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Christmas is coming once again and Oxted Band have started our festive activities. We were glad once again to join with local schools, the town crier, and of course Father Christmas, to celebrate the turning on of the lights on the landmark Cedar Tree at Caterham on the Hill last Sunday.
This leads us into a busy period of Christmas events as can be seen on our engagements page. In particular, you would be very welcome at either of our Christmas Concerts this year:
On Saturday 10th December at 3:00 the Oxted Band along with the Oxted Training Band will be presenting a Christmas Concert including lots of favourite Christmas tunes, carols for you to sing along with and concluding with a chance to meet with the band and enjoy some refreshments. The concert is at our usual concert venue of St John's Church, Hurst Green. Tickets £5 and free for accompanied Children under 12, can either be bought on the door, or through Whites Estate Agents in Oxted. You can download a poster below.
Also, on Saturday 17th December at 8:00 we will be at the Oxted Royal British Legion for more of the same and would love to see you there.
Have a lovely Christmas!
Meanwhile.... we are pleased to announce that this year’s Oxted Band Autumn Concert will be held on Saturday 29th October at St John’s Church,Church Way, Hurst Green, Surrey, RH8 9EA at 7.30pm.
The theme of this year’s concert is CLASSIC BRASS. We shall not only be showcasing music from the great composers such as Dvorak and Borodin,but will also feature classics from the brass band repertoire, including one
of the all-time favourite marches “The Contestor” by TJ Powell, and modern classics from the likes of Lennon & McCartney.
We are sure that there will be music to suit all tastes, and that there will be something for everyone to enjoy.
Refreshments will be served at the interval, and tickets at £10 for adults (£5 for children under 12) will be available on the door, from Whites Estate Agents in Oxted or you can call Peter on 07584 246501
Against a backdrop of political chaos, footballing disaster and dreary weather, you might wonder where some joy can be found this weekend, but the good news is it can found locally on Westway Common, Caterham at the finale of the Caterham Festival, this Saturday 2nd July.
The Festival has included a number of fantastic events through May and June, and for the finale, there is a whole day of events at Westway, including a Model Air Show at 12 noon, a beer festival and prosecco bar and at 8pm the Oxted Band will be leading a Last Night of the Proms themed concert which will be followed by the lighting of the Beacon and fireworks.
Led by an esteemed guest conductor, Melvin White, we will bring a concert of all types of music, concluding with all the old favourites associated with the Last Night of the Proms giving you the chance to join us in singing to end the night!
We can't guarantee good weather, but since when did that put us off... Come along, grab a drink of your choice and enjoy a great night!
Oxted Band were privileged to take part in the 'Party on the Green' at Hurst Green, where the band is based, along with a number of other local groups to mark the Queen's 90th birthday.
Despite dubious looking weather, the organisers pressed ahead and locals and visitors alike were treated to a variety of entertainments and musical styles, and we were very glad to be invited to play at the end and join with the Hurst Green Singers, other performers and the crowd in a Proms style grand finale!
Even the weather joined in with the sun breaking through the crowds for the flag-waving and heartily sung finish!
Oxted Band were delighted to hear of the award of the Queen's Police Medal to Nick Ephgrave in the Queen's birthday honours list.
Nick, currently the temporary chief constable of Surrey Police, played for many years with the Oxted Band but understandably work pressures prevent him from doing so these days!
Oxted Band is pleased to announce the latest ‘Stars of Brass’ concert to be held on Saturday 16th April at St John’s Church, Hurst Green (Surrey).
Our soloist this year is Ben Dixon, principal tuba of the World Famous Black Dyke Band. Ben joined Black Dyke in 2013 as the winner of the Mortimer performance prize from Salford University, and was the recipient of a Besson scholarship to study a Masters in Performance at the RNCM. We are looking forward to continuing our series of world-class brass soloists appearing with the band.
This year is our MD, Darrell Scholes’, first Spring Concert having joined us in May 2015. He brings a wealth of brass band experience, and after a busy summer of fetes, bandstands and local events, we are building on his first concert last Autumn when we featured soloists from within our ranks. The programme will feature traditional brass band items, music from the classics and from popular shows and musicals. We are sure that there will be something for everyone! Tickets are £10 for adults, £5 for children, and are available from 07584 246501 or on the door.
We look forward to seeing you in April for what promises to be another evening of sparkling brass fare from Oxted Band and our special guest soloist.
