Regional championships on the horizon…

The band is currently preparing for the Regional Championships to be held in the Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage in just a few days time, Sunday 19th March. The selected test piece is Land of the Long White Cloud (Aotearoa) by Philip Sparke. Aotearoa was the name given to New Zealand by its Polynesian settlers whose first sight of the islands was a long, flat cloud lying low over the land. The work is not specifically programmatic, although many have images of the surging ocean in the opening section or maori dance-like features throughout. It’s a challenging work, but we’re putting the hours in….

New signings for 2017!

As the January transfer window comes to a close, Ware Brass is delighted to welcome four new signings to strengthen the ranks ahead of the Regional Championships to be held in Stevenage on the 19th March.

Rejoining our cornet bench after a few years in the wilderness is Ian Muncey. Ian joins us on Repiano Cornet, which is one of the pivotal positions in the cornet section as it requires a high level of versatility – something synonymous with Ian! Our second new addition to the cornet ranks on 2nd Cornet is Louise Barlow. Louise has recently graduated from Birmingham University, where she studied French – bienvenue! She was a member of the University brass band throughout her time there and a regular performer at UniBrass.

Stuart Black has been playing Flugel Horn with us since October, and we are delighted that he has now put pen to paper and made that permanent. Stuart is a master of many instruments (most of which live under his bed) and we are delighted that he has made Ware Brass his brass band home.

We are also delighted to welcome Adrian Ricketts on first trombone. Adrian has recently returned to playing after an extended break – although you would not be able to tell that from the dulcet tones emanating from the end of his trombone.

Welcome all!

Come Sing Your Yuletide Heart Out!

Why not come and join Ware Brass for a rousing afternoon of festive cheer with Christmas carols, Christmas songs and much more this Sunday, 11th December, in Fletcher’s Lea, The Priory, Ware for our annual festive Singalong.

The fun starts at 3.00pm and is FREE ENTRY. We hope to break our record and play/sing up to 40 carols (and all the verses) in our two hours together! Mince pies and other festive favourites (tea, coffee etc.) will be served at the interval.

Ware Brass would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

Our Christmas Offerings!

Ware Brass will be playing their annual Christmas Concert in Fletcher’s Lea, Ware Priory on Saturday 3rd December at 7.30pm.

All the music will be full of festive flavour, including several new pieces never played out by the band before. You can also take this opportunity to buy the Ware Brass CD “Christmas…. At Last!”. What better way to wake up on Christmas morning and have the band play for you!

Tickets are priced at £15/£12 concessions and include either (festive) Fish & Chips or Chicken & Chips Supper. You can order your tickets either in person or by phone from Ware Town Council on 01920 460316.

For those wanting a good old sing song, look out for our forthcoming “Ware Brass Christmas Singalong” on 11th December.

Ware Brass shows some magic!

Ware Brass is renowned for their November Spectaculars and this coming November is no different.

Preparation is underway for a great night of Magic & Fantasy on Saturday 12th November. Not only will the band perform musical numbers from films such as Harry Potter, The Wizard of Oz, Hook, Frozen, Into The Woods and the Disney film Fantasia , they will also be playing music related to the Fantasy genre such as The Chronicles of Narnia, Back To The Future and Pirates of the Caribbean!

In addition to the band performances ,we will be featuring the vocal talents of John Sharples singing Pinball Wizard (Tommy) and It’s A Kind of Magic (Highlander) but his even-more-talented daughter, Beverley Jane will be singing the Disney classic Let It Go (Frozen) and Come Little Children (Hocus Pocus). We will also have the added bonus of acting talent as we feature the children of players within the band as they hit the stage as intrepid Ghostbusters!

Tickets are available at £12 (adult), £10 (OAPs) and £8 (children) with a family ticket available for £32 (based on two adults and two children). They can be bought from members of the band or online here.

 

Ware Brass secures top five placing

The band recently competed in the First Section of the London & Southern Counties Championships at the Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage. Playing alongside fifteen other bands each one had prepared the same piece, Essay for Brass Band by Edward Gregson.

