Thursday 17 September 2015

Harold Colman 1921 - 2015

Harold Colman
1921 - 2015
We have received the sad news that Harold Colman passed away on Wednesday evening 16th September 2015 at the age of 93.

Originally from Norfolk, Harold joined the RAF as a bandsman in 1940 and served both at home and overseas during the Second World War.

He travelled across Britain and to India and Singapore between 1941 and 1946 but things didn’t always run smoothly. Whilst due to perform in London during the Blitz the band room was blown up along with all the instruments.

After the war, Harold came to Northampton and played the violin, the trumpet and the saxophone in The New Theatre Orchestra.

Encouraged by other members of the New Theatre Orchestra Harold was invited to play the trumpet in the Northampton Military Band, later to be renamed Northampton Concert Band. Harold continued to play trumpet until the current conductor, Joseph Trolley, broke his wrist after a fall and Harold took on the role from 1957 until 2002

Harold founded the Northampton Youth Orchestra in 1967 which he also conducted until 1981. He also conducted the Kettering Symphony Orchestra from 1994 until 2009.

Harold continued to perform violin with the Northampton Symphony Orchestra and to follow the progress of Northampton Concert Band, attending Stephen Bell's final concert as conductor in March 2015.

Harold was due to see his grandson, Bandmaster Jeremy Ansell, guest conduct Northampton Concert Band this Saturday at the ‘Last Night of the Proms’ concert at the Holy Sepulchre Church, Northampton.

Our thoughts are with the his wife, Kathleen, and the family.
Our concerts for this weekend will be going ahead as planned and we will be dedicating our performance on Saturday night to Harold.

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