Saturday 7 December 2013

Christmas Party - Concert Programme - 7th December 2013

7pm Saturday 7th December 2013
Conducted by Neil Brownless
Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Kettering Road, Northampton


Overture to a Winter Festival - James Curnow

Disney Around the World - (various) arr. James Christensen

Eliza’s Aria - Elena Kats-Chernin arr. Ed Keeley

Mamma Mia - Andersson, Ulvaeus and Anderson arr. Peter Kleine Schaurs

A Christmas Festival - Leroy Anderson

Carol 1
O come all ye Faithfull

Oliver - Lionel Bart arr. Norman Leydon

Doctor Who - Ron Grainer arr. Denis Burton

Prelude to 49th Parallel - Ralph Vaughn Williams arr. Leroy Osman

Polar Express - Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard arr. Jerry Brubaker

---- Interval ----

Troika - Serge Prokofieff arr. Harold L Walters

When a Child is Born - Zacar / Jay arr. John Gollard

Bohemian Rhapsody - Freddy Mercury arr. Alan Catheral

Skyfall - Adkins & Epworth arr. Jay Bocook

Ukranian Bell Carol - Mykola Dmytrovich Leontovych arr. Philip Sparke

Carol 2
Once in Royal David's City

Highland Cathedral - Michael Korb & Ulrich Roever arr. Jay Dawson

Hairspray - Marc Sheiman arr. Ted Ricketts

Carol 3
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Fairytale of New York - MacGowan & Finer arr. Jock McKenzie
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Monday 2 December 2013

Local Young Conductor has Premier Concert

Neil Brownless (22), from Northampton, will be taking the baton for his first full concert with the award winning Northampton Concert Band in their Christmas concert on Saturday.

Neil, who also plays the trombone with the band, took up the position of Deputy Conductor in January at the age of 21 as the band recognised the need to nurture new talent. He will lead over 40 musicians aged from 15 to 65+ in a concert featuring a wide selection of music styles.

Neil Brownless, who lives in Parklands, said “They’re a great band to work with, though I do plan to work them hard on the night to get the best performance out of them as I can.

“This is my first full concert conducting and comparing with Northampton Concert Band and I’m sure I won’t let them down. Together we’re bringing a fantastic night of music to get everyone in the Christmas spirit with some great tunes like Skyfall, Oliver, Mamma Mia and Fairytale of New York”

The concert will take place at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Kettering Road, Northampton on Saturday 7th December at 7pm.
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Monday 25 November 2013

We'll be there - at the Frost Fair.

Frost Fair poster
On Sunday December 1st at Northampton Market Square members of Northampton Concert Band will be performing carols to help shoppers get in the Christmas spirit.

Music will be available from 11am with many different performers throughout the day.

Northampton Concert Band will be performing from 3pm - 4pm. Come along and show your support.
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Thursday 21 November 2013

You're invited to our Christmas Party!

It's been a while since Northampton Concert Band have performed a Christmas concert, so this year you're all invited to our Christmas Party!

An evening of festive music, family favourites and a few carols to get you all in the holiday mood.

Featuring: Sleigh Ride, Troika, Mamma Mia!, Hairspray, Fairytale of New York, Skyfall, When a Child is Born, Highland Cathedral, Ukrainian Bell Carol and many more.

Tickets: Adult £10 | Concession £8 | Child £5
Order online from our tickets page or call 07561 390099

Christmas Party!
7pm Saturday 7th December 2013

Mount Pleasant Baptist Church.
Kettering Road, Northampton, NN1 4BS
Conducted by Neil Brownless

See our tickets page for more information.

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Monday 18 November 2013

Gold award at National Concert Band Festival (Midlands regional) 2013


Brian Crutchley accepts the award on behalf of the band.
With Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs and Sean O'Neill
On Sunday 17th November, Northampton Concert Band achieved a Gold award at the National Concert Band Festival midlands regional heat in the Community Wind Band class under the baton of Stephen Bell. On giving the award, Sean O’Neill, one of the adjudicators said, ”You gave a very musical performance, capturing some lovely colours within the band and the energy and excitement of the music”.

