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2018 Annual Workshop

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.

2017 A Night at the Oscars

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).

2017 Forbury Gardens

The band were lucky, once again, to be invited to play on the beautiful Forbury Bandstand and were expertly lead by our Bass Trombonist, Len Tyler, who took charge in Paul’s absence. Despite some dodgy weather forecasts in the lead up to the day we were blessed with a beautiful warm day. Our performance also happened to coincide with the Reading Bastille Festival which provided both us and the crowd with additional entertainment (and food!). We had a lovely afternoon playing to a very appreciative audience! Roll on next year’s visit!

2017 Liberty of Earley

Ensembles from Trinity Concert Band entertaining the residents and guests of Liberty of Earley House; we provided a wind quartet, a brass quintet and a clarinet choir. Let’s not forget the highlight – cream tea by the incomparable Liberty chef!

2017 Summer Concert

A few pictures taken during the final run-through on the day of our Summer Concert at Trinity Church in Lower Earley! The annual tradition of scones and fruit punch is a definite highlight for audience and band members alike! Another wonderful evening, and great to see so many appreciative faces in the audience. Our performance of the James Bond medley seemed to go down particularly well!
Thanks must go to our MD, Paul Speed, for picking a great programme of music and helping us to execute it in such a short space of time!

2017 Workshop

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.

2017 Spring Concert

A selection of photos from our 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! 

2017 Charity Concert

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 over £200 for the fund) and excellent music played and received with enthusiasm, including beautiful singing from Tania Pratt, whom we were delighted to welcome back.

2016 Christmas Concert

A selection of photos from the Christmas Matinee Concert at Trinity Church, Lower Earley.

2016 – Trumpet Extravaganza

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.

2016 – Liberté

An absolutely fantastic evening with special thanks to our guest soloist, Tania Pratt, who once again put on a superb performance; a real joy to listen to! Thanks also to our guest conductor, David Cole, who is an absolute privilege to work with. His energy and enthusiasm is quite infectious!

2016 – Wokingham Sunny Saturdays

We enjoyed playing this morning in Wokingham Town Centre and just about managed to avoid the rain.

2016 – Malta Tour

The islands of Malta and Gozo have an incredible 80+ band clubs between them and we were honoured to perform at 3 of them over our stay. Each one of the bands was warm and welcoming, plying us with food and endless beverages after our performances, and presented us with beautiful gifts to remind us of our visit. We’ve had such a fantastic time and being together as a group over the 5 days has brought us so much closer together. We all have some wonderful memories that will stay with us forever. We are certainly looking forward to the next trip.

2016 – NCBF Finals

The band travelled to the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester where they took part in the National Concert Band Festival finals. They were absolutely thrilled when they were presented with a Gold award. Credit must go to our MD, Paul Speed for his hard work in helping the band to achieve this standard of performance.

2016 – The Best of 2015

Another great concert with a selection of your favourites from 2015, including a beautiful flute solo Ladies In Lavender” performed by Jo Neale and a great soprano sax section in “Riverdance” by Theresa Jones. The selection of photos from our concert features the fabulous cakes baked by band members, with proceeds from the concert, raffle and cakes going to the Brass for Africa charity, where the money will be used to transport donated instruments. Jim Trott, founder of Brass for Africa, gave us an update on the latest news from Uganda and Liberia.

2015- The Joy of Christmas

Another fabulous matinee and evening concert in Trinity Church featuring popular music from the films “Miracle on 34th Street” and “Polar Express” and a great favourite “Sleigh Ride”. The interval refreshments included home baked mince pies and cakes provided by band members.

2015 – Music of our Time

Our Autumn concert took place in the magnificent setting of the Great Hall at the University of Reading. It featured a great selection of music including “New London Pictures”, “Midway March” and “Sea Songs”. We were fortunate to have a superb clarinet soloist (Jay Bevan), who performed a fabulous rendition of Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano by Joseph Horovitz, accompanied by John Sayer on piano. Jay also performed with the band in an arrangement of Malcolm Arnold’s Pre Goodman Rag which certainly went down well with the audience.

