Polysteel (Flowers Band) are pleased to present - ‘Epic Journeys’

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  1. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    Polysteel (Flowers) Band say 'Adieu and farewell' to two great players; Sid Norman and Julia Telling have moved to Winchester to further their careers, Julia works in HR for Thames Water, and Sid has ventured into his own new business "TIG" covering life insurance etc,and offering fund raising for Brass Bands.

    Sid was the band's principle trombonist, an excellent sound, together with an amazing technique; he was in the band for approximately 5 years, Julia, on Flugel horn, is one of the best flugel players in the country,she was with the band for several years, Julia started on cornet then moved on to flugel, with that great style and gorgeous sound, it was of no surprise that the band really tried to keep them both.

    We would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their dedication and commitment to the band and will be greatly missed, we wish them both the very best in the future.

    Players move on all of the time, but when they are of the calibre of Sid and Julia,the band had the arduous task of finding replacements; the band were therefore delighted to have signed Nathan Jenkins on principle trombone; Nathan began playing at the age of 8 in the Salvation Army under the tuition of his father and then later under Chris Mallett.

    At the age of 18 he went on to study music at the University College, Cardiff and received tuition from the highly respected Danny Hannaby ( principle trombone of the BBC Welch Symphony Orchestra,) after Nathan had completed his degree at Cardiff, he went on to complete Post-Graduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music and to add even more pedigree to his already impressive CV started to have guidance by Harold Nash (Principle trombone of the Covent Garden Opera Orchestra)

    Nathan has served as principlle trombone with a number of bands within the Salvation Army, Bristol Easton Band, the Household Troops band and the Ego Virtuosi band.

    By profession Nathan is a Primary school teacher, and looks after 30 5 and 6 year 'olds' and comes to band for relaxation. (That's what he thinks!) He is married to Tracie and has 2 Children, Reuben and Felicity.

    That then left the headache of finding a replacement for Julia; so we turned to Danny Winder, 24 who has been with the band for a couple of months on cornet, Danny used to play Flugel with the City of Bristol Band, Danny Said:" when asked to play flugel I immediately thought of the class flugel player the band had before, it was a bit daunting, but the band were great, and with a lot of guidance from Philip Harper I am now very comfortable with it, winning my debut contest 'Wychavon' was also a great boost to my confidence". Another great signing for the band is Chris Lewis on front row, Chris started playing cornet at the age of 11 and was taught by Barry Latcham (Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra) Chris then went on to play with the Wilton and District Youth band, when he was 17 he went to Ratby where he took the post of 'bumper up', Chris then moved to Woodfalls band, while there he played principle cornet and Repiano,other bands that Chris has played with are Bournemouth, Sunlife and Aldbourne where Chris was also principle cornet and has great memories.Chris said: "I joined Polysteel because I like Philip Harper's arrangements and compositions, you just don't know what he is going to come out with next".
    Philip Harper said: "I am delighted to have secured the services of Nathan, all that persuading and keeping on has paid off, Chris will also add great strength to the band, I am looking forward to working with them".

    Don't just take our word for the fact that these players, Nathan, Chris and Danny are 'quality', you can hear them for yourselves at our concert this Saturday 12th November, at the band's 'home' venue, the Bacon theatre, Dean Close School, Cheltenham.

    ‘A unique musical experience featuring stunning new audio and visual effects.’

    The concert takes place in the beautiful spa town of Cheltenham in the band’s ‘home’ venue, the Bacon Theatre on Saturday 12th November at 7.30.

    It promises to be the most spectacular to date and taking into consideration that all their concerts are inspiring, this one will definitely be one not to be missed.

    The theme of the concert is quite fitting, as the band itself continues on a ‘journey’. In its 38 years the band has just got stronger and stronger; and under its talented and innovative musical director, Philip Harper, it has developed a unique concert experience. Philip Harper said: “We’ve always staged ambitious concerts but this one promises to be something special, this will take our visual and theatrical presentation to a new level”.

    The band has had great success under the Flowers name, consistently staying in the top 20 rankings and is continuing the trend with their new sponsors, Polysteel, after an impressive performance at Wychavon which resulted in the band taking the coveted 1st prize; with other excellent performances in prestigious contests, concerts and recordings for Radio 2, the band truly are on form.

    The main work of the concert is ‘Beyond the Tamar- World Tour for Brass Band’ This outstanding piece of music, composed by Philip Harper for the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Cornwall Youth Brass Band was premiered earlier this year. It takes us on a tour of the globe, starting in Cornwall before venturing over the Tamar, and into the world beyond, traveling over the Alps, moving east to Leningrad then moving to India where the band use Indian techniques such as a drone and improvisation; the journey continues to Africa, then Cuba and finally returning back to the British Isles. To add even more atmosphere to the piece, the band is joined by the 50-strong choir of the Dean Close School, directed by Helen McKinnon and also the excellent lighting and audio technicians of the theatre.

    The piece that takes us to the interval is an absolute classic, Eric Ball’s ‘Journey into Freedom’, arguably one of the best test pieces of all time, a spiritual journey with that gorgeous melody in the middle played so beautifully by the Bands principal cornet, Chris Howley. Some other pieces in the programme include Philip Harper’s stunning arrangement of Lord of the Rings, and Orient Express by the highly respected Philip Sparke.

    Tickets are available from the box office tel no…and also the band’s secretary… so book now and avoid disappointment.

    Box office 01242 258002
    Band secretary 01452 612601

    The journey continues…………………………

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