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Annual Workshop

May 11th, 2017

Another fantastic workshop day; a highlight of our musical calendar! This year we were under the expert guidance of Robert Roscoe who, among many other things, taught us how to “bop”! Some soothing Bach Chorales warmed us up nicely while the insanely fast “Exultate” by Samuel Hazo helped increase our average note count twofold! We finished the excellent day with a well-earned meal at Prezzo.

Acrobat Challenge

April 14th, 2017

The Band took part in the Acrobat Challenge to help raise much needed funds for Stephen Sykes, a 26 year old trombonist who is fighting Hodgkins Lymphoma. He needed to self-fund the next stage of his treatment at a cost of £90,000. We have donated a further £130 towards this, collected at our rehearsal last night. Please donate what you can: www.gofundme.com/stephensykes. Click here to watch the video recording of the challenge.

Spring Concert

April 3rd, 2017

A really superb concert in Wokingham, and lovely to see so many smiling faces in the audience; some familiar, and some newcomers! We certainly made the most of the larger venue to perform some of the more “full-on” pieces of music; ‘Mars’, ‘Kingdom Triumphant’, ‘The Great Gate of Kiev’ and the band’s favourite, ‘See Rock City’! There were many notes to get through but we enjoyed every second, and hope you did too! Roll on our Summer Concert on 24th June!

Charity Concert

January 29th, 2017

A brilliant concert conducted by Paul Speed in support of Rosies Rainbow Fund. We had a lovely talk by their founder, Carolyn Mayling, explaining the wonderful work of the fund, some rather scrumptious cakes (which raised an incredible £658.28 for the fund) and excellent music played and received with enthusiasm, including beautiful singing from Tania Pratt, whom we were delighted to welcome back.

 

Carolling at Reading Station

December 14th, 2016

A group of band members played carols at Reading railway station and raised a fantastic £1,273.39 for the Berkshire Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre. Well done to all our collectors and thank you to everyone who gave so generously.

Thanks to Pam

October 22nd, 2016

After many years with TCB, Pam Webber has decided to take well earned retirement from the the roll of Box Office Manager and Head of Front of House. TCB Chairman, Stephen Kerry, presented her with a bouquet, a card signed by the band members and a pair of TCB mugs (to remind her of us!) as a token of thanks. Pam and her husband Norman have been with the band from the start 15 years ago and we are truly grateful for all her hard work and commitment.

Great Concert at the Great Hall

October 3rd, 2016

The first of October saw the band return to the magnificent Great Hall, part of Reading University. This is always an opportunity for some majestic pieces which allowed the band full rein to their enthusiastic playing – without ever getting raucous of course!

The big pieces this time were the Land of the Long White Cloud, written by Philip Sparke, originally for the Brass Band Championship contest in New Zealand and Danzon No. 2 by Arturo Marquez and made famous by Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra. Symphonic Marches by John Williams, Sabre Dance by Khachaturian also demanded some energetic playing from the band.

The highlight of the concert however was the performance of the Trumpet Concerto in A-flat major by Alexander Arutiunian. Paul Speed (our Musical Director) handed over the baton to John Sayer for this piece and gave a virtuoso performance which delighted audience and band alike.

Malta Trip

June 21st, 2016

Trinity Concert Band went on tour in Malta at the end of May. This is the first tour by the band for some years and eagerly anticipated by all who went.

The days were spent as ‘normal’ tourists, with the weather significantly warmer than at home. So we enjoyed harbour tours, visits to the sights of Valletta, and the surrounding country. Our evenings were planned as concert times, either giving concerts or performing with a local band. Malta has a tradition of ‘Band Clubs’ and there are over 80 in the islands which act as a focus for festivities and community activities. Trinity Concert Band was the guest at three band clubs all with lovely settings and generous hospitality.

The first evening was at The Imperial Band Club at Mellieha . Based in gorgeous premises with magnificent views over the coast and overlooking the church plaza. The band arrived just as a colourful procession for the local children’s first mass took place, viewed from the Imperial Band’s 3rd floor balcony. There then followed a concert in two halves in the spacious plaza area for a lovely expectant audience. Both maestros Paul Speed (of Trinity) and Anthony Borg (Imperial Band) conducted the joint band for different pieces, including the newly written piece ‘Malta’. This was written specially for the tour by our Bass Trombonist, Len Tyler, based on a cypher of note letters relating to the name ‘Malta’. The concert also included traditional marches (The Standard of St George, Holyrood), music from musicals and films (My Fair Lady, Somewhere, Les Miserables), and pieces with more local connections (Maltese Rhapsody, Bella Italia). Afterwards, Trinity Concert Band were presented with a beautiful plaque from Imperial Band to commemorate the occasion. Imperial band were presented with a Trinity Concert Band stand pennant and score and parts for ‘Malta’.

The next evening concert was held at the St Gabriel Band Club in Balzan. Trinity played a concert to a large enthusiastic audience in their ancient courtyard. Again there was something for everyone, with music from traditional marches and selections, classical, west end musicals and original band music. The concert ended with impressive fireworks and generous hospitality.

On Tuesday most of the band enjoyed a daytime coach tour. We visited the beautiful coast at Dingli Cliffs, followed by some time in Medina. The city is magnificent, and we enjoyed walking through the old pedestrianised streets, the cathedral square and of course the cathedral itself. Some even managed some shopping! We had lunch on the waterfront in a lovely fishing village, followed by boat trips around the Blue Grotto, taking in the intensely coloured sea and caves there.

The final concert was hosted by St. Elena Band Club in Birkirkara, in another quite different setting. As with the other two bands, we had a tour of their impressive tour of the band rooms, trophies and historical records. Lastly the extensive underground tunnels were shown, carefully hewn from the rocks beneath the club and surrounding area for protection in WW2. We enjoyed a very friendly audience in the square, closed from traffic for the occasion, with the public also coming and going appreciatively from the local streets and canaries sing in competition from the open windows. The band later enjoyed wonderful hospitality, meeting the officers and members of the Maltese band.

Every band member who travelled expressed their strong wish to return to Malta, and see more of the Islands. The highlight of the tour was meeting each of the Band Clubs, starting with Imperial, then St. Gabriel and St. Elena. It enabled us to have a Malta Experience beyond the normal tourist visitor, and enjoy making music with friends, which joins us all together. We were most impressed with each band’s club premises (not to say a little envious). We also gained a lot of ‘togetherness’, not least on our hotel’s terrace overlooking the harbour, kept open late specially for us. The tour exceeded our expectations and was a great success, much credit and thanks going to the chief organisers Peter Cole, Sandy Godfrey and Andy Wood.

Trinity Concert Band departed to a much cooler UK, all insisting that if nothing else, the band must return to Malta for another tour, having had such a wonderful time with generous musician hosts.

Forbury Gardens

June 11th, 2016

Having just avoided the rain today in Wokingham, we are hoping to do the same on Sunday 19th June at 3:00pm in the beautiful setting of Forbury Gardens. Why not come along for a great selection of music and maybe an ice cream.

Wokingham Sunny Saturdays

May 25th, 2016

The summer season is beginning with a performance in the Market Place in Wokingham on 11th June from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Come along and listen to a great selection of music in a lovely setting.

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