2015 – Liberty of Earley

On the best day of September so far, four small ensembles from the band entertained the residents of Liberty of Earley in the sunshine this afternoon: a brass quartet, a clarinet group, a wind quartet and a saxophone quartet. The band members enjoyed a fabulous cream tea to thank them for their efforts.

2015 – Springtime Concert

A great concert in Bearwood Theatre, with a varied programme including the beautiful theme tune from the film “Ladies in Lavender” performed on flute by our talented Jo Neale, “A Tribute to Harry James” written for solo trumpet as an ode to Harry James, performed by Jon Sayer. The evening ended with rapturous applause when the band played “Riverdance”.

2015 – Band Workshop

An excellent workshop today with lots of challenging music. Special thanks go to our guest conductor, Principle Director of Music for the RAF, Duncan Stubbs, who provided an informative and exciting rehearsal. We look forward to working with him again in the future.

2015 – Can I Have Some More Please

This Concert helped to raise money for Brass for Africa, a charity very close to our hearts. Jim Trott gave us an update on the progress that has been made during the year, and showed a video demonstrating the difference it is making to the children”s lives. The band members baked cakes (including wicked cakes) for the interval and with your help we managed to raise a fantastic £500 plus £150 for cakes. Thanks to everyone who donated so generously.

2014 – Christmas Cracker

An evening packed full of entertainment for everyone: included in our programme were “Midnight Sleigh Ride”, “In The Christmas Mood”, “Jingle Bells”, and the music from the films “Frozen” and “Jurassic Park”. There was the opportunity for the audience to sing along with their favourite carols, and George Huxford entertained everyone with his jokes whist doing the raffle. The highlight of the evening was an amazing saxophone solo performance of “Against All Odds” performed by Theresa Jones.

2014 – Autumn Spectacular

A selection of the photos from our Concert which featured a solo performance by the world famous Euphonium virtuoso, David Childs. He chose to premiere a new Euphonium Concerto by Stephen Roberts.

2014 Wokingham Heritage Day

The band performed in the Wokingham Heritage Concert in All Saints Church as part of the programme of events marking the commemoration of the centenary of the start of the Great War in 1914.

We played music from the era including “First World War Medley”, “Keep The Faith” and “Sunset”, which had a bugle call over the hymn tune, performed by John Sayer.

The concert also included two readings. The first was “The Outbreak of War”, which explained that large numbers of volunteers enlisted from the same streets and workplaces, and were known as Pals’ Brigades.  written by Miss C. Wolstencroft, the girlfriend of one of the Accrington Pals, and read by Martin Bishop, Wokingham Town Mayor. Hannah Connearn, a Craftsman in the REME, read “Will The Train Start”, a poignant account of Helen Mackay’s witness of a father leaving for war saying farewell to his three children.

2014 – Soiree Musicales

Our Summer concert was very different this year. Instead of full band numbers we had 12 ensembles playing a variety of music; a brass 11 -piece, various wind and brass quintets and groupings of flutes, clarinets and saxophones.

We had a special treat in store during the interval with fruit punch and homemade scones with jam and cream.


2014 – St Georges Day

We’re pleased to report that our St George’s concert last Saturday was a huge success. We were pretty much sold out before the band even set foot through the doors of the church; a fantastic effort by our audience! Being only three days after St George’s Day our concert was aptly aimed at being a patriotic celebration, so we opened with a rousing performance of “The Standard of St George”. This really got the audience in the mood for the evening and at the start of “Pomp & Circumstance” I noticed a shadow fluttering across my music…it seems a little audience participation was taking place with Union Jacks being waved enthusiastically!! After a much needed break for refreshments we were back on the stage for the second half of the concert, and our performance of David Cole’s arrangement “The Best of the Beatles” which went down a storm with our audience! Obviously a patriotic concert wouldn’t be complete without performances of “Nimrod” from Elgar’s Enigma Variations and “Jerusalem”; in fact they were probably top of our conductor’s list!

