Ascot Brass

Latest performances

@ Reading Salvation Army, July 2019

Ascot Brass joined with singers of the Thames Valley Chorus for a Saturday evening concert on 6th July at Reading Salvation Army. The event raised funds for the Employment Plus scheme.

The band's programme opened with William Rimmer's march The Cossack, and included cornet duet Spanish Fiesta (Mark Dallas & Steve Clapton) and a new item on the repertoire, B.P.Crookes's horn solo arrangement of the Hollies hit He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother, played by Stacey Hall. Also new to the concert programme was Memories of Dvorak by Ray Steadman-Allen.

@ Into Africa concert in Staines, June 2019

An “Into Africa” fund raiser was held at Staines Salvation Army on Saturday 8th June for The Kenya Trust, which will use the money raised to improve facilities at two schools in that country. Ascot Brass and Staines Salvation Army Songsters presented a mixed programme of music for the evening, which made £1720 for the charity.

@ St Nicolas Church, Taplow, May 2019

The band once again joined with Taplow Girls' Choir at St Nicolas Church in Taplow for an evening of fine music on 11th May. The band's programme included the pacy Latin number Cumana, Bohemian Rhapsody and Forty Second Street, and featured cornet solo You Raise me Up (soloist: Mark Dallas). The choir, as always, provided an excellent performance, with some outstanding solos and duets as well as ensemble pieces.

@ Maidenhead SA Citadel, March 2019

Ascot Brass now regularly rehearses at Maidenhead Salvation Army Citadel, and on 9th March it also became the venue for the band's first concert of 2019, together with the citadel's Maidenhead Songsters. New items in the band's repertoire included Suppe's Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna and Christopher Wormald's arrangement of the theme from 42nd Street. Soloists were Mark Dallas on cornet, with You Raise Me Up, and Peter Finch and guest euphonium Charley Brighton playing the duet Deep Inside the Temple.

@ Windsor Parish Church, December 2018

Ascot Brass joined with Taplow Youth Choirs at Windsor Parish Church on 8th December for the traditional Christmas concert, raising funds in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. The evening included several very entertaining readings by Patricia Hodge.

Highlight of the band's programme was without doubt Kevin Norbury's Gaudete, while the choir's pieces included excellent performances of O Holy Night and A Child is Born in Bethlehem.

The audience was in good voice for Hark the Herald Angels Sing and O Come All Ye Faithful, and a good number responded to compere Matt Stone's prompting for vertical as well as lateral movement while singing along to Scheewaltzer. A thoroughly good time was had by all, and the event raised thousands of pounds for Macmillan.

@ Sonning, November 2018

Together with Bulmershe School choirs, Ascot Brass presented a concert at St Andrew's church, Sonning, on 2nd November, raising funds towards new lighting in the building.

The programme opened with The Dambusters March, marking the RAF centenary, and included Hymn To The Fallen by way of remembrance of the 1918 armistice. Highlights included Mark Dallas playing cornet solo You Raise Me Up, a very well received rendering of Alan Catherall's arrangement of Bohemian Rhapsody, and some fine playing in William Himes’s Soli Deo Gloria. The choirs' contributions included several gospel songs, and an excellent solo set by Celeste Hexter. The concert was performed before a full audience, and succeeded in raising £900 for the lighting project.