News update October 2011

Oct. 15, 2011

The Senior Band competed at the National Finals in Cheltenham on Sunday 25th September and they finished 12th. A pleasing performance but the Band is determined to do even better next time.

Two young players in the Band featured in National organisations this year with 13 year old Jake Baum (percussion) playing for the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain and 9 year old Freddie Buchanan (cornet) playing for the National Children’s Brass Band of Great Britain. Both players also took 1st Prize, along with Rebecca Simms (Eb Bass) at the recent Leicestershire Brass Band Association Solo/Quartet/Duet Contest. Our congratulations on all these achievements.

The Patrons Evening was held on the 8th October when our guests were given an insight into the new programme with first performances of 8 new pieces including solo’s from Hathern resident Jack Hardy and Xylophonist Jake Baum. Also on this evening the Senior Awards were presented – Stu Ratcliffe received the Player of the Year and Graeme King was awarded the Bandsman of the Year. A special award this year was to David Newman from Leicestershire Brass Band Association for 50 years loyal and dedicated service to the brass band movement – this was presented by honorary Patron of Hathern Band, Betty Anderson, who is also President of the LBBA (the pictures shows Dave receiving his award from Betty).

You may have missed it but the Band were on the One Show on BBC1 on Friday 7th October filmed at the Great Central Railway, which was a lot of fun to do.

The Concert Brass gave their Annual Concert on the 1st October at the Parish Church and this was a great success. The Conductor’s Award was presented to Dean Onyon and Young Bandsman of the Year to Christopher Mulvaney.

We neglected to mention last month that the Training Band played at the Family Service in Hathern Church on the first weekend of September. This they do every year along with the service on the first Sunday of February, a performance enjoyed by players and congregation alike.

After a weeks break for half term all the Bands will be preparing for a very busy December, along with a Contest for the Senior Band at the end of November.

Senior Band - Player of the Year 2011

Oct. 8, 2011

Awarded to Stu Ratcliffe – well done from us all

Senior Band - Bandsman of the Year 2011

Oct. 8, 2011

Presented to Graeme King – congratulations

Concert Brass

Oct. 1, 2011

Hathern Concert Brass were performing on home territory recently when they presented their annual concert in the Village. Under the baton of Musical Director Andrea Allen, the Band presented an interesting programme in a variety of musical styles.

The concert set off at a lively pace with Breezin’ Down Broadway and Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines, which contrasted well with the smooth rendition of Mood Indigo. The Band’s performance of the Beatles hit Ticket to Ride certainly evoked memories of the days of steam, it was definitely a journey enjoyed by the audience. Amongst other numbers in the programme were Cruella de Vil from the Disney film, 101 Dalmatians, the Barry Manilow hit, One Voice, and Love Changes Everything which featured some fine playing by Freddie Buchanan on cornet. The brass band traditionalists were not forgotten however, with the inclusion of the toe tapping March, Kenilworth.

During the evening Andrea Allen presented The Conductor’s Award to Dean Onyon and Christopher Mulvaney was named as Player of the Year (picture shows Christopher, Andrea & Dean). The final item to end a most enjoyable evening was the popular Michael Bublé song, Sway, which sent the large, appreciative audience home with a spring in their step. A big thank you to Hathern Church for the use of this lovely building.


Sept. 25, 2011

Dear Patrons & friends

You’ll be pleased to hear, I’m sure, that, after being one of the winning bands in the Area Contest last February, Hathern Band has just taken part (yesterday) in the National Finals for the First Section. It was held at Cheltenham Race Course (and the price of beer had to be seen to be believed!).

All 18 Bands were to play the same test piece – La Forza del Destino (The Force of Destiny) Verdi arranged F Wright – and the draw for order of play placed Hathern last, not a great place to be playing we thought, although the winning band played 17th. We played well and were placed 12th. As the announcer said, “Don’t forget that to even get to the finals means that each band has excelled”, so we take pride in being 12th best band out of some 150 bands in the UK who are in the First Section. Congratulations to Musical Director David Newman and all the players for the results of their hard work over the past few months.

This coming Saturday, Concert Brass, under their conductor Andrea Allen, are holding their Annual Concert in Hathern Church. Tickets are £5 (children £2) and are available by phoning Andrew, 01509 265 258, or Jenny, 01509 828 719, or can be bought on the door.

And, of course, we have our Annual Patrons’ Concert on the following Saturday, 8th October, at Hathern Community Centre. If you are are Patron of the Band and you haven`t let Lesley know if you will be attending, its not too late!

With best wishes,
John Worsfold
Chairman – The Hathern Band