The Symphonic Brass of London’s Carols and Christmas Classics concert

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The full Symphonic Brass of London ensemble in action earlier this year at Langley School for Boys

The Symphonic Brass of London Quintet are presenting a ‘Carols and Christmas Classics’ concert at St Barnabas’ Church in Beckenham (Perth Rd, Beckenham BR3 6PP) on 20th December.

If you’ve never heard them play before, this is a good opportunity to see a top class brass ensemble in action, as they bring Christmas classics and carols to Beckenham. In addition to the brass ensemble, Nicholas Mannoulas will be playing the organ.

So, if you’re in the area, make it a date!

Time:

  • Sunday 20 December at 7:00pm (Doors open at 6:15pm)

Admission:

  • Adults: £10
  • Concessions: £6 (OAPs and Students)
  • Children: Free (16 and under).

Tickets available from: www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/219409

Symphonic Brass of London Quintet – Featuring:

  • Chris Deacon
  • Paul Beniston
  • Richard Bayliss
  • Nick Lloyd
  • Adrian Miotti

With Nicholas Mannoulas on organ.

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It’s nearly here!!

It’s only few days now until Bromley Trombone Workshop opens it’s doors on Saturday 28th March at 9.30.

Everything is in place, we have delegates, we have guests, we have a band, we have a concert and we have tea and coffee (plus biscuits!). Man, oh man, do we know how to live!

So…we have a few places left for the workshop! Yep, I know! I mean seriously? With that line up? You’d think they’d all have gone! That’s just how it is sometimes – people are busy and all…

But the chores will wait until next week! If you play trombone come along; if you used to play trombone, dust it off and bring it along and get reacquainted with it; if you think you’d like to start playing and want to see what trombone people are all about, come along and check us out!

If you are interested please do let me know – preferably before Saturday! Likewise if you know anyone who might be interested in a fun day out with trombones – spread the word.

We have a great day planned, and of course we also have a great concert to follow the whole thing up with, where you will have the chance to hear some absolutely world class musicians playing live – in Bromley! And that doesn’t happen very often!

So why not come and join us, along with Brett, Paul, Garry & Adrian (Black Dyke Trombone Quartet) and Helen, Becky, Jayne & Lorna (Bones Apart) for a great day of music making, come and meet some new friends and just have a blast – literally and metaphorically!

A reminder of the details:

The day starts at 9.30 for a 10.00 start.

Cost for the day: £10.00 (£6 for students) including for evening festival

Don’t for get the evening Concert: 6.30pm – £5.00 admission

We look forward to welcoming you on Saturday!

As usual you can email to rich.debonnaire@me.com.

Cheers!

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A Great Rehearsal!

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Along with all the preparation for the trombone workshop itself, in the background Bromley Temple Salvation Army Band has also been working very hard on solo accompaniments, under the leadership of our bandmaster, Geoff Nunn. This has required a lot of hard work as we have had to learn a lot of new music; generally we don’t get to play alongside players of the calibre we have coming on Saturday 28th, so this is not without a bit of pressure!

The band will be accompanying one solo each from Brett Baker and Paul Woodward, plus a duet, as well as a Salvation Army trombone feature (for want of a better description) which Bones Apart will perform, and another to accompany the trombone choir which we will form on the day. I think it fair to say that amongst the band there may be a bit of trombone fatigue going on…?

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On Tuesday this week, it was a great pleasure to welcome Paul Woodward to our rehearsal to run through his solo, as well as a trombone duet which he will be playing with Brett (although our own Mark Norwood stood in for Brett on this occasion!) and Paul also had the opportunity to rehearse the band in Trombone Vespers (don’t forget you can download a copy to practice from the downloads page) which he will be leading on the day.

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It was a great rehearsal and Paul was on top form. Many thanks to him for going well out of his way to be there, and from a personal point of view it was great to catch up face to face!

These events are fun (kind of) to organise, but with such willing special guests as Paul, Brett & Bones Apart (Helen, Jayne, Becky & Lorna), they take most of the hardship out of it, because you know that on the day, they will ‘wow’ and ‘thrill’ their audience. And they do this in addition to their already busy professional or personal schedules! It is not taken for granted and I thank them all for their willingness to take part, as well of course to the members of Bromley SA Band.

Just a reminder, if I may to ask that if you plan to come on 28th March, to please let me know ASAP.

© Richard Debonnaire

The Christmas Carol Challenge

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The #christmascarolchallenge!

This is a terrific idea from Nathan Bright, that is helping to raise money for The Salvation Army this Christmas, to support the work it does in helping folks who find themselves on the street…this is what he says of the idea:

“I received a compelling charity letter yesterday from The Salvation Army asking me to donate at Christmas. Had I not already been a regular giver, this letter may have sparked a donation. It did get me thinking though- how else could I give more- particularly at Christmas when the Salvation Army do so much good work for those who need it most.
Remember the ice bucket challenge? Here’s my take. The Salvation Army Carolling challenge. Play/sing a Christmas carol, film it, upload it, donate to the SA (by Texting SACC14 to 70070 followed by £5, £10 or £20 or going to www.salvationarmyappeals.org.uk) and nominate someone at least 3 others. Simple.”

The idea has taken off as friends and acquaintances of Nathan’s from around the world have been doing just that, and posting videos of themselves playing a carol (or something Christmassy), and nominating others to do the same. Some play a brass instrument, some sing, some play the piano and one played ‘O Holy Night’ on the guitar (plenty of distortion going, just how I like it) and all in aid of The Salvation Army’s Christmas appeal.

Here’s my effort:

 

So why not do the same, or just donate to the Salvation Army (by Texting SACC14 to 70070 followed by £5, £10 or £20 or going to www.salvationarmyappeals.org.uk) and nominate others to get involved by singing, playing or simply donating.

© Richard Debonnaire