@ Taplow, May 2017
Ascot Brass joined with Taplow Girls Choir in our annual concert at St Nicolas Church to raise funds for the Taplow Choirs.
Under the direction of acting MD Kelvin Ketteringham, the band's programme opened and closed with marches - William Turkington's Able and Goff Richards's Barnard Castle - with a mix of lyrical pieces and faster-paced items in between, ranging from Paul Sharman's Flow Gently, Sweet Afton to Vartabed's Armenian Sabre Dance.
Band solos were performed by Mark Dallas on cornet (Langford's My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose) and Stacey Hall on tenor horn (Rondo from Mozart's horn concerto no.2), with a cornet trio playing Harold Walters's Trumpets Wild.
The choir was on impressive form, as always. As well as ensemble pieces, there was a set of four soloists in the first half and of duets in the second half, all performed with confidence and style.
@ Ascot Racecourse, December 2016
Our final engagement of the year was at Ascot on 17th December, when a record crowd attended the Family Day of the Ascot Christmas Meeting. The grandstand concourse was full to capacity and provided an "up-for-it" appreciative Christmas audience for all our sets throughout the day.
Following the racing the band accompanied the legendary Ascot Christmas Singalong. The singing was led by a gregarious Santa and the fabulous Tootsie Rollers.
@ Windsor Parish Church, December 2016
The band again shared the concert platform with the renowned Taplow Youth Choir for its "Sounds of Christmas" concert at Windsor Parish Church on 10th December. The choir once more demonstrated their versatility and superb choral technique under the direction of their conductor, Gillian Dibden. We were also delighted to welcome the actor Roy Marsden as our celebrity guest who featured yuletide readings, including a sequence with the band entitled "Shepherds and Kings".
The band's pieces included Handel's For Unto Us, Bach's The New-born Babe and Peter Graham's Spirit of Christmas. On the lighter side were Alan Fernie's arrangements of Let it Snow and Winter Wonderland.
Soloists for the evening were Amelia Snoxell and Tom Underwood from the Youth Choir and, by special request from the band, Maria Nozdrina, of the Taplow Girls Choir, who performed unaccompanied a Russian carol in her native language.
The event was in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
@ Sonning, November 2016
Ascot Brass presented a concert on behalf of Friends of St Andrew’s Church, Sonning, to an appreciative capacity audience at Reading Blue Coat School.
Joining us in concert were the combined junior choirs of St. Andrew's Church and Sonning School and vocal soloist Ray Higgs.
Funds raised went towards a new heating boiler for the church.
@ Reading, October 2016
Our concert at Reading Salvation Army featured the effective format of pairing brass with male voices, our guests being the Reading Male Voice Choir.
The band's contributions included the overture to The Barber of Seville and concluded with Paul Sharman's exuberant Psalm of Thanks. Band soloists were Mark Dallas, cornet and, making an auspicious debut as soloist with us, Stacey Hall, horn, with an exquisite performance of The Lark in the Clear Air.
The choir's sets included two items with delightful violin accompaniment and concluded with the Battle Hymn of the Republic in an arrangement for choir and band.
The concert was in aid of the local social work carried out by the Salvation Army.
@ Marlow, July 2016
The last concert of our 2015/16 current season was played to an enthusiastic audience at Greater Marlow School. We were joined by the accomplished Occasions Singers and their sets aptly complemented the programme of light music presented by the band. The concert was to raise funds for the very active Marlow branch of Rotary.