Concert Photos

2018 Ireland Forever

On  Saturday 17th March our Spring Concert took place in All Saints Church, Wokingham. This spectacular concert featured a varied programme of wind band music, highlights of which were a medley of George Gershwin songs, a Glenn Miller selection, William Walton’s Spitfire Prelude, Resplendent Glory by Rossano Galante and, of course, a selection of favourite Irish melodies which concluded with the ever popular Riverdance. 

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.

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!

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!

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