Thoresby Colliery Band, based in the heart of Clumber Park, are putting the finishing touches to their preparation for the Midland Regional Championships, to be held in Bedworth on Sunday 9th March under the leadership of renowned conductor Brian Grant. As part of these preparations the band is delighted to be able to announce its first ever open rehearsal on St Magnus in conjunction with the University of Nottingham, which will take place at the Lakeside Arts Centre in Nottingham. The band will perform the challenging work in the Djanogly Recital Hall on Thursday 6th March, from 7.30pm. Entry to the event is FREE for anyone wishing to attend. Organiser and band committee member Kieren Williams was positive about the new venture: “The University of Nottingham is a globally recognised and reputable institution hosting world class facilities, and the band are looking forward to playing in the fabulous setting that is the Djanogly Recital Hall. Not only will it be an invaluable part of our preparation ahead of Bedworth, it will also give the public a rare chance to see the band put through its paces on St Magnus by Professional Musical Director, Brian Grant.” The open rehearsal will include a warm up, some rehearsing of the piece, and ultimately a performance of the set work. Doors open at 7.30pm, with the band rehearsing from 7.45pm. Further information is available from Kieren Williams, either by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephoning 07935146980. The full address of the venue is Djanogly Recital Hall, University Park, University of Nottingham, University Boulevard, Nottingham, NG7 2RD (entrance via the South Entrance off University Boulevard; parking available at Lakeside Arts Centre). New signing To complete its already strong line-up the band welcomes to its team James Findlay who joins on 2nd baritone from Matlock Band. James is currently studying music at Nottingham University and brings a wealth of skills and experience to this talented section of the band. Says Band Manager Pete Pimperton: "James is a lovely lad and we are delighted that he has decided to come on board and join our hard working team. We have an exciting year ahead with lots to look forward to and the band continues to go from strength to strength with the addition of players such as James."