|7th place at Torquay Contest|
7th place at Torquay - well done to Derek and the Band! A very enjoyable day and our first contest together.
Perhaps not the best result ever... but we can be very proud of what our 'new' Band is achieving and move forward.
A special well done to our young soloists, Andy and Sean and congratulations to Lanner and Camborne Bands.
|Helston Band Christmas Concert|
Sun Dec 15 @19:00 -
Tuesday 10th December- Tesco Extra, Pool, 19.00 - 21.00
Saturday 14th December - Meneage Street, Helston, 10.30 - 14.30
Sunday 15th December - Godolphin House, 11.30 - 13.30 (Helston Town Concert Brass) & 14.30 - 15.30
Helston Town Band’s Annual Christmas Concert will be held at St Michael’s Church, Helston, on Sunday 15th December 2013, at 7.00pm, where the Band and Musical Director Derek Johnston will be joined by Special Guests, The CudRoses Military Wives Choir (Musical Director Georgina Davies).
The recently formed Helston Town Concert Band, led by Ian Edwards and the Helston Student Brass, with Paul Jenkin, will make their debut Christmas appearance.
All four groups will be guided through the proceedings by Bruce Taylor.
As ever, the audience will be able play their part, too, as there will be a number of congregational carols.
CDs of the recent recording of The Floral Dance, with John Treleaven, will also be on sale, with all profits going to the RNLI.
The Band will be around the town throughout the run- up to Christmas, playing in Meneage Street on Saturday 14th (10.30 – 14.30) and Saturday 21st (10.30 – 14.30) and at Helston Tesco on Saturday 21st (10.00 – 16.00).
Helston Town Band’s 55th Annual Solo and Quartet Contest took place at Helston School on Saturday 16 November.
Contest Secretary, Lionel Endean, was delighted to receive 77 entries and declared the event a great success, thanking Main Sponsor, Jamie King, and the businesses of Helston for their support. As usual, the Band’s Ladies Committee provided much- needed refreshments throughout the day.
The main winners were Lia Teague (St Dennis) in the Junior Section and Kevin Ackford (Indian Queens) in the Open Classes.
Adjudicator, Dr Graham Jones MBE, was impressed with the high standard of playing throughout the day and commented that with players like those he had heard, Cornwall has a great musical future ahead.
Well done to all who took part!
Class 1 - Lia Teague, St Dennis
Class 2 - Lia Teague, St Dennis
Class 3 – Chloe George, Indian Queens
Class 4 – Chloe George, Indian Queens
Class 5 – Andy Wingham, Helston/ Chloe George, Indian Queens
Class 6 – Illogan Silver Band
Class 7 – Kevin Ackford, Indian Queens
Class 8 – Lisa Johns, Helston
Class 9 – Kevin Ackford, Indian Queens
Class 10 – Kevin Johns/ Lisa Johns, Helston
Class 11- Redruth Town Band
The Band will be doing something a bit different this weekend and attending a recording session on Sunday 24 November, as they transform into the Jack "The Crooner" Curnow's Swing Orchestra!
Jack, 21, who is the Band's Second Euphonium, will be recording three of his swing favourites as part of his Falmouth University Music Degree course and has provided the Band with his arrangements, to accompany his vocals.
Derek will lead the day of recording at Helston School Music Block and Band Members can be assured of adequate refreshments, as Jack has passed on strict food- related instructions to Mum, Jenny.
Good luck to Jack with this exciting project and we look forward to hearing the results!
The Band enjoyed a very exciting weekend of rehearsals with David Hirst, the former Resident Conductor of Brighouse and Rastrick Band, and were extremely privileged to have an opportunity to work with such a high- calibre and experienced musician. Thank you for your time, David and we hope to see you again in the future!
Musical Director, Derek Johnston, is now putting the finishing touches to the Band's testpiece for the SWBBA Contest, at Torquay, on Saturday. Derek is proud to be able to take the Band to his first contest as MD and this will see the culmination of weeks of hard work by everyone involved, as well as some fairly significant changes to the Band line- up.
Andy Wingham, at just 14 years old, is doing an excellent job as Principal Cornet and is ably assisted by old hand Ian Harvey and father and daughter team, Clive and Lowenna Christophers. As a talented pianist, Andy's Dad, David, was rather reluctantly coaxed into the percussion section (along with fellow percussion "imposters," regular brass players Jack Curnow and Matt Wingham), but may have now found his true vocation!
For another father and daughter combination, Steve (Eb Bass) and Hannah Matthews (2nd Cornet), Saturday will be their debut contest appearance with the Band. Similarly, Katy Wilson (2nd Horn), Shaun Carter (2nd Euphonium) and Lowenna Christophers also make their debut outings with Helston, whereas Gavin Pascoe (3rd Cornet) and Ben Martin (Percussion) have both returned in recent months and are delighted to be back in blue jackets and new- look black bow ties. New band member Hannah plays next to Russell Harvey, who, in complete contrast, is approaching 70 years with Helston.
Recent visitors to this website may have noticed that the Player Profile section has been out of action. However, it will shortly return, with write-ups and pictures to allow visitors to identify newer members and allow familiarise themselves with some older (and perhaps not so beautiful?) faces, such as Russell's, too!
Next weekend will be another busy one for the Band, with Helston's Remembrance Parade on the afternoon of 10 November and a concert with St Keverne Male Choir, at Helston Church, in the evening.
The following weekend sees the Helston Town Band 55th Solo and Quartet Contest take place at Helston School and Contest Secretary, Lionel Endean, would gratefully receive entries (currently fairly low!) from players of all standards. Lionel can be contacted on 01209 212458 and hopes to hear from you.
Back to this weekend... fingers crossed for a good performance at Torquay and a well- deserved result for the Band. We wonder if success could lead to prolonged celebrations for Paul Jenkin (1st Baritone and 50 years young this week) and Lowenna Christophers, whose birthday is on Friday...