SUMMER SEASON APPROACHES
( 08 Mar 2019 - Andy Collins )
With the band in it\'s final approach and rehearsals for the Area Contest on the 17th March, I think it goes without saying that everyone is looking forward to a change in the bandroom and looking forward to rehearsing and planning for the forthcoming season of concerts. The band\'s first outing following the contest will be at All Saints Church in Graveney, near Faversham which is a new venue for us. The concert is on Saturday 27th April and it\'d be great to see everyone.
All the main bandstands have been booked for us to play at over the summer period, these being Deal, Folkestone and Broadstairs. Our now, annual visit to The King Ethelbert Inn at Reculver, Herne Bay for the Best of British night will again take place on the 6th July. All of the band\'s appearances can be found on the Engagements page on this website.
We look forward to seeing you at one or more of our concerts over the next few month.
HYDE PARK CONFIRMED
( 08 Mar 2019 - Andy Collins )
The band are pleased to confirm that the we will be appearing at Hyde Park Bandstand, London again this summer. The date is Sunday 18th August and we will be playing from 3pm to 5pm. The band thanks the Friends of Hyde Park & Kensington Gardens for the kind invite.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!....AND HERE'S TO A SUCCESSFUL AND ENJOYABLE 2019
( 20 Jan 2019 - Andy Collins )
Better late than never but a very happy New Year to everyone as the band has now settled into rehearsals once more after the very busy Christmas period. With a mixture of carolling and organised concerts, the band had one of their busiest Christmas periods for a long time and finally finished with carolling at Tesco's, Whitfield on Christmas Eve.
The band is now preparing for the Area Qualifying Contest to be held at Stevenage on Sunday, 17th March 2019 - who know's what will happen...haha!! Engagements for later in the year are gradually coming in and will be updated on the website and Facebook as they are confirmed. We look forward to your support and seeing you throughout the year!
AUTUMN EAST KENT CONCERTS
( 24 Sep 2018 - Andy Collins )
The band are currently rehearsing for a couple of Autumn Concerts that will take place on the 13th and 20th October, both in East Kent. On the 13th the band can be heard at St. Nicholas-at-Wade Church with the concert starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 on the door and just £8 if purchased in advance from St. Nicholas-at Wade Post Office on 01843 844632.
On the following Saturday 20th October, the band can be heard at St. Bartholomew\'s Church, King Edward Avenue, Herne Bay. Tickets for this concert are just £7.50 and can be purchased from Ken Skinner on 07957 867062 for collection on the night. Some tickets will also be available on the door.
Come along and enjoy an entertaining evening of music - it would be great to see you!
Refreshments are available at both concerts.
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.