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Past News

October/November 2016

 

October was a quiet month for the band in that we made no public appearences, however this gave us plenty time to prep for a busy November & December.

We started November with a Wedding, but this wasn't just any wedding, this was a Band Wedding. Our Solo Euphonium Beth and Principal Percussionist Daryl have been together for nearly 10 years and finally tied the knot at St Johns Church in Ashington. The Band played as guests arrived, played the Bride down the Isle, privided the music for the Hymns and played the happy couple out. A quote from the Groom; "Beth and I would like to thank the Band for sharing our special day with us, Beth and I met when I joined the Band in 2003 and we couldn't have imagined our day with out you, we love you all!"

A Special Thank You to Bob Stevenson for filling in on Kit and a Huge Thank You has to go to local Composer and Arranger Lee Morris for a special arrangement of Stevie Wonders "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" he did specificly for the day, Thank You Lee!

 

The following week saw the start of our Christmas Jobs, we headed up to Keilder for their Winter Wonderland launch, the following weekend saw the Band in Morpeth Market Square for the annual switch on of the Morpeth Christmas Lights, the Band were supported by the members of the Brass Roots Junior Band, if you missed the Kids playing make sure you check them out on YouTube (uploaded by Morpeth News). The following day saw the Band return to Alnwick Garden for their run of Sunday Christmas Markets, dont worry if you missed us, we're there every Sunday leading up to Christmas, for a full list of Christmas Jobs please visit our Engagments Page.

 

 

September 2016

 

September was a quiet month for the Band with just one concert. After a quiet summer we ended September by making a return to St Andrews Church in Newcastle, this is the second concert we've given at the Church and once again the Band was well recieved and we look forward to going back next year. This was also a special concert for the Band as 2 of our Brass Roots Players made their Senior Band debut, as mentioned in July's update Dominic joined our Bass Section and Luke has now joined our Cornet Section, both made their Concert Debut and did an amazing Job, its amazing to see how well these two have done since joining the Brass Roots Band and both are great examples and proof that hard work and practice pays off and I'm sure we'll see then at many more concerts!

 

Its also that time of year we get the Christmas Music out, for a full list of Jobs visit out Engagements Page for more info.

 

August 2016

 

August has been a quiet month for the Band but say farewell to 3 players this month. Emliy (Eb Bass), Katie (3rd Cornet) and Joe (Solo Trombone) are off to University in September taking them to different corners of the UK. Thank you to Emily for all of your comitment in the Bass Section and as Band Librarian, Emily joined the band about 10 years ago as a young keen Tuba player and soon found her footing cementing her place in the band. Katie and Joe both joined our Junior Band (now Brass Roots) and soon found their way into the seniour Band, Joe started on 2nd Trombone and within a year or two found himself on the Solo Trombone seat. Katie started on Horn in out Junior Band but decided to follower in fathers and sisters footsteps on Cornet, since Katie joined the seniour Band Kaite has also had a huge part in the tuition of the kids in the Brass Roots Band. Thank you to all three of you, good luck at Universityand there will always be a seat for you in the band, we're sure we'll see you at Christmas.

 

July 2016

 

July has been a busy month for the Band, we started off with an Entertainments Contest on 3rd July in Durham formally known as the DLI Contest, Picnic in the Park took place at one of the Durham College Campus's. We took part in Section A which was made up of Second and First Section Bands, the band played a short Programme and to our amazment and delight we came Second and also won Best March! Well done all! The follwing weekend saw us back in Durham for the Duham Miners Gala, this year we marched in the National Union of Teachers (NUT) Banner, we met them in the market square and marched their banner down to the cricket field, unfortunatly this year we got absolutly soaked but the atmosphere was amazing and soon made up for it, we look forward to doing more with the NUT and hopefully marching their banner in the years to come. The following Friday saw our return to Kirkely Hall for their 3rd Annual Last Night of the Proms Concert, the Band shared the stage with Local Soprano Singer Rachel Dyson and at the end Rachel Sang Jerusalem while band accompanied, we look forward to going back next year and working with Rachel again. The final weekend in July saw the band perform in Carlise Park in Morpeth for their annual Picnic in the Park festival, before the band played John, Ian & Katie set up our "Come and have a Blow" Table which gave kids the oppertuinity to have a go of a few different Brass instruments and hopefully spark an interest.To finish off the month we held our annual Band BBQ at Plessey Woods, this was a great way to end a hectick few weeks and relax.

 

We welcome a new player this month, Stephen Frost has been helping us over the past few months with differnt concerts and contests and decided to make the move from Backworth Colliery Band and join us on Second Euphonium, Stephen is an accomplished player and we look forword to working with him within our Euph and Bari section, Welcome Stephen!

 

We've also had a 2 members of our Brass Roots Band promoted to our Senior Band, Lisa joins our Trombone Section and will playing Second Trombone alongside Nick and Domonic joins our Bass Section on Eb Bass being supported by Ian and Emily, congratulations guys, you've worked hard in developing your playing and have soon reached a high standard and should be very proud of yourselves. 

 

May/June 2016

 

May was a quiet month for the Band, we made an appearence at RAF Boulmer for one of their Dining in Nights, this time out we were in unfamiliar waters as we were conductor-less, thank you to John and Daryl for leading the Band through the pieces.

 

June was an exciting month for the Band. A few months ago we were approached to take part in a mass band concert at the Northumberland Miners Picnic at Woodhorn Colliery. The Arts Council had commisioned composer Lucy Pankhurst to write a piece of music, this piece was called Reflection Connection and was written for the four remaining Brass Bands in Northumberland; Bedlington Brass, Ashington Band, Jayess Newbiggin Band and ourselves. The piece was made up of four movments (one for each Band) and a Finale where all four bands come together and play as one mass Band. We rehearsed seperatly for a few weeks and then came together to for one final rehearsal practicing all the movments together. One the Day of the Picnic we gathered at a High School in Ashington and made our way to Woodhorn,the four bands gathered at four different pointsof the museum and one by one marched to the stage. After each band had played they marched off to allow the next band to come on, after the fouth band had finished the percussion stayed on stage and played while each of the sections marched back on stage, first the Basses, Euphoniums and Baritones, then the Trombones, the Horns and finally the Cornets. At this stage there were over 200 brass players ready to play the finale. The following day the bands gathered at the Sage Gateshead and performed the piece again but this time we opened for the world famous Mnozil Brass on their "Yes Yes Yes" tour and the Bands were kindly asked to stay for their performance. What an amazing weekend and an amazing experience for the local Bands and for all the kids involved in our Brass Roots Band. A huge thank you to Lucy, the Arts Council, Bait & Woodhorn for putting this together, we look forward to further colaberation in the future.

 

Brass Band England Article

 

April 2016

 

April has been a surprisingly busy month for the Band. We started with our annual apprearence at the Northumbrian Gathering in Morpeth on the 2nd, we were joined by our Brass Roots Band as we marched through the Town and then played 2 spots at the band stand in Carlise Park, thanks to those in the Brass Roots Band for turning out and braving the rain.

 

After the gathering it was all steam ahead for our next contest which was an Entertainments Contest in Dunfermline, we were tasked with putting together a 15 minute programme with a piece having to be arranged by the legend that is Alan Fernie. We decided to play the Theme from Superman, Motherless Child (Cornet Solo arr. Alan Fernie), Birdland and we finished with Dundonell from Hymn to the Highlands. The Band put in the extra hours as always before a contest and we headed up to Scotland feeling confident that we knew our programme inside out, we went on stage and the pieces went off with out any glitches, we walked off stage feeling confident and happy with the fact we put on the best performance we could. We went for a quick pint while we waited for the results, we gathered on the auditorium and listed while they called out the results for the 4th and 3rth sections, then came ours, 5 bands in our section with some exceptional playing involed, first was the best soloist for the day and to our amazment was awarded to us! Huge Congratulations to John on winning Best Soloist for his superb rendition of Motherless Child, they then called out the bands who came 3rd then 2nd and when it came to anouncing the winner and our name was called the band burst with excitement WE HAD WON!! What a feeling, after getting a poor result at the area the month before to have won a contest this month against some very talented Scottish bands, what a feeling! A Huge thank you to our MD for putting a programme together that showcased all the bands strengths, thank you to all the band for the extra hours put in over the month, a huge thank you to Dave McKeague & Kay Wilkinson for helping us out on the day and for giving up your time to attend rehearsals.

 

We finished off the month with a first for the Band, a concert at St Mary's Church in Monkseaton, what a venue! Its a quite a large Church with beautiful high arches which suits any live Brass Band or Choir. The Band played our winning programme from the previous weekend with a few additions showing off some of the talent in the Band from John's Prize winning Solo to a Trombone Trio featuring Joe, Nick & Shiela and a new arrangment of Gresford by Sandy Smith which features a quartet for Euphonium, Baritone, Tenor Horn & Flugel Horn played by Beth, Nicola, Justin & Susan. The Band was very well recieved and got some great feedback during and after the performance, we look forward to going back soon.