2013 – These You Have Loved

This evening’s concert was a great success! We played to a packed house, which is brilliant considering the difficult weather conditions and flooding.  It was conducted and compered by our MD Paul Speed, and was a selection of your favourites, with the proceeds going to the Brass for Africa  charity. Paul Speed and Angus Trott played a beautiful duet “Sonrise” composed by Jim Trott. This piece was performed during one of Jim’s recent visits to Uganda, where he was host to world famous trumpeter’s Alison Balsom and Guy Barker. Alison joined forces with Lillian, one of the orphans rescued from the Katwe slum, to perform “Sonrise” together in a moment that I’m sure neither of them will ever forget. The band members had been very busy producing lots of delicious cakes, which raised an additional £180 for Brass for Africa.

2013 – Christmas Spectacular

Our Christmas spectacular was a great way of getting everyone into the Christmas spirit. We had a varied programme with something for everyone including the beautiful “O Magnum Mysterium”, and some of your yuletide favourites  “Walking In The Air” (from the film The Snowman) “Christmas Festival” and “Sleigh Ride”. The highlights of the concert were the ‘purrrrfect’ bassoon duet composed by Rossini, performed beautifully by Sandy Godfrey and Sue Raison, and the fantastic, toe-tapping “See Rock City” and “Sing, Sing, Sing

2013 – Christmas Carols

A group of  band members played carols for the shoppers at Sainsbury’s on 6th December 2013, and raised £147.89 for the Brass for Africa charity.

2013 – Songs of Praise

A select group of the band performed for this outdoor service for Beech Hill Baptist Church on Sunday  14th July. Photos by Alan Harland.

2013 – Forbury Gardens

What an absolutely fantastic afternoon! We couldn’t have asked for better weather, and the crowds turned out despite the Wimbledon final (thanks crowds!) and most of us got home in time to see Murray’s final few points.

2013 – No Strings Attached

What a great evening! Fantastic playing from the band despite a very challenging programme, including “Four Dances from West Side Story” by L. Bernstein, and “Three Movements from Carmina Burana” by C. Orff. The highlight of the evening was the two solo performances. A UK premiere of Derek Bourgeois’ Concerto for Bass Trombone and band, performed by Jonathan Warburton, and Paul Speed, our MD, handed his baton to Peter Cole and played a beautiful rendition of “Gabriel’s Oboe from The Mission”.

2013 – Wokingham Sunny Saturdays

Wokingham’s annual Sunny Saturdays performances continue in the town centre this year due to popular demand and Trinity Concert Band were delighted to be taking part again. The weekly free entertainment, organised by Wokingham Town Council, runs every Saturday from May to September. Many people turned out for the event in the local market town and, believe it or not, it was SUNNY! It wasn’t all plain sailing though. With the sun came a breeze…a strong breeze! We just about managed to hold onto our music but it was a close call! Among the pieces on offer were a Glenn Miller medley, a bit of the Blues Brothers, a taste of Broadway and much, much more!

2013 – Through Time and Space

The band was back at the usual venue of Trinity Church for this venture into the unknown. Most of the music however was well know to the audience and ranged from the classical Jupiter from Holst, through the TV show Thunderbirds to two of John William’s film scores for ET and Star Wars. The band played amazingly well, especially considering they had only managed to get 3 rehearsals since the last concert with Reading Music Centre band on the 23rd March.

The band was looking good too, with all black dress and new stand banners.

2013 – Joint Concert with Reading Music Centre Concert Band

TCB held a joint Concert with Reading Music Centre Concert Band on Saturday 23rd March 2013, at 7:30pm in Leighton Park School, Reading. It was an exciting evening and the Concert started with a joint piece “Flourish for Wind Band” by Vaughan Williams, conducted by Kathy Laney from Maestros. It also featured “Invictus” by Philip Sparke, “October” by Eric Whitacre, and “Paris Sketches” by Martin Ellerby. A highlight of the evening  was the “Tuba Concerto” by Edward Gregson (1st Movement) performed by one of the Maestro’s horn players. The evening ended with a joint performance of “Riverdance”, arranged by Peter Cole and conducted by Paul Speed.

