Sunday 30 December 2018

New Year - New Musical Opportunity

It's that time of year when you decide to make a change in your life. We'll if that change is playing that old instrument of yours then we have a brilliant opportunity for you.

This year Northampton Concert Band will be celebrating their centenary year with a Gala concert on Saturday 23rd March at Abington Avenue United Reformed Church, and this could be your opportunity to join us at our weekly rehearsals leading up to the event.

Ideally, we are looking for grade 6 and above, though if you're rusty or are determined to improve you're also welcome.

We are particularly keen to find more :
  • Trumpets/Cornets
  • Trombones
  • Tuba
  • Alto Clarinet
  • String Bass
  • Percussionists (percussion instruments provided)
For more information about joining us read our Join Us page or contact

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Saturday 8 December 2018

Twas the Night Before Christmas

Join Northampton Concert Band for a special performance of 'The Night Before Christmas'

Becky and Mark
Following the success of last years performance of Tubby the Tuba, narrated by Mark Woodham. Mark has been invited, with his wife Becky, to narrate The Night Before Christmas, the famous poem by Clement C Moore with a musical setting by Randol Alan Bass.
Featuring the whole band, the story of a surprise visit from Saint Nicolas with his sleigh and eight reindeer.

Mark, and Becky, who are members of the Northampton Musical Theatre Company, said, "This is more of a challenge than last years Tubby the Tuba; the timing of the dialog with the music needs to be just right."
Becky said, "I was delighted Graham asked us to help bring this magical poem to life."

The programme will also feature music from the animated adaption of Raymond Brigg's 1978 picture book: The Snowman, which celebrates it 40th anniversary this year.
This arrangement of Howard Blake's music includes the Piano Introduction, Music Box Dance, Motorcycle Gallop, Walking in the Air and Dance of the Snowmen.

Other music includes a popular selection of songs from Mary Poppins, the theme from The Incredibles, music from Disney's Aladdin, White Christmas, The Christmas Song, Let the Bells Ring, Christmas Swing-along, And Nigel Hess' A Christmas Overture.

Tickets are available from our website or by calling Rachel on 07561 390099
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Thursday 1 November 2018

We Will Remember Them


Reception @ 6.30pm
Performance @ 7.30pm

Tickets: All Admissions £11.00 U/16 £6.00

Tel: 01604 754 782
Post your booking to
 complete with stamped addressed envelope please

Please make cheques payable to Holy Sepulchre Restoration Trust 
Thank You

Northampton Concert Band are proud to be performing at the annual remembrance concert at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Northampton.
Music will include: Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines, Colonel Bogey, Dancing through the Years, Nimrod, Elegy on the RAF March Past, Pomp and Circumstance No.4, Songs of the Great War, At the close of the Day/Last post, Calling All Workers, Coronation Scot, Scramble! and more.
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Thursday 10 May 2018

Bands in the Park - 2018

'Bands in the Park', hosted Northampton Brough Council, returns from Sunday 1st April and runs until September 16th at the Victorian bandstand in Abington Park, Northampton
Come and enjoy traditional music from a large mix of bands in the beautiful and relaxed surroundings of Abington Park.

Northampton Concert Band will be performing in the park on Bank Holiday Monday 28th May from 2 -5pm

Our programme will be varied including:
A rousing march of The Liberty Bell.
A tribute to Michael Jackson.
Songs from Broadway shows such as Fiddler on the Roof and Hairspray.
Disney's Aladdin.
The popular classic, the Gold and Silver Waltz,
Film theme music from The Great Escape and The Magnificent Seven.
Novelty numbers; Mah-na Mah-na, Cornet Carillion, and Can-Can a-la Rossini. 
And much more!
With the afternoon finishing with a patriotic flourish of Land of Hope and Glory and Last Post and Sunset.

Bring a picnic and good weather.

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Saturday 17 March 2018

Atlantic Rhapsody - 24th March 2018 - Full Programme

Programme Overview
  • Overture "Candide" 
  • East Coast Pictures 
    1. Shelter Island, 
    2. The Catskills,
    3. New York
  • At Dawn They Slept
  • An Ellington Festival 
  • NMPAT Community Choir
  • The Stars and Stripes Forever
  • Head Rush 
  • Incantation and Dance
7:30pm Saturday 24th March 2018
Christ Church, Northampton
Conducted by Graham Tear
with NMPAT Community Choir

Overture to Candide
Leonard Bernstien
arr. Walter Beeler

Bernstein’s Operetta “Candide” opened on Broadway on December 1, 1956 and it closed after just seventy-three performances. Bernstein was less concerned over the loss of money than the failure of a work he cared about deeply. He is quoted to have said, “there’s more of me in that piece than anything else I’ve done.” Indeed, with each revival, Candide won bigger audiences However, the overture was well received from the start, and it promptly became a very popular curtain-raiser. Brilliantly scored, it has a certain type of vitality that is not easy to match.

East Coast Pictures
Nigel Hess

Nigel Hess’ East Coast Pictures were inspired by several visits to a small part of the American East Coast, an area that provides great extremes in the geography and the people.
  • Shelter Island
    Shelter Island is a small island situated near the end of Long Island, a few hours drive east of New York. In the summer it becomes a crowded tourist trap; but in the winter, it is gloriously deserted and bravely faces the onslaught of the turbulent Atlantic, shrouded in sea mists and driving rain. This ‘picture’ is a fond memory of a winter weekend on Shelter Island.
  • The Catskills
    In upstate New York lie the Catskills Mountains—an extraordinary combination of tranquillity and power, peace and majesty. Once seen, they call you back again and again.