 

We say hello and goodbye to some players this month. Patrick who is a member of our Percussion section has decided to take some time off to concentrate on his GCSE's. Patrick joined that band a number of years ago, he started in our Brass Roots Band (then the Academy Band) and soon worked his way up to be the Bands Timpanist. The Band wishes Patrick the best of luck in his exams over the next 12 months and thanks him for his service, there will always be a place in the Band for you Patrick, we hope to see you again soon. We say hello to Les who rejoins our Percussion section, Les decided to take some time off 18 months ago, he was asked by our Principal Percussionist Daryl to help the Band out for a couple of contests which he agreed to do and has decided to come back to the Band full time, welcome back Les.

 

 

February/March 2016

 

What a busy few months its been! After Butlins it was straight back to band room for prep for the North of England Brass Band Championships, our piece was "The Mermaid of Zonnor" by Philip Harper. The band worked hard putting in extra hours of rehearsal time and sectional time, thank you to our MD for all the extra hours and to the band for all the effort put in. A special thanks has to Aiden Hodgson the MD of Dunston Silver Band who came to a few of our rehearsals and shared some ideas on the piece. Contest day came and the band were full of beans, all the extra rehearsals were paying off and the piece sounded great, unfortunatly all didnt quite go as planned on the stand, we came seventh, not the result we hoped for, we had some really encouraging remarks for our adjudicator Alan Morrison, we have plenty to work on ahead of our next contest in April.

 

A huge thank you has to go to Clair Winter, Nicola Nicholson and Roy Tasker for helping out for the Contest, thanks for taking the time and putting in the etra hours for us, its greatly appreciated.

 

We welcome a new player to the Band, James Hartley joins us on Eb Bass, James has moved to the area due through work, he contacted a few bands in the area and we were pleased when he decided to join ours, we look forward to working more with James as the rest of the year progresses, Welcome James!

 

We had the pleasure of meeting Lucy Pankhurst in Feb, Lucy is commisioning a special piece of Northumbrian Brass Music for the remaining Brass Bands in Northumberland, the piece is planning on showcasing of the each Bands in different ways and will then see them all come together at the end, the piece will be premiered at the Northumberland Miners Picnic at Woodhorn Colliery in June.

 

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Our AGM will be held at our Band Room on Sunday 17th April at 18:00.

(Posted Wednesday 10th Feb)

 

January 2016

 

Happy New Year!!!

January is again an exciting month for the Band as it saw us return to Butlins for the Annual Moneworkers Contest. Our piece was Fire in the Blood by paul Lovett-Cooper and what a piece it was! After the Christmas rush the Band came back together and rehearsed hard for the contest, we saw a huge boost in rehearsal attendance and with some extended and sectional rehearsals the Band went on stage full of confidence and we ended up coming 12th out of 24. This might not sound like a good result but Butlins is a tough competition as we compete againt bands from all over the UK, we are over the moon with coming 12th and is our best result at this competition. A huge thank you has to go to our MD Jonathan for all the extra time put in, thank you to Nicola, Stuart, Lee & Kane for helping out over the weekend, thank you to Ian, John & Daryl for driving Mini-Buses & Vans and fianlly thank you to the Band for all thier hard work over the last couple of weeks! Our next veture will be the North of England Championships in March so bring it on!

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November/December 2015

Well Nov/Dec saw the build up to all our Christmas Concerts, we started in November with the switching on of the Chirstmas Lights in Morpeth, it was a great turn out and it was great to see our Brass Roots Band turn out to play some Carols too. The following Sunday saw us return to Alnwick Garden  for a 4 week run of Carol playing, we played as selction of Carols as vistors looked around the Garden and even had a "Shout Out" from Smooth Radio on twitter!

December was the busiest its ever been for the Band, we started our run of formal Christmas Concerts at Morpeth Methadist Church where we played a selection of "Classic" Tunes from "Christmas Fesitival" & "The Christmas Song" to some more "Modern" Pieces such as "Stop the Cavalry" to "Merry Christmas Everyone". The following weekend was one of the busiest in the Bands history, Friday night saw us return to St Cuthberts Church in Blyth for our Annual concert and for the second year in a row the Church was full of Christmas Trees decorated by members and groups of the community, the next morning saw us at St Nicolas's Cathedral in Newcastle for the Inauguration of the new Bishop of Newcastle Upon Tyne, Christine Hardman, Newcastle's first Female Bishop, the Band played some Northumbiran Music for the guests of the Service arriving, we played with the Cathedral Organist and Choir during the service and played some more Northumbrian Music as the guests left, it was a huge honour for the Band to be asked to play in this historical service and is something we'll remeber for a liong time. (For more information on the the new Bishop and the service please see the below link).

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/bishop-newcastle-inauguration-recap-st-10589203

The following weekend saw us at St Johns Church in Ashington, the Band has always been popular in Ashington and we played to a packed Church, this concert was particularly special as it featured our Brass Roots Band, the Band have been going from strength to strength and growing in numbers under the new leadership of Nicola McKeague and Hewie Marshall, Hewie lead the Band through 3 pieces of Christmas Music which finished off our first half, well done to all the kids and adults in the band, you were amazing.

A huge thank you has to go out to all of our helpers over the Christmas period, thanks go out to Kane Dunnett, Chris Gorman, Clare Winter, Lee Morris & Paul Banks for playing with us and a special thank you has to go to Roy McCluskey who conducted the Band during the Service at St Nicolas's Cathedral in our MD's absence. Thank you to all the Band for their continued hard work over the last 12 months, the Band wouldn't sound anywhere near as good as it does without the level of commitment you give, thank you to John and Daryl for driving the van and getting our gear to the jobs on time and finally thank you to you the pubilc with out who the band would have no purpose, thank you for attending concerts both indoors and outdoors. 2015 has been a very busy year for the band and 2016 looks set to be just as busy seeing us return to Butlins in January for their annual competion. Dont forget you can still follow us on twitter and Facebook, just visit our "Social Media" page.

Finally everyone at the Band wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, we'll see you in 2016! 

 

September/October 2015

Its been a busy couple of months for the Band, after a quiet August we kicked off September in style with a massed Band Concert at Atlee Park in Bedlington with other local Bands. We finished off the month with a Concert at St Andrews Church in Newcastle, the Band were very well recieved and we look forward to heading back there next year. October brought us to a new venue in Rothbury, you may remeber earlier in the year the band took part in Brassed Off at Alnwick Playhouse, the Director of the play organised a Last Night of the Proms Concert at his local parish and the Band played some tradition and contempoary pieces as well as some Proms Classics such as Rule Britania, Fantasia on British Sea Songs and Jerusalem.

We welcome back Michael Reynolds to the Band this Month. Michael joined our Junior Band when he learned to play Cornet as a Child and soon progressed to our Senior Band, Michael left the Band when he went to university and then pursued work abroad, fortunately work has brought Michael back to the North East and he rejoins our Cornet Section on Solo Cornet, Welcome Back Michael!

 

June/July 2015

Well its been a busy few Months for the Band. We kicked off the Summer with our annual concert at St Mary's Church in Blyth, as always the band was well received and we look forward to returning next year. A few days later saw us return to Sunnyside Social Club for their 100th Birthday, we shared the stage with a folk band which was a new experience and we look forward to doing it again. July saw us return to Kirkley for their second annual Last Night of the Proms event, the band set up on a stage and we played a mixture of modern pieces and some traditional (although expected) pieces like "Rule Britannia", "Pomp & Circumstance" and "Jerusalem". After a late night at Kirkley Hall we were up at the crack of dawn for the Durham Miners Gala, for the 5th year we carried in the Usworth Banner, this year they had a new Banner to reveal so we marched it into the Cathedral to be blessed and marched it back out again, a huge thank you has to go to Kane, Adrian, Chris and Stuart for helping us out on the Day! If you visit the Media Page there are some new videos of us playing in Durham, one of us outside the County Hall playing Celebration and the other is us Marching out of the Cathedral. We finished off the month with the annual Morpeth Picnic in the Park.

May 2015

May was surprisingly busy month for the Band, we started the month with an evening concert at St Johns for the W.I. this is the second year in a row we've done this concert for the Ladies and the Band seemed well received again so watch this space for next years concert.

What came in the following weeks was a first for the Band, we took part in the production of Brassed Off at Alnwick Playhouse. The Band was approached by the Plays Director David Richardson after he saw perform a concert for Morpeth Rotary Club, the band quickly said yes and were quite keen to get involved. We started rehearsing some key pieces such as "Rodrigo Concierto De Aranjuez" (Orange Juice), "Death or Glory", "Floral Dance" and "William Tell". Then came the rehearsals where the Actors came along and had a go at blending in with the Band, we had 1 dress rehearsal and then played for 4 consecutive nights, each night was a sell out and was a huge success for the Playhouse:

"The acting scenes in the show were delivered well and the live music from Ellington Colliery Band worked superbly."

