The weekend started on Saturday 6th July at 10:45 as the Junior band set off with coach driver, Jose, to compete in Brasstonbury!
We had a great journey and arrived at 1pm ready to rehearse before the big performance!
Everyone gave a brilliant performance and were a credit to the organisation.
The hard work paid off as they were awarded 2nd place!
After their brilliant performance there was just enough time to award our youngsters with an ice-cream before hopping on the coach back to Sandbach…the sun was shining after all.
Our weekend of music didn’t end there as on Sunday all three bands were invited to Congleton Park to entertain the crowds as it was National Picnic in the Park Day! In case you missed it, we’ve added some videos of the performances below but you can always watch more on our Facebook page!
Want to watch all three of our bands in action? Join us at King’s High Scool in Macclesfield on 13th July 2019 at 7:30pm.
We would like to congratulate our Beginners Band Musical Director, Megan Bousfield, on securing a place to further her music studies, at the Royal Scottish Academy Music.
This will mean that at the end of the summer term she will have to stand down from her role from our organisation.
A full resume of Megan’s time with the band will appear following her final concert with the band at Macclesfield on 13th July.
We are delighted to announce that Jamie Sharp has been appointed as the Musical Director of our Beginners Band.
Jamie, who was a music student at Sandbach School and graduated from the Royal Northern College Of Music, is now the Head Of Music at the Knutsford Academy High School.
Jamie has considerable ensemble leadership experience and we see him as the ideal candidate to inspire the next generation of young Lions.
There will be a phased introduction to Lions during the final weeks of the Summer term as the players and parents have an opportunity to see what is in store for them in the new academic year and then Jamie will take overall control from August 1st.
We look forward to a new an exciting era for our Beginners Section.
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Bathgate Silica Sand helps Lions Youth Brass go for gold at the 2019 European Brass Band Championships
Bathgate Silica Sand are thrilled to support Lions Youth Brass as they prepare to compete in the 2019 EuroBrass Championships in Montreux, Switzerland.
For over 25 years, Lions Youth Brass, a registered charity, has enabled hundreds of children aged five to 18 years to play and perform brass or percussion instruments in beginners, junior or youth bands. Currently there are around 120 members, all from different backgrounds, and all are provided with musical instruments, tuition and support. They practice every Tuesday evening at Sandbach School.
The children perform and compete at the highest levels. Following their recent success at the 2018 Youth Brass Band Championships of Great Britain, they will represent England at the 6th European Youth Brass Band Championships in April 2019.
Jane Stubbs, Chairperson of the Youth Band at Lions said, “This is a huge honour and opportunity for Lions Youth Brass but, most importantly, for the children to play at the very highest level at such a prestigious event.”
Lions Youth Brass rely on annual support received from local Lions and Rotary Clubs, as well as funds raised from concerts, fund raising events and membership. However, the cost of getting their 43 band members, conductor, committee members and parent helpers to the event is a staggering £25,000! Therefore, Bathgate Silica Sand’s pledge of support and sponsorship has been very well received.
“It is a relationship we’re keen to develop further given our shared wish to support local children and see them grow and succeed both in the band and out,” says Nigel Birch, Conductor of the Youth Band (pictured).
Andy Brookes, representative from the Bathgate Group and former Sandbach School student, delivered the cheque for £550 to the Lions Youth Band. “Lions Youth Brass enables children from a wide range of backgrounds not only to access musical training, but to reach standards of excellence. This is great for the children, but also for the local community. We are very pleased to support this charity, and we want to extend our congratulations to the Lions and wish them the best of luck in April’s international tournament!”
The youth band has been working hard on its programme for the upcoming European Youth Brass Bands Championship, which is now only 77 days away!
As well as our regular rehearsals, most weekends have included additional practise time, ensuring we bring “Sanctuary” up to contest standard at the same time as our Nationals programme and concert repertoire.
In January, members of Foden’s Band led sectional workshops. It’s great to have such a high profile band as neighbours and we’re grateful to the players for their time.
The Band of the King’s Division
Today we welcomed Major Stuart Halliday and players from The Band of the King’s Division to Sandbach. Another fantastic opportunity to work with professional musicians.
It was the first of five, yes FIVE, busking sessions the band will be doing and helped raise £358 to get the bank to Montreux, in Switzerland, for next year’s EuroBrass19 competition.
They will then find themselves at Morrisons in Nantwich on Sunday, December 16, for more Christmas carols before heading to Waitrose in Sandbach for the traditional busking slots on December 23 and Christmas Eve to raise funds for the band.
