Summer Concert 2018 Review

From Strauss to Elgar, Puccini to Parry, Chalford Band served up a Proms inspired treat for a good-humoured Subscription Rooms audience already basking in 30 degrees heat and a world cup quarterfinal victory for England.

Right from the start MD Steve Tubb had the audience involved, stomping and chinking wine glasses in rhythm with Strauss’ Radetsky march.  The next item was a LNOTP stalwart, Sparke’s arrangement “Jerusalem”, first used by the band at a WI concert in May, some of whom were in the audience.

The next item was a bit of mystery, with Steve vs. Kelly – Steve admitted it was the first time he’d conducted it in public and likely to be the last – he invited 2nd horn Kelly Brazneill to explain why she always badgered Steve to play it – the audience got to choose whether it was consigned to public burning or another outing. Everyone was transported back to 1977 as  “The Floral Dance” got one of the biggest cheers of the night.

The combined band set closed with another Proms classic, “Fantasy on British Sea Songs”.

The Youth band started the next set with Fernie’s “Starlight”, followed by “Love Changes Everything”.  A great sound from the band that came 3rd in the National Youth Brass Band Championships.  More classical influence with “Sicilliano”, before they were joined on stage by the Junior band – the first time ever Youth & Junior bands had combined.

The Youth band then left the stage to the “tiddlers” & “stars of the show” as Steve introduced them. Admirably prepared by Bev Godwin, they performed “Pastime with Good Company” and “La Cucaracha”.

Then the Senior band took to the stage, starting with Peter Graham’s “A London Celebration”.  Emily Godwin stood up for the only solo item of the night, “Nessum Dorma” by Puccini – and she absolutely “smashed it”!!! The hypnotic “Gota” followed, and then the trombones showed their stuff with “Dem Bones”, chosen to recognise 70 years since the birth of the NHS. The pace slowed with  “Nimrod” from the Enigma Variations, before the band ended their set with the increasingly upbeat “Kalinka”, a nod to the World Cup in Russia.

After a brief break for the raffle, all players were back on stage, for a wartime singalong, “Bless ‘Em ‘All” by Gavin Somerset, to mark 100 years since the end of WW1.  You can’t have a Last night of the Proms concert without “Land of Hope & Glory”, so that was next, with the backdrop of all the flags etc. made during the concert.

After the prize for the best dressed table was given out, an encore was demanded, so time for another Proms staple, “The Hornpipe” (despite table 9 claiming there was a “hornpipe ban” in place”!).  That wasn’t enough for the audience, so the concert concluded with another rendition of “Land of Hope & Glory”.

The band would like to thank all the parents and other volunteers that helped to make the concert a success – from the table layers, flower arrangers, decoration makers, cheese cutters etc, and to all the players, especially the younger ones, for the long hot rehearsals.

(Answers to the Crossword are here)

Summer Concert Tickets


This year’s Summer Concert is on Saturday 7th July 2018 at 7:30 pm in the Subscription Rooms, Stroud.

Tickets are £12.50 each in the main hall (which includes food and drink).

Seating in the main hall is at tables of ten people. (We formulate a seating plan. Please let us know if there are others who you would like to share a table with and we will try to accommodate this if possible).


The tickets tend to sell out very quickly! To make it fair we have, again, decided to allocate two tickets per family that has players in the band.

If you would like to claim your two tickets please confirm this with Andy Godwin by Friday 1st June 2018 and provide payment at the same time. Please make cheques payable to ‘Chalford Band’.

Tickets will then go on general release on Saturday 2nd June 2018 on a first come first served basis. (N.B. – Those people who have already had two tickets are welcome to apply for additional tickets on this date if needed).

N.B: If you have not requested and paid for your allocated tickets by Friday 1st June, we will assume you don’t need them and offer them for general sale.