Prior to the Spring Concert, the band will be making their annual appearance in the garden of co-chairman of West Ham FC, David Gold, on Sunday 10th April. Mr Gold, who lives in Caterham, opens his garden every year in aid of the National Garden Scheme charity and St Catherine’s Hospice.
December has arrived, and with it of course it's time for brass bands around the country to play some carols! Oxted Band started last Sunday with a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Caterham and we are now rehearsing ready for our Christmas Concert.
Our Christmas Family Concert on Saturday, December 12 at St John's Church, Hurst Green, Oxted is suitable for all the family. It starts at 3.00 pm. Our programme includes many jolly seasonal pieces and a number of well-loved carols which we hope may inspire a sing-a-long. Everyone is warmly welcomed to join us afterwards for refreshments and a bit of socialising.
Tickets cost £5 adults. Accompanied children under 12 - free. Available at the door or in advance from White's Estate Agents, Station Road East, Oxted. They can also be reserved- call Peter on 07584 246501
As well as our concert, we can also be found at a number of other local events over the next couple of weeks. If you fancy carols outside, then join us and the Mighty Oaks Youth Club at Hurst Green Station on Thursday 17th December from 7:30. If you prefer a cosier location, then the Oxted Royal British Legion is the place to go, we will be there on Saturday 19th December at 8:00.
Oxted Band have been busy in recent weeks at a number of events connecting to Remembrance Day and the commemoration this year of 70 years since VE and VJ day.
As usual, the band made their contribution to the events on Remembrance Sunday, playing at the service at both St Peter's Church, Limpsfield and the Limpsfield Royal British Legion. On the weekend either side of this event, the band gave concerts with a special link to this year's commemorations.
After a successful event on October 31st at St John's Church, Hurst Green, the band visited Gravesend on November 14 to give a very special concert hosted by Gravesend Salvation Army. Darrell Scholes' programme catered for all musical tastes and our audience's genuine delight at hearing us play and their enthusiastic participation in our concert's second half made for yet another memorable evening.
The first half of our concert was a traditional concert and included showcase pieces for Kevin Adams (Principal Cornet), Jacki Doswell (Solo Horn), Dave Relf (Solo Baritone) and Phil Thompson (Soprano Cornet) - some of our star performers and the band's guest soloist, the Mezzo Soprano Lisa Davis who at one point dressed up as Mary Poppins for a medley of songs from that musical.
In the second half we adorned ourselves with Union Jacks and performed in "Last Night of the Proms"style. Our audience enthusiastically joined in with flag waving and singing along to patriotic melodies such as to "Rule Britannia", "Land of Hope and Glory", "Jerusalem" and a medley of war time songs performed by Lisa.
In the run up to Christmas Oxted Band will be supporting a number of community events. It will also be putting on a Family Concert at St John's Hurst Green on Saturday, December 12th at 3.00 pm. Tickets for this event cost £5 for adults. Children under 12 free.
Oxted Band is proud to mark these momentous occasions in British history with a very special concert.
Oxted Band’s “VE VJ Celebration Concert” will be its first formal concert under the baton of its new Musical Director, Darrell Scholes.
The concert will be in two–parts. The first half will be an exciting mix of traditional brass band repertoire, show tunes, film music and popular songs some of which are a showcase for the talents of some of Oxted Band’s Star performers. The second half will be an uplifting , patriotic, Oxted-style “Last Night of the Proms” featuring special guest, the Mezzo Soprano Lisa Davis.
Lisa has performed at the Royal Albert Hall, St Martin in the Field's and in Europe, Australia and the USA and recorded with the BBC Symphony Chorus.
Tickets for Oxted Band’s “VE VJ Celebration Concert” cost £10 per adult and £5.00 per child. They can be purchased at the door on the night or in advance from Whites Estate Agent, 39-41 Station Road East, Oxted RH8 0BD or by telephoning Peter on 07584246501 Refreshments will be available.
To help create a very special atmosphere, concert goers are encouraged to bring along Union Jacks and other patriotic memorabilia.
Our next public engagement on 19th September is very close to home. We will be at the Hurst Green Village Fair, playing from 1.00 pm
ThIs lovely Fair has been going for more than 30 years, and it usually has a theme. This year, the theme is 'Our Animal Kingdom' and children are encouraged to dress up as their favourite animal. I don't think we have to!
The organisers of the Fair say that it is set to be bigger and better than ever. With a fun pet show, photography competition, bouncy castle, childrens' rides, BBQ, crepe stall and many stalls showcasing local businesses and community groups, it certainly should have something to please everyone.
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