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HELSTON TOWN BAND
RESIDENT MUSICAL DIRECTOR VACANCY
Could you be the person to lead this historic, friendly and hard - working First Section Cornish Band?
In addition, new players are sought to strengthen the Cornet, Horn and Trombone sections.
We rehearse on Tuesday and Friday evenings.
Please contact our Secretary, Graham Carter, in confidence, for further details:
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See our Solo Contest page for the entry form and classes for the 57th Annual Solo and Quartet Contest
The annual Helston Royal British Legion Remembrance Concert will be held at St Michael’s Church, in Helston, on Sunday 15 November, at 7pm.
Tickets, at £5.00, are available from event organiser Jenny Harvey, care of Helston Legion Club in Tanyard Lane or on the door. All money will go the Helston Poppy Appeal.
Appearing alongside Kevin Johns and Helston Town Band will be Treverva Male Voice Choir, with their Musical Director, Roger Pinsent. Helston Community College’s Post – 16 Ambassador Choir will also be taking part in the evening. Well- known and entertaining local compere, Bruce Taylor, will be overseeing the proceedings.
In recent years, the numbers of people attending this event have dwindled, but all of those involved hope they can now put it back on track.
We hope that people in Helston and beyond will come along and support this worthy cause!
Helston Royal British Legion
Sunday 15 November 2015, 7.00pm
St Michael’s Church, Helston
Featuring: Helston Town Band
With: Helston Community College Post- 16 Ambassador Choir
On Saturday 5th September as the sun shone, Helston Town Band polished off their busy summer season with the first of their two final appearances of the summer season.
Saturday saw the world premiere performance from the Honolulu Town Band aka Helston Town Band and Helston Town Concert Brass as they have never been seen before. The band dressed in attire to match the music which this year was wonderfully jazzy, Zambezi. The dress code for players was “Hawaiian” and boy, did they go to town; or should that be beach? There were more Hawaiian shirts and shorts than on Waikiki Beach, O’ahu Island, Hawaii. All that was missing was a few long boards and the waves.
The band played for the whole carnival and many of the spectators and participants were seen dancing to the music and really enjoying themselves.
Sunday saw the final concert of the summer when the band, minus the Honolulu contingent, performed at the Old Cattle Market as part of the Helston Harvest Fayre. The band, once again under the guidance of Deputy Musical Director Kevin Johns, entertained the audience in the sun. Kevin kept the audience entertained between pieces with his wit and friendly manner (I was told to write that). There was also some sadness to the concert in that it was the last one that two of the younger members of the band will play in for a while as they leave for university soon. Second horn player, Matt Wingham, leaves in a couple of weeks to study Astronomy at Aberystwyth, while Bass trombone player, Nick Philips, is of to train on yachts. The band wishes them well in all they do and are sure they will be successful. Just don't forget May 8th!
This comes after a very busy period for the band with their annual Lismore Proms being the centre of attention for a group of hard workers over a busy few days
Held once more in the wonderful setting of Lismore, the hard work started days before the performance. Tuesday saw Lionel Endean doing his duck impression while the scaffolders built the stage in the pouring rain. When asked what the weather was like, Mr Endean thought that a pet snake had escaped as he said it had been “Hissing down!” At least I think that is what he said.
What a relief on Wednesday morning though to see the sky a lovely blue and the branches of the trees barely moving in the breeze. This would certainly make the day ahead a lot easier. Wednesday is the day when the proms begin to be put together and “Gaffer Garcie”, AKA Kevin Johns, sets his apprentices their tasks for the day which include fixing up the lights, laying out the cables, getting the pasties.
Thursday was all about dressing the stage and preparing for the evening rehearsal. Eventually it was all ready except for one major piece of equipment. The steps onto the stage. Garcie may be the Gaffer but when it comes to “Elf n' safety”, Shaun is the foreman. All that was missing was the pocket full of pens in his dust coat. You wouldn’t believe how long three men can take to sort out one step but what a result! Even the ladies would be impressed.
