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Its been a stressful couple of Months for the Band. As you'll have seen in April's update our MD Jonathan decided to step down. We had a period of advertisement for a new MD, we had 4 applicants with 3 successful auditions. Each potential new MD came prepared with a piece of Music for the band to play and they were also surprised on the day with a piece the band had pick to test their sight reading. After the auditions the band had a vote and we are please to announce that Clare Winter was successful in getting the Job. Those of you with a keen eye might recognise her name, Clare used to be our Solo Euphonium Player up until the end of 2014, she then went on to conduct bands and has had some great success with the Thirsk Royal Legion Band. We're all very please to have Clare back in the Band especially at the helm, she's come to us full of ideas and we cant wait to see which direction she's going to steer the ship, we're all sure its going to be in the right direction. Welcome back Clare and well done!!!
Musical Director Required – A fantastic opportunity has arisen for an MD who can motivate and encourage our players and expand our artistic and educational vision. It is important that the successful applicant is a good communicator who is able to create an enjoyable but hardworking atmosphere, bringing energy and new ideas to the band.
Ellington Colliery Band is one of the busiest bands in the North East and has a welcoming and open outlook. In addition to working towards contests we have a wide variety of engagements through the year, including a busy concert schedule and, over recent years, we have established loyal and enthusiastic audiences. We have players of varying abilities from a range of backgrounds. As well as welcoming established players, some of us volunteer to run our Brass Roots training band which allows us to give less experienced players the opportunity to rehearse together with a view to joining our established band when their ability allows.
Further information about the band can be found on this website. If you would like to talk to someone for further information then please contact the Band Manager.
A full job description is available on request.
Applications in confidence can be made to the Band Manager, John Colvine, either by email email@example.com or by phone 07734437987.
What a busy couple of months it’s been. After out disappointment at the NOEBBC's we prepared for an Entertainments Contest in Dunfermline, we set our program out and went feeling confident as we often seem to do well at this contest, unfortunately this year we came 3rd out of 4, maybe 2017 isn’t our contesting year, massive well done has to go to Justin on his Solo and well done to John who made his debut in the Percussion Section.
In May we held our AGM where we reviewed our previous year, we also have some new Committee Members, Verity & Justin join the Committee along with re-elected members Ian, John, Susan, Martin, Daryl, Hewie & David. As a committee we then elected out Band Officials, John was re-elected as Band Secretary & Band Manager and Susan was re-elected as Treasurer. This year Martin decided to stand down as Band Chairman, Martin has been Chairman for 20 years, he took up the mantel after his father Fred stepped down, Martin has helped steer the Band through some troubling times over the last 2 decades and has played a big part in the band survival, thank you Martin for your many years of service. Martin still remains on as a committee member. After this news we looked to a new Chairman, Daryl nominated Ian for the position which was quickly seconded by Verity, Ian gladly accepted this and is looking forward to his new role, congratulations Ian.
We have some big changes coming to the Band soon; here is a Statement from our Chairman and Band Manager;
We are sad to announce that our conductor, Jonathan Fenwick, is moving to pastures new, taking up an outstanding opportunity to advance his conducting career. He started conducting us eight years ago and has successfully led the band through some challenging and exciting projects. We are delighted for Jonathan, this opportunity is fully deserved and he leaves many friends within the band. In the short term, until the band appoints a new Musical Director, he will continue to conduct us subject to his other commitments.
Our AGM will be on Sunday 7th May at our Band Room. For Times please contact our Band Manager. (Posted 14/03/17 11:34)
Well March saw the return of the North of England Brass Band Championships, this year our test piece was Rhapsody in Brass by Sir Dean Goffin. We prepped and went on stage and gave our best account of the piece, unfortunately it wasn't to the adjudicators taste and we came last. Unfortunately for the Band this means we will be relegated to the third section from 2018. We found ourselves in this position in 2014 and soon found ourselves back in the Second Section so let’s see what 2018 brings. Well done to our neighbours Ashington and Newbiggin Bands who both won their sections and head to Cheltenham in September and represent the North East!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
January saw the Band return to Butlins Skegness for their Annual Mineworkers Contest. The Band were tasked with a piece called Inclusion, the Band put in the hours and played the piece the best we could, we came off stage with smiles on our faces, happy with our performance, our MD was happy, the the remarks we got were all positive. We came 10th which is the best result we've ever had at the Butlins Contest and with all the positive write ups from 4Bars Rest and British Bandsman the Band cant be anything but happy.
"Atmospheric opening and some confident solo playing in evidence in what is a very enjoyable first movement. As we go into the middle section there are some super sounds particularly from the solo cornet. The conductor has really thought about the music here and has an air of authority with the band that’s paying dividends. Some of the inner detail in the final movement doesn’t quite come off but as we head for home the delivery has some sizzle into a fine close."
This was a competition debut for some of our players, Lisa & Dom who joined us from our Brass Roots Band on Trombone & Bass played their first contest, this was also Nicks first Contest on Solo Trombone and Jen who joins us from Backworth makes her Contest debut with the Band.
Decemeber was as ever the busiest month of the year for the Band. On top of playing at Alnwick Garden every Sunday at their Christmas Market, we had our Annual Christmas Concerts.
We Started with our return to Morpeth Methodist Church where we were greated by a record breaking crowd for the venue. The Band were as always recieved well, we played a range of traditional and modern Christmas Music, the Band and audience were treated by a performance by our Brass Roots Band, they played a selection of Carols and showcased all the hard work they've put in over the last 12 months.
The following week saw a change of schedule for the Band with a trip up to RAF Boulmer for their Christmas Wonderland Ball, the Band played for an hour as guests arrived and had photographs taken in a winter wonderland scene before sitting down for their meal.
The follow week saw us at St Johns where we were greated by another record breaking crowd, we had to put extra seats out to accomodate everyone, similar to Morpeth the Band played a range of Christmas Music supported by the Brass Roots Band at half time, afterwards the Band stayed behind for a few drinks and nibbles to celebrate a successful year. Prep now begins for 2017 staring with our annual trip to Butlins.
Thanks you to everyone in the Band for their continued commitment and thanks to all of you for supporting the Band through the year, the Band wouldn't survive with out its supporters!
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