Want all of the latest Lions Youth Brass updates? Follow us on Twitter @LionsYouthBand or like our Facebook page, Lions Youth Brass.
On Sunday 2nd December, Lions Youth Brass will be hosting its 13th annual Slow Melody Competition.
This is a great chance for all members of Lions Youth Brass to showcase their skills. This year we welcome back Elizabeth Lawrence and Mareika Grey as our adjudicators with Fenella Haworth-Head as our piano accompanist. The last 12 years have been very successful with high participation from members and we’re hoping for the same again. Please see attached entry form with all details on.
Section times will be announced shortly after the closing date but will between 9.30am and 2pm.
This year we will be featuring a family section which will allow brothers and sisters to play together
Please print off and return the entry form and money to any of the committee on a Tuesday night with the closing date being the 20th November.
If you have any questions about the event please email Charlotte, our contest organiser, directly at email@example.com
Section 1: 8 years and under (Beginner Band)
Section 2: 9 years and over (Beginner Band)
Section 3: 11 years and under (Junior Band)
Section 4: 12 years over (Junior Band)
Section 5: 13 years and under (Youth Band)
Section 6: 14 and 15 years of age (Youth Band)
Section 7: 16 years and over (Youth Band)
Section 8: Group; 2 or more players (all bands)
Section 9: Family section; A chance for family members to play together (all bands)
Section 10: Open Section – Non-Brass instrument
Section 11: The Challenge (Youth Band – Any age)
Sections 1-9 & 11 – 1st Place Trophy and Certificate, 2nd Place Certificate, 3rd Place Certificate
and a Merit Certificate.
Section 10 – Best Beginner Band player, Best Junior Band player, Best Youth Band player
The contest is open to all members of Lions Youth Brass. The draw will be made in advance and all
players must report to Charlotte who will be sat in the foyer of the Maxwell Davies Centre on the
day. Please arrive no later than 10 minutes before the start of your section, even if you’re drawn
last. The first section is to start at 9.30 am and all competitors will be informed of their section
start time before the event (to be announced no later than 29th November). Results will be
announced and awarded at the end of each section.
Maximum performance time for all sections is approximately five minutes (not including warm-up
or tuning). Players will be allowed to warm up in the Rigby Block where the Junior Band rehearse.
Piano accompaniment or backing disc may be used which must be stated on the entry form. Fenella
Haworth-Head can accompany performances on piano for £5. Please hand in your entry form well
in advance to make sure Charlotte can arrange a rehearsal time on Sunday 18th November for
you. The player must leave their accompaniment with Fenella on the day of the rehearsal.
An unmarked copy of the chosen piece must be provided for the adjudicator on the day (A
photocopy is acceptable and copying facilities will be available on the day). Please do not hand
this in before the day. Each player will receive an adjudicators report.
No entry will be accepted without an entry fee. If paying by cheque, please make this payable to
Lions Youth Brass. You may hand your entry in on a Tuesday night no later than the 20th
November. If there are any problems or questions, please contact Charlotte, the contest
organiser, directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
The most important rule is to have fun! We all come to Lions because we love playing music,
this contest is about showing our friends, family and tutors what we can do whilst supporting our fellow players at the same time.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the movies as some of the county’s top musicians take you on a tour of the silver screen.
From John Williams to Hans Zimmer, Fodens Band, the Roberts Bakery Band, and Lions Youth Brass will be performing together for one night only for their From Sandbach to Switzerland concert.
More than 100 of Cheshire’s top players will be helping to raise money for the Lions Youth Brass band as they prepared to head to Montreux, Switzerland for next year’s European Youth Brass Band Championships.
The band qualified to represent England at the prestigious tournament after finishing second in the National Youth Brass Band Championships earlier this year.
Performing alongside players from Fodens and Roberts will give the band – aged between 14 and 18 – a chance to perform with some of the country’s finest players.
Musical director Nigel Birch said “Lions is about giving young people great opportunities and to play with musicians and bands of the quality of Roberts and Fodens will be an amazing experience for them to cherish.”
Players in the Lions organisation range from six to 18 years of age and both the beginner and junior bands will be showcasing their musical prowess before the main event on the night.
In order to enjoy their once in a lifetime trip to Switzerland Lions have to raise around £25,000 and have already held a series of fund-raising events this year.
The ‘From Sandbach to Switzerland’ spectacular takes place on September 23 at Northwich Memorial Court.
Tickets cost £10 with under 16s free of charge. Doors open 5.15pm.
The next fund-raising event will be a race night at the Masonic Hall in Sandbach on September 29.