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...
If you happen to see one of our carolling groups out and about over the festive season, please donate a little something if you can - we are a self funded group and rely on your support and generosity.
Helston Town Band is making its final preparations for this years annual Lismore Proms. The concert will take place on Saturday 25th August at 7.00pm in the beautiful surroundings of Lismore Gardens, by kind permission of Mr Michael Jay.
This year the band is extremely fortunate to have as their guest soloist, the internationally acclaimed tenor John Treleaven. John will perform solos in both halves of the concert as well as leading the finale of Jerusalem, Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory. As in previous years this will take place with the back drop of a stunning firework display. John is looking forward to being part of the annual Proms concert, and is excited to be performing in his native County, after his illustrious career has taken him to all the major opera houses around the world. John is in huge demand as a soloist and the band is excitied at the prospect of working with him.
Once again the band is also very fortunate to have Phillip Hunt as compere for the evening. Phillip, who presents Sounds of Brass on BBC Radio Cornwall, has worked with the band at various concerts over the years, and the band is delighted that once again he has kindly agreed to compere what will hopefully be another memorable evening.
The concert, and particularly the appearnce of John Treleaven is attracting a lot of attention and is sure to be an evening not to be missed. Tickets are still available from the following outlets: Cancer Funding for Cornwall, Christophers Estate Agents (Helston and Porthleven) and Pictures and Things Gallery.
For more information please visit www.helstontownband.co.uk or call 01326 561153.
We would be delighted to welcome players or supporters, regardless of age or ability, into the organisation.
Our Concert Band rehearses once a week, on a Monday evening from 7.00pm-8.30pm, so why not come along and enjoy the buzz of banding without the commitment of a full time schedule...
We would encourage anyone who is interested to get in touch with us. Contact details can be found on the Website 'Contact Us' page or by calling 07715 312 571in the first instance.
On Sunday 13th March Helston travelled to Torquay to participate in the Area Qualifying Contest at the Riviera Centre, Torquay and achieved their best ever result in the Championship Section by coming 7th. There were 11 bands competing in the section playing the set piece Paganini Variations by Philip Wilby. Having been drawn to play number 1, Helston Band played a great performance setting a high standard for the rest to follow. The eventualy winners were the Woodfalls Band, followed by Flowers Band, with fellow Cornish band Camborne coming 3rd.
The band received an excellent ovation from the large appreciative audience, and rightly so for such a performance and featuring some of the bands excellent soloists, in particular Kevin Johns on euphonium and Demelza Christophers on principal cornet who was on outstanding form.
Despite an excellent performance it wasn't enough to maintain their Championship status and as from next year will be competing in the First section. Whilst this is disappointing, it will not deter the band from striving to return to the Championship section as soon as possible.
Musical Director John Hitchens was very pleased with the performance on the day and was full of compliments for the players and the work they had put in leading up to the contest. The band thank John Hitchens for his hard work in preparing them for the contest over the last few weeks.
The band will now be rehearsing for a series of concerts throughout the summer months.