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!


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: 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.


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