Hathern Band - Annual Charity Concert in aid of LOROS

Jan. 14, 2011


Hathern Band’s first concert in 2011 was a Charity event in aid of LOROS, the Leicestershire & Rutland Hospice, and the capacity audience at Burleigh Community College, Loughborough thoroughly enjoyed the evening’s entertainment. This is the Band’s 10th concert in support of LOROS and as in previous years, the concert has also benefited from support by Barclays Bank under their ‘£ for £ Scheme’.

The Band and Musical Director, David Newman, treated the audience to a varied programme with some great playing and opened proceedings with the march Freiweg, which had been arranged by the Band’s solo euphonium player, Neville Buxton.

Mike Wood, the Band’s principal solo cornet player had a busy evening because in addition to performing a duet of the Frank Sinatra number ‘Something Stupid’ with flugel horn player, Lesley Bentley, he and other members of the cornet section were featured in The Water is Wide, The Humming Chorus and a very moving rendition of Auld Lang Syne/Last Post.

Another member of the cornet section, Susan Robinson, demonstrated her other musical talents on keyboard when together with Lesley Bentley on flugel horn, they gave a splendid performance of the delightful number, Scarlet Ribbons. The final solo of the evening was from trombonist Simon Baum who gave a very polished interpretation of In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning and all without the aid of any sheet music – most impressive!

In addition to enjoying the Band’s playing, the audience also obviously appreciated the introductions to each number provided by David Newman, whose relaxed and often amusing style certainly added to the evening’s entertainment.

Last year, members of Hathern Band joined the Festival Players, Loughborough in their very successful stage production of the hit film Brassed Off, which had starred the late Pete Postlethwaite. The beautiful number Londonderry Air featured in the production was performed by the Band, in memory of a great actor and as a reminder of the fun of taking part in the play. Music from the film Chicago set the toes tapping as the Band performed All That Jazz with great aplomb and the concert was brought to a rousing conclusion with more film music from The Last of the Mohicans.

The concert was a huge success and raised £1,860.66 for LOROS, including a donation of £750.00 from Barclays Bank under their match funding scheme. The cheque was accepted by Simon Proffitt, Chief Executive of LOROS who thanked everyone for achieving such a splendid amount and said that both he and his wife had thoroughly enjoyed the evening’s entertainment. Mr Proffitt went on to say that in addition to its 300 employees, there are 900 volunteers and each year the Hospice needs to raise £4 million to continue its work within the local community.

On behalf of Hathern Band, David Newman thanked Barclays for their on-going support of this concert, which has now raised over £21,000.00 for LOROS since the first one ten years ago. He also thanked everyone involved with the concert, particularly the audience, as without such support it would not have been possible to raise over £1,800.00 for the Leicestershire & Rutland Hospice.

Christmas Concert

Dec. 4, 2010

There was plenty of seasonal songs and festive fun at Hathern Band’s Christmas Concert, which despite the icy conditions, drew a large and appreciate audience to the Hodson Hall, Loughborough. The Main Band and Musical Director David Newman entertained throughout the first half and included a beautiful euphonium duet, Babe in a Manger, from Neville Buxton and Graeme King, plus Santa Claustrophobia which set the toes tapping and Christmas Joy which Neville had arranged for the Band.

It was the Training Band under the baton of David Newman who received the loudest cheers of the night – many of the youngsters seemed dwarfed by their instruments but gave splendid performances of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Silent Night and We Wish You A Merry Christmas, all of which had been arranged by Main Band Member, Sam Garton. It was a memorable night for cornet player Steven Guerin as he was presented with the Tom Dennis Memorial Cup for being the Most Improved Learner in the Training Band.

Hathern Concert Brass, which also included members of the Youth Band, gave excellent performances of Last Christmas, The Snowman and Christmas Crackers all of which demonstrated the Band’s playing ability and enthusiasm, together with that of their Musical Director Andrea Allen. Throughout the evening the audience obviously enjoyed singing the carols and Concert Brass provided the accompaniment to God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.

