Christmas run in

Aldbourne band has been busy since the National Finals in October focusing on concerts and the run up to Christmas.

At the start of November we celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Friends of Aldbourne Band with a concert composed entirely of pieces picked by our supporters. It was a great success and the band really enjoyed playing such a varied programme, often re-visiting music many of us had not played for years!
Last weekend (24th of November) we kicked off our very busy Christmas Schedule in the usual showbiz style by once again supporting Sheila Howard and the Kentwood Show Choir at their Annual Christmas Cracker Concert at the Wyvern Theatre in Swindon. As always, we played to a packed audience and really set everyone up for the Christmas season.

Looking ahead, Aldbourne has a very busy schedule of even more Christmas Concerts, starting this Sunday (December 1st) where we are once again very much looking forward to playing carols at the Light up a Life service at the Prospect Hospice in Wroughton. On the 6th of December we shall be in Chiseldon at the Church of the Holy Cross for their annual Christmas concert, and on the 7th of December will be guests of the Swindon Choral Society at their Christmas concert in Christ Church, Swindon.
We shall be holding our own Christmas Concert on the 14th of December in St Michael’s Church, Aldbourne, and are especially looking forward to once again be playing at the BBC Wiltshire Carol Concert on the 15th of December in Salisbury Cathedral. In addition to all this we also have lots of carolling outside supermarkets and around the village, and not to forget, will be up at 4am on Christmas Morning to wake up the village!

Please see below for the full list of our forthcoming engagements into 2020.

Wishing you a Happy Banding and a very Happy Christmas, one and all!

rah reflections

It’s a week since our performance at the Royal Albert Hall. Congratulations to the Cory Band (and our Musical Director Glyn Williams) on their richly deserved win, and also to our local rivals, the Flowers Band, on their fifth placing.

Thanks to Glyn and also Lee Skipsey for all their hard work in preparing the band immediately following the British Open. We were placed 14th on the day – and the work starts now to try to qualify for the Royal Albert Hall again next year.

Also, thank you to the other West of England bands that sent their messages of support, Barnes Coaches for the extra rehearsal facilities and of course, to the Friends of Aldbourne for their support on the day!