Dec. 14, 2013

There was plenty of seasonal songs and festive fun at Hathern Band’s Christmas Concert, which attracted a capacity and appreciative audience to the Hodson Hall, Loughborough. Hathern’s Senior Band and Musical Director David Newman entertained throughout the first half and included marvellous renditions of The Wonder of Christmas, Jingle All The Way, The Carol of the Drum and The 12 Days of Christmas, which was supported by some fine singing by the audience.

However, it was the Training Band also under the baton of David Newman who received the loudest applause of the night with their brilliant performances of Ding Dong Merrily on High/First Noel and Winter Wonderland. Several of the youngsters had only been playing a few weeks but it was clear they had been practising very hard and the whole band certainly looked like they were enjoying the occasion with many wearing festive decorations. It was a particularly memorable night for Alastair Smith as he was presented with the Tom Dennis Memorial Cup for being the Most Improved Learner in the Training Band, which was no mean achievement with over 30 players in contention. It was also Alastair’s final appearance before his progression to the Youth Band/Concert Brass (the picture shows Alastair receiving his award from David Newman).

Hathern Concert Brass, which also included members of the Youth Band then took over the stage and gave splendid performances of Troika, Let it Snow and Candlelight Carol featuring the Band’s new principal cornet player, Sarah Moore. All the numbers demonstrated the Band’s excellent playing ability and enthusiasm, together with that of their Musical Director Andrea Allen. Throughout the evening there was plenty of excellent carol singing by the audience and Concert Brass provided the accompaniment to The First Noel. A big thank you once again to John Weizel for the use of the Hodson Hall at Loughborough Grammar School, who always make the Band so welcome.

Before the finale, David Newman announced that the Senior Band’s first event in the New Year would be a Charity Concert in aid of the LOROS Hospice. The concert is supported by the Barclays Bank ‘£ for £ Scheme’ and takes place on Saturday 18 January 2014 in Hathern Parish Church, with all proceeds going to the Leicestershire Hospice. Tickets priced at £6.00 are available now from Band Secretary, Lesley Bentley on 01509 672029 or email,

All good things must come to an end as the Senior Band performed the hugely popular Snow Waltz, which saw audience and musicians alike swaying along with the music and the final number was the well known and much loved, White Christmas. The whole evening was full of great Christmas music and seasonal cheer, which certainly sent everyone home with a festive spring in their step.

Senior Band Annual Awards

Oct. 5, 2013

The Hathern Band showed their appreciation to the Patrons of the Band for there continued support by entertaining them on Saturday evening. This annual event was again held at Hathern Community Centre and the Patrons were treated to varied music, food and drink along with David Newman’s joke repertoire!

The annual awards for the Senior Band were also made on the evening and congratulations to – Joe Southgate who was awarded the Bandsman of the Year from David Newman and Dru Sparks who was voted the Players Player.

Betty Anderson - Honorary Patron of Hathern Band

May 3, 2013

Betty Anderson, Honorary Patron of Hathern Band was presented with her 50 year Long Service Award from the National Association of Brass Band Conductors on Friday 3rd May. The award was presented by another long serving member of the Association, Sydney Swancott who travelled down from Doncaster to make the presentation. The ceremony took place in Oadby at the Care Home where Betty now lives and it also coincided with Betty’s 84th birthday. As a surprise members of Hathern and Ratby Bands played several pieces and Betty conducted, still showing she hasn’t lost her touch!

The photo shows Betty (who is also President of the Leicestershire Brass Band Association) with her award and the other members of the LBBA Committee – David Newman, Lesley Bentley and Steve Plant.

Leicestershire Brass Band Association Solo Contest

April 14, 2013

Another great day for Hathern’s youth players who took part in the Solo, Duet & Quartet Contest at Groby on Sunday

  • 1st Prize in the 18 years and under duets – Jenny & Christopher Allen
  • 3rd Prize in the 11 to 14 years Slow Melody – Emily Higson
  • 1st Prize in the 18 years and under Quartets – Freddie Buchanan, Jenny Allen, Emily Higson & Christopher Allen

Well done to some excellent performances from our other youth players taking part on the day – Alastair Smith, Rian Grindley, Louise Higson, Stephen Guerin, Katie Simms & Rebecca Simms

Midland Regional Brass Band Championships

March 9, 2013

On Saturday 9th March, 17 Midland Area Bands in the First Section went to Bedworth Civic Centre to take part in the annual area contest. Some of you will have heard the test piece as Hathern Band had one of its final rehearsals in Hathern Church and everyone was invited along to hear them playing. The 17 bands took about 6 hours to play the piece and Hathern was placed 5th (the top three bands are invited to the National Finals in September).

However, movement up or down the sections is dictated by aggregate scores. So, when the 5th place is combined with Hathern’s last two placings in 2011 and 2012 of 2nd and 4th, it means that the Band is promoted to the Championship Section for 2014, playing with the big boys. It should be an exciting year, and congratulations to the Band members and its Musical Director, David Newman, are well deserved.

Full results from the Midlands at 4barsrest. There are 8 Regional Contests during March – Midlands, Yorkshire, West of England, North East, North West, London & Southern Counties, Scotland and Wales

John Worsfold
Chairman – Hathern Band