Last Night of the Proms Concert

Who Needs the Royal Albert Hall?

Conducted by Phil Bailey, the Wantage Band presented an outstanding Last Night of the Proms Concert on Saturday 14th July, featuring all the favourites including Pomp and Circumstance and Jerusalem. The Band, as usual, gave a great performance , and even treated us to special effects in the rousing Dambusters March (complete with floodlights and sirens) followed by  633 Squadron.  

“Spanish Eyes” from a sombrero topped Steve Chapman and “Pie Jesu” a duet from Helen Wright and Brian Thomas were show stopping.  Trumpet Concerto featuring the cornets required not only playing skills, but choreography and precision and was brilliantly executed.

The jokes and commentry provided by our resident Compere Andrew Gregory were much appreciated and applauded.

.... and the crowning glory was Rule Britannia sung by a sparkling Julia Reynolds

 

Enthusiastically waving their flags and stamping their feet the audience demonstrated their enjoyment and appreciation of  this exceptional evening.

 

Many thanks  to Ron (resplendent in Union Jack tie)  and all his helpers for organising the concert and to our other helpers  Ann C and Ann G, Jean, Lucy, Eleanor, Lynn, Andrew C, our lighting gurus John and Chris to mention only a few.

 Saturday practices - suspended during carolling.  Re-starting on 10th January, 2015.

"A" Band - The National Finals at the Royal Albert Hall

About Us

Wantage Silver Band has been making music in Wantage, Oxfordshire and beyond since 1972.

Our 'A' Band competes in the prestigious Championship Section of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain and having won the Regionals recently competed at the Championships in October at the Royal Albert Hall gaining 10th place. They are now placed 52nd in the world.  Our 'B' Band was promoted to Second Section this year and competed at the Nationals in Cheltenham in September gaining an 8th place.  Our Academy Brass competed for the first time in Fourth Section this year. To complete WSB we have a Concert Brass, a Youth Brass, a Trainer Band, Beginners and the Big Band.

Hire a Band

Are you holding an event, party or perhaps a wedding?  It's easy to hire one of our marvellous Brass Bands and don't forget we have a fantastic swing Big Band also available for all occasions.  For more information click here)   

  "I went to a wedding recently where the Wantage Silver Band were  playing....... I would thoroughly recommend hiring them for your next event!" Kate, Oxford                     

Want to play a Brass Instrument? We can provide an instrument and tuition. Beginners classes are held weekly.    Contact Eileen at bandmaster@wantageband.org

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 We are very grateful for the kind support of our Sponsors 

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Forthcoming Events

Saturday, 20th December

  • Tesco Marcham Road Abingdon
    (Mixed Band)
  • Beales Dept Store, Fairacres Retail Park, Abingdon 2.30PM - 3.45PM
    (Mixed Band)

Sunday, 21st December

  • Sainsburys Wantage
    9:30am - 4:00pm at Sainsburys Wantage
    (Mixed Band)

Wednesday, 24th December  

  • Waitrose Wallingford Street, Wantage
    (Mixed Band)

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