For a full review please visit the below link;

http://www.northumberlandgazette.co.uk/what-s-on/local-events/review-brassed-off-alnwick-playhouse-until-may-23-1-7271106

A huge thank you has to go out to all the Band members who took part in the rehearsals and performances and pretty much gave up an entire week to take part.

April 2015

April was another busy month for the Band. We started the month with the Annual Northumbrian Gathering in Morpeth, we started by marching through the town centre followed by a quick performance in the Market Square and the Park, the band as usual is always well received but due to the weather we only played to 3 people in the park who braved the cold, rain and hail. After our  hard work in the lead up to the Area Contest last month we had another competition to prepare for this month, after the success we had last year we decided to head back to Scotland for the Fife Entertainments Contest. Last we year we come first in the 3rd Section, we knew this was going to be difficult as we had moved up sections and were playing against better bands. We put together a testing program, we started Meatloaf's Bat Out Of Hell, which went down particularly well! We followed with a Tango featuring our Solo Cornet Player John, we followed that by Felton Lonnen which was arranged by local Bandsman Lee Morris and we finished the program with March of the Charioteers from Ben Hur. The program went down well and the hard work paid off as we came second! No silverware but we did get some prize money, Happy Days! Thank you to all the band for their continued commitment, we're now rehearsing for a production of Brassed Off at Alnwick Playhouse, shows are between 20th-23rd May and tickets are on sale from the Playhouse!

Feb/March 2015

Our AGM will be held in Our Band Room on Wednesday 29th April at 7:00pm

Well 2015 has begun and we all know what that means..... North of England Regional Finals. This year saw us return to the Second Section so we knew it was going to be a tough year. Our Test Piece was "Variations on Maccabeus" by Kevin Norby, preparations started in January and the Band worked hard putting the piece together and we went on stage feeling quite relaxed, a feeling the band has lacked on stage for quite some time. We came off stage feeling rather happy with our performance. We came 6th on the day, a result we're not unhappy with, the Band made some big player changes last year, we moved some players around and brought some new additions in, getting used to the new set up is something that takes time. We got some good remarks from our adjudicator and some constructive criticism to take away. A huge thank you has to go to our MD for all the hours he put in preparing the band, thank you to all the band members for giving up their time for extra rehearsals. A special thank you has to go to Nicola Nicolson & Adrian Sutton for playing with us on the day, thank you to Aidan Johnson for filling in for Justin on horn while he was on holiday. Our next Contest is an Entertainments Contest next month so onwards and upwards!

January 2015

What a year 2014 was! we started the year by recording a Christmas CD last January which is now available for purchase from the Band. We went to the North of England Regional Finals in March and came second in our section and won Best Principal Cornet on the day too. We headed to Fife for an entertainments Contest and won our section and we represented our Region in the National Finals in September. We started 2014 in the third section and we now start 2015 in the Second Section, onwards and upwards, and our Academy Band continues to grow and go from strength to strength too.

2015 looks like its going to be another busy year for the band hopefully it will be just as successful! Don't forget to Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date the band goings on. You can also follow us on Soundcloud and sample some of our music for free! Check out our Shop Section for a full Album and Track List with CD prices.

 

December 2014

December as always is a busy month for the Band, we started our main Christmas Concerts at Morpeth Methodist Church on the 6th, the band as always goes down well in Morpeth, this concert also allowed us to promote our new CD "A Christmas Festival" which is now purchasable from any Band Member, view our Shop for a track list and a sample of the album. The following weeks saw us return to St Cuthberts in  Blyth and St Johns in Ashington. These Jobs are always packed and received well by the public, a huge thank you has to go out to all our helpers over the Christmas period and a special thank you has to go to David Taylor and Jane Southall for selling our CD's at our Concerts, it couldn't have been done without you!

Finally the band would like to thank you all for your continued support through 2014 and we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Here's to 2015!!

November 2014

November started with our annual parade through Lynemouth on Armistice Day, that band accompanied the local Church with hymns and lead the march to the cenotaph where John played the Last Post. The following week saw the first of our christmas jobs where we welcomed Santa to Keilder with a few Carols, this got us in the mood for the switch on of Morpeth Christmas Lights on the 22nd and we finished the month with a Carol Service at Alnwich Garden, dont worry if you missed us in Alnwick we'll be there every Sunday through out December too. we have a lot of Christmas Concerts coming up through out December, here are some key dates for your Diary but dont forget to check out our Engagements Page for more dates:

Saturday 6th Dec -  Morpeth Methodist Church

Friday 12th Dec - St Cuthberts, Blyth

Friday 19th Dec - St Johns, Ashington

October 2014

October was an unusually busy month for the band. we kicked the month off with a small performance at Netherton Social Club for the Bedlington W.I. the band was well received as always and we look forward to hopefully working with the Ladies in the future. This year we decided to enter the Wansbeck Entertainments Contest at Newbiggin Sports Centre, the band put together an entertaining program and we got loads of positive feedback from the audience, however the adjudicator didn't agree but that's Brass Banding, there'll always be another competition. we finished the month with a Dining in Night at RAF Boulmer, the band always goes down well there and we're sure it wont be long before we're back.

August/September 2014

August was a quiet month for the band Concert wise but was a heavy month for rehearsals. As you know we came second at the North of England Regional Finals which qualified us for the National Finals in Cheltenham. We were as prepared as ever and did all we could to prepare ourselves, unfortunately we didn't do as well as we'd hoped but what an experience it was, we'll take what we've learned and apply it to the second section next year. A huge thank you has to go to the band and our conductor for all their hard work and preparation leading up to the contest.

We welcome 2 new players to the band, Christina Campbell re-joins the band on Euphonium and Justin Short joins us on Solo Horn after our current Solo Horn Player Beth Barnes has decided to take up a new challenge on Solo Euphonium, welcome Christina and Justin and Good Luck Beth!!

July 2014

July was quite a busy month for the band, we start with an evening concert at Usworth Social Club. This was an "Out of the Norm" concert for the Band as we shared the stage with a Rock Band taking turns playing 30 minute sets, the band went down really well at the club and we look forward to more concerts there in the future. The following weekend so the return of the Durham Miners Gala, the Band were up early and back at Usworth Club to place Gresford and then we had a short march to the next town. We hopped on the bus and made our way to Durham, it was a nice steady march in as we were the second banner to arrive, we stopped outside the Town Hall and played our rendition of "Everybody Needs Somebody" which went down a treat. Our morning was over and we were at the bar by 9:10am where we waited until we needed to march back out at 3:00pm. The band would like to thank those who helped out on the day, a special thank you has to go to our Baritone player Nicola for getting our Marching up to scratch!

The following Friday saw the band at Kirkely Hall for their first "Last Night at the Proms" event which they hope to make an annual event. The Band played a varied first half and then moved to more traditional pieces for the second half such as "Fantasia on British Sea Songs", "Pomp & Circumstance" & "Jerusalem". The evening went down a treat and the band hope they are invited back next year! To finish the month off we were back in Carlise Park in Morpeth for their annual Picnic in the Park event, the back played 2 30 minute spots in the park.

May/June 2014

May is always a quite month for the band as we prepare for busy summer ahead. We kicked off June at the Hilton in Gateshead where we played for the Armed Forces arriving for a formal gathering. The following day was Morpeth Fair Day and this year we played in Sanderson Archade and Busked, this was a first for the band, we sat outside M&S, put up or banners and put some buckets around for people to mae a donation. At half time we had a table set with some instruments on for people to have ago, this proved quite popular especially with kids. We finished the month with our Annual Concert at St Mary's Church in Blyth, as always the Band is very well recieved, well done to all our Soloists on the night!

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April 2014

What a month April was for the Band! We started the month with our Annual General Meeting and reflected on what a busy 2013 we had. The following week saw us at Sunnyside Social Club for an Evening Concert, the band as always was well received and our programme went down well, this we feel was a good omen as we played the pieces we intended to play the following week at the Fife Entertainment Contest.

For the Entertainments Contest we were tasked with putting a 15min Programme together with Music of our choice but it must consist on one Scottish Piece of Music, the programme we selected was "Mambo" from Westside Story, "Carrickfergus" a Euphonium Solo, "I Will Follow Him" featuring our Flugel Horn & Trombone Section and we finished with an excerpt from Hymn to The Highlands called "Dundonnell". The contest was adjudicated by Alan Fernie and we must have impressed him as we weren't just the highest placed English Band in our section but we Won our section! The Performance was summed up by Alan in his remarks stating: "A huge Programme. All well organised and approached with impressive Big Sounds. The Playing is Stylish, has Commitment, Energy and No Little Skill!"

This adds to what has already been a successful year for the band, not only coming 2nd Place at the Regional Final last month but coming 1st in a competition this month, the Band Manager and Conductor would like to thank all the players for their extra time and commitment in preparation for this concert and if we work as hard for the National Finals in September we're bound to come home with another trophy! A special thank you has to go all those who helped on the day.

