Rachael Baum

Aug. 6, 2014

Rachael Baum – Hathern Band

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of our Solo Horn player, Rachael Baum who died in the LOROS Hospice in Leicester on Friday 25th July.

Rachael was not only an outstanding tenor horn player but a true bandswoman. Having been taught by the late Bud Fisher, Rachael was a member of the Loughborough Band who won the Midlands Youth Championships on 6 consecutive occasions, and the National title.

Rachael has ensured a lasting musical legacy as her husband Simon is Principal Trombone with the Band and her middle son Jake is part of the percussion team, her younger son George plays euphonium in the Hathern Youth Band.

Our love and thoughts are with Simon and their sons, Harry, Jake and George, at this very sad time.

Dave Tilling

May 11, 2014

In memory of Dave Tilling –

Dave passed away on Sunday 11th May after a short illness and leaves the family he loved, his wife, Jermaine, his daughter, Annie and his son, George.

Dave was a gentle giant of a man and a more helpful person you couldn’t wish to meet. He was an enthusiastic supporter and promoter of Hathern Concert Brass as well as its stalwart Bass Trombone player for nearly 10 years.

The manner and speed of his passing has shocked us all. It certainly won’t be the same band without him. Rest in peace Dave, we`ll all miss you very much.

With our love – The Hathern Band Organisation

Groby Solo Contest

April 6, 2014

Not such a big entry for the Solo/Quartet/Duet Contest at Groby College on Sunday 6th April but well done to all those who did attend

3rd Prize – 14 years and under Hymn Tune Quartet – George Baum, Stephen Guerin, Olivia Needham and Alastair Smith
2nd Prize – Edward Hefferman in the Percussion section
3rd Prize – Freddie Buchanan in the 14 years and under Slow Melody & 4th Air Varie

A very well done to all those playing solo`s George Baum, Stephen Guerin, Alastair Smith and Rebecca Miller – perhaps we can get more to join you at the next contest in October!

Marriage Blessing

Feb. 22, 2014

What a lovely day! – congratulations to Andrea & Colin and of course not forgetting Christopher and Sammy. xx


Jan. 18, 2014

Arriving at Hathern Parish Church to find a queue of people boded well for the Charity Concert being held there in aid of the LOROS Hospice, given by Hathern Senior Band and indeed there was a capacity audience.

The Band were certainly on top form for their first concert of 2014 and together with Musical Director David Newman, treated the audience to a lively programme in a variety of musical styles, which emphatically demonstrated that brass bands don’t just play marches. The concert was something of a worldwide tour; we were taken on a trip to America which had us Breezin’ Down Broadway and our toes were set tapping with a fast paced rendition of Do-Re-Mi from the Sound of Music, set in Salzburg, Austria. Next it was off to Vienna for a great version of the Fire Bell Polka by Josef Strauss, complete with a ‘fire bell’ expertly struck by Rebecca Simms, rather different from playing her usual instrument, the tuba. We then called in at Berlin to hear the well known number Mack the Knife from the Threepenny Opera, which had its premiere in the city.

The solos featured during the evening changed the pace and mood; euphonium player Graham Rix expertly played Lament, a beautiful tune by Carl Jenkins; there was a very smooth version of the George Gershwin number Embraceable You by trombonist Simon Baum and flugel horn player Lesley Bentley gave a powerful rendition of the lovely ballad Right Here Waiting.

The concert was a huge success and raised £2,158.00 for the Leicestershire Hospice, including a donation of £750.00 from Barclays Bank under their match funding scheme. Annually, around 2,500 people benefit from the care provided by LOROS, either in the Hospice or in the Community and to carry on with this work, £4.5 million has to be raised each year. The cheque was accepted by Adrian Walker of LOROS who thanked everyone for achieving such a splendid amount and he was pleased to confirm that 90p of every pound raised would go towards patient care.

To conclude a great evening’s entertainment for a great cause we ended our whistle stop tour in Paris with a wonderfully fast and furious version of the Can Can. Indeed, it was a superb evening of marvellous music and David Newman’s amusing anecdotes and introductions to the numbers certainly added to the entertainment.

On behalf of Hathern Band, David Newman thanked Barclays for their on-going support of this concert, which has now raised nearly £28,000.00 for LOROS since the first one in 2002. He also thanked everyone involved with the concert, particularly church members John & Rosemary Worsfold for their help and also the audience, as without such support it would not have been possible to raise over £2,000.00 for the Leicestershire & Rutland Hospice.

Louise Haworth – Publicity Officer
Louise Haworth