Following the event Stephen Bell, musical director, said “The band played magnificently. The energy and musicianship was awesome. The whole band worked very hard for this and it’s good to know how well we’re doing. I’m very proud and it’s a great way to bring 2013 to a close.”

You can see the band perform in their next concert at 7pm, Saturday 7th December at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Kettering Road, Northampton as they perform a selection of Christmas and family favourites in their "Christmas Party" concert featuring Mamma Mia!, Skyfall, Sleigh Ride, Troika, Oliver, Fairy-tale of New York and much more.

Ticket prices: Adult £10, Concession £8, Child £5. As a ‘Thank You’ to all of the audience members who have supported the band this year they’re offering £1 off tickets brought before Sunday 24th November. Tickets are available online at or by calling 07561 390099.

Northampton Concert Band performing Rush by Samual Hazo
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Wednesday 16 October 2013

Free Concert - Friday 15th November - All Welcome

For the past few years Northampton Concert Band has entered the National Concert Band Festival for which the Midland regional heats take place in Northampton. As part of our preparations for this year's event we are holding an hour long free concert where we will perform our festival pieces as well as preview some of our Christmas programme for the Christmas Party concert in December.

The free concert will be held at the Main Function Hall of the Cripps Recreational Centre (NGH), Cliftonville, Northampton, NN1 5BD at 8pm Friday 15th November. Entry is limited to first come - first served. A bar is also available.

Car parking charge near the Cripps Centre is 50p, Follow the signs for 'Car Park 2' and 'Cripps Recreational Centre', The parking meter is near the entrance to the centre.
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Tuesday 17 September 2013

And Our Lucky Winner was...


During the summer we ran a survey of our audience to find out if we we’re giving you what you wanted and where we can make improvements. As an incentive completed surveys were entered into a free prize draw to win tickets to the ‘Last Night of the Proms’ themed concert at the Holy Sepulchre church, Northampton, Saturday 28th September, featuring Northampton Concert Band and the Cantare Singers.

Our lucky winner was Andrew Holt from Kettering and on hearing the news he said, “Thank you for the great news! …. I'm looking forward to coming to the concert.”

There are still tickets available for this great night out and if you want to get yours please visit the Restoration Trust Musical Evenings web page

Tickets £10
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Tuesday 13 August 2013

Your chance to win 2 tickets to a 'Glorious' night out!

Northampton Concert Band is seeking the views of their audience to help them plan for the future as they approach their centenary in 2019. Their online survey hopes to gather those views to feed into what could be a shake-up of what their future concerts will become as well as where they perform and the ticket prices they charge.

Stephen Bell, Musical Director, said: “Our last 12 months have been very successful but we should always look to the future and make sure we are giving value for money. Having an audience is very important to a performer. It is only fair that we listen to them in return.
 “We’re looking to our audience, and our future audience, to tell us what they want.”

A previous 'Last Night of the Proms' concert
at the Holy Sepulchre, Northampton.
As an incentive, Northampton Concert Band has 2 free tickets to a “Last Night of the Proms” themed concert on Saturday 28th September at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Northampton. With a wide range of music performed by Northampton Concert Band and the Cantare Singers, the evening climaxes with the patriotic songs of “Rule Britannia” and “Land of Hope and Glory”.

For your chance to win, complete the online survey available here. The draw will take place on the 7th September.

Tickets for the concert are £10 each and are available by calling 01604 754782,
emailing or sending a stamped self-addressed envelope and cheque to
John Kightley,
22 Lyncrest Avenue,
Cheques to be made payable to: Holy Sepulchre Restoration Trust
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Tuesday 2 July 2013

Summer Holiday


St Mary the Virgin church,
Knox Road, Wellingborough: Interior.
The band will be taking a break from rehearsals for the summer after the 20th July until they return in September.

Before we go you can get a final fix for the summer this Saturday 6th July, 7pm at the American Independence concert at St Mary the Virgin, Knox Road, Wellingborough, NN8 1HU. Where Stephen Bell will not only be conducting but he will also be performing with the band. Something that has not been see in over 10 years when Stephen used to play bassoon with Northampton Concert Band before becoming our musical director.

