Sunday 12 January 2014

Open Rehearsal Attracts New Musicians

Northampton Concert Band were joined by new members at an open rehearsal held on Sunday (12th January) in Northampton.

Joining the 40 strong band on the day were 6 new musicians consisting of 3 flutes, 1 clarinet, 1 French horn and a trumpet. The rehearsal involved a wide variety of music to give the new members a feel of what the band is like.

Kathrina Perry (33), a flautist, hadn't played her flute for 5 years and 15 years since she had played with a band. Kathrina said "I saw the event via a Chronicle twitter feed and decided to give it a go. I really enjoyed the rehearsal and was made to feel very welcome. The band made an amazing sound and I will be going again."

Stephen Bell (50), principal conductor, said "The open rehearsal went very well and all those who took part seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves. Hopefully they will be joining us for our first concert of the year in March."

The non auditioning community band perform throughout the year at many events and concerts in Northampton, including taking part in the "Bands in the Park" season at Abington Park bandstand in the summer.

The band is still on the lookout for more members so anyone interested in joining the band is asked to contact the band secretary Michael Watkins on 01604 845 885 or email
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Friday 3 January 2014

New Year - New Band Members Welcome

Northampton Concert Band are inviting local musicians to join them for an open rehearsal.

The award winning band formed in 1919 currently has just over 40 members, aged from 15 to 75, and are looking for new members to join their ranks.

Playing a range of different musical styles from marches to musicals, classical and contemporary the band are looking for woodwind, brass and especially percussionists who are, or used to be, grade 5 or above and who are looking for an opportunity to play again.

Stephen Bell, principal musical director, said “We have a brilliant music education service in Northamptonshire that produces some top quality musicians. After school and university many people stop performing to focus on their careers and family life.

“We are a friendly group that gives adults, young and old, a space where they can meet to continue to perform and develop their musical talent. I urge anyone who has decided to take up making music again for their new year, to come and join us.”

The open rehearsal will take place on Sunday morning January 12th from 10:30 to 12:30 at the Cripps Recreational Centre (Northampton General Hospital), Cliftonville, Northampton and those interested in attending are asked to register by sending an email to Michael on, or call on 01604 845 885
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