Enderby Wind Band Return to Newbold Verdon

06 Jun 2017

Enderby Wind Band were delighted to be welcomed back to perform at the Newbold Verdon Methodist Church on 20th May 2017.

Under the direction of Assistant Musical Director Aaron Vogel, the band performed a wide variety of music from traditional wind band music, such as Bandology, The Florentiner March and English Folk Song Suite Movement Number 2, to music from the stage and film including a challenging Prince Igor, highlights from Star Trek Into Darkness, and Selections from Chicago.  The concert also featured a number of solos, most notably Flautist Claire Docherty who was accompanied by the band playing Philip Sparke’s Concertino Classico for Flute.

Soloist - Claire Docherty

Having played here before the band were under pressure to replicate the high standards they achieved first time around, the concert was well received. Below are a selection of the comments from the concert goers;

'I could not find anything to improve what was a very good performance'

'I thoroughly enjoyed both watching & listening - there was a good rapport between conductor & all musicians - all were obviously enjoying the concert along with the audience'

'It really was a pleasure to have them among us.'

“We enjoyed the evening very much and thought the choice of music was good. It was entertaining but at the same time displayed a very good standard of musicianship.”

To expand the opportunities for players in the area, the Enderby Wind Band recently established an Apprentice Band, which is for players in the early stages of their musical development or for returning players, who have played previously and want to get back into playing. The band’s mantra is to support players to gain the confidence and skills to play as part of a larger ensemble, so that one day they will be able to progress onto playing in the Wind Band.

Most of the players had never played as part of a group before when they joined. Under the direction of Aaron Vogel the band performed their first public concert here at Newbold Verdon. The Band had been working hard for 5 weeks on two pieces, The Flintstones and Yesterday and wowed the audience, including members of their own families, with their debut performance. The players now have big ambitions of performing again in the future. To mark the occasion, each of the players present at the concert, were awarded a commemorative certificate.  


Apprentice Band Performing (front row)

Apprentice Band - with their certificates.

Concert promoter Annette Haidemenos added;

“It was a great evening and very much enjoyed by everyone who came along. Great selection of music and it was lovely to see the apprentice band playing and so obviously enjoying the experience and with such encouragement from Aaron and the band.

“We particularly thought the idea if the apprentice band was great and encouraging for those just beginning their journey into music”.

Concerts always require a large amount of planning, thanks go to everyone who was involved particularly Newbold Methodist Church for inviting us to play again, and to two players who filled empty parts on the night, one of which travelled up from Tenbury in Worcestershire.

The band will now focus on preparing for its autumn programme with some small public engagements over the summer months. Keep an eye on the website calendar for more information.

Both the Wind Band and Apprentice Band are open for new players to join. If you would like more information please do not hesitate to get in touch via email enderbywindband@hotmail.co.uk 

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