Even the church is well worth the trip. It has a magnificent interior and a powerful acoustic and on a warm sunny evening it has a light and airy feel. There is plenty of parking on site for those who are making longer journeys.

When we do return, tanned, well rested and ready for rehearsals to resume, we'll be preparing for the Last Night of The Proms concert at the Holy Sepulchre church, Sheep Street, Northampton.
This concert is always sold out and tickets are already available through the Church of the Holy Sepulchre website

Platinum Award?
In November the band hope to wow the adjudicators and audience at the National Concert Band Festival midlands regional heat at the Cripps Hall, Northampton on Sunday 17th November.
No doubt our musical choices will be challenging and great fun at the same time and with hard work we'll get a Platinum award again!
More information about this great event can be found here.

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Monday 24 June 2013

Born in the USA

Celebrate American Independence with us on Saturday, 6th July in Wellingborough when Northampton Concert Band perform an evening of classics from the best American composers and performers.

Music from: Miller, Sousa, Anderson, Bernstien, Sinatra, Morricone, Williams and more.

Saturday 6th July - 7pm. St Mary's Church, Knox Road, Wellingborough NN8 1HU

Tickets £10 - available on the door.

Conducted by Stephen Bell and Neil Brownless

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Sunday 23 June 2013

Concert: Family Film Favourites - Feedback

Avoiding any puns about 'blowing our own trumpet' we'd like to share with you some of the comments we've received from our audience that have been emailed to us or posted via facebook.

More importantly £580 was raised on the night for Autism Concern and our first comment is from Mike Hogg, a volunteer for Autism Concern.

"The audience were fantastic in their generosity to our cause, as was their enthusiasm for the performance of [the] Band. I hope they had an enjoyable evening, they looked and sounded as if they did."
 - M. Hogg, Autism Concern

"Thank you for a fabulous evening! We LOVED every minute and were utterly entranced and transported into some of our favourite films! We'll definitely be back for more at a future concert! Thank you!"
 - G. Price

"Thank you for a very enjoyable musical evening with a great choice of film tunes and good company"
 - E. Bird

"I attended this concert last night with my family and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. Being musical ourselves, and having played a few of your pieces (although nowhere near as good!) we thought the band were totally brilliant! The quality of playing was immense. I shall be spreading the word to others to come and see you in action."
 - A. Letts

"Anyone who didn't come to the concert last night really missed out, brilliant concert, thank you."

"...really enjoyed it, wonderful selection of music...couldn't not come with Lion King on the programme!"
 - S. Richards
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Saturday 22 June 2013

Family Film Favourites - Concert Programme - 22nd June 2013

Family Film Favourites - in support of Autism Concern
Saturday 22 June 2013
Conducted by Stephen Bell

Disney Around the World
Arr. James Christensen
We open tonight’s concert with an overture of popular Disney songs. Most feature in the many films of Disney, though ‘It’s a Small World’ was written for the popular musical boat ride that is located at each of the Disney parks and resorts.
Initially the ride was to feature national anthems of all the countries represented but this resulted in a big noise. Walt requested his staff songwriters to “[Write] one song that can easily be translated into many languages and be played as a round”.
Robin Hood Fanfare | It’s A Small World Alice In Wonderland | Colonel Hathi’s March I Wan’na Be Like You | Let’s Go Fly A Kite Night on a Bald Mountain | Sorcerer’s Apprentice Under The Sea | Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah

The Lion King (1994) 
Elton John, Hans Zimmer 
Arr. Calvin Custer 
Lyricist Tim Rice, who was working with composer Alan Menken on songs for Aladdin, was invited to write the songs and accepted on the condition of finding a composing partner. As Menken was unavailable, the producers accepted Rice's suggestion of Elton John. John and Rice wrote five original songs for this film additional music was written by Hans Zimmer.
This Land | Circle Of Life | To Die For Be Prepared | Can You Feel The Love Tonight Hakuna Matata | I Just Can’t Wait To Be King

Beauty and the Beast (1991) 
Alan Menken 
Arr. Jay Bocook
Originally sung by the character Mrs Potts, voiced by Angela Lansbury, in the 1991 film the song was released as a single sung by the relatively unknown Celine Dion. The critical and commercial success of "Beauty and the Beast" has been credited with establishing her career. Menken considered "Beauty and the Beast" a "turning point" in his career, revealing that it was the first time one of his compositions had been re-arranged for such a purpose.