You can see Andy at rehearsals or you can contact him as follows:

Home Tel: 01453 752774
Mobile: 07722 931929

2018 Annual General Meeting

The 2018 AGM will be held at the band room on 24th May @7:45pm

1. Apologies
2. Minutes of 2017 AGM
3. Matters arising from those minutes
4. Chairman’s Report
5. Musical Director’s Report
6. Treasurer’s report
7. Subscriptions for 2018/2019
8. Election of Officers
9. Any other business

Youth band 3rd at National Championships

Chalford Youth Band were placed 3rd in the Junior section of the national brass band championships at Warwick Arts Centre.  For the third year in a row they won the best instumentalist award!

Junior Section:
Adjudicators: Martin Heartfield and Ben Richeton

Own-choice programme not exceeding 15 minutes playing time which must include at least one original piece of music composed for brass band and two verses of a hymn tune from the Red Hymn Book

1. Wardle Academy Junior Band (Lee Rigg) (Gold Award)
2. Beaumaris Band (Bethan Lowri) (Gold Award)
3. Chalford Youth Band (Steve Tubb) (Silver Award)

Silver Award:
Fred Longworth High School (Helen Robinson)
Lions Junior Brass Band (Tom Hancock)

Bronze Award:
Dobcross Youth Band (Matt Hindle)
Elland Junior Band (Samantha Harrison)
Hawkley Hall High School (Steven Cavanagh)
Soundhouse Youth Brass Plymouth (Gary Thompson)

Merit Award:
Macclesfield Junior Brass Band (Tim Grindey)
Stockport Schools Intermediate Brass Band (Tom Ridgley)
Tewit Youth Intermediate Band (Dave Dunn-Birch)

Best Instrumentalist: Flugel (Chalford Youth)

Confident opening, lots of detail and attention to the score! Well done M.D.
Good Euphs
B – good dynamic contrast. Careful with B.row tuning.
D – More ff please – solo cornet semis not heard.
F – more ‘marc’ please.
Ending could be stronger to show fff contrast.
Great opener.

Good to open. Watch tuning in Sop!
Fabulous sound from the soloist!
You play very musically. I am sitting and enjoying this!
Careful with cornet tuning in ‘tutti’ sections.
G – more < to pause please.
Bravo young lady!! You have a great future!

Ring, Ring:
Good tempo and style!
A – careful with unison tuning in cornets.
C – lots of energy!
Keep the bass line more marcato please.
D/S – lots of energy still and some great sounds.
V. enjoyable thank you.

V.1. Good balance + contrast – phrase ends are tidy.
V.2. – not as secure to open – but recovers to a controlled close

Get Happy:
Good opening – well done B.row, careful not to rush.
D – well done Sop!
All soloists do well! Careful with rhythmical accuracy.

Lots of fun and energy to the end.

Overall a great programme, EXCELLENT Soloist. Well played + thank you.
Very effective fp dynamics! The first C not quite in tune but recovers swiftly.
B – middle + lower end great rhythm playing.
C – Lovely sop.
F – Running semiquavers work fantastically!
Great energy to start the programme!

Dramatic opening – Watch the tuning 2 bars before B.
B – Flugel horn. What a warm sound. Expressive playing and tuning is spot on!
E – Wow! ff offers wonderful contrast. Watch out for accidentals cornets.
Soloist – Take more time in the end. But overall one word: fantastic.

Ring, Ring:
With no transition – complete change of character. Such positive vibes from this. Clapping enhances this! Dynamics mostly respected. Loved it.

This is just lovely. There is a real sense of one-ness in this. Tuning is great and every player follows the conductor’s indications in terms of dynamics and phrasing!

Get Happy:
This is a little looser in terms of ensemble playing but the atmosphere is great.
D – Sop great, same with Solo Cornets at F then Trombones.

Fantastic performance, musically, and the ensemble playing was near faultless. Great programme too, well done band and MD.

WEBBA Grading Tables 2018

WEBBA have updated their grading tables: which shows the Senior Band as promoted to Championship Section