Platinum Award at Finals of NCBF

April 10th, 2018

The band achieved the top award, Platinum, in the finals of the National Concert Band Festival at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester last weekend.  Trinity were the only British band in the ‘Community Wind Band’ category to receive this top accolade.  Under the direction of Paul Speed the band played three pieces – “Exultate” by Samuel Hazo, Nigel Hess’ “Dark Lochnagar” and John Barnes Chance’s “Variations on a Korean Folk Song”. The two adjudicators closing comments were “A very musical performance with lots of colour, variety and clarity. Very balanced in style, and plenty of contrasts and vitality. Thank you very much for your performance today; very enjoyable and delivered with a real sense of occasion. Congratulations!”

Trinity Goes Green

March 21st, 2018

Trinity celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with a concert at All Saints Church, Wokingham with an Irish themed programme.  To create a visual effect the players all wore green – the ladies green scarves and the men green bow ties – and the church provided green lighting.  On the musical front, familiar Irish pieces such as The Rakes of MallowLondonderry Air”The Irish Washerwoman“Rhapsody on The Minstrel Boy and, of course, Riverdance were complemented with some exciting original wind band compositions.  Samuel Hazo’s “Exultate, John Barnes Chance’s “Variations on a Korean Folk Song” and “Resplendent Glory” by Rossano Galantewere the highlights.  Our trombone section was featured in the Spanish-style “Blades of Toledo” and the audience particularly enjoyed Edward Gregson’s “Variations on Laudate Dominum”, one of his earliest and most loved compositions.

The acoustics in this wonderful church are perfect for wind band concerts and it is a pleasure to play there.  The only drawback was the weather – the heavy snow certainly discouraged some audience from coming, but the good number who attended showed their appreciation and demanded an encore!

Quiz Team Hits The Jackpot Again

February 27th, 2018

The quiz team did it again!!! Very happy jackpot winners at tonight’s pub quiz! Pretty amazing considering we were short of a few team members. £230 split rather nicely amongst 5 people!

Shop Online to Raise Band Funds

February 26th, 2018

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Annual Workshop Day

February 19th, 2018

On 17th February Trinity Band enjoyed their 10th all-day repertoire workshop.  Held annually, these workshops allow the band to work on new repertoire under the guidance of a prestigious guest conductor.  This year for the second time we were led by Duncan Stubbs, until recently the Principal Director of Music of the RAF Music Services.  These occasions are a golden opportunity for the band to develop its musicality and understanding of ensemble playing as well as enjoying some socialising that is not always possible at our weekly rehearsals.

After a warm-up with “Adventure Island” by Andrew Pearce we rehearsed “Exultate” by Samuel Hazo, “Dark Lochnagar” by Nigel Hess, Alfred Reed’s “Second Suite” and “Ghosts” by Stephen McNeff.  Each piece posed different challenges – awkward time signatures in Exultate, Latin style in the Second Suite, balance and intonation in Dark Lochnagar and atmosphere in Ghosts.  These pieces by renowned composers show the wealth of repertoire available for concert band.

Like an army, this band marches on its stomach!  As Duncan Stubbs remarked, these occasions are also a “cake-fest”, with the baking skills of band members on show in the breaks.  We were delighted to see Theresa, our principal saxophonist, with her new baby Tabitha, who joined the handful of supporters to hear our final “concert” performance.  Altogether, another successful day both musically and socially.”

Jackpot for Trinity

February 12th, 2018

Trinity quiz team “Brass Necks and Wind Bags” struck gold at The George in Earley, taking the jackpot prize money of over £250!!

Annual Workshop

February 12th, 2018

Our workshop will be on Saturday 17th February and this year our guest conductor will be Duncan Stubbs, the Principal Director of Music for the Royal Air Force. The band are looking forward to a day of fun with lots of challenging music, nibbles and cakes, and a well deserved meal at “The George” to relax at the end.

We will be doing a play through of the pieces at 4pm if you would like to come and join us. 

Platinum for Trinity

December 5th, 2017

A PLATINUM AWARD for Trinity Concert Band in the Regionals in London which means we are automatically entered into the finals in Manchester in April!! The hard work paid off. Well done to our Maestro, Paul Speed, for picking a great programme (a compliment from the adjudicators) and making sure we were in tip-top shape for our performance.



A Night at the Oscars

October 24th, 2017

October 21st saw the band return to the beautiful Great Hall at Reading University for their concert entitled ‘A Night at the Oscars’, and what a night it was! The size of this venue really allows the impressive sound that the band can produce to shine, and musicians of all levels will tell you how wonderful it is to perform a programme full of music from stage and screen.

The band got things off to a flying start with ‘Soaring with John Williams’, featuring music from Superman and Empire of the Sun, and then continued through the first half of the concert with music from West Side Story, Chariots of Fire and Lawrence of Arabia to name but a few. The sax quartet delighted the audience with performances of ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me’ (Toy Story) and ‘Gabriel’s Oboe’ (The Mission).

After a short interval for refreshments, a rousing rendition of ‘Agincourt Song’ (Henry V) from the brass section announced the start of the second half. The band ‘marched’ swiftly on with the ‘River Kwai March’ before giving an emotional performance of ‘Hymn to the Fallen’ (Saving Private Ryan). The audience were transported on a galactic journey with the superb arrangement of ‘Star Wars Saga’ before the audience were finally treated to an encore of ‘How to Train Your Dragon’.

Forbury Gardens

July 4th, 2017

Make the most of a (hopefully!) sunny afternoon on Sunday 16th July at 3:00pm; relax and enjoy some wonderful music in the beautiful surroundings of Forbury Gardens.

We’re delighted to be sharing with the Reading Bastille Day Festival. It looks like there’s a lot going on throughout the day giving you even more reason to pop along for a fun afternoon of TCB entertainment. As a reminder, we’ll be performing 3:00pm-4:30pm. We won’t be clashing with the other performances on the day and look forward to seeing you there!


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