After so many months of wondering when or if, the band will ever be able to return to some form of normality and full rehearsals, we are now pleased to say that we are back rehearsing on a Wednesday evening and back in our village of Aylesham. We are fortunate to have a rehearsal facility that affords us plenty of room and we are able to accommodate everyone that wishes to play. This is in keeping with current Covid and Government guidelines and with a suitable risk assessment in place, ensuring that we keep all members as safe as is practically possible according to the rules. It is pleasing to say that the rehearsals have been extremely productive and most, if not all chairs occupied. We are keeping our fingers tightly crossed that most, if not all restrictions are lifted as from the 21st June. The band is now available for concerts etc and enquiries can be made via our website. Depending on any continued restrictions from the 21st June, the band may need to be socially-distanced when playing and therefore suitable room will be required when setting-up and playing. We look forward to seeing you once more in the… Read more“BACK TO BUSINESS!!”
Many congratulations to our extremely versatile and talented trombone/baritone player Isabelle on winning the Trevor Attwood award at the Shepway Brass Academy for 2020. A huge well done from everyone at Snowdown Colliery! The award was donated to the Academy by Trevor’s family when he sadly passed away a few years ago and is awarded each year to a member in recognition of their contribution to the Academy. Well done Isabelle!
Well…..what can be said about the year 2020? From the band’s perspective very little, as since the end of March we have only been able to gather in small groups on a few occasions while the guidelines allowed us to play. It goes without saying that not only have we missed each other’s company at rehearsals and concerts, we have also missed our audiences and followers. None more so than during this Christmas period when we are very busy bringing festive entertainment to a number of listeners. There are often ‘moans’ and ‘groans’ from some members of the band when the library is rifled for the Christmas music to rehearse but I think that this year, most would be only too pleased to see a bit of ‘Rudolph’ or hear that Chris Rea was ‘Driving Home For Christmas’. Whilst what has occurred with the band’s calendar this year cannot be helped, we would like to ensure our followers that we are still very much a band and we are desperate to get back onto the concert stage playing for you as soon as possible in 2021. If anything, the pandemic has brought the band closer together as a unit and… Read more“It’s been a funny ol’ year but we send you good cheer!”
Following a very successful visit to St. Bartholomew’s Church at Herne Bay last year the band have been invited back and commence our series of Spring and Summer engagements at the church on Saturday 18th April at 7.30pm. As always, a programme of varied music covering all genres is promised and we look forward to a warm welcome once more.
We are extremely pleased to announce the visit of a band of fellow musicians from The Netherlands over the weekend of 30/31st May 2020. The Fanfare St. Caecilia from Wijnandsrade will join forces with our band at a concert to be held on the evening of Saturday 30th May at St. Mary’s Church, Walmer, Deal. The concert is still in it’s planning stages but it is anticipated that both bands will perform individually as well as combining together to play a number of pieces together. Keep an eye on this website as well as our Facebook page for further details that will appear very soon!
As Christmas seems such a long time ago, the bands calendar for the rest of the year begins to grow with a variety of concerts and events set for the Spring, Summer and Autumn months. With the decision taken not to contest this year, it has allowed the band some time to identify and rehearse music that is both new and also some that has not been played for a while. The concerts and events include St. Bartholomew’s Church at Herne Bay, St. Martin’s Church at Graveney, Faversham, the usual Kent seaside bandstands and Chislet Country Fair. The band have once again been invited back to the King Ethelbert Inn at Reculver for its annual ‘Best of British’ concert that will move from its Saturday evening to a 3pm downbeat on a Sunday afternoon in the middle of June. Hyde Park Bandstand in London is yet again on the list and the band seem to be becoming a regular visitor, having been invited back for the third year in succession – they must like us! Two further events that the band are looking forward to are visits to Eythorne & Elvington School during their music week in February and playing… Read more“A Busy Season Beckons!”
The band will once again join the Snowdown Colliery Male Voice Choir in its annual Christmas concert at St. Finbarr’s Church in our home village of Aylesham. The concert will take place on Friday 13th December at 7.30pm. It is free entry but with a retiring collection and a raffle – refreshments are also provided during the interval. It goes without saying that the concert will feature a number of upbeat Christmas tunes and songs as well as traditional carols for all to join in. The emphasis of the evening is about having fun in the festive season and in the lead up to Christmas itself. The concert is also the final “swansong” of the choir’s Musical Director, Michael Lewis who retires from the choir after many years at the helm. The band wish him well for the future and sends many congratulations for his service to the choir and music in the area in general.