Success at Wychavon

The Band was delighted to be placed first at the recent Wychavon Entertainment contest. This was in a field of 17 Bands , with Aldbourne playing no 16. This was especially good being the first contest in nearly 2 years and the first led by their M.D. Glyn Williams. There is an excellent write up of this on 4bars rest here. The Band is thrilled with the result and look forward to a busy couple of months of Concerts and rehearsals for the upcoming British Open Contest. Suffice to say every member is smiling as they look forward to January !

We ARE bACK

It is so great to say that we are back playing Concerts as a Band. We had a Pilot August Pond concert which was a great success. Our next couple of Gigs is this weekend Leading the Carnival March on the 4th of September at 18:00 followed by the Carnival Pond on the Green Concert at 18:30 . We have a busy schedule of Concerts building up through September – December so please check out our Events schedule for more information. The Band also is welcoming new members to strengthen our ranks as we work towards the British Open . Their Bios will be published soon in our About our players section. We are so thrilled to be back music making and look forward to once again entertaining you all through our music making lead by our M.D. Glyn Williams.

July pond concert

As previously announced on social media the Band are unable to hold the July Pond Concert in the village as usual due to the current restrictions.

However we will be recording a few pieces and will post them here and on Facebook for you all to enjoy hopefully Sunday evening.

If you would like to support the Band please make a donation to us by text messaging 70085 with DABCHICK <amount>

example:

“DABCHICK 5” would donate £5 to the Band. Usual standard messaging costs will be on top of whatever amount you choose.

Solo Horn Vacancy

With our Musical Director, Glyn Williams, we are currently meeting a minimum of once a week on Zoom to prepare our online recordings and competitions.

We aim to return to full rehearsals as soon as the rules allow, and once our players feel safe to do so.

Whilst the calendar is currently understandably quiet, we have a very active annual set of events and will be performing at the next British Open whenever the contest is able to be held.

If you are keen to join a committed community band, please contact our Chairman Ian Keene on the email or phone number listed below.

Death of Jesse Jones

The Band would like to send its deepest condolences to the family of Jesse Jones, the former player, Secretary and President who achieved an amazing 51 years service with the Band.

Back in 2008, when Jesse retired from the Band, the following account of his musical history was published on 4barsrest, and it seems fitting to us all to re-share this link as we remember his dedication.

We look forward to a future concert when we hope to remember Jesse in a musical setting, and pay tribute to his support of the Band he loved.

https://www.4barsrest.com/news/8560/mr-aldbourne-retires

Update on upcoming concerts – covid-19

Hello everyone hope you are all keeping well. We wanted to update you on forthcoming concerts over the next month or so. Obviously with the Covid-19 situation moving swiftly and following closely government guidance over social distancing it is with great sadness the following concerts are being cancelled or postponed.

1. 18th April Lucis Choir Concert St Mary Redcliffe Bristol postponed until 20201

2. May 9th VE day Concert Shoreham Kent (cancelled)

3. May 30th Joint Concert with Abbey Brass and Oxfordshire Youth Band – Postponed

4. Whit Friday 6th June Cancelled (we were competing)

5. 7th June Pond 1 Aldbourne (Cancelled)

6. 7th July Pond 2 Aldbourne (Cancelled)

7. 11th July Phoenix Choir Joint Concert – 75th John Rutter Anniversary Concert – Postponed 2021
We are however going to look to start posting for your enjoyment on our Social Media presence recording of recent concerts over the last 6 months so please keep checking in. Be safe be well and once we get through this current chapter in all our lives we look forward as a Band to be back entertaining you all. #Aldbourneband #Dabchicks

7. 9th August Pond on the Green (Watching closely)