Star Trek (2009) 
Michael Giacchino 
Arr. Jay Bocook 
Giacchino admitted personal pressure in scoring the J.J. Abrams 2009 Star Trek film, as "I grew up listening to all of that great [Trek] music, and that's part of what inspired me to do what I'm doing. You just go in scared. You just hope you do your best. It's one of those things where the film will tell me what to do.”
To Boldly Go | Enterprising Young Men End Credits

Superman (1978) 
John Williams 
Arr. Derek Ashmore 
Superman is well known for its large-scale visual effects sequences, all of which were created before the digital age. The Superman costume was to be a much darker blue, but the use of blue screen made it transparent. Superman also established the superhero film genre as viable outside the world of Saturday matinee serials, although it was a decade before the comparable success of the Batman series and two decades before that of X-Men and Spider-Man.

Sorcerer’s Apprentice 
Paul Dukas 
Arr. James Curnow 
In 1936, Walt Disney felt that the Disney studio's star character Mickey Mouse needed a boost in popularity. He decided to feature the mouse in The Sorcerer's Apprentice, a deluxe cartoon short based on the poem written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and set to the orchestral piece by Paul Dukas that was inspired by the original tale. The young apprentice of the sorcerer Yen Sid, attempts some of his master's magic tricks but doesn't know how to control them.

Mary Poppins (1964) 
Richard and Robert Sherman 
Arr. J. W. Duthoit 
The film received 13 Academy Award nominations and won 5 awards. This makes Mary Poppins the most Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated Disney film in history. Julie Andrews won an Oscar for Best Actress and Richard and Robert Sherman won Best Original Song for ‘Chim Chim Cher-ee’.
Feed The Birds | A Spoonful Of Sugar Step In Time | I Love To Laugh | Sand Dance Jolly ‘oliday | Step In Time | Chim Chim Cher-ee Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Let’s go fly a kite


Aladdin (1992) 
Alan Menken 
Arr. John Moss 
Composer Alan Menken and songwriters Howard Ashman and Tim Rice were praised for creating a soundtrack that is "consistently good, rivaling the best of Disney's other animated musicals from the '90s." Menken and Ashman began work on the film together, with Rice taking over as lyricist after Ashman died in early 1991. Although fourteen songs were written for Aladdin, only six are featured in the movie, three by each lyricist.
Arabian Nights | One Jump Ahead Wedding Announcement | A Whole New World Jafar’s Hour | Prince Ali | On A Dark Night Friend like me | Happy Ending

Doctor Who 
Ron Grainer 
Arr. Denis Burton
Doctor Who fans will be eagerly awaiting the 50th Anniversary episode to be screened later this year with Northampton’s Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor.
Until then, we give you this wind band arrangement that pays homage to Ron Grainer’s original theme (minus all the “Timey-Wimey, Spacey-Wacey” sound effects, unless one of our instruments starts malfunctioning…).

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) 
Frank Churchill 
Arr. J.W Duthoit 
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was to be the first full-length cel-animated feature in motion picture history, and as such Walt Disney had to fight to get the film produced. His gamble paid off and at the 11th Academy Awards, the film won an Academy Honorary Award for Walt Disney. Disney received a full-size Oscar statuette and seven miniature statuettes.
Some Day My Prince Will Come Whistle While You Work | I’m Wishing | Heigh-Ho With A Smile And A Song | The Silly Song One Song

Pixar Movie Magic 
Randy Newman and Michael Giacchino 
Arr. Michael Brown
Since 1995 when Toy Story was released, the creative team at Pixar Studios has given us heart-warming stories and unforgettable characters that appeal to audiences of all ages – and the music created for these films is an integral part of their popularity and charm.
The Glory Days (The Incredibles - 2004) The Spirit of Adventure (Up - 2010) Ratatouille Main Theme (Ratatouille - 2007) The Big Race (Cars - 2006) You've Got a Friend in Me (Toy Story - 1995)

Thunderbirds March 
Barry Gray 
Arr. Philip Sparke
Barry Gray (18 July 1908 – 26 April 1984) was a British musician and composer best known for his collaborations with television and film producer Gerry Anderson.
Despite the 2004 live action film adaptation of the marionette-driven cult classic; Thunderbirds flopped at cinemas when transformed into a live action Spy Kids wannabe. Hans Zimmer's score at least paid homage to the original show's brassy, fearless sound by keeping Barry Grey’s Thunderbirds March.