Before the finale, David Newman announced that the Main 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 Friday 14 January 2011 at Burleigh College, with all proceeds going to the Hospice. Tickets are available now from Band Secretary, Lesley Bentley on 01509 672029 or email, lesley.bentley@dsl.pipex.com.

All good things must come to an end but what a splendid end – the hugely popular Snow Waltz – which saw audience and musicians alike swaying along with the music. The whole evening was certainly a great start to the festive season.

Hathern Band - Patrons Evening

Oct. 16, 2010

The recent Patrons Evening proved to be a great success following a number of changes, due to retirement and University, in Band personnel plus an ambitious programme of 9 new works. There were 2 arrangements by our Principal Euphonium player Neville Buxton, a German March and a Michael Jackson number. New arrangements in the form of Polovtsian Dances, a trombone solo by Simon Baum ‘In the wee small hours of the morning’ as usual played without music! a feature for solo cornets called ‘The Water is Wide’ and a further one for around half the band with a lovely arrangement of the ‘Humming Chorus’ from Puccini’s Madam Butterfly. New music was not neglected with a parting gift from Antony Edwards, who has gone to York to work, of Rock Music III. Also a terrific new composition called ‘An American Tale’ which very cleverly features songs from the American Civil War.

Whilst the Patrons Evening is not often a request concert, due to persistent cries from Patron Helen Buck we did perform ‘The Gael’ which is music from the film The Last of the Mohicans. This last piece also requires a keyboard and this addition to our programme was made possible by the return of Susan Robinson from York University.

The evening proved to be a great success from my point of view giving the new players an early opportunity to play together and I hope the evening was just as enjoyable to the Patrons, to whom we are indebted for their continued support.

David Newman

The photo shows Dave presenting the annual awards – Mark Tanser receiving the ‘Players Player’ trophy and Sam Garton receiving the ‘Bandperson of the Year’ award

Concert Brass - Annual Concert

Sept. 25, 2010

Hathern Concert Brass performs regularly in the locality but they were on home territory recently for their annual concert in the village. The Band was in fine form and under the baton of Andrea Allen, presented a lively mix of music, including Old Gumbie Cat and Skimbleshanks from the popular musical, Cats; Angels, the Robbie Williams hit and Cruella de Vil from the Disney film, 101 Dalmatians. The brass band traditionalists were not forgotten, with the inclusion of the toe tapping marches, Kenilworth and Star Lake

It was a very enjoyable evening and Andrea’s amusing anecdotes and introductions to the numbers certainly added to the entertainment. The audience also needed little encouragement to join in the fun during YMCA and Amarillo, and were sent home with a spring in their step after the Band’s stylish rendition of the popular Michael Bublé song, Sway, from the film Shall We Dance.

The evening also saw the presentation of awards for Player of the Year and Bandsman of the Year. It was certainly a case of ‘girl power’ with Rebecca Simms named as Bandsman of the Year and Player of the Year went to Annie Tilling. Rebecca’s hard work has paid dividends as she has recently progressed to playing with the Main Hathern Band. (The photograph shows Musical Director, Andrea Allen, handing over the trophies to Annie (left) and Rebecca (right).

Concert Brass was established three years ago to develop young players in readiness for progression to the Main Hathern Band, by giving them the opportunity of playing a wide variety of music and gaining performance experience. It is also an ideal forum for people not wanting the pressure of competitions that goes with being a player in the main band. Concert Brass has grown steadily and there are currently over 30 members, ranging in age from 8 to 70 but new players are always welcomed. Further information can be found on the Band’s website www.hathernband.co.uk.

Hathern Band - Kedleston Hall

Aug. 25, 2010

The Band gave a private concert at Kedleston Hall for the Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering. They were extremely well received and were delighted to play in such a beautiful setting.