It’s carolling season and events are well underway, Kings Langley on Saturday and at Cutlers Hall London to celebrate with the Guild of Toastmasters, always a fun event and this year was no different. 10 out of 10 for their hospitality, thank you. #Brass #BrassBandsAtChristmas https://t.co/1paYpbfCfNRead More
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas #Brass https://t.co/yPdtlA3jWiRead More
We have instruments, sheet music and enthusiastic helpers! All we need is YOU! Register now to join us tomorrow #Brass #Percussion @Harrison19Ruth @barbaraap #trainingband #brassband https://t.co/g7zYMq5hYnRead More
SPECIAL OFFER: #brass and #percussion learners join our #trainingband - first no-obligation session FREE! Hurry, spaces are filling fast. #music @Harrison19Ruth https://t.co/27pa9xYYyoRead More
Looking forward to playing out in public for the first time since the start of the pandemic on Sunday. Join us at Borehamwood Band Stand from 3pm! #brass @Harrison19RuthRead More
Calling #MusicalDirectors! #LSC #FourthSection @Hemelband seeks enthusiastic new #MD. Applications to @Harrison19Ruth #Topbanding #Brassband #BrassRead More
Happy #Brass New Year! We're Looking for a First #Baritone to join our line-up - contact @Harrison19Ruth if you're interested! #topbandingRead More
Great rehearsal tonight. At this rate we're going to need a bigger bandroom! @Harrison19Ruth #topbanding #Brass #AmateurMusicRead More
Fantastic rehearsal with new training band MD Steve Allen! Fancy learning a #brass or #percussion instrument? Get in touch! @Harrison19RuthRead More
Still looking for an enthusiastic stick-waggler for our training band - can you help? #music #brass #conductor https://t.co/rTl7dCSSOxRead More
Issued: 21 Sep 2021
Top brass: Hemel musicians impress judges in National Brass Band Championships
On Sunday 19th September, Hemel Hempstead Band were stunned to reach an impressive fourth place at the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain in Cheltenham. Fending off challenges from bands across the U.K., the Apsley-based ensemble put in a rousing performance of test piece “An Elgar Portrait” to wow the adjudicators with their musicality and bravado.
This achievement is all the more impressive considering that due to the pandemic, the band were unable to meet, rehearse or perform together in person until May this year. Even then, to keep everyone safe from COVID-19 they decamped from their usual rehearsal facilities in Apsley to use a larger hall in nearby Cassiobury School (pictured here at their dress rehearsal last week). Juggling timpani and tubas alike between locations, the intrepid musicians met twice a week under the baton of Musical Director, Mr Paul Fothergill. Their dedication and optimism paid off this weekend.
“We were honoured to be chosen to select the south east of England to play at the National Finals this year. And we had a wonderful weekend in Cheltenham,” says Mr Fothergill. “It’s been a bleak few months but playing together and achieving this fantastic result has put a real smile on our faces.”
The growing band has a thriving training group. Of the twenty-eight brass players and percussionists who played at the contest, seven were under eighteen. By building this groundswell of young talent, the band has big ambitions to extend its 150-year history of making music for the local community by gaining promotion at next year’s regional championships.
“It’s wonderful to see all these youngsters coming through from our training band,” says band President Mr Peter Davis, who started playing in the band aged 14. Now a youthful 89, with an extraordinary 75 years of brass playing under his belt, Peter represented them on baritone horn this weekend. “The future of the band is bright. This result has really put Hemel Hempstead on the map.”
The band welcomes new and returning brass and percussion players of all standards to their band room on Monday evenings from 6.30pm. If you’re interested, please get in touch on our Hemel Hempstead Band Facebook page or tweet @hemelband