  • New York
    New York - or to be more precise, Manhattan. For anyone who is familiar with this bizarre and wonderful city, here is a ‘picture’ that needs no explanation. For those not yet hooked, this is a foretaste of things to come!

At Dawn, They Slept.
Jay Bocook

Jay Bocook is a prolific composer and arranger of concert band music. This musical remembrance pays tribute to fallen heroes of that fateful day at Pearl Harbour that launched the USA into World War II. Opening with a peaceful, flowing woodwind melody, the day is heralded in by a lone bugler. Ominous undertones, powerful scoring, dissonant themes and bombastic percussion capture musically the chaos that followed. It's a powerful musical statement that concludes ultimately on an optimistic note that looks to a brighter future.

An Ellington Festival
Billy Strayhorn & Duke Ellington
Arr. Sammy Nestico

Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington was an American composer, pianist, and bandleader of a jazz orchestra, which he led from 1923 until his death in a career spanning over fifty years.
This selection includes 3 pieces written by Ellington’s musical collaborator, Billy Strayhorn; Satin Doll, Chelsea Bridge and Take the A train. The latter referring to the then-new ‘A’ subway service that runs through New York City, going at that time from eastern Brooklyn up into Harlem and northern Manhattan. Composed in 1939, after Ellington offered Strayhorn a job in his organisation and gave him money to travel from Pittsburgh to New York City. Ellington wrote directions for Strayhorn to get to his house by subway, directions that began, "Take the A Train".
Satin Doll | Chelsea Bridge | Take the “A” Train


The NMPAT Community Choir

Cantilena by Karl Jenkins - Some of Karl's work has been used for some very successful advertising campaigns including this piece by Cheltenham & Gloucester in their 1990 advert featuring a pearl fisher.

Christ Be With Me with words ascribed to St. Patrick, music by Pachelbel arr. Stephen Chilvers.

When I Grow Up by Tim Minchin from his Broadway show Matilda, based on Roald Dhal's story of the same name.

Money, Money, Money by ABBA's Benny Andersson and Bjorn Alvaeus

The Best of Bond - giving you exactly what it says. A selection featuring the James Bond Theme, Goldfinger, You Only Live Twice, Live and Let Die, For Your Eyes Only, and Diamonds Are Forever!

The Stars and Stripes Forever
Jon Phillip Sousa
edited by Mark H. Hindsley

Considered to be Sousa’s greatest march, The Stars and Stripes Forever the official National March of the United States of America in 1987.
Sousa wrote that he composed the march on Christmas Day, 1896. He was on an ocean liner on his way home from a vacation with his wife in Europe and had just learned of the recent death of David Blakely, the manager of the Sousa Band. He composed the march in his head and committed the notes to paper on arrival in the United States. Sousa also wrote lyrics to the piece. The last section being.:

Hurrah for the flag of the free.
May it wave as our standard forever
The gem of the land and the sea,
The banner of the right.
Let despots remember the day
When our fathers with mighty endeavour
Proclaimed as they marched to the fray,
That by their might and by their right
It waves forever.

Head Rush
Jay Bocook

This masterful work by Jay Bocook was composed for fellow South Carolinian and highly regarded educator Scott Rush, known for his accomplishments with the nationally acclaimed Wando High School band program. Employing a minimalistic approach, this dynamic piece uses layers of constantly evolving textures and rhythmic devices, while propelled throughout by an energetic underlying pulse. Sprinkled with surprises and dramatic effects, and culminating with the full force of the entire ensemble.

Incantation and Dance
John Barnes Chance

This composition, which was the first published piece of John Barnes Chance, has become one of his most popular works. He wrote it while serving in the North Carolina public schools under a grant from the Ford Foundation's Young Composers Project. It consists of two contrasting sections. The Incantation is a short, mournful melody, full of mystery, which gradually builds to a ferocious conclusion. The Dance also begins quietly, moving to a complex rhythmic pattern in the percussion, and culminating in a frenzied dance.
A native of Texas, Chance played timpani with the Austin Symphony and taught at the University of Kentucky before he was accidentally electrocuted while working in the backyard of his home in Lexington, Kentucky in 1972 at the age of 39.
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Sunday 18 February 2018

February Update

We've had a busy few weeks at rehearsals since Christmas, including a full day of rehearsing new pieces. This was a first for the band and enabled us to focus on mastering challenging new works and allow band members time to socialise with each other during the longer rest breaks. A few family members of the band also joined us for the last hour to listen to the music we had been rehearsing.
Which now brings me to news of our Spring concert! 

Entitled 'Atlantic Rhapsody', the evening will include music from both British and American composers. Graham Tear will be finalising the program and we'll be sharing that with you all soon. 

NMPAT Community Choir will also be joining us for this concert. NMPAT Community Choir were formed in the Autumn of 2015 and gave their first public performance with NCB at our Christmas Concert 2015 to a sell out audience. This choir, formed of adults of all ages and abilities, is also directed by Graham Tear. 

Be the first to get your tickets. 
Book online or call 07561 390099 
Tickets: £10 Adults | £5 Students/Children 
7:30pm Saturday 24th March 2018 
Christ Church, Christchurch Road, Northampton NN1 5LN
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