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Meltham Summer Concert 2017 Print E-mail
Saturday, 20 May 2017 13:20


Meltham Methodist Concert - 1st April 2017 Print E-mail
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 17:54


1st April 2017

The Band performed to a packed Church last Saturday which also featured the Junior Band.

MD Tim Sidwell once again presented a most varied and entertaining program which opened with a very well paced and detailed account of the popular Whit Friday March ‘ORB’.Following the overture ‘The Thievish Magpie’ Principal Cornet player Paula Spittlehouse gave a superb rendition of ‘Georgia on my Mind’

All in the April Evening’ was a most appropriate choice for April 1st and in total contrast was a very descriptive performance of ‘Ticket To Ride’---this really was very well done!

The Junior Band closed the first half and yet again pulled out all the stops with a confident presentation of several Alan Fernie arrangements including ‘The Rose’ and ‘Hey Jude’

‘Florentiner ‘ march opened the second half after which Solo Horn player Lisa Thorpe demonstrated some lovely solo playing in Peter Graham,s ‘A Time for Peace’

Two ‘fun’ pieces followed with the audience really enjoying ‘Hot Toddy’featuring the trombone section, and Shostakovich’s ‘Second Waltz’

One of the most ‘musical’ items of the evening, and so well played was the beautiful arrangement by Leonard Ballantine of ‘Mid All The Traffic’ which was a lovely quiet interlude before the powerhouse finale in Graham’s ‘Gaelforce’ which witnessed an incredibly loud but well executed contribution from the percussionists.

An excellent closure to a most delightful concert, yet again enhanced by the presence and humour of the MD --------------well done to ALL.

Stuart P R O

Meltham Band Christmas Concert 2016 Print E-mail
Sunday, 20 November 2016 21:43

Meltham Band Christmas 2016

Meltham Christmas Concert - Review 2016 Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 December 2016 14:07


Last Friday, 16th December in Meltham Parish Church, Meltham and Meltham Mills Band presented what in my opinion was their finest Concert in many years as they celebrated their Annual Christmas Concert with a huge audience, who were treated to a most enjoyable and well chosen programme presented by the ever affable MD Tim Sidwell.

Traditional Christmas items were interspersed by two of the band’s soloists with 14yr old Max Lawrence in most secure performance on trombone of ‘Where E’er You Walk’ and Solo Euphonium Chris Farrington with a truly moving rendition of ‘O Holy Night’.

The combined Training and Junior Bands presented their most polished and confident performance to date, which was most enthusiastically and well deserved applauded.

Presentations of Senior band awards went to Mark Wears { Players Player of Year } and Amanda Rank { Bandsperson of Year } while the Juniors Award went to the Black Family, Mark and his sons Owen and Theo for their commitment and dedication in travelling every Tuesday from across the motorway.

The Junior/Training band’s parents provided interval refreshments of Sherry, Mulled Wine and Mince pies and cake to further enhance a really happy and relaxed ‘aura’ to an outstanding evening.

Thanks to all, and Bravo Tim!

Stuart P R O

L.N.O.P. Meltham - 15th October 2016 Print E-mail
Sunday, 30 October 2016 20:24


Meltham Parish Church

15th October 2016


This years Annual Proms Concert marked the ‘debut’ of the new M D Tim Sidwell, in which he helped produce a most entertaining programme delivered in a competent and often humourous style-  Well done M D.

After struggling somewhat with the Overture; The Force of Destiny, the band settled down to present some exciting sounds in James Bond Collection and Shostakovich’s Second Waltz followed with a most moving Snell arrangement of You’ll Never Walk Alone.

The band items were interspersed with a quite remarkable contribution from Guest vocalist ‘Maggie Lowe’ who delivered her varied solos with real panache!

Prior to the finale the band played my favourite piece A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square followed by the traditional ‘Proms’ favourites with Sea Songs, Pomp and Circumstance and Jerusalem in which the band were joined with Maggie and audience for a rousing finale.

This was a fine climax to a well chosen and presented programme- a most enjoyable evening.


Stuart  P R O



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