December 2016: Warm Christmas Wishes CD

After a long, but enjoyable weekend in October getting prematurely festive recording our new Christmas CD, it is now available! Entitled ‘Warm Christmas Wishes’, it includes some of real festive favourites such as ‘Silent Night’, ‘Sleigh Ride’, ‘Let it Snow’, ‘O Holy Night’, ‘Three Kings Swing’ and many more. If you would like your own copy – a perfect present for Christmas – please contact Martin Easterbrook on 07776 308933 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

November 2016: Wessex Winter Contest

Wessex Trophies 2016

On 26th November 2016 Hyde Band competed in the annual Winter contest at the Life Centre in Bournemouth. We chose to play the march ‘ORB’ and the test piece ‘Variations on a Ninth’ by Gilbert Vinter. The band played really well on stage and it was arguably our best performance to date. ‘Variations on a Ninth’ has a number of very challenging cadenzas and solos for all the principal players in the band and all the soloists did the band proud on the day. It was another good day at the office for Hyde Band, coming 2nd in the 1st Section and winning the March prize of the day and awarded an overall 3rd place. We celebrated in true Hyde Band style after with a few drinks and a curry. A fantastic result to end the contesting year, which puts us in an excellent position going into the Regional Championships in March 2017!

New Christmas CD Recording

CDRecording2016The band has been very busy over the weekend getting into the festive spirit early by recording our brand new Christmas CD. It was a challenging weekend of banding with many 'takes' of the same pieces to ensure the CD is of the highest quality.

Last Night of the Proms Concert

Hyde Band would like to thank all those who supported their 'Last Night of the Proms' Concert at Forres Sandle Manor School on 24th September. The concert raised in excess of £1,000 which will be shared between Hyde Church and the band. Professional Soprano singer Elizabeth Ferrie impressed the audience with a beautiful rendition of 'Over the Rainbow' and 'I Dreamed a Dream' and she led the singing of traditional Proms favourites, including 'British Sea Songs', 'Jerusalem' and 'Pomp and Circumstance'.

A New Rehearsal Venue

Following a public appeal and press campaign in August to find suitable temporary accommodation, the band are extremely grateful to Mike Jackson of the Rotary Club for allowing the band to use the hall at Glasshouse Studios at Tinkers' Cross, Fordingbridge. We hope to be able to return to our base in Elliotts, Fordingbridge, early next year.


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