After the stage, there was only the performance to worry about. And the weather of course! But after 2 evening rehearsals and the weather being glorious all day, there was nothing to worry about. By the time the gates opened at 6:00pm, there was already a queue of spectators along Cross Street. The Concert band played a selection of their music as the audience settled in after being greeted by Lionel, who had dried out by now, and pointed to the best seats by Jamie King. This was, of course, after Ann had taken some of their money for the raffle and David had taken the rest for flags and glow sticks.
As the clock struck 7:00pm, Alan Trewhella, the band Chairman, stood in front of the stage and welcomed everyone to the 2015 Proms before handing over to the compere for the evening, Mr Bruce Taylor.
What an evening? The playing was excellent including a fantastic solo performance of Capriccio Brilliante by Solo horn player Lisa Sara and solos by mother and daughter singers, Karen and Bromley Hurn as well as a special guest performance by Patricia McFaddyan, an established opera singer and close friend of the band president and owner of Lismore, Mr Michael Jay. There was the usual comedy sketch, this year being Forty Fathoms performed by Ben Curnow and Nathan Tootil on Eb and Bb Bass’. This performance saw a special appearance by deep sea fishermen, Jack and Kevin in their boat the “Hoof Hearted”. The fisherman soon paddled off when a rather ill looking killer whale came along though.
The evening ended on a high with everyone standing and singing whilst waving their flags in the usual proms ending of Radetsky, Fantasia on British Sea Songs, Jerusalem and Pomp and Circumstance. The concert ended with a mighty rendition of “Trelawney”.
After such a great night and with all the preparation that had been put in, it took most of the band a good few hours to unwind and relax with a little help from the Helston RBL. Thanks guys.
The sun did not keep its hat on for Sunday though which meant that the Songs of Praise would have to be held indoors at the Methodist Chapel. But what a great turn out? The chapel was full and the singing magnificent. Karen and Bromley sang once again and the gospel group led the singing of the some of the hymns. The whole evening, organised by the bands’ 1st Baritone player, Paul Jenkin, ran smoothly thanks to the superintendent minister and friend of the band, Rev Danny Reed.
Monday is grafting day as the band all meet up to take everything away, including the stage. But the sun was back, so we didn’t get wet like last year but it was very hot and dry work. Special thanks to all the players who turned up to help. It would not have been done without you.
Tuesday saw the band playing at Helston Football Club on their inaugural game under floodlights. They played a few marches before the game but when the players were ready to run onto the field for the start of the game, the band formed a tunnel for the players to run through while playing the traditional Flora Dance. What and honour for all involved.
The band would like to wish the football club all the best for the coming season.
TICKETS LAUNCHED FOR HELSTON TOWN BAND’S 2015 LISMORE PROMS - SATURDAY 29 AUGUST
Members of Helston Town Band are very proud to launch tickets for their Annual Lismore Proms. Tickets will be on sale from tomorrow evening (Friday 10 July), when the band will play outside The Harbour Inn, Porthleven, from 7.30pm.
The Lismore Proms has grown from a fairly modest affair (originally the concept of former Musical Director John Hitchens), with a tiny stage and limited audience, into a large concert for 500 or more people, with an impressive, dressed stage, sound system and extensive lighting. It has now become a regular event for many and a fixed highlight of the band’s calendar.
The event is once again to be held in the extremely beautiful gardens of the Grade II Listed Lismore House, by kind permission of the owner, Band President, Michael Jay. It is a wonderful setting that would be hard to replicate elsewhere; a natural amphitheatre, set in lovely grounds and in a private garden in the centre of Helston.
This year’s event is significant in that Professional Conductor, David Johnson, a serving Marine at Portsmouth, will oversee the proceedings for the first time…. and in his own inimitable style! In recent months, Kevin Johns, as Deputy Musical Director, has regularly led rehearsals, with David making regular trips down to Helston, to work alongside him and take the band at contests. The Band is indebted to both gentlemen for their considerable work.
At Lismore, the music will be varied, as usual; with David at the helm, there are bound to be one or two surprises along the way, in contrast to the traditional Jerusalem, the rousing Land of Hope and Glory and the ever- popular Trelawny finale.
