West of England Champions!

The Band is absolutely delighted to be crowned West of England Champions of the Championship Section at Cheltenham on Sunday 3rd April 2022. We were delighted with our performance of Wilfred Heatons Contest Music . This was the result of the leadership and Musical Direction of our M.D. Glyn Williams . This comes off a 2 year Enforced hiatus from major competition and also off a winning performance led by Glyn at the recent Wychavon Entertainment Contest October 2021.

As our Chairman Shaun Mundy stated.

“West of England Champions for the first time since 1981. Thanks to the band of today and everyone associated with the band through those years! Also, well done to all the bands today after a rough couple of years. We look forward to representing the West of England and the village of Aldbourne at the Royal Albert Hall in October!” 

The Band is overwhelmed with the amount of Congratulations and feedback that it has received from the Banding Family and beyond, plus the feedback it has received from the Banding Press

4 Bars Rest Iwan Fox states

Deftly led by Glyn Williams over the treacherous hurdles of ‘Contest Music’, it was the Wiltshire band’s first top-flight Area victory since their sole success in 1981, although it was by no means a lucky outside bet come good”

The Band now looks forward to a busy Spring and Summer season of Concerts and looks forward to preparing itself for the British Open at the Birmingham Symphony Hall on September 10th 2022, closely followed by the Royal Albert Hall National Finals on October 15th 2022 ….we cannot wait !

Full Results

Results:
Championship Section:
Test-piece: ‘Contest Music’ (Wilfred Heaton)
Adjudicators: Dr Robert Childs and Alan Morrison
1. Aldbourne (Glyn Williams)*
2. Flowers (Paul Holland)*
3. Camborne Town (David Hirst)
4. Verwood Concert Brass (Kevin Smith)
5. St Dennis (Darren R Hawken)
6. Filton Concert Brass (Erik Van De Kolk)
7. Brunel Brass (Daniel Hall)
8. Woodfalls (Garry Cutt)
9. Michelmersh Silver (Melvin White)
10. Lydbrook (Steve Sykes)
11. SW Comms (Stephen Sykes)
12. Roche Brass (David Hamilton)

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