The Simpsons 
Danny Elfman 
Arr. Paul Lavender 
Composed by Danny Elfman in 1989, after series creator Matt Groening approached him requesting a retro-style theme. The piece, which took two days to create, has been noted by Elfman as the most popular of his career.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 
John Williams 
Arr. Victor Lopez
The third and final score in the series to be composed by John Williams. This film's music is not as bright as that of the previous films, with distinct medieval influences in the instrumentation. One of the new themes, "Double Trouble," was written during production so that a children's choir could perform it in Hogwarts's Great Hall in one of the film's earlier scenes (accompanied by giant toads).
The lyrics of "Double Trouble" are from a ritual performed by the ‘Weird Sisters’ in Act 4, Scene 1 of Shakespeare's Macbeth.“Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.”
Hedwigs Theme | Hagrid the Professor Double Trouble | A Window To The Past

Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Man’s Chest 
Hans Zimmer Arr. 
Jay Bocook
This highly anticipated sequel was the biggest movie of the year and features an exciting and dramatic soundtrack from the pen of Hans Zimmer, plus familiar themes from the first movie.
Jack Sparrow | The Kraken | Davy Jones I've Got My Eye On You | Wheel Of Fortune
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Wednesday 19 June 2013

Treat the kids, and yourself, this weekend.

This Saturday the place to be is Spratton, just 5 miles north of Northampton at Spratton Hall School's theatre, The Hunter Hall, for an evening of movie music magic!

Featuring family favourites such as Harry Potter, The Lion King, Doctor Who, Aladdin, Star Trek and Pirates of the Caribbean.

The concert starts at 7:00pm and is due to finish around 9:30pm with an interval.

There's still time to get your tickets before the night buy buying online from our Tickets page.

This charity concert is in support of Autism Concern.
The band performing at 'Best of British' in March 2013
The band performing at 'Best of British' concert in March 2013

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Friday 24 May 2013

3D Glasses Not Required

3D glasses not required.
The Platinum award winning Northampton Concert Band will be performing an evening of movie music magic in support of Autism Concern on Saturday, June 22nd in ‘Family Film Favourites’.

The 40-strong group of woodwind and brass musicians will perform selections from Star Wars, Mary Poppins, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Trek, The Lion King, Harry Potter and many more.

In selecting the music for this concert Stephen Bell, Musical Director, said: “What better way to have a family night out than to enjoy music from some great family films, and at the same time supporting a charity that does so much to help support to families with autistic children and inform and educate others about autism.”

Julia Hardcastle, Managing Director, from Autism Concern, said “We’re proud to be working with Northampton Concert Band on what will be such an enjoyable evening for all. Funds raised will help us to continue to support over 2,000 children and adults in Northamptonshire that have autism. If you include their families, autism touches the lives of around 6,000 people every day”.

The concert will be at the Spratton Hall School, Spratton, Northampton NN6 8HP on June 22nd, 2013. The event begins at 7.00pm and tickets are £10 Adults, £6 Child, £28 Family.
For more information and to purchase your tickets visit our Tickets page or call 07561 390099.
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Sunday 19 May 2013

Abington Park bandstand programme

Here is our outline programme for Abington Park bandstand, Northampton on 26th May 2 - 5pm.
Subject to timings, weather, general mood, etc.. Some items may change, but it's good to have a plan.

Let us know if you have a favourite on this list and we'll try to make sure we include it on the day.

Neil Brownless will also make his conducting debut with the band.