Our Brass Academy entered the Wansbeck Music Festival this month and after coming 2nd last year went one better and Won this year! Well Done to all the Kids and Adults in our Academy on your hard work. If you would like to start and play a Brass Instrument or know someone who does please check out our Academy Section to find out how to join.

We finished off the month with the annual Morpeth Gathering, we marched our way through the town and played in the Market Square and in Carlise Park, if you missed the band we'll be making another appearance on the 20th July for Picnic in the Park, see you there!

We say a Farewell this month, Debbie Elliott, a long standing member of the band has decided to leave due to work commitments, we're sad to see you go and hope to see you soon Debbie! We also say hello to Suzanne Parker who joins our band on 1st Horn, Suzanne has been part of the brass band world for some time but after taking a break form playing has decided to take it up again, Welcome Suzanne!

A History of Ellington Colliery Band at the Regional Finals: Data was collected from the Contest Archive on 4 Bars Rest.

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February/March 2014

What a couple of months its been! February is always a quiet month for the band as we spend it preparing for the North of England Regional Finals in March. This year the bands piece was "Partita for Band" by Philip Wilby and what a piece it was. Over the last 2 months we rehearsed hard by throughing in extra rehearsal and got some fresh ears in the form of John Roberts, Steve Malcolm and Nigel Steadman to come and conduct the band to make sure it was sounding good / going in the right direction and to add their input. I'm please to report that all the extra hard work and practice has paid off as we came 2nd and also came home with the Jack Kitchen Memorial Shield for Best Principle Cornet, Well Done John Colvine!!! This also means we've been invited to represent the North of England at the National Finals in Cheltenham this September.

I would like to take this opportunity and thank all the Band members for all the extra comitment they have given over the last few months, we've proven that pulling together as a team pays off and I'm sure with the same commitment we can but only do well at the National Finals!

A final thank you has to go out to Colin Harding from Westoe Band who kindly helped us out on Eb Bass for the competition.

We will be holding our Annual General Meeting on Sunday 6th April at our Band Room in Morpeth at 18:00(Posted on Thursday 13th March 2014)

January 2014

Happy New Year!!! We hope you all had a great festive period and welcome to the first new blog of 2014!

2013 was a mixed year of emotions for the band, we were busier than ever with concerts and competions and we sucessfully became a registered Charity, a huge shout out has to go to Susan Colvine for getting the ball rolling on this and seeing it through! The band is growing wver more popular on the social media scene with our website exceeding 5000 hits, our Facebook page has nearly 350 "Likes", our new twitter page now has 187 follows and we're now on Soundclound where you can listen to a selection of our music FREE!

So here we are at the end our January and we've already been busy. normally at this time of year we would head to Skegness for the annual Butlin Mineworkers Competion but instead we headed to Harrogate for a residential weekend and descided to record a nw CD. Our Euphonium Players Clare and Claire organised a fantasitc weekend away and arranged for us to use Harrogate Brass Bands band room as our recording venue. We started early and managed to get everything done in about 8 hours, for those of you who enjoy festive music you'll be glad to hear the CD will be a Christmas CD, we're hoping the CD will be finshed over the next few months and will be ready for realise soon so watch this space, if you would like to purchase any of our other CD's feel free to get in touch and dont forget to go to Media - Music - and "Click" on the Soundcloud icon to listen to a free sample of some of our music. CD's can be bought from our Band Manager and his details can be found on the Contact Us Page.

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December 2013

December as always is a busy month for the band but this year we were especially busy. As i mentioned in Novembers update we played every Sunday throughout December at Alnwick Gardens playing Carols during their winter Market, the Band was very well received and we hope this will be the start of long relationship between the Grounds and ourselves.

This year saw a little bit of a mix up to our Annual Schedule. We normaly kick off our Christmas concerts in Blyth but this year we started at the Methodist Church in Morpeth. This year the Rotary Club asked the Band if there was anything we needed, we asked for a donation of £344 to buy a Junior Euphonium for our Brass Academy, the Rotary Club we extremly generous and donated double that amount to our Acadamy Conductor Clair Hornsby, I'm sure the extra money will be put to good use, thank you!

The following week saw us at St Cuthberts in Blyth where we were joined by the Choir of St Bedes Academy  where they sang a selection of their favourite Song's, Carol's and Hymns. We always go down well in Blyth and we look forward to going back next year.

The last weekend in December saw our Annual Christmas Concert in St John's Ashington. We always play to a full house at St John's and this year we were joined on stage by our Brass Academy as they joined us playing Carols before taking the Stage for the Half Time Show.

Afterwards the Band gathered with Family and Friends for a few festive drinks bought by the Ladies Committee (thanks you ladies) and some food bought by the social committee (thank you Beth, Daryl & Kane) for what has been a very busy and secessful year, bring on 2014.

The Band would like to thank all of those who came out to support the band and we would like to thank all the players for the continued commitment ofer the Christmas period, this band wouldn't work with out you, here's to 2014!! 

November 2013

November was a suprisingly busy month for the band. We started with a Dinning in Night at RAF Boulmer where the band went down as well as ever! Next came our rememberence parade, we played a few hymns in Lynmouth and then led the parade through the village to the cenotaph.

Before we knew it it was the 16th and it was out 1st Christmas Job of the Year! The switching on of the Christmas Lights in Morpeth, this is always a festive event and really gets the band in the mood for the month ahead. The following weekend saw the band at Alnwich Gardens playing a short Carol Service, dont worry if you missed us as we will be playing there every Sunday until the 22nd December.

We welcome back Verity O'Hara and her mother Maureen to the band who re-join our Cornet section, Verity and Maureen left the band about 18 months ago but we're glad to see you back ladies.

The band has new Twitter Page, you can now follow us by searching for @EllingtonBand and keep up to date with our daily going ons and dont forget you can also follow us on Facebook by searching "Northumbrian Water Ellington Colliery Brass Band".

October 2013

We started October with a concert at St John's in Ashington, as always the band was well received. This concert saw the debut of a new player, the band would like to welcome Ian Lane who joins the band on Eb Bass, Ian has been helping out with our Brass Academy whilst bringing his daughter along and has finally decided commit full time to the senior band, Welcome Ian. The concert as always features Solos from lead players in the band whether that be John Colvine on Cornet, Claire Winters on Euphonium of Beth Barnes on Horn, this time we had a new feature, a percussion solo featuring our percussionists Les Barnes, Patrick Taylor and being lead by Soloist Daryl Rose in Scotland's Champion Snare Drummer Lynsey Paterson "A Caledonian Fanfare", for a section of the band that rarely gets featured it seemed to go down really well, well done guys!

We were planning on attending an Entertainments Competition in Bolsover, but unfortunately we were told our section wasn't due to start until 9:00pm, which meant we wouldn't get home until about 2:00am so we had to withdraw from the competition, maybe next year!

August/September 2013

August as always is a quiet time for the band but September was a busy month for us. We started the month with a return to Belsay Hall, this is the 3rd year we've played at Belsay and the band is proving to be quite popular there as the crowd this year was huge! The following weekend saw us in Morpeth for the rescheduled Picnic in the Park which was canceled in July due to the weather, and due to the weather this time had to be relocated to Morpeth Town Hall. We finished off September with Battle of Britain themed dinning in night at RAF Boulmer.

July 2013

July brought us the greatest day in the brass banding calender, to some it's a bandsmans Christmas Day, a right of passage, a coming of age, DURHAM DAY. As always it started early at our band room, we boarded the bus and made our way to Usworth to play Gresford and Marched their Banner through the Village, we then re-boarded the bus and headed for Durham. We marched into the City Centre, waited for the for the rest of the bands to join us at the most convenient place (the bar) and Marched back out. Another great year had by all and we eagerly await our return next year!

We were supposed to finish July with Picnic in the Park in Morpeth but was unfortunately canceled due to poor weather, this has since been rearranged for Sunday 15th September, see you all there!

June 2013

June was a quiet month for the band as we only made 2 appearances, the first was the Seghill Gala on the 1st June, we lead the parade through Seghill finishing at the rugby club where the band played a 30 minute spot on the main stage on the field. The following week saw our annual return to St Mary's Church in Blyth where we played a selection of testing pieces and featured out soloist John Colvine (Cornet), Beth Barnes (Horn) Claire Winters (Euphonium) and a new soloist Emily Peart who made her solo debut on Eb Bass, she played a lovely rendition of "The Swan" from "Carnival of the Animals". This was also a special concert as out second trombone player Joe Taylor made his debut on the principal seat of Solo Trombone and at the very young age of 14 too, well done Joe and well done to all our soloist.

And finally thank you to the band for their continued commitment over the past few months, its been a very busy year so far and it will only get busier.

May 2013

May is always a quiet month for the band, but this year I feel we needed it. Over the past four months the band has done nothing but prepare for competitions and we deserve a little break. so we've spent the last month preparing for our Summer jobs which all kick off on the 1st June in Seghill. Our next evening concert will be on Friday 7th June at St Mary's Church in Blyth, tickets are available from the church and will be available on the night too.

