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Meltham Summer Concert Review 2017 Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 August 2017 19:03


Meltham and Meltham Mills Band presented their Annual Summer Concert last Saturday, 24th to a rather disappointing audience.

However the band got off with a rousing rendition of the March ‘ ORB, and this was followed by an excellent Horn solo as Imogen Heywood performed a superb arrangement of Gershwin’s ‘Summertime’

A further outstanding item featured a wonderful arrangement by Leigh Baker of the hymn tune ‘Eventide’ where the band displayed both very sensitive and powerful playing.

The Junior and Training Bands then combined to present a British Isles medley followed by ‘The Rose’, ‘Amarillo’ and finally a most challenging arrangement by Alan Fernie in ‘The Essential Glen Miller’ which proved a rousing close to the first half

‘Slaughter on 10th Avenue’ opened the second part followed by a most neglected solo instrument as Keith Cookson performed his ‘debut solo’ playing ‘None But The Weary Heart’ on Bass Trombone!

Hot Toddy’ went with it’s usual swing leading into a terrific Fernie arrangement of ‘Pinball Wizard’, cracking stuff!

The most musical, sensitive and moving piece of the evening I felt, was Simon Dobson’s ‘Little Hymn’ which was really nicely played by the band, and tha Finale was the extremely exciting ‘Gaelforce’ which brought a most entertaining evening to a close.

Stuart PRO

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Thursday, 03 August 2017 18:59

Meltham and Meltham Mills Band

and Friends of Meltham and Meltham Mills Band

2017 AGM

Thursday 31st August, 2017

7:30pm at Bandroom, Bent House, Tinker Lane, Meltham

All Welcome.

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

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Saturday, 20 May 2017 13:20


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


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