Academy moves to Wix Bandroom New term,New venue & New times

We are pleased to announce that our Academy has moved from Chase Lane School,Dovercourt to our Bandroom in Wix, and the last two Tuesdays have been very successful

Thanks to Chase Lane for allowing us to use their premises over the years.

Although our Dovercourt based students have a little further to travel, we feel that the situation of Wix in the Tendring peninsular will be easier for students to travel from other areas of the district.

The Academy will continue to run on a Tuesday night, starting at 5.30 and finishing at 7pm. During the evening there will be group theory lessons and beginners brass.

Following Academy, commencing at 7.15, is our Community Band rehearsal. Our more advanced students form part of this group along with those who wish to return to Brass banding on a less formal level that our Concert/ Contest Bands provide.

Anyone interested in our Academy or Community Band can contact us for further details.

Bandroom Car Park Tidy

Tendring Brass are very lucky to have a large car park at their Bandroom in Wix, but over the summer period there has been vigorous growth of weeds and brambles restricting parking space.

Today, a small group of band volunteers set to work to clear the undergrowth and make the car park neat and tidy.

Thanks to the hard work of Ron, Carol, Antony, Caroline, Emma, Ellie, Janjelo, Robin, Annabel, Maisy, Michelle, Ted, Jane and Chris, the car park has been transformed into a clear and tidy area.

The Band would also like to thank a friend of the Band, George Lord, who assisted with the debris removal. Thanks George.

St Osyth Memorial Concert September 2019

Tendring Brass were invited by L&K funeral Services for Clacton Road, St Osyth, to perform in a Memorial concert on 29th September.

The Band were well received by a large audience, who enjoyed a variety of well known pieces, some of which were performed as solos or duets by band members. It was good to see some of our regular supporters, as well as a good number of new attendees, some of which signed up to our Friends of Tendring Brass, so that they could be kept updated about future Band events.

We have heard that the event raised £1256 for the CTC Cardio Ward at Basildon Hospital, a fantastic achievement by all involved.

Cheltenham National Finals – Sept 2019

After much preparation and a lot of hard work the Band, together with some supporters, headed off to Cheltenham for the Second Section National Finals of the Brass Band Championships of Great Britain.

Following an overnight stay in Stroud, and one last rehearsal on the Sunday morning, everyone headed off to Cheltenham Racecourse, the venue for the finals.

There were 18 bands from all areas of the country in the second section , and Tendring Brass drew to play 12th, so that meant a few hours of waiting before taking to the stage.

By 7.30pm, the Band had been on stage and performed, now came the long wait for the results. Everyone felt that the performance went well, but perhaps not their best.

Our final position was 10th, which although was not where would have liked toi have finished, the Band were proud to have represented London and Southern Counties in their first year in the second section, and at the highest level that the Band have ever reached.

It was a great experience for everyone involved, particularly for those who had never contested at such a high level, and this will no doubt be of benefit for the future.

Particular thanks to the Band’s Musical Director Antony Sanders for his planning and hard work to get the Band to this level.

Training Weekend 17th & 18th August 2019

Training weekend with David Johnson

On 16th August Tendring Brass were delighted to welcome David Johnson back for a weekend of band training in preparation for their finials appearance at Cheltenham this September 2019.

The Finals test piece this year is called “Occasion”  by Edward Gregson, therefore the band have been looking at various Edward Gregson pieces since their regional success in March and the Friday evening was devoted to two of his compositions –  “March Prelude” and “Connotations” – giving the players a flavour of Edward Gregson’s musical style.  

During Saturday and Sunday rehearsals, David worked extensively with Tendring Brass contest Band, hi –lighting various areas of further practice within the test piece for both players and conductor to fine tune over the next few weeks towards the contest on 15th September at Cheltenham.

The weekend wasn’t all concentration and rehearsals however.  On the Saturday evening Tendring Brass held another enjoyable quiz night, which was well attended and raised further funding to help towards the overall costs of taking the band to the finals.

Thanks must go to all players who were able to attend this training during the summer holiday period and special thanks, as always, go to David Johnson who always adds inspiration and motivation to Tendring Brass members.