2013 – Highlights of 2012 Concert

Trinity Church was bursting at the seams at the first concert of 2013 from Trinity Concert Band. A very enjoyable evening with lots of recognisable pieces as well as some challenging ones to play. The band were raising money for the charity Brass for Africa during the evening and the programme included a talk by Jim Trott, the founder of the charity which now supports music projects in three orphanages in Kampala, Uganda.

2012 – Christmas Concert

Under the baton of Paul Speed, our new MD, a great Christmas concert was had by all in Bearwood Theatre. The programme included lots of Christmas favourites, including “White Christmas”, “A Christmas Festival”, “A Fairytale of New York” and of course “Sleigh Ride”   The highlight of the concert has to be the two solo performances: “O Holy Night” performed by Humphrey Haines on Euphonium, and “The Way We Were” performed by Rosie Edgar on Alto Saxophone which were absolutely fantastic!

2012 – Ladd’s Garden Centre

A group of players braved the elements and entertained the shoppers at Ladd’s. The car park was overflowing so hopefully many people enjoyed our playing. Our fingers are just about thawing out now…! The photos are courtesy of Peter – Photo: Zing Imaging and Alan Harland.

2012 – Autumn Concert

Trinity Concert Band’s Autumn Concert was a varied selection of John Williams and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musicOur thanks to Tania Pratt for her excellent performances of “Love Changes Everything”, “Phantom of the Opera”, and “Highlights from Evita”, which were received with enthusiastic applause from the audience. Unfortunately, it was the last concert with Chris I’Anson as our MD. Chris has taken the band to new levels of performance during the last year, including participation in the finals of the National Concert Band Festival in April. We are delighted to welcome Paul Speed, our Assistant MD, who is going to take up the baton from Chris.

2012 – Bandstand Marathon

On Sunday 9th September at 2pm, 500 bands across the UK played Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” as a precursor to the closing ceremony of the Paralympics and part of the London 2012 Festival finale. In Reading, Trinity Concert Band played this piece in the Forbury Gardens to a large audience of keen listeners and sun worshippers. The weather could not have been better for an afternoon listening to the band. The band played a version of “Viva La Vida“ especially arranged just a few days ago by the band’s Peter Cole, our ex-MD. As well as “Viva La Vida” the band played several popular pieces including a Sousa march, two pieces from Masquerade by Khachaturian. This year’s Bandstand Marathon was the largest to date, a truly national event linking local communities and London 2012.

2012 – Summer Concert

Trinity Concert Band’s Summer concert was a musical smorgasbord of this summer’s activities in the UK with many sporting references and a “Last Night of the Proms” finale, which included the audience singing and waving Union Jacks. The trumpet and trombone sections competed with 2 trios, Bugler’s Holiday and Blades of Toledo. The trumpets played faster but the trombones louder! The programme also featured the UK premier of a great new piece by Claire Lawrence called “3 days in July” and we were delighted that Claire was able to join our flute section for the concert.  Overall a delightful programme, which the audience thoroughly enjoyed. The photographs were taken courtesy of Mrs Kerry.

2012 – Carnival Concert

TCB enjoyed an evening playing at the Oakwood Theatre on Tuesday 5th June 2012 as part of the Woodley Carnival week of events. The first half included a beautiful flute duet “Andante and Rondo” performed by Joanne Neale and Krystle Archbold. The second half included a foot tapping selection “Tijuana Brass in Concert” and a popular “Selection from Mary Poppins”. The audience certainly seemed to enjoy the “British Sea Songs Medley“, with lots of clapping, and they were given the opportunity to participate again as an encore.