We sadly say farewell to one of our Solo Cornet Players Dave McKeague who leaves to join Westoe Band on Soprano Cornet. Dave has been with the band for a few years now, he started by helping us out on percussion and eventually decided to leave Brighouse & Rastrick to join us on cornet, he has been a great support to the band with the helping of find permanant and temp players and as stepping in as Conductor at a rehearsal or two. Thanks for all your commitment and support Dave, you will be missed, our loss is Westoe's gain, good luck! 

A Special General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 22nd May at our Band Room at 7:30pm to discuss our Constitution at the request of the Charities Commission. (Posted on 11th May)

April 2013

April was another busy month for the band consisting of marching, concerts and another contest! we started the month with the Morpeth Gathering on the 6th, we marched through the town centre finishing at the town hall, we then played in the market square and the park. The band was very well received and the audience seemed to enjoy them self.

April ended on a high for the band, we travelled north to Dunfermline for our 4th contest in 4 months, this one was different, rather than playing a test we played a 15 minute program consisting of; Fanfare and Flourishes, Gresford, Feeling Good (Cornet Solo) and Lord of the Dance. We are delighted to announce that we came 3rd and won Best Solo!!! This is a great result for the band and really boosted morale. I would like to thank everyone for their commitment and hard work of the past few months and it's starting to show in the results we're getting, a huge well done to John who won best Solo too!!

The band has earned a well deserved break and will be rehearsing for our forthcoming concerts in May & June which I'm sure we'll see you at.

We also say farewell to Verity and Maureen who leave our Cornet section to join Murton Colliery Band, thanks form all the band for your service ladies, you're welcome back any time!

Next Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday 28th April 2013 at 7:00pm in our Band Room at Chantry Middle School Morpeth. (posted Saturday 30th March)

March 2013

Well, as always March brings us the North of England Regional Finals and our Piece was "The Plantagenets". we rehearsed long and hard but unfortunately it wasn't to be, we came 5th, the band walked off stage full of beans feeling we had played our best and we couldn't have done any more. I would like to thank the band for all their hard work and commitment over the past few months, bring on the next contest in April in Dunfermline!! Lastly a huge thank you to Trevor Herbertson and Adrian Sutton for helping out our Bass section at the area, we really enjoyed your company at rehearsals, don't be strangers!

See you all next month! 

February 2013

February was an unusually busy month for us, normally we'd spend this time preparing for the North of England Championships but we decided to put on a concert at St Johns in Ashington. We also took part in the Durham League Competition in Peterlee. the concert went down really well and we did well at the competition coming 5th, now comes the preparation for the North of England Championships, wish us luck.

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We also say some Hello's and some Goodbyes this month. We say farewell to one of out 3rd Cornet Players David Phillips who is not just leaving the band but is leaving the country, he is moving to New Zealand with his family, we wish David all the best and he will be a huge miss!!

We say hello to Verity who makes a return to the band, Verity has rejoined our cornet section after a 2 year break, welcome back Verity, we also say hello to Verity's Mother Maureen who also joins our cornet section, welcome ladies!!

January 2013

Happy New Year from every on in the Band! 

2012 was busy year for the band and we're looking forward to this year, as always the year starts with the Butlins Annual Mineworkers Competition. Our test piece was "In Memorium", the band put in an amazing performance on the day and well all came off stage feeling we'd all played really well, unfortunately we didn't get the result we wanted which is fine because our confidence as a competing band is getting stronger and stronger and things can only get better.

December 2012

December as always is a busy month for the band, its started with our annual Christmas concert at St Cuthbert's in Blyth. Slight change of order to the line up this year, we normally share this concert with a choir but this year we were joined by students form St Bede Academy who performed a selection of music they were preparing for their coming exams. as you know we like to keep ourselves busy so the following night we were in Morpeth Methodist Church with again is becoming a bit of a tradition. Strangely we had a weekend off the following week which gave us time to prepare for our annual concert at St Johns Ashington, as always they band goes down well and we ended the year on a high!

We're all geared up for what 2013 has to bring and with 3 competitions in 3 months should be a good year! see you then!

 

November 2012

An Extraordinary General Meeting will be held in our Band Room at Chantry Middle School in Morpeth Northumberland on Wednesday 12th December at 19:30 for those who wish to attend. (Posted Wednesday 28th November 2012)

October 2012

October was a quiet month for the band, we only had one Booking which was a wedding at Chillingham Castle. Apart for that the band has been warming up for November/December which is always a busy time for us. We've also decided to get a head start on the Test Piece for Butlins, hopefully all the extra time and practice will pay off.

August/September 2012

August as always is a quiet month for us, this year it saw our Annual General Meeting. The band gather and we discussed our progress of the past year, the band is going from strength to strength, we've recruited a lot of new players this year, took on more jobs and have seen our selves do well in competition too. bring on 2013!!! September on the other hand was one of our busiest months this year, we were out every weekend, we started on the 2nd at Belsay Hall where we kicked of a Month Of Brass Bands, (you might have seen us in the Journal!). The following Sunday we were at Blyth Bandstand for the Bandstand Marathon, this years performance was recorded for a promotional DVD and may be available to purchase soon??? The following weekend we were asked to play at a Battle Of Britain Remembrance Dinner at RAF Boulmer, as always the band goes down well and were complemented by several officers! And, we finished with the Water Aid Ball at the Hilton Gateshead. our Sponsors Northumbrian Water asked us to play out side as their guests arrived, it was rather enjoyable as they got the chance to see how well their money has been spent.

We have a few changes to personell too, we say fare well to Matthew (Euphonium) who is leaving the band to go to Study Music in Wales, good luck Matthew and we'll hopefully see you at Christmas. Our own Claire Hornsby has decided to leave her Tenor Horn in her case and pick up the Euphonium to help Clare Winter out. On a happier note we would like to Welcome Roy Boucher who joins us on Eb Bass, welcome Roy!!!!

July 2012

July as always brings us the Durham Miners Gala, the band gathered at Usworth club 7:30am and woke the village with our rendition of "Gresford". For those who weren't woken by us playing the hymn we marched to the next town just for good measure, form there we boarded our bus and made our was to Durham City Centre. When we arrived we marched down to the Town Hall and played our version of "Hawaii Five-O" (which went down really well I might add) and from there we marched down to the cricket field next to the prison and were happily sat in the nearest bar by 9:30am. After a few Orange Juices (cough) we went to collect our things and we marched our way back to the bus which then took us back to Usworth. When we arrived we were asked if we could play "Gresford" again, this time in front of a miners memorial statue, this brought a lump to everyone's through, whether your from a mining background our not its still sad to think an entire industry and way of life has disappeared and I thought it was a lovely way to end the day.

The following weekend was quite relaxing compared to the previous, we had a nice quiet job in a care home in Broomhill, apart for the wind it was a lovely afternoon as the band were supplied with tea, coffee and scones, mmm!! The final concert of July was Picnic in the Park in Morpeth, this was quite a sat performance for the band as it was our second cornet player Charlotte's last appearance with the band. Charlotte joined the band 1 year ago and her 1st appearance with the band was Picnic in the park 2011 (weird), she has played a huge part in the band over the past year from helping us get into our new home in Chantry Middle School to rounding up students and running our second Junior band. Charlotte is moving back to her home town of Skegness to further her career as a teacher, we wish you all the best Charlotte and you be missed! I'm sure we'll "accidentally" bump into each other at Butlins in January. We Also say farewell to one of our trombone players Chris Wilson who has had to leave due to work commitments, Chris has been part of the band for many years, starting out in our Junior band and climbing the ladder straight to 1st Trombone. Chris you will be missed and we all hope your work commitments wont keep you away too long!!

May/June 2012

May was a really quiet month for us, so with no concerts we prepared our selves for a very busy June. We started off with a busy weekend at Seghill for their annual Gala on the Saturday and finished with a laid back Garden party in Bamburgh on the Sunday. The following Firday was our first summer concert at St Mary's Church in Blyth, the church was packed, we placed a selection of music showing off our soloists, John Colvine, Beth Barnes, Matthew Fletcher and Christina Campbell, the band played really well receiving two standing ovations and an encore. Exactly one week later we were at our second home St John's Churching in Ashington and to finish the month off we played a nice laid back concert at Newniggin Band Stand on the 24th.

April 2012

April started with good news for our band! On Monday and Wednesday night we've been running to Junior bands, Monday nights have been run by Charlotte (2nd Cornet) and Wednesdays has been run by Clare (1st Horn). Both bands entered the Wansbeck Festival, Clare's in the Under 16 category and Charlottes's in the Under 13 category. Our Under 13 band was up 1st, they played there program but came second to Backworths Junior Band, now considering our band have only been together for 4 months I think is quite an achievement! Well DOne Guys!!! Clares band were the only band in their section, but, that doesn't automatically qualify them for a win, there have been instants in the past where bands havent been awarded a trophy, but on this occasion the band brought home some silver!!! Well Done Everyone!

We were also supposed to be attending an Entertainments Competition in Dunfermline, but we were unable to attend, there's always next year!! 