Set 1 (2-3pm approx.)
Concert Prelude
The Phantom of the Opera selection
Star Trek
The Stars and Stripes Forever
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkhaban
Les Miserables
Bohemian Rhapsody

Set 2 (3-4pm approx.)
Star Wars Saga
Fifth of Beethoven
Pixar Movie Magic
Oliver selection
British Legion March
The Simpsons Theme
Elisa's Aria
Don't Stop Believing
Thunderbirds March

Set 3 (4-5pm approx.)
James Bond Selection
Salut D'Amour
Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Mans Chest
Wallace and Gromit Theme
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
The Lion King
Doctor Who Theme
Dam Busters March
National Anthem
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Thursday 25 April 2013

Family Film Favourites

Northampton Concert Band in support of Autism Concern present:
Family Film Favourites 
An evening of great movie music the whole family will enjoy

Featuring music from:
Star Wars | Harry Potter | Mary Poppins | Pirates of the Caribbean | Aladdin | Star Trek | The Lion King and many more.

Musical Director: Stephen Bell

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AUTISM CONCERN is a charity which provides support and options to people affected by all forms of autism in gaining independence and control of their lives.
Autism Concern Registered Charity Number 1062611

Saturday 22nd June 2013 7:00pm (Doors 6:30pm)
Spratton Hall School, Spratton, Northampton, NN6 8HP

Tickets: £10 Adult, £6 Child, £28 Family (2 Adults, 2 Children)
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Friday 19 April 2013

Here comes the sun?

Northampton Concert Band at Abington Park Bandstand, 2011
Following the Easter break rehearsals have re-started for the busy summer season and Northampton Concert Band has a lot of music to prepare for the concerts ahead.

First up will be a performance at the Abington Park Bandstand on Sunday 26th May 2-5pm where the band will be performing a wide repetoire of music on what will hopefully be a sunny afternoon. This free event is part of the 'Bands in the Park' season funded by Northampton Borough Council.

Then on June 22nd, Northampton Concert Band, in support of Autism Concern, bring you Family Film Favourites. Featuring a wide range of magic moments from movie music that the whole family will enjoy and at the same time helping raise money for this local Northamptonshire charity. Tickes for this concert are available from our Tickets page.

Independence Day will be marked in Wellingborough at St Mary the Virgin, Knox Road, at 7p.m. on Saturday the 6th July as Northampton Concert Band perform a selection of music from American composers or music with a western theme. Spurs and 10 gallon hats are optional. Tickets are £10 available on the door.

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Monday 4 March 2013

Concert: Best of British - Feedback

It's great to get feedback from our audience and even better when it is all so positive. Here are some comments that have been emailed to us or posted on our Facebook page.

"Went to the concert tonight and it was fantastic. Congratulations to everyone in the band for making it such a memorable evening." -  Gary & Pat Millward

"I have just had the most fantastic evening at your Best of British concert. Many many thanks - and thank you for the chocolates :-)"

"What a magnificent performance from NCB., you guys rock :)).. The clarinet touched all my heart strings tonight. Thank You :)"

"Thank you for a wonderful, enjoyable, uplifting evening x"

"We had a great evening! Loved the programme. Some of that stuff was very challenging and you made it seem easy. Well done and thank you."

"Thanks so much - we enjoyed the concert last evening so much and thought the band were superb. It was our first experience of one of your concerts and we very much hope won't be the last! Thank you again" -  Margaret Kearley
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Saturday 2 March 2013

Best of British - Programme - 2nd March 2013

Best of British Concert Programme
Saturday 2nd March 2013
Conducted by Stephen Bell

Concert Prelude (1974)
Philip Sparke
In 1974, whilst a student at the Royal College of Music in London, Philip Sparke responded to an advert from music publishers R. Smith & Co. for new works from student composers. After a meeting at the company with Geoffrey Brand, he went home and composed Concert Prelude that evening. It was his first piece for brass band and was immediately accepted for publication.
This version for concert band was arranged by the composer in 1979

Salut d’Amour
Edward Elgar
Before their marriage, Alice Roberts presented Edward with a poem she had written: ‘Love’s Grace’. In return Edward wrote a short piece of music for her which he called Liebesgruss (‘Love’s Greeting’).
In 1988, he submitted the work to a publisher who agreed to buy the work outright for two guineas. Initially sales were low until the publisher gave the work a French title and changed the composers name to Ed Elgar believing it would help give the work an international appeal. It did, but sadly with no financial benefit to Elgar.

