On Friday the 9th of March NASUWT Concert Band held their annual sell out showcase concert. The band blew away the cobwebs with a crowd pleasing concert repertoire including Fire in the Blood, Ex Terra Lucem and Adventures in Brass.
This was Andrew Hall’s first venture out with the band since taking on the role as musical director.
“An excellent concert this evening. It was quality committed playing throughout tonight. The highlights were Fire in the Blood and Ex Terra Lucem. I’m really looking forward to the final push for the areas next weekend.”
The band displayed girl power at it's finest with international woman’s day this week: It wasn’t coincidental that all of the bands soloists were female, as half of the bands players are female.
The soloists were:
The lengthy rounds of applause and overwhelming praise from the audience has left the band on a high ready for the regional contest next weekend.
“Wow what a performance, I've never heard a band like it in years."
“Such a brilliant band and passionate performance. I can not wait till the band hopefully returns in the summer months.”
NASUWT Concert Band are pleased to announce that we have appointed Andrew Hall as our new Musical Director.
Upon taking up this position he said “I'm really looking forward to working with such an accomplished and ambitious band and I'm delighted to have been given the opportunity to build on the excellent work of John Bell. I am excited to be preparing the band for the upcoming Area competition and the prospect of a first class performance on the day.”
Andrew comes to the band with many years of top level playing and conducting experience. He originally started playing in 1978 with Lanchester Band before moving to Durham Constabulary Band in 1984. Andrew then moved to the well-known Ever Ready Band in 1988 on first horn then moved to solo horn in 1990 where he stayed until 2010 when he took a break from playing.
Andrews conducting career started in 1998 with Bearpark and esh Band, winning the area at their first attempt in 1999. In 2011 he took up residency at Ferryhill Band consolidating their position in the 3rd section and gaining promotion in 2017 to the second section. 2017 also saw his return to full time playing with the award winning Reg Vardy Band on solo horn.
Changes have been recently made within the band to ensure the future success of the band and several key positions have been filled to ensure that the band focuses on improving on its previous successes. This included appointing Andrew into the position of Musical Director at NASUWT Concert Band in January 2018.
Andrew Turnbull, a member of the Bands Leadership Team, said “We are delighted as a band to have managed to secure and appoint Andrew Hall as our new Musical Director. We feel his passion, knowledge and enthusiasm will allow the band to continue to build on our previous successes. We would also like to thank John Bell for his time and commitment in conducting our band and his continued support in moving the band forward.”
The band has a busy schedule as it works towards the Northern Area contest, with its first concert of the year at St Andrew’s Church, Washington on Friday 9th March 2018.
Further concerts and exciting collaborations are being discussed for the coming year and announcements will be made shortly.
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The NASUWT Concert Band ended the busy Christmas season in the best way with a carols on the Bandstand at Beamish Museum. We would like to thank the audience, players, deps, family and friends of the band for their continued support over the Christmas seasons and this last year.
Below are a series of videos taken from a small range of our Christmas concerts for you to enjoy.
On behalf of the NASUWT Concert band have a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year.
NASUWT Riverside band has had a fantastic year and are now having a well deserved break after finishing our final Christmas concert at Ushaw College. The band wish everyone a happy Christmas and best wishes for 2018.
The NASUWT Riverside and Concert Bands combine together each year to march through the streets of Durham on Gala Day. However, this year was extra special as we had the unveiling of two new banners both the NASUWT Durham Association banner and the new Pelton Fell Colliery banner.
This year was a very proud occasion for Pelton Fell, where the band room is located, as the village had commissioned a new banner. The bands were very honoured and privileged to take the new banner into Durham and have the banner blessed in Durham Cathedral . This is probably the first time since 1964, when the pit closed, that Pelton Fell has paraded its banner.