We also started recording a new CD this month. The Band has been commissioned by Woodhorn Colliery to produce a CD to sell at their museum. The CD will consist of traditional Northumbrian pieces with a few Marches thrown in, the CD will be available to perchase soon so watch this space for a release date!

March 2012

March as always brings us the North of England Regional Finals! Our chosen piece was "Cross Patonce" by Goff Richards. To say the least it was a difficult piece, a lot of bandsmen believed it was a little too difficult for our section but I disagree. Yes the piece was hard but that's the idea, (its called a "Test" Piece for a reason). I would like to thank everyone in the band for their continued commitment and hard work over the past 2 months and for attending sometimes 5 rehearsals in one week. So, contest day was upon us, we had quite an early start as out section started at 10:30am and we had a church hall booked for a rehearsal at 8:30am. During the rehearsal we found out we were drawn 5th which we were quite happy with, we marched on stage, sat down and played the piece. We can 5th on the day, a position we felt we were quite happy with, we had a lot of good remarks for our adjudicator who had nothing but praise for our soloist's! Well done guys! Lets hope we bring home some silver in our next competition next month in Dunfermline!!! 

February 2012

February was suprisingly busy for us, we welcome new players and............. WE HAVE A NEW HOME!!!! We now reside in the old Music room at Chantry Middle School. Charlotte (our 2nd cornet player) is currently the Music Teacher at Chantry School and she kindly put us in touch with the powers to be to inhabit the old room. We officially moved in on Saturday 25th, the move couldn't have come at a better time. With the North Of England Regional Finals looming on the 18th March we're sure the better rehearsing acoustic's and the ability to rehearse 7 nights a week (if needs be) will pay off and bring us the result we want! The band would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped out with the move, a special thank you must go to Les Barnes who was tasked with driving the van and transporting all the equipment from Pegswood to Morpeth. Thank you to John Colvine for organising the move and organising us all on the day and a massive thank you again to Charlotte! THANK YOU!!!

We also welcome 3 new players to the band this month. Welcome to Keith Miller who joins us on BBb Bass, Keith has built quite a reputation for himself in the banding world, after a break from brass band he joins us to help out in the forth coming competitions and beyond, Welcome Keith! Welcome to Steve Archer who also joins our bass section on Eb Bass, Steve has helped the band out many times both playing and conducting, he joins us from the Dunston Silver Band which he still conducts, Welcome Steve! And finally we welcome Nicola Hunter who joins us on Baritone, Nicola has kindly agreed to play 3rd Cornet for us in our upcoming contest, thank you and Welcome Nicola!

The Band would also like to Thank You the public for your continued support into 2012, its already been a busy year and its only going to get busier. THANK YOU, we will keep you posted as always on how we do in the competions we have in March and April.

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January 2012

January as always brings us the annual Butlins Mineworkers Championship, our piece to master was The Frogs of Arostophanes. We were up against 19 bands in our section, we were drawn third, the played a solid performace and went on stage full of confidence, played it to the best of our ability and came off with smiles on our faces. We came 15th, not quite  the result we were hoping for but the band were able to take a lot of positive points from the remarks from our adjudicators and will channel those into our performance at the North of england Regional Finals in March.

I would like to thank everyone in the band for their commitment over the past few weeks, a huge thank you to John Colvine for organising a fantastic weekend. A Huge Thank You goes out to Dave Jakeman, Steve Archer and Louise Wright from Dunston Silver Band for helping us out at the competition! Thanks again guys!

That concludes the first post of 2012, watch this space for more info from 2012!!!  

December 2011

December is always a busy time of the year for us. we started off on the 2nd with a Christmas concert a St Cuthberts Blyth. The Concert was held by Blyth Rotary Club and the concert was shared with the Blyth Operatic Society, the concert was really well accepted and the back got some very good feedback form the audience.

Our next concert was on the 10th at Morpeth Mothodist Church. This concert was organised by Morpeth Rotary Club, this was a very special concert as the Rotary Clubs worldwide over the past 5 years have been raising money to help fight Polio. This was the clubs final year to hit their target (which they did) and I;m sure they'll find another nobal cause for use to play for next year.

Our final concert of the year was at St John's Ashington which always goes down well. The church was packed, the bands Junior Academy played at half time, conducted by Claire Hornsby the band played a small selection of Christmas pieces, they were fantastic! Well done to everyone who played in the Academy I'm sure they'll be a force to be reckoned with at this years Wansbeck Festival!

The band finished off December and 2011 wih a carol service at The Plough in Ellington, despite the freezing temperatures there was still qite the turn out in the pub car park.

Heres to 2012, the fisrt part is always busy for us as we have an annual competion at Butlins in January and then its the Regional Finals in March, wish us luck, I have a feeling 2012 will be a good year!

Finaly we would like to thank everyone who has supported the band through 2011 and we look forward to your continued support in 2012, We hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

November 2011

November was a quiet month for us, it started with a rememberance service in Lynemouth where the band played a few humns in the village chirch and then we marched to the local cenotaph where the publis laid their wreaths and John played the Last Post. The month ended on the 26th with the band making thier 1st christmas appearence with the switching on of the Morpeth Chistmas Lights.

We say hello to a new player this month! Dave McKeague joins us on cornet. Dave used ti play with the Reg Vardy Band untill about a year ago when he joined Brighouse & Rastricks Percussion section. Dave has since decided to go back to his routes and join us on cornet. Welcome Dave!

October 2011

October started with the band playing a small concert at Chantry School in Morpeth. The idea was to try and entice some more kids to join our Junior Brass Band Academy, so the concert was opened by our Junior Band who play a small selection of pieces from the Movies such as “Summer Nights” and “All That Jazz”. The concert was very well received and went down really well with the kids, so much so we’ve got about 10 new kids who come along on a Monday night for lessons. But, there’s always room for more so if you know anyone, no matter what age they are, feel free to get in touch.
We finished off October with a Charity Concert in behalf of S.I.S (self-injury support) at Carlisle Cathedral. What a concert it was, the band helped raise funds dor the organisation and the band sounded fantastic in the cathedral, it had an amazing an acoustic! We look forward to hopefully playing there again next year.

September 2011

September was kicked off with band playing at the Hilton Gateshead. Northumbrian Water held a Ball at the Hotel for one of their charities Water Aid, well this year was Water Aids 30th Birthday and the CD we recorded in July is now on sale and all proceeds will be going to Water Aid, CD’s are on sale NOW!! Please feel to get it touch to purchase your CD or even better come to one of our Concerts and buy it there!
We ended September with a small concert in Blyth Bandstand, this is the 3rd year in a row we’ve been asked to play in the band stand and the concert is always well received. I must admit, there’s nothing quite like watching a Brass Band in an old fashioned Bandstand!
We would also like to welcome Charlotte Burton who joins our Cornet Section, Charlotte is the current music teacher at Chantry Middle School which I’m sure will build strong bridges between the school and the Band, and hopefully, entice more kids to join! Welcome Charlotte!

August 2011

August is always quiet month for the band with most members away on holiday we don’t like to commit ourselves too much. However we did have our Annual General Meeting. The band is continuing to go from strength to strength, if we look over the past 12 months we have had a lot of new players join the band and a couple who have left, thankfully more have joined than left. The band haven’t done as well contest wise but this won’t deter us from bring home a trophy next year (hopefully) as we have Butlins in January and the North of England Championships in March. Band officials were also elected, Martin Joicey was re-elected as Band Chairman, John Colvine was re-elected as Band Manager & Secretary, Winnie Brannan was re-elected as Treasurer, Bob Shotton was re-elected as Vice Secretary & Registration Officer and Beth Barnes was re-elected as Band Liberian. Les Barnes, Hewie Marshall, Daryl Rose, Kane Dunnett and Susan Colvine were all elected as committee members. Hewie was elected as Vice Chairman in Richard Northey’s Absence.

July 2011

July was a busy month for us! It started with a recording of a CD. We were asked by our sponsor Northumbrian Water to record a CD which they will be revealing at one of their corporate balls. The CD is made up of a selection of pieces we played in our summer concerts. The day we recorded it was quite an experience and one I don’t think the band will forget, it all kicked off at about 8:00am with a trip to the band room to collect all the instruments and equipment we would need. The recording session started at about 10am, we recorded a colossal 11 tracks in just 6 hours, which we thought was quite an achievement! The CD is being released in September and will be available for purchase.

We would like to thank Daryl and Beth who spent a number of hours in ASDA making sure we were well supplied with water, tea, coffee and biscuits and a huge thank you to John and Susan Colvine who supplied us with Pie Peas for lunch, and thank you to all he friends and Family of the band who help out as well. We would also like to thank our guests on the day, Dave for helping out on Sop, Kieran on Percussion, Michael on Trombone, Roy on EEb Bass, Cath on 1st Horn, John and Phil form Reelsound Audio for making the process rather enjoyable, Father David Palmer and the church wardens for letting us use St Andrews Church and finally to Steve Malcolm for being our Executive Producer on the album.

