Tuesday 11 February 2014

We've Got Rhythm

Tickets are already on sale for our first concert of 2014 – We’ve Got Rhythm on Saturday 1st March.

Featuring a wide selection of music "We’ve Got Rhythm" will include a range of “Big Band” music. Also in the programme will be Barnard Castle by Goff Richards and Egmont Overture by Beethoven, specially selected for this concert by our musical director Stephen Bell.

Talking of Big Bands, Northampton Concert Band held an “open rehearsal” in January where we recruited some new members so the band is now even bigger than ever; now numbering about 50 performers (I’m not sure we will all be able to get onto the Abington Park bandstand this summer). Please come along and support our new members in their first concert with us.

Tickets are available online from our website priced at £10 adults and £5 children, though you can save £1 per ticket if you buy yours before Sunday 15th February. Or you can call 07561 390099.

We’ve Got Rhythm will be held at the Cripps Recreational Centre (NGH) where there is a licenced bar to which you will be able to purchase drinks throughout the evening. There is also plenty of parking on site which will cost 50p for the evening.

We’re all looking forward to seeing you there.
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Northampton Concert Band re-brands with winning design

Helen Jones presents her design at Tresham College
A mature graphic design student from Tresham College of Further and Higher Education’s Kettering Campus has designed the winning logo for Northampton Concert Band following the challenge put to students at the start of the term.

Established in 1919, Northampton Concert Band were looking for a fresh new look to bring them into the 21st Century to ensure that they had a logo that could be used in multiple formats in print and on the web.

Students studying a two year HNC leading to HND Graphic Design course at Tresham College often get the opportunity to work on real projects as part of their course work which they can add to their portfolio when looking for a job in their chosen career or to support university applications.

The winning design was awarded to Helen Jones who returned to college at the age of 41. She had wanted to pursue a career in Graphic Design before having children, but bringing up her two children, along with being diagnosed with the long term chronic illness, Fibromyalgia, meant this was put on hold for 15 years. She had previously had several jobs, the last being in marketing where she realised her creative talent for design. Helen chose to pursue this and enrolled on to the Graphic Design course with a view to gain employment in a career she wants.

Helen Jones, 41 from Barton Seagrave, Kettering said
''I was thrilled my design was chosen by the Northampton Concert Band for their re-branding. I'm grateful for this opportunity and for the amazing feedback I received during my design presentations. This project confirmed my decision to return to education after 25 years. Studying Graphic Design has been the right one''.

Stephen Bell, principal musical director said,
“Helen's design was very eye catching, clean and fresh. The band committee were unanimous in its selection from the short list provided by the college lecturers. The band are looking forward to meeting her at the award presentation at our next concert.”

Stephen Bell will present Helen with her prize during “We've Got Rhythm” on Saturday 1st March, at the Cripps Recreational Centre, Northampton.
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