Second Suite in F
Gustav Holst
Holst’s second and last suite for concert band was written in 1911 and published in 1922. It is longer than the first suite and considered more difficult to perform.
During his earlier years as a composer, he took interest in writing music based on folk music. This suite contains a total of seven folk songs that are compressed into the four movements. Listed below are the movements and the folk songs that inspired them.

i. March - Glorishears, Swansea Town, Claudy Banks
ii. Song Without Words - I’ll Love My Love
iii. Song of the Blacksmith - A Blacksmith Courted Me
iv. Fantasia on the Dargason - Dargason, Greensleeves

Chanson du Matin (1899)
Edward Elgar
arr. Michael Brand
Originally composed for violin and piano, Chanson du Matin (Morning Song) was a companion piece to Chanson de Nuit (Eventide), which is considered to be better for its more carefully constructed composition. However, Chanson du Matin was more successful for its popularity with audiences. To help increase sales, Elgar’s publisher suggested giving them French titles as was the fashion of the day.

English Dances Set 1
Malcolm Arnold
arr. Maurice Johnstone
Arnold wrote the English Dances in response to a suggestion made by Arnold’s publisher. The first set was completed in 1950 and following their success a second set was completed the following year. Arnold’s memorable tunes are in the style of folk songs but, unlike Holst, without quoting any actual folk melodies.
Shades and passages of the Mesto are recognisable in the main title of Maurice Jarre’s Oscar winning music for the film Doctor Zhivago.

i. Andantino
ii. Vivace
iii. Mesto
iv. Allegro risoluto

James Bond (Selection)
John Barry
arr. Johan de May
Born in York in 1933, John Barry Prendergast wrote the scores to the award winning films Midnight Cowboy, Dances with Wolves and Out of Africa in a career spanning over 50 years. He is probably most famous though for his work on the James Bond franchise.
John Barry was brought in to arrange the “James Bond Theme” composed by Monty Norman for Dr No (1962) and went on to compose the soundtracks for eleven more James Bond films. As well as the film scores he also wrote the title songs for Goldfinger (“Goldfinger” 1964) and Octopussy (“All Time High” 1983). This selection includes all these and “For Your Eyes Only” (1981) by Bill Conti and Mick Leeson.

Candle in the Wind
Elton John and Bernie Taupin
arr. Jay Bocook
Originally written in 1973 in honour of Marilyn Monroe, who had died 11 years earlier.
A rewritten version of the song was released in 1997 as a tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales.
The single release of the original song reached No. 11 in the U.K. charts in 1974.

Cats (Selection from)
Andrew Lloyd-Webber
arr. John Edmondson
Based on T.S.Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats (1939), Cats premiered in the West End at the New London Theatre on 11 May 1981. The songs of the musical comprise Eliot's verse set to music. The principal exception being the most famous song from the musical, "Memory", for which the lyrics were written by Trevor Nunn after an Eliot poem entitled "Rhapsody on a Windy Night".
This selection features:-
Overture | Skimbleshanks : The Railway Cat |Old Gumbie Cat | Macavity : The Mystery Cat | Memory


Tall Ships
Ron Goodwin
Ron Goodwin is probably best known for his film music. He scored over 70 films in a career lasting over 50 years. His war films are particularly well remembered, including ‘Where Eagles Dare’, ‘Battle of Britain’ and ‘633 Squadron’.
The 1996 Royal Tournament, held annually in London, opened to the music of "Tall Ships", played by the Massed Bands of H.M. Royal Marines. All the historic dignity and grandeur of masted tall ships in the musical form of a fugue.

Bohemian Rhapsody
Freddie Mercury
arr. Alan Catherall
Written for Queen’s 1975 album A Night at the Opera the song has no chorus, instead consisting of several sections: a ballad segment ending with a guitar solo, an operatic passage, and a hard rock section. At the time, it was the most expensive single ever made and remains one of the most elaborate recordings in popular music history.
When it was released as a single, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ became a commercial success, staying at the top of the UK Singles Chart for nine weeks and selling more than a million copies by the end of January 1976.

