We are delighted to announce the appointment of our new Musical Director - Jonathan Lush-Camps LRSM. Jonathan was previously Musical Director of Hyde Band between 2005 and 2008 when he led the band to victory at the West of England 1st Section Regional Championships in 2007. The band subsequently achieved 8th place at the National Finals in Harrogate the same year under the baton of Jonathan. He is noted for his musical knowledge, boundless energy, enthusiasm and sense of humour. We welcome Jonathan back to the band and are very much looking forward to an exciting future.
It is with great sadness that the band announces the resignation of Helen Kinder as Musical Director. Helen will be flying out of the country in August to commence her new teaching post in India!
Helen joined the band in 2011 and has led us to victory with 1st places at the GBBA and WBBA Contests (first section) in 2012 and several other podium place performances.
The Band competed in the West of England Regional Finals on the 9th March 2013, and for the second time under the baton of our Musical Director Helen Kinder. ‘Brass Triumphant ‘ by Gareth Woods is a descriptive, lyrical work, with much for the listener and performer alike to enjoy, evoking great imagery as it flows through the four movements. Preparations had gone well on a piece not necessarily technically challenging, but musically testing nonetheless.
Another year, and another Regional Championships in the 'English Riviera'. The band was again competing in the First Section West of England Regional Championships on the 11th March 2012. The music chosen was ‘Mountain Views’ by Bertrand Moren, which on paper looked to be one of the easier test pieces technically that we have had to play in recent years. However, this nearly always means that the contest results throw up a few surprises!
After a very successful Autumn contesting season and Christmas carolling period, it was time for the Hyde Band annual Christmas meal - given how busy the band was in December, this event was held in January 2012. The band Directors decided the Christmas meal would not only be a good chance to relax and socialise, but it would also be an excellent opportunity to reflect on 2011 and recognise various individuals for their outstanding performances and going 'above and beyond' to help the band. The Hyde Band Annual Awards evening was born. Congratulations to those listed below - very worthy winners:
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