THE BAND DIG DEEP FOR FINE PERFORMANCE AT HYDE PARK
( 17 Aug 2018 - Andy Collins )
After a lot of good preparation and hard work, the day finally came and the band set off from the bandroom in East Kent around 10.30am last Sunday bound for the Royal Park, that is Hyde Park. It was a grey day and after so much hot and sunny weather the forecast was not great but having reached London about 12.30pm it was dry, albeit overcast. This was to be the case for the rest of the afternoon and during the band\'s performance, with an occasional touch of drizzle thrown in. However, it was certainly not cold and it didn\'t seem to stop the many visitors to Hyde Park from sitting, standing and listening to us playing. There were tourists from all over the world taking time to listen and take photos of the band and it\'s possible that Snowdown Colliery Welfare Band are now known in many different parts of the world after Sunday. The band rose to the occasion and played extremely well and the programme was one that accounted for the tastes of all. From Verdi to Abba and Langford to Gershwin, the audience were very attentive and very appreciated. A number of soloists were also featured and a brilliant job was done by them all.
The band were very grateful to have been given the opportunity to perform at such an iconic venue by the Friends of Hyde Park & Kensington Gardens. Their chairperson, Sue Price was delighted with how everything went to plan and so pleased to see the bandstand itself being used once again for its true purpose. Following a conversation with the park manager, it is quite possible that the last time a brass band was heard on this bandstand was back in the 1970\'s - although this can\'t be confirmed!
Both the band and the organisers are hoping that we can return next year for what was a very enjoyable and memorable day!
Hyde Park Bandstand
( 28 Jul 2018 - Andy Collins )
With only just over two weeks to go before the band performs at the iconic Hyde Park Bandstand in London on Sunday 12th August, the band are busy preparing for the day. Not too many brass bands of Snowdown Colliery\'s stature get the chance to play in a prime London Park and rightly so, everyone is excited to grasp the opportunity. From Verdi to Abba and Gershwin to Langford, the band are rehearsing a programme that is hopefully appealing to all musical tastes and ideal for a Sunday afternoon bandstand concert. The band will be playing between 3pm & 5pm with a short interval and hope that the recent run of lovely weather will continue to make the day even better. In order to make sure that the band is fully prepared for the London trip an additional rehearsal has been set for Monday 6th August in the bandroom at the usual time of 7.30pm.
Subscriptions - A Gentle Reminder!
( 30 May 2018 - Andy Collins )
This is just a little nudge for all members who have not yet paid their subscriptions for the year to please arrange this with our treasurer, Trevor Chapman - thank you!
Broadstairs Bandstand. 27th May 2018
( 21 Mar 2018 - Bandroom )
THIS SUNDAY 27th May - Snowdown Colliery Welfare Band will be performing at Broadstairs Bandstand from 2:30pm to 4.30pm.
TREVOR ATTWOOD MEMORIAL CONCERT
( 19 Mar 2018 - Andy Collins )
The band are to hold a concert in memory of Trevor Attwood who was associated and played with the band for many years and sadly passed away last year. The concert, that will also feature the Shepway Brass Academy will take place on Saturday 12th May 2018 at Holy Trinity Church, Folkestone, commencing at 7.00pm. The proceeds of the concert will go towards the Shepway Brass Academy as this was Trevor’s families wish following his funeral. An invitation has been extended to Trevor’s family and it is hoped that they will be able to attend. Of course, it goes without saying that if you knew Trevor or were a friend, then it would be great to see you all at the concert given in memory of a genuinely lovely man!
( 20 Feb 2018 - Andy Collins )
The band hopes to play their part in reviving further interest in brass band concerts at one of London's most famous bandstands when they perform at the recently refurbished Hyde Park Bandstand later this year.
Their invitation came from Sue Price, the Chair of the Friends of Hyde Park & Kensington Gardens, who have been trying to bring back the sound of brass bands on a regular basis to a venue that was once one of the most sought after in the country.
Originally built in 1869, it stood in Kensington Gardens before being moved to Hyde Park in 1886, where its octagonal roof was renowned for giving particularly good acoustics for an open air venue.
In the heyday of summer brass band tour engagements the likes of Foden's would perform twice a day to large crowds — even during the Second World War, although according to Harry Mortimer, he recalled being more worried about the sound of V1 doodlebug V1 rockets than any misplaced entries!
The bandstand also played host to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers in their 1935 film 'Top Hat', although during the last 25 years or so brass band concerts declined due to cuts in the parks entertainment and performance budgets.
They are hoping to bring back brass bands on a regular basis and it's a fantastic venue, just a stone's throw from the Royal Albert Hall
Next 3 Gigs
13 October 2018
St. Nicholas Church, St. Nicholas, Thanet
20 October 2018
St Bartholomew's Church, Herne Bay
11 November 2018
Remembrance Day Service, Memorial Hospital, Deal