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 is in the prestigious Championship Section and in October 2016 will compete at the Royal Albert Hall at the Nationals, their second visit in 2 years.   Our 'B' Band in March 2015 won promotion to First Section as of January 2016 having been promoted to Second Section in 2014.   Academy Brass,  formed in 2013, are in Fourth Section.  To complete WSB we have a Concert Brass, a Trainer Band, Beginners and the Big Band.

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B Band's amazing  CD - Classical Favourites - is  available  contact secretary@wantageband.org for more information.

 

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We can provide an instrument and tuition.

Beginners classes are held on Saturday mornings at our Band Hall, Tugwell Field, Reading Road, Wantage.    Contact Eileen at bandmaster@wantageband.org

Forthcoming Events

Saturday, 9th July

  • John Hampden School Fete
    Academy Brass
    11:30am
  • Proms Concert
    'B' Band
    7:30pm at Royal British Legion Hall East Hanney

Saturday, 16th July

  • The Wantage Band - Concert - Wantage Summer Festival event )
    'A' Band
    7:30pm at The Beacon, Portway, Wantage OX12 9BX

Sunday, 17th July

  • Cemetery Service - Faringdon
    Concert Brass
    3:00pm

Sunday, 24th July

  • Stratford - upon - Avon Bandstand
    Concert Brass
    3:00pm

Thursday, 4th August

  • BBC Countryfile event at Blenheim
    Mixed Band

Sunday, 7th August

  • BBC Countryfile Event at Blenheim Palace
    Mixed Band

Saturday, 20th August

  • Grove Extravaganza, Rugby Club
    Mixed Band

Sunday, 28th August

  • White Horse Show, Uffington
    Mixed Band

Monday, 29th August

  • White Horse Show - Uffington
    Mixed Band

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