Written in 1970, Gregson’s piece was quite a challenge not least because it’s lyrical and technical demands are as relevant today as they were forty-five years ago. Over 150 bands across the UK had competed on this piece (there are seven other regional championships that take place during February and March from as far north as Perth in Scotland and as far south as Torquay in Devon) and only a handful of bands in each region managed to overcome the demands of the music.

Ware Brass was one such band and impressed adjudicators Mark Wilkinson and Paul Norley enough to secure a fifth place. Musical Director, Phillip Littlemore said: “The band had worked hard throughout February and March on a very difficult piece of music. With our adrenalin pumping, our performance was not without drama, as the contest arena is not for the feint-hearted, and we did not come away unscathed, However, our overall performance was very good indeed and but for a few momentarily lapses in concentration could have seen a higher placing. Special mention should go to all our soloists and especially to Assistant Principal Cornet, Jo Todd, who gave an exquisite rendition of a very difficult, and fairly long solo.”

The band is now firmly established as one of the leading First Section bands in the London & Southern Counties Area but with the contest over it now returns to its core activity of concert performances. Please take a look at the Concert Diary here.

Come sing your heart out!

Xmas PictureWhy not come and join Ware Brass for a rousing afternoon of festive cheer with Christmas carols, Christmas songs and much more on Sunday 13th December in Fletcher’s Lea, The Priory, Ware for our annual festive Singalong.

The fun starts at 3.00pm and it is FREE ADMISSION. We hope to break our record and play/sing up to 40 carols (and all the verses) in our two hours together! Mince pies and other festive favourites will be served at the interval.

Ware Brass would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

12 Days to Christmas (Concert)!

Xmas PictureWare Brass will be playing their annual Christmas Concert in Fletcher’s Lea, Ware Priory, in just 12 days time, that’s Saturday 5th December at 7.30pm! All the music will be full of festive flavour, including several new pieces never played out by the band before.

Tickets are priced at £14/£12 concessions and include either (festive) Fish & Chips or  Chicken & Chips Supper. You can order your tickets either in person or by phone from Ware Town Council on 01920 460316 or Cannon Travel on 01920 466531.

Keep your eyes peeled (or follow this website by clicking the ‘follow’ tag at the foot of this page) for news on our forthcoming “Ware Brass Christmas Singalong” later in December.

All set for a Star-Spangled Spectacular

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This Saturday, 14th November, the band will be presenting ‘A Star-Spangled Spectacular!” which will include music from Broadway, Hollywood, the Wild West and other related genres with music by Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, John Philip Sousa…. and even Michael Jackson and Guns N’ Roses! We will also be featuring our resident vocalist, and band president, John Sharples.

This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Ware Brass November spectacular. We have a special treat up our sleeves (which we cannot tell you about or it will spoil the surprise). It’s not too late to get a ticket which you can do by purchasing online by clicking here, by dropping in to Cannon Travel on Ware High Street or by coming along on the night (it’s a big venue, we will be able to squeeze you in!). The ticket price includes American-themed table snacks and we also have a licensed bar.

… We look forward to seeing you there!

Ware welcome new additions

The band is delighted to welcome two new players to the band. Joining us on Soprano Cornet is Leanne Rewcastle, who makes a move from St. Albans City Band where she has occupied the same seat since the beginning of 2011. Before that she was soprano cornet with the Durham Miners Welfare Band. Our other new member is Chris Lowe, on kit/percussion, who has been playing with us for a few weeks now. Chris first heard the band whilst we were visiting Paris in June, and he was there on holiday. Fortuitously we had a vacancy and he was available!

Musical Director, Phillip Littlemore, commented: “I am delighted that both Leanne and Chris have joined Ware Brass. Both bring exceptional musicianship to a strong and developing band. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Mark Wrightson who has been playing Soprano Cornet for the past 18 months. Mark stepped up to the challenge of that seat when we needed someone who would remain cool under pressure and he has done a remarkable job in that. He will now move to B flat cornet and continue with us as a very important part of the cornet section.”