2018 Film Music Gala
The band returned to the beautiful Great Hall at Reading University on 29th September for the performance of our Film Music Gala, an evening full of some of the best film scores of all time. Special thanks to Alan Smith of the charity Kisiizi Partners for taking these wonderful 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.
2018 NCBF Finals
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 Annual 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.
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.