012

Sept. 18, 2012

Hathern Band have had a busy summer with concerts at Grace Dieu Manor Prep School, The Banks at Quorn and a Proms Concert at the Civic Centre in Braunstone, Leicester. Their visit to play at Birstall Gala and Proms Concert was cancelled for the second year due to bad weather, sun has been booked for June 30th 2013, so put the date in your diaries.

Concert Brass have given two performances at Parks in Leicester, a visit to Whatton Hall Gardens and their usual visits to play at Hathern Garden Fete and Sutton Bonington Show. It was the Concert Brass this year who also entertained the visitors at the Horticultural Show at the 3 Crowns in Hathern on Bank Holiday Sunday.

The bi-annual visit of the Hathern Training Band to play at the morning service in Hathern Church took place in September. This is one of the three annual public appearances by the Training Band and gives them a chance to learn performance discipline – a lot different to the rehearsal culture! There were a lot of senior band members in supporting roles to help the youngsters. The congregation always look forward to their playing and September was no exception.

The Musical Director, David Newman, invites anyone who has not seen a rehearsal of the Training Band to come and visit us, on Monday evenings, 6:00 to 7:00pm. You’ll be most welcome. The enthusiasm of youth is evident: they can also see a clear path ahead to move to the Youth Band, Concert Brass and then the Senior Band. Come on Monday and see how a tennis ball can be a vital part of learning rhythms!

The Youth Band also plays on a Monday evening, from 7:15 to 8:45pm. This is the stepping stone between the Training Band and Concert Brass, it seems a strange concept to some. It’s a Band that never performs publicly and puts a piece of music away as soon as the musicians can play it. But this is missing the point, which is to cram as many musical ideas and musical theory into young minds, in the shortest time possible. Also learning scales is a must, but not necessarily popular! Do visit us on a Monday night.