July also brought us the Durham Miners Gala, where for the second year we marched Usworth Collieries Banner into Durham City. Thanks to the glorious British summer we all got soaked, but all in all it was a very good day. Looking forward to next year.

We have quite a few outdoor jobs throughout July, Brook Heatherdale Care Home in Amble on the 24th and Picnic in the Park in Morpeth on the 31st which kept us busy. Thank you to the public for your continued support and for cheering us on

June 2011

June is a very busy time of year for the band, we would like to thank all of our member for their commitment during this busy time and for attending all rehearsals and all the concerts and we would like to thank you the public for your continued support. We started the month will a well recieved concert at St Jonhn's in Ashington, followed a by a summer concert at St Mary's Church Blyth the following Friday, a Wedding on the Saturday and finally a Renewables festival at Blyth Harbour on Sunday (Busy weekend). We finished off June with a concert at the Officers Mess at RAF Boulmer where the band always enjoy themselfs.

Sadley we say good bye to one of our members, Lawrence Peart our Soprano Cornet Player who is leaving the band to persure his career down in Plymouth. Lawrence has been with the band for many years and has played a key role in the bands servival. He is a very flexable player and has played in many seat with in the band from BBb Bass to Bartione and Euphonium, and Solo Horn. Lawrence has also conducted the band on many occassions, helping out when Jonathan has been unavailable and he really kept the band going when we went a short period with out a Conductor. Lawrence gave his Final Bow at St John's where he played a beautiful redition of "Flowerdale".

But as Lawrence departs he hands the seat over to out new Sporano player Wesley Sutton who joins us from Dunston Silver Band. Wesley is a keen young Soprano player and he makes a great addition to the cornet section and to the Band! Welcome Wesley!

July looks exciting! we're starting the month by recording TWO CD's. We been asked by Northumbrian Water to recorded a CD for them and we have also been asked by Woodhorn Colliery to recorded a traditional CD for them. Watch this space for an update in July!

March 2011

March, as always, brings us the North of England Regional Finals. For all we came 6th and didn’t get the result we felt we deserved the band had an amazing day, we were well rehearsed and the band went on stage as a team and played without fear, onwards and upwards. Our Conductor was very pleased with our performance and we would also like to thank Jonathan for all the extra rehearsals he put on giving up a lot of his time to give us sectional and one-2-one tuition. Bring on 2012, I’m sure if the band continues with all the hard work we’ll come away with a Trophy soon.

Good news, we would like to welcome back Laura Attwood who has come back after an 18 month break due to her duties and service in Afghanistan, Welcome Back Laura. We would also like to welcome to the band our new percussionist Patrick Taylor, Patrick joined our Brass Academy a few years ago and impressed Jonathan so much he was asked to join the senior band. Welcome Patrick. Congratulations to our Baritone player Kirsty Maier, Kirsty and husband Roger are expecting the birth of their first child later on this year! We wish Kirsty and Roger all the best for their future as a family. Unfortunately we must say farewell to Chris Travis and Joseph Gauden. Chris leaves the band to pursue a career in the Army and Joseph leaves the band due to other school and sporting commitments we wish both Chris and Joseph all best and you are welcome back at anytime.

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February 2011


The band was approached by a music composer called Benjamin Till who had written a musical celebrating the 30th Anniversary for the Tyne and Wear Metro called “METRO The Musical”. The band had been recommended to Benjamin by BBC Newcastle. We recorded our parts in Hall 2 at the Sage Gateshead on Sunday 6th Feb. What an experience that was! Once the music had been recorded it was time to shoot the video, the BBC recorded us in a scrap yard just outside Pallion Metro station. It was a night the band will never forget, standing in muddy water on a freezing February evening; in the long run it was worth it. The end result is fantastic and it was unveiled live on Look North on 24th March 2011. If you missed the show you can watch the video on one of the following websites, www.bbc.co.uk/tyne or www.bbc.co.uk/wear. The video will be available to purchase soon, or you can pre-order your copy at one the mentioned BBC websites. All proceeds will be going to Children In Need.

January 2011

Now we’re into January it’s time for Butlins. The band had an amazing weekend away for all the result wasn’t what we’d hoped. Although, it was the best result we have ever come away with at Butlins, so some good news there. We would just like to take a chance to thank John for all his hard work putting the weekend together, he made sure we were all where we were supposed to be and that we were there on time, which made the whole weekend a lot easier for us. Thank you John.

December 2011

December is always a busy time of the year for us. we started off on the 2nd with a Christmas concert a St Cuthberts Blyth. The Concert was held by Blyth Rotary Club and the concert was shared with the Blyth Operatic Society, the concert was really well accepted and the back got some very good feedback form the audience.

Our next concert was on the 10th at Morpeth Mothodist Church. This concert was organised by Morpeth Rotary Club, this was a very special concert as the Rotary Clubs worldwide over the past 5 years have been raising money to help fight Polio. This was the clubs final year to hit their target (which they did) and I;m sure they'll find another nobal cause for use to play for next year.

Our final concert of the year was at St John's Ashington which always goes down well. The church was packed, the bands Junior Academy played at half time, conducted by Claire Hornsby the band played a small selection of Christmas pieces, they were fantastic! Well done to everyone who played in the Academy I'm sure they'll be a force to be reckoned with at this years Wansbeck Festival!

The band finished off December and 2011 wih a carol service at The Plough in Ellington, despite the freezing temperatures there was still qite the turn out in the pub car park.

Heres to 2012, the fisrt part is always busy for us as we have an annual competion at Butlins in January and then its the Regional Finals in March, wish us luck, I have a feeling 2012 will be a good year!

Finaly we would like to thank everyone who has supported the band through 2011 and we look forward to your continued support in 2012, We hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

November 2011

November was a quiet month for us, it started with a rememberance service in Lynemouth where the band played a few humns in the village chirch and then we marched to the local cenotaph where the publis laid their wreaths and John played the Last Post. The month ended on the 26th with the band making thier 1st christmas appearence with the switching on of the Morpeth Chistmas Lights.

We say hello to a new player this month! Dave McKeague joins us on cornet. Dave used ti play with the Reg Vardy Band untill about a year ago when he joined Brighouse & Rastricks Percussion section. Dave has since decided to go back to his routes and join us on cornet. Welcome Dave!

October 2011

October started with the band playing a small concert at Chantry School in Morpeth. The idea was to try and entice some more kids to join our Junior Brass Band Academy, so the concert was opened by our Junior Band who play a small selection of pieces from the Movies such as “Summer Nights” and “All That Jazz”. The concert was very well received and went down really well with the kids, so much so we’ve got about 10 new kids who come along on a Monday night for lessons. But, there’s always room for more so if you know anyone, no matter what age they are, feel free to get in touch.
We finished off October with a Charity Concert in behalf of S.I.S (self-injury support) at Carlisle Cathedral. What a concert it was, the band helped raise funds dor the organisation and the band sounded fantastic in the cathedral, it had an amazing an acoustic! We look forward to hopefully playing there again next year.

September 2011

September was kicked off with band playing at the Hilton Gateshead. Northumbrian Water held a Ball at the Hotel for one of their charities Water Aid, well this year was Water Aids 30th Birthday and the CD we recorded in July is now on sale and all proceeds will be going to Water Aid, CD’s are on sale NOW!! Please feel to get it touch to purchase your CD or even better come to one of our Concerts and buy it there!
We ended September with a small concert in Blyth Bandstand, this is the 3rd year in a row we’ve been asked to play in the band stand and the concert is always well received. I must admit, there’s nothing quite like watching a Brass Band in an old fashioned Bandstand!
We would also like to welcome Charlotte Burton who joins our Cornet Section, Charlotte is the current music teacher at Chantry Middle School which I’m sure will build strong bridges between the school and the Band, and hopefully, entice more kids to join! Welcome Charlotte!

August 2011

August is always quiet month for the band with most members away on holiday we don’t like to commit ourselves too much. However we did have our Annual General Meeting. The band is continuing to go from strength to strength, if we look over the past 12 months we have had a lot of new players join the band and a couple who have left, thankfully more have joined than left. The band haven’t done as well contest wise but this won’t deter us from bring home a trophy next year (hopefully) as we have Butlins in January and the North of England Championships in March. Band officials were also elected, Martin Joicey was re-elected as Band Chairman, John Colvine was re-elected as Band Manager & Secretary, Winnie Brannan was re-elected as Treasurer, Bob Shotton was re-elected as Vice Secretary & Registration Officer and Beth Barnes was re-elected as Band Liberian. Les Barnes, Hewie Marshall, Daryl Rose, Kane Dunnett and Susan Colvine were all elected as committee members. Hewie was elected as Vice Chairman in Richard Northey’s Absence.

July 2011

July was a busy month for us! It started with a recording of a CD. We were asked by our sponsor Northumbrian Water to record a CD which they will be revealing at one of their corporate balls. The CD is made up of a selection of pieces we played in our summer concerts. The day we recorded it was quite an experience and one I don’t think the band will forget, it all kicked off at about 8:00am with a trip to the band room to collect all the instruments and equipment we would need. The recording session started at about 10am, we recorded a colossal 11 tracks in just 6 hours, which we thought was quite an achievement! The CD is being released in September and will be available for purchase.

