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 Mornings - Taking a break through December for carolling. Practices resume 4th January 2014
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. Our 'B' Band has recently been promoted to Second Section as from Jan 2014 at the Regionals and our newly formed Academy Brass will be competing in the Fourth Section.
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Sunday, 15th December
Christmas Supper Concert7:00pm at East Challow Village Hall, Nr Wantage(Concert Brass)
Thursday, 19th December
Xmas Tree Service - Grove(Mixed Band)
Friday, 17th January - Sunday, 19th January
Butlins Contest Skegness('A' Band)
Sunday, 2nd February
Entertainment Contest, Yeovil('A' Band)
Sunday, 16th March
Area Contests, Stevenage('A' Band), ('B' Band), (Academy Brass)
New Band Hall
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