The gates will open at 6pm, when The Helston Concert Brass, with their Musical Director, Ian Edwards, will be on hand to entertain the audience, prior to the official start, at 7pm.
This year sees the return of wonderful local Mother and Daughter soloists, Mezzo Soprano, Karen Hurn and her daughter, Bromley, Soprano. The band is delighted to welcome both ladies back to the stage.
Karen and Bromley will also be the special guests at the band’s Songs of Praise, being held at Lismore, the following day, at 6.30pm. The evening will be led by Reverend Danny Reed and proceeds will go to Tanya’s Courage Trust.
Keeping the Proms running smoothly will be Bruce Taylor, with whom the band is delighted to work with once again. Bruce has built up quite a reputation locally as a very entertaining compere and will move things along in his own humorous style.
Guests to Lismore are encouraged to bring their own picnics, rugs (although there will be limited seating available) and wine! Union Jack and Cornish flags will be on sale for the big proms finale, when the audience will be encouraged to participate!
From next week, tickets, at £10 each, will be on sale from Christophers Estate Agents, (Wendron Street, Helston), Heathercraft Fabrics (Coinagehall Street, Helston) and Pictures & Things Gallery (Meneage Street, Helston).
The band is grateful to local businesses for assisting with ticket sales.
Tickets will also be available on the gate, on the day itself.
Anyone requiring further information can telephone 07715 312571 or check the pages on this website
The band is busy over the coming weeks and will be playing at Constantine Band Sunday, on 19 July, at the Helston Town Band Fete (at the Boating Lake) on 25 July, from 2pm and back at Porthleven, on 31 August, from 7.30pm. Anyone interested in attending the Lismore Proms can purchase their tickets at these events and the band look forward to meeting members of the public. For a small donation, the band extends an invitation to supporters to officially become a Vice President.
For the members of Helston Town Band, it is fingers crossed now for a successful summer season and enjoyable build up to the highlight, on 29 August, at Lismore!
The clock is ticking down to Saturday at 6:00pm when the gates of Lismore are opened for Helston Town Bands' 2015 Lismore Proms. The stage is up and the lighting and decorating has started, the band are rehearsing and it's looking like another great year
We have booked good weather and been told that we should be lucky so, when packing the drinks, picnic, more drinks, a blanket and another couple of bottles (just in case) make sure you pack a coat and umbrella. You can always use it to keep the early evening sun from burning!!
On Saturday 20th June, the village of Bugle opened their gates and closed the road with its freshly laid tarmac to the sound of brass. The West of England Bandsman's Festival at Bugle is a highlight of the brass band world and this was clear by the number of entries. There was the usual downpour of rain but this is Cornwall in June. We wouldn't expect anything else.
By the time Helston arrived though, the rain had stopped and the skies were clearing. Just before Helston Town Band took to the stage, the sun shone down for the first time that day. Was this an omen?
The players lined up to take the stage and were relaxed and smiling as though the nerves were giving way to adrenaline. Helston took to the stage in their confident manner and played the Centaur March followed by Fantasy for Brass Band. This was Helston Town Band on form thanks to Musical Director, David Johnsons' hard work, ably assisted by Kevin Johns. They were going to give the others a good run for their money.
Soon after playing, the sun once again disappeared, possibly to the same pub as most of the bands, to be followed by the Cornish Mist.
As the last bands in the championship section finished and the temperature began to drop, it was results time and the moment of truth.
There were the usual speeches and thanks, followed by the results, starting with the lower section. The atmosphere became tense and the clusters of players tightened before the announcer eventually, after a slight confusion over the trophies, got to the first section results. Helston were awarded second for the March and third for the test piece. Only beaten by Roche (1st & 1st), a band full of championship players and off to the Nationals in September, and Yeovil (2nd in the test piece) who have recently come down from the championship section. Although a win would have been great, it was still good to march back through Bugle with 2 large shields in front.
The band is busily preparing for the summer season and look forward to seeing you at one of appearances.