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Jumping in to 2023


It's 2023 and we've jumped into rehearsals with vim and vigour, welcoming new friends and old  to the band room. With Claire Urmston taking the baton we are looking forward to playing majestic music in April  and summer fetes in July and August. Have a look at our engagement page for details.

 

If you play a brass instrument and  fancy joining us give us a ring or come along to rehearsals.

2022 - all wrapped up

The band finished out the year following a very busy festive period at Centerparcs, Lowden Garden Centre, Corsham town and the regular annual Christmas concert at Broughton Gifford. We would like to thank all our players, players families and supporters for all their help in keeping the band going during 2022 and look forward to continue making music in 2023.

Remembrance Sunday 2022 - Corsham

A small but select ! group from the band played hymns and the Last Post for this very important date in the calendar at St. Bartholomew's Church, supporting the Corsham branch of the Royal British Legion and all of the wider community.

...And so this is Christmas!  (Nov 22)


And off we go with our regular Thursday night residency gig at Centerparcs Longleat. It's always great to play here with appreciative and participative holiday maker audiences. We will be here every Thursday from 6-8 up until Xmas.




Sat 2nd July - Neston Village Fair


We were happy to be asked by Neston Village to play at the Summer Village Fair - and in a typical downpour of our Summer weather the show went on ! - and we were very gratefully kept - mainly dry -  under a large marquee.  Claire Urmston our Deputy MD ably conducted the band on the day(many thanks to Claire for standing in for Jacob) and a varied music program  was performed including the famous Air Force marches - Dambusters, Aces High and 633 Squadron - unfortunately due to the inclement weather and very low cloud cover the planned Spitfire fly past didn't happen. The band thanks all our deps who helped us out on the day.


June 12th - Neston Church Green


The band were delighted to be back doing what we enjoy most - which is entertaining the public.  With a programme  - including  solo contributions from Chris Hazell on Flugelhorn, Claire Urmston and Sharon Blake on Tenor Horn and a front row cornet trio feature - our new conductor Jacob chose a varied set for his first gig  including items such as Puttin' on the Ritz, Prayer for Ukraine, Mr Jums (not from Cats;), our own specially composed 'Corsham' march - The Methuen and many other favourites. The sun was shining and there was lots of delicious cakes on offer, which went down exceedingly well with a nice cup of tea! What's not to like? We hope to see you all at the Neston Village Fair on Sat July 2nd, where we will be doing a couple of sets from 1230 onwards.

April 2022 - New conductor appointed


The band are delighted to announce the appointment of Jacob Cooper to the role of Musical Director. Jacob is currently working with the band ahead of his first outing as conductor on Sun, June 12th at Neston Church. Jacob is Head of Music at Kingdown School, Warminster - likes to play trombone and also conducts choral ensembles. We wish Jacob a long and successful association with the band.

Jan 2022 - Happy New Year

A very happy and healthy New Year to all our supporters, friends, members and members' families. It has been a challenging year for everybody including the whole banding fraternity. As a band we returned to socially distanced rehearsals in the summer with a return to the band room in the autumn. The band completed a very busy Christmas schedule and look forward to starting rehearsals again on Jan 12th. 

We are looking to rebuild the band in the new year and are actively recruiting new players and a new Musical Director.

Sept 2021 - Back in the band-room

We are pleased to say that after 3 months holding our weekly rehearsals in a semi-outside space (our sincere thanks to Sharon and Michael Blake for use of their facilities!) we are now back inside at our usual premises in Neston Church. We are busy working towards a full  seasonal calendar and warmly welcome new players of any brass and percussion instruments.

June 11th 2021- Roger Fido - Corsham Band President

It is with extreme sadness that The Corsham Band announce the passing of Roger Fido, the President of the Band on Thu 10th June. Roger has been a massive supporter of the band and we are proud of our association with Roger as Band President for over 20 years. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very sad time. He will be sorely missed. RIP Roger.

June 2021- Back to banding!


So after a very long 15 months of not playing together as a band - the momentous day finally arrived on June 9th, when we were able to actually meet up again in person and get back to making music together! Circumstances were such that we had to observe social distancing around the stands as well as a number of other mandates including a temperature check for everybody on arrival. As you can see we had to de-camp to alternative premises (many thanks Mr & Mrs Blake) as our usual band room does not meet the current criteria for 'safe banding'. All that said, it was just great to get back together and blow through a few tunes, even if there was a few interesting 'new' sounds emanating from some areas of the band after such a long lay-off. 


Now, we are back up and running we would be delighted to welcome new members to the band and indeed any brass players looking for 'blow'.

April 2021


Although all banding activity together was curtailed for pretty much most of 2020 and the beginning of 2021, there is light at the end of the tunnel and we all hope to be back playing and making music again at some point in 2021 subject to UK government and Brass Band England approvals. We have maintained some of the social side of banding, throughout the lockdown periods with bi-weekly band quiz nights via Zoom meetings - and all credit to Dave Walker our brilliant quizmaster for these great fun evenings!

Lockdown!

Oct 2020 - in light of the recently re-issued Brass Band England (BBE) guidelines, we continue to be closed from a rehearsals and performing perspective until further notice- all engagements have been cancelled. The band committee who are meeting (virtually!) throughout the lockdown period will continue to monitor and will provide updates to Band members and supporters via our social media channels and this website.


Center Parcs, Longleat (24 December)

The last engagement of the year sees the band at its annual Christmas concert, at the ever welcoming Center Parcs on the Longleat Estate, on Christmas Eve. As per usual the band entertained guests and visitors with an array of festive music. 

Corsham Carol Parade (17 December)

The traditional outside carols by candlelight service took place in the town centre of Corsham, accompanied by members of the band. It started by the Christmas tree in the high street and the destination by the end of the service was outside St Bartholomew's Church where the congregation gathered to sing some more. Luckily the rain held off, but it was definitely colder by the end of the service! Thank you for the mince pies at the end of the evening! 

Corsham Town Hall (15 December)

Another Christmas concert, this time performed in our home town of Corsham. With festive cheer a plenty and the audience in fine singing voice, the band played a variety of well known tunes and carols, such as 'In the Bleak Midwinter' - a horn solo played by Claire Urmston - and 'It's Beginning to Feel a Lot Like Christmas'. With party poppers and crackers being popped and pulled the afternoon definitely had a Christmas party feel!


Many congratulations to Elaine for 'The Most Improved Player' award and to Chris (Brimmy) for finally getting the 'Bandsman Award - after 45 years as a member of The Corsham Band!


Merry Christmas Corsham!

Broughton Gifford (7 December)

The first Christmas concert took place in Broughton Gifford village hall. The most important part of the evening was the mulled wine, mince pies and warm sausage rolls provid