Kaleidoscope - Five Variations on the Brugg Song (2003)
Philip Sparke
Kaleidoscope was commissioned by the Aargau and Waadtland Music Associations (Switzerland) with financial support from the town of Brugg and the City Pharmacy, Brugg (Dr. M & B Kuhn).
It is a set of five variations on the ‘Brugger Lied’ (Brugg Song) which is the traditional song of the town of Brugg. The lyrics tell of the geography, people and traditions of this charming and historic town, which is situated in the north of Switzerland, near to the German border, about halfway between Basel and Zurich.
Philip Sparke was born in London and studied composition, trumpet and piano at the Royal College of Music, where he gained an ARCM.

i. Introduction
ii. Theme (The Brugg Song)
iii. Variation 1
iv. Variation 2
v. Variation 3
vi. Variation 4
vii. Variation 5

Phantom of the Opera (Selections from)
Andrew Lloyd-Webber
arr. Warren Barker
The Phantom of the Opera opened on the London West End in 1986, and on New York’s Broadway in 1988. It became the longest-running musical in Broadway history after overtaking Cats in 2006. It is also the second longest running West End musical.
This arrangement includes:- Think of Me | Angel of Music | The Phantom of the Opera |All I Ask of You | The Point of no Return | The Music of the Night

Karl Jenkins
arr. Robert Longfield
Born and raised in the Gower village of Penclawwdd, Jenkins has created a good deal of advertising music, twice winning the industry prize in that field.
Palladio, perhaps his most-heard piece of music, is the classical theme used by De Beers diamond merchants for their television advertising campaign. Other notable works have included the "Papa? Nicole?" advertisements for the Renault Clio – Thanks Karl.

John Lennon
arr. Larry Norred
Born and raised in Liverpool, as a teenager Lennon became involved in the skiffle craze; his first band, the Quarrymen, evolved into the Beatles in 1960.
Lennon composed "Imagine" one morning in early 1971, on a Steinway piano, in a bedroom at his Tittenhurst Park estate in Ascot, Berkshire. Ono watched as he composed the melody, chord structure and almost all the lyrics, nearly completing the song in one brief writing session.

Lionel Bart
arr. Norman Leyden
As well as writing British pop songs, including ‘Living Doll’ for Cliff Richard, Lionel Bart’s third musical ‘Oliver’ was an instant success. Becoming the first British musical to be transferred to Broadway successfully.
This selection includes:- Consider Yourself | Where is Love | Um-Pah-Pah | As Long As He Needs Me | I’d Do Anything | Who Will Buy
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Sunday 10 February 2013

Best of British

Northampton Concert Band performing at the Holy Sepulchre
Northampton Concert Band will be performing an evening of music from Great British composers on Saturday, March 2nd in 'Best of British'.

In their first concert of 2013, this 40 strong band of woodwind and brass musicians has been working hard during rehearsals to bring some new music to their repertoire for the busy year ahead.

In selecting the music for this concert Stephen Bell, Musical Director, said: "We wanted to celebrate the vast array of music that is British born. We have music from Elgar and Holst to more modern composers like Elton John and John Lennon. We are also performing, Northampton born composer, Sir Malcolm Arnold's English Dances (Set 1) and many more."

The concert will be at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Sheep Street, Northampton, NN1 3NL on March 2nd, 2013.
Tickets are £10 and can be purchased online through our Tickets page or by calling 01604 459790.
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Tuesday 8 January 2013

Meet the Band - Neil Brownless

Neil Brownless
What is your day job?:
What do you play:
How long have you played?:
7 years
What is your favourite piece of music:
Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony
Is there an instrument that you'd like to be able to play and why:
Ophecleide, because it's such an unusual and rare instrument.
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Friday 4 January 2013

New for 2013 - Deputy Musical Director

Northampton Concert Band rings in 2013 by appointing Neil Brownless as their deputy musical director.
This is after Neil took a successful rehearsal during late 2012 while their usual MD, Stephen Bell, was taking a well earned break. Usually Neil can be found playing trombone with the band.

Neil gained experience directing different music ensembles whilst at Portsmouth University where he studied for a Maths degree.

We all wish him well in this newly created position.
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