2012 – Spring Concert

Under the baton of our talented Musical Director, Chris I’Anson, Trinity Concert Band’s Spring Concert proved to be another thrilling performance at Trinity Church in Lower Earley on Saturday 14th April. The programme comprised of a selection of pieces by a range of British composers including “The Voice of the Guns”,”By The Sleepy Lagoon” and “Barwick Green”. Alistair Penman, our guest soloist, received a rapturous applause from the audience for his two fantastic saxophone solos “Carnival” by Philip Sparke, and “Pequena Czarda” by Pedro Iturralde.

2012 – Band Workshop

TCB had a very successful workshop again this year. We took the opportunity to rehearse for the National Concert Band Festival Finals on April 1st at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where they will be performing “Yiddish Dances” by Adam Gorb. We started the day with a Bond medley, and rehearsed some of the pieces for our Spring Concert, but the highlight of the day was Rosie Edgar’s  solo  “Carnival”, which was brilliant! A group of the band members decided to end the day by having a meal at Kei’s Chinese Restaurant.

2011 – Carols at Sainsbury’s

Trinity Concert Band entertained the Sainsbury’s shoppers on Friday 16th December! They collected £62 for the Berkshire MS Therapy Centre.

2011 – Festival of Christmas Trees

Fantastic evening at the Festival of Christmas Trees in Trinity Church on 6th December. The audience certainly seemed to enjoy themselves and the display of trees was wonderful. Pam (our Box Office Manager) and her husband provided a tree on behalf of the band, with a theme based on our new colour scheme. It was beautiful as you can see from the photograph.

2011 – Autumn Concert

Our Autumn concert was a patron request concert, and we incorporated many of their favourites in the programme. Chrs I’Anson (Central RAF Band Percussionist), was our MD for the concert, and he produced an excellent concert after only three rehearsals.

2011 – Brighton Concert

The band played at Brighton bandstand on 31st July 2011, and some of our patrons joined us on the coach to enjoy a day out and support the band. Andy Porter chose a varied programme, which included ‘Fantasy on British Sea Songs’, ‘Singin in The Rain’, and a Sax solo ‘Harlem Nocturne’ played by Tim Newbury. Apart from the wind, the weather was perfect, with lots of sunshine. We had a couple of hours to enjoy lunch (fish and chips on the beach, no less), followed by ice cream, and beer after the performance. A great day was had by all, and the patrons are extremely eager to join us on future trips.

2011 – Liberty of Earley Concert

On a warm Sunday afternoon, family and residents of Liberty of Earley had a wonderful afternoon being entertained by two groups from Trinity Concert Band playing in the garden. Trinity Trombones played first, followed by a delicious cream tea, and then the Trinity Clarinet Choir. Some words from the residents – ‘brilliant’, ‘a wonderful afternoon’, ‘the band did a good job’, ‘the whole thing was lovely’, ‘excellent’.

2011 – Spring Concert

Trinity Concert Band’s Spring Concert proved to be yet another thrilling performance at All Saints Church in Wokingham on Saturday 9th April. Being their first formal concert without the leadership of Peter Cole, who stood down earlier this year, the concert was a huge success. While the band go through the process of finding a replacement for Peter, they sought the help of Andy Porter, a Musical Director familiar to them, having conducted two annual workshop days and a few rehearsals previously. The band performed three of the pieces that they rehearsed during this year’s annual workshop day.  Tribute was paid to two of our late band members who passed away earlier this year. Jill Hart (Tuba) and Stephen Nye (Oboe) were remembered with a stirring performance of ‘With Each Sunset (Comes the Promise of a New Day)’ by Richard L. Saucedo.

2011 – January Concert

Peter Cole conducted his last concert for Trinity Concert Band in front of a capacity audience at Trinity Church, Lower Earley. Sadly, he has had to resign as MD due to family illness. Peter’s hard work and committment  during the last five years has seen the band flourish. The concert also saw a unique collaboration with Reading Film & Video Makers as two of their members were there with four video cameras to record the whole concert.

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