Hyde Park

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… Read more“Hyde Park”

Rotary Club Concert

The Snowdown Colliery Welfare Band performed along with The Canterbury Orchestra and Singer Rachel Gillingham in the Charity Concert organised by the Rotary Club on the 3rd Oct 2009. The Concert was held at The Kings Hall in Herne Bay. Tickets for this concert and others were/are available from their online website at www.kingscaterers.co.uk.

Broadstairs Bandstand

Dispite the wet weather, the band played at Broadstairs between 2:30 and 3:30pm on the 26th. The audience braved the weather and sat under umbrellas for best part of the performance. Special thanks go to Guest Conductor Joe Chester and guest players Nevil, David and Fiona (Cornet), Deborah Hazell (Baritone) and Claire Varley (Euphonium)

Band in Full Swing

BIG band sounds reverberated across the Leas at the weekend during a concert on the bandstand. The Folkestone open-air venue played host to the Snowdown Colliery Welfare Band. And while they entertained the crowds; volunteers from the British Heart Foundation made a collection to celebrate the charities 40th anniversary. The final total was just under £40.