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.

 

About Us

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

Our Wantage Band are in the prestigious Championship Section and in October 2014 competed at the Royal Albert Hall at the Nationals.   Our 'B' Band promoted to Second Section in 2014, competed at the Nationals in Cheltenham in September 2014. In March 2015 they  won promotion to First Section as of January 2016.    Academy Brass,  formed in 2013, are our Fourth Section Band.  To complete WSB we have a Concert Brass, a Youth Brass, a Trainer Band, Beginners and the Big Band.

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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        
 

Interested in Playing a Brass Instrument?

We can provide an instrument and tuition.

A new Beginners class starts on September 5th at our Band Hall, Tugwell Field, Wantage.    Contact Eileen at bandmaster@wantageband.org

Forthcoming Events

Sunday, 30th August

  • White Horse Show - Uffington

Monday, 31st August

  • White Horse Show - Uffington

Saturday, 5th September

  • Aldbourne Carnival
    Mixed Band
    6:00pm

Saturday, 19th September

Sunday, 20th September

  • Royal Air Force Association Parade
    'A' Band
    10:45am at The Beacon, Portway, Wantage

Saturday, 3rd October

  • Joint Concert 'B' Band and Abbey Brass
    'B' Band
    7:30pm at St Helens and St Katherines School Hall

Saturday, 17th October

  • Annual Concert
    7:30pm at The Beacon, Portway, Wantage

Sunday, 25th October

  • ODBBA Entertainment Contest
    Academy Brass
    at Woodstock

Saturday, 31st October

  • GRAND MASKED BALL
    Big Band
    7:30pm at The Beacon, Portway, Wantage

Saturday, 7th November

  • Remembrance Parade East Garston
    Youth Brass
    10:30am

Sunday, 8th November

  • Remembrance Parade - East Hanney
    'B' Band
    10:30am at British Legion Hall East Hanney marching to West Hanney Church with Service and Last Post
  • Remembrance Parade - Wantage
    'A' Band
    10:45am at The Beacon, Portway, Wantage

Saturday, 5th December

  • 'A' Band Christmas Concert
    'A' Band
    7:30pm

Wednesday, 9th December

  • Mayors Carol Concert
    Mixed Band
    10:30am at Wantage Parish Church

Saturday, 12th December

  • 'B' Christmas Concert East Hanney
    'B' Band
    7:30pm at British Legion Hall - East Hanney

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