We would like to thank Daryl and Beth who spent a number of hours in ASDA making sure we were well supplied with water, tea, coffee and biscuits and a huge thank you to John and Susan Colvine who supplied us with Pie Peas for lunch, and thank you to all he friends and Family of the band who help out as well. We would also like to thank our guests on the day, Dave for helping out on Sop, Kieran on Percussion, Michael on Trombone, Roy on EEb Bass, Cath on 1st Horn, John and Phil form Reelsound Audio for making the process rather enjoyable, Father David Palmer and the church wardens for letting us use St Andrews Church and finally to Steve Malcolm for being our Executive Producer on the album.

July also brought us the Durham Miners Gala, where for the second year we marched Usworth Collieries Banner into Durham City. Thanks to the glorious British summer we all got soaked, but all in all it was a very good day. Looking forward to next year.

We have quite a few outdoor jobs throughout July, Brook Heatherdale Care Home in Amble on the 24th and Picnic in the Park in Morpeth on the 31st which kept us busy. Thank you to the public for your continued support and for cheering us on

September – December 2010

After success at the Durham DLI contest the band was on a real high, we had two contest coming up in early 2011 (Butlins & North of England Regional Finals) and we fancied just one more planned for the end of 2010 to finish the year on a real high! But unfortunately due to poor weather conditions most bands cancelled and the Competion was postponed. Not to worry though as this left us more time to rehearse for our Christmas concerts and for the competitions coming up in 2011.

We had a very busy period over Christmas which we love. Our Christmas started early on the 27/11/10 with the turning on of the Christmas lights in Morpeth. Our main concerts were on the 03/12/10 at St Cuthbert’s Church in Blyth, 11/12/10 at St John’s Methodist Church in Morpeth and on the 17/12/10 at St John’s Church in Ashington and of course all the various carol services in between. We would just like to thank all the members of public and all the members of the band who turned up for making the sometimes treacherous journeys to the concerts in all that snow and ice. Thank You!

August 2010

The band decided to do a rethink into our Brass Academy. The Academy is now run by our own Beth Barnes and Claire Hornsby with regular help from John & Susan Colvine, Kane Dunnett and Daryl Rose. We decided to hold an open day in Morpeth to spread the word about brass bands and to get people to come along and join in. There is no age limit on the Academy and we cater for all ages. With the help of “Dennis Todd Music” we had a range of instruments all the way form cornets to basses for the kids and adults to try. The open day was a huge success and we now have 14 regular kids who come along to rehearsals on Monday evenings. If you would like more information on the Brass Academy or if you would like to join or know anyone who you think would like to join please get in touch, remember, you’re never too young or old to join.
We would like to announce we have some new members. We welcome Christina Campbell who joins our Trombone section, Matthew Fletcher who joins our Euphonium section, Chris Travis who joins us on Eb Bass and Verity O’Hara and Deborah Elliott who join our Cornet section.

July 2010

On the 10th of July the band enjoyed a fantastic day at the Durham miner's picnic and is very much looking forward to it again next year. On Saturday the 17th of July the band played a concert at The Church of the Holy Cross at Haltwhistle and would like to thank everyone for the fantastic reception that we received. The following Sunday we were involved in the DLI entertainment contest and were awarded 1st place by 4 points! The band would like to extend our thanks to the members of Backworth Colliery Band for their much needed help at such short notice.

March 2010

New members – Welcome to David Phillips who joined us for the area (and beyond) on cornet and Paul Dunning who played at the area on 3rd percussion and returns after a 5 year gap. Paul is extremely busy with work commitments at the moment but agreed to help us out at the area at very short notice, putting in a huge amount of rehearsal time to get the various percussion challeges sorted out. We are very grateful for his commitment to the contest and hope that we will see him again soon if his time allows.

The band competed at the Area contest on Saturday 20th March in Darlington and were awarded 5th place. The process of re building under Jonathan continues and the way we played reflected the progress we have made since Jonathan joined us in November.Congratulations to Laurence for winning the Best Soprano Prize at the Area Contest, unfortunately it was with Cockerton, who borrowed him. However, the adjudicator said after the contest that Laurence would have got the prize playing for us but played even better for Cockerton.

The band is now on Facebook and you can become a fan. Please visit when you have time. You can find us using this link www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=50795881416#!/pages/Northumbrian-Water-Ellington-Colliery-Brass-Band/367057488214?ref=ts


February 2010

The band competed at the Butlins Mineworkers Brass Band Contest over the weekend of 21st to 24th January. Although the result was not as good as we hoped the band played confidently and well considering the disruption to rehearsals due to the weather. There were loads of positive things about the weekend, particularly the way the band continues to mould itself into a team. Thanks must go to the band, who put in a furious amount of rehearsal during the last week.

Band on Compiliation CD


It's 25 Years since the end of The Miners’ Strike and Island records are releasing a compilation CD to commemorate the anniversary. The album is called 'The Music Lives on' and it is released on 1st March. An extract from the press release is below. There is also a website to visit (www.themusicliveson.co.uk). The band is very pleased to be featured as it represents our roots as a colliery band.

The release of the album will coincide with the 25 Anniversary of the end of the miners strike. The 3 March 1985 was a day that saw some of these legendary Colliery bands play as the miners went back to work – they became known as the ‘loyalty parade’. 'The Music Lives on Now The Mines Have Gone’ is an album featuring the UK’s most historic Colliery Brass Bands including the award-winning Grimethorpe Colliery, Kent’s Betteshanger Brass, Scotland’s Buckhaven & Methil Miners Brass Band, Point of Ayr in North Wales, Carlton Main (Frickley) Colliery, Desford Colliery Band, Bearpark & Esh Colliery, Hatfield Powerfuel Colliery Band, Newbridge Celynen Brass Band, Northumbrian Water Ellington Colliery and Thoresby Colliery Band.

January 2010

This is an extract from a recent article on 4barsrest.com.

Are these the top 10 young conductors to look out for in 2010 and beyond? Have they got the X Factor to make it to the top?
Who are the talents that will be keeping the middle aged maestros on their toes in the next few years?
'Jonathan Fenwick is a chip off the old Ray Farr block in many ways, and equally as talented too - and could make just as big an impression on the contesting scene in the North East.
Bold and animated, but very musical and even a touch fearless in approach, there is a refreshing air about his conducting on the contest stage.
There is an impressive directness about the way in which he goes about his work, and although he has yet to taste high profile contesting success he is certainly a talent to watch out for.'


We followed this up with a press release which was published on 4barsrest:-
17-Dec-2009
Northumbrian Water Ellington Colliery has picked up one of the rising conducting stars to lead them in 2010.
Northumbrian Water Ellington Colliery Band has announced the appointment of Jonathan Fenwick as their new Musical Director.
Excited
Band Manager, John Colvine told 4BR: "The band is really excited about working with Jonathan. Since starting with us in early November he has quickly made a big impact with the band at rehearsals and engagements and is already a big hit with audiences."
He added: "Jonathan is one of the most exciting and talented young conductors in the North East."


It’s good to see that we are getting some good press.

Our Christmas concerts were extremely well received (the smiles on the faces of the audience as they left proved that to be the case) and there has been loads of positive feedback.

December 2009

Band MD Jonathan Fenwick featured in 4bars rest article

This is an extract from a recent article in the Brass Band news website 4barsrest (www.4barsrest.com)

'Jonathan Fenwick is a chip off the old Ray Farr block in many ways, and equally as talented too - and could make just as big an impression on the contesting scene in the North East.
Bold and animated, but very musical and even a touch fearless in approach, there is a refreshing air about his conducting on the contest stage.
There is an impressive directness about the way in which he goes about his work, and although he has yet to taste high profile contesting success he is certainly a talent to watch out for.'

We followed this up with a press release which also appeared on 4bars rest:-

Northumbrian Water Ellington Colliery has picked up one of the rising conducting stars to lead them in 2010.

Northumbrian Water Ellington Colliery Band has announced the appointment of Jonathan Fenwick as their new Musical Director.
Band Manager, John Colvine told 4BR: "The band are really excited about working with Jonathan. Since starting with us in early November he has quickly made a big impact with the band at rehearsals and engagements and is already a big hit with audiences."
He added: "Jonathan is one of the most exciting and talented young conductors in the North East."

November 2009

We now have a new MD! Jonathan Fenwick has accepted our offer of the position and starts working with the band on 4th November. Thanks to everyone in the band for their patience and commitment to rehearsals, jobs and auditions during this time. Special thanks must be given to Andy Holmes, Nigel Stedman, Alan Fernie and, last but not least, Laurence Peart for conducting rehearsals and engagements whilst we were auditioning.


Welcome back to Debbie Elliot who rejoins the cornet section after a few years away from playing.

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