|HTB officially appoint new MD.|
Darren Hendy has officially been appointed to the role of HTB Musical Director. Check out our news page for full details.
|Concert Band - Gweek Pig Roast - Gweek|
Tue Jul 29 @19:00 - 09:00PM
|Concert Band - Sithney Fete - Sithney School|
Sat Aug 02 @14:00 - 04:00PM
|St Agnes Carnival|
Sat Aug 02 @18:00 -
|WW1 Centenary BBQ - Royal Brithish Legion, Helston|
Fri Aug 08 @19:00 -
|Padstow Quay |
Sun Aug 17 @14:30 -
HTB took to the stage for the first performance of a busy 2014 summer season under new MD Darren Hendy at the beautiful Godolphin House.
The band, as well as soloist Angela Agutter Thomas entertained the crowds providing a varied and entertaining programme ranging from soprano solo 'Demelza' as well the beautiful hymn tune 'Deep Harmony' to more up-tempo pieces such as 'James Bond' and 'Birdland'
The audience (and band for that matter) were also treated to a very rare and special appearance of Gara-Pavarotti.
The evening rounded off with reditions of the traditional proms anthems. The band are now busy prepairing for their next appearance at the popular Constantince Brass on the Grass this Sunday (25th July) along with Camborne, Pendennis and St Keverne Bands, marching off at 6pm
Helston Town Band took to the stage at the Penryn campus performance centre on Friday night to accompany Jack Curnow in his final performance of his music degree. Jack has been a valued member of HTB for many years and the band were delighted to be able to assist him for such an important performance.
Jack played the euphonium solo ‘Benedictus ‘ to kick off the concert, followed by the euphonium duo ‘Another Fine Mess’ with his band mentor Kevin Johns. This amount of euphonium features irked our Solo Trombonist Lester Ashton, who mid-way through the concert decided he had had enough and insisted he be allowed to play a trombone solo. This prompted a rendition of ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’ with Lester as the soloist. Not to be outdone, Jack ran off stage and showing his versatility as a musician, returned with his own trombone to take up the solo role, also decided to sing the last part of the piece. This really annoyed Lester, who walked off stage, prompting the majority of the band to do the same.
A quartette of players loyal to Jack remained on stage and performed what was widely considered the best piece of the evening (quality not quantity) before Jack managed to persuade the rest of the band to return to the stage.
Jack then sang ‘Do Nothing ‘til You Hear From Me’ with band before playing the classic euphonium solo ‘Blaydon Races’ and finishing up to big applause with Tom Jones’ ‘It’s Not Unusual’ with Jack again playing euphonium, trombone and singing during the course of the piece.
As mentioned, the band were delighted to be able to play for Jack and we wish him the best of luck in gaining the good grades that judging by Fridays performance he certainly deserves.
Helston Town Band are delighted to officially announce the appointment of Darren Hendy as their new Musical Director.
Darren takes over the band with a wealth of musical experience behind him and is certainly one of the most recognisable names in West of England banding. His first rehearsal with the band came the week following Flora Day and he made an immediate impact with his obvious musical ability, drive and conducting style.
Following a twelve year break from banding whilst he focused on building his Helston based business, Darren returned to playing eighteen months ago as principal cornet with Camborne Band. He originally started playing the cornet with Porthleven Band in 1979 under the tuition of Stanley Oliver and Henry Medlin and also began taking lessons with former Helston Town Band Musical Director Edward Ashton, before joining Camborne Town Band aged 14 under the tuition of Albert Chappell.
Darren moved away in 1988 to join the famous GUS Band before returning to Cornwall to take the principal chair at St Dennis Band. Aged 21 Darren returned to Camborne Band on principal cornet. During his playing career Darren has won a number of prestigious solo awards at many competitions throughout the Country, he has also played for world famous bands Brighouse and Rastrick, Grimethorpe and Fodens when they performed in Cornwall and has been fortunate enough to play under a number of great conductors such as Derek Greenwood, Bramwell Tovey, Frank Renton, Steve Sykes, Gary Cutt, Leonard Adams, Edward Ashton, Albert Chappell and John Berryman.
Band Chairman Alan Trewhella said ‘I am pleased to welcome Darren Hendy to the role of Musical Director of Helston Town Band and am sure that his vast experience and enthusiasm along with the dedication of our players is certainly a good recipe for success’
Speaking of his appointment, Darren commented – I am excited at the prospect of this new venture and it is an honour to be a part of this famous band.
Darren takes over the band at a busy point in its calendar. The band are looking forward to their first engagement of the summer season - a Proms style evening of music and entertainment at Godolphin House on July 11th. Helston will also be performing at the Constantine Band Sunday, the ever popular Lismore Proms as well as a host of other venues throughout the county – visit our engagements page for a full list of the bands summer bookings.
We are all aware of how talented our young musicians are in HTB, but it is an extra delight to learn that those talents are recognised elsewhere. Our 15 year old Principal Cornet Andy Wingham has been recognised outside the usual brass band circles.
Andy entered and won the ‘Two Moors Festival Young Musicians Competition’ and along with 3 other participants received a cash prize of £250 and the opportunity to perform alongside some renowned professional musicians at the festival’s main two-week event in October.
Along with Andy the winners this year were violinist Hannah Brook-Hughes (the youngest ever winner at the age of 10) cellist Willard Carter (aged 12) and cellist Rebecca McNaught (aged 18).
The Two Moors Festival Young Musicians Platform is a prestigious competition for young talented instrumentalists and singers. It is open to anyone aged 18 and under who lives, or who attends school in the Southwest of the UK. Four winners each receive £250 prize money plus an opportunity to perform in the main festival. Entries are taken for Brass, Wind, Percussion, Strings and Voice.
Congratulations Andy and all credit to you for entering this prestigious competition.