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French horn, bass clarinet, tenor sax, trumpet, euphonium and tuba players – we need you!
Barnes Concert Band is an amateur band with a friendly but professional attitude. We play around six concerts a year, mostly in SW London including the prestigious Barnes Music Festival. Right now we need French horn, bass clarinet, tenor sax, trumpet, euphonium and tuba players. The band meets weekly on Tuesday evenings near Twickenham station. Band membership is diverse and everyone shares a passion to create great music and have fun. We have all the woodwind and brass instruments plus percussion.
If you play around Grade 8 standard or are committed to reaching this level we’d love to hear from you. There is a trial period for potential new members, but no audition.
If you are interested, come and see us and say hello at one of our forthcoming gigs (on the morning of 26 June near Barnes Pond, 11th July at Regents Park bandstand, and 18 September at Trumpeters House, Richmond) or email us on barnessec@gmail.com.
Find out more about the band at our website barnesconcert.band 
Contact us at barnessec@gmail.com

Summer 2021

 

Socially-Distanced Rehearsal 2021
We’re back! Our first rehearsal back at Richard Reynolds School was fabulous, carefully Risk-Assessed and as Covid-Secure as possible.  And we sounded pretty good after such a long hibernation, thanks to Daryle’s expert leadership.   Susie will keep sending details of how to sign up for rehearsals and of our constantly-reviewed Risk Assessment.  Stay safe and keep playing! 

Spring 2021 – Update

We’re carefully following government guidelines about when we can return to rehearsals – and it’s not yet clear! We’ll communicate with the Band with as much notice as possible when we’re good to go. It’s likely that we’ll return to St Mary’s in Twickenham for a while longer, with initially the same Covid-secure procedures as we developed last Autumn. We’re delighted to have a growing list of confirmed concerts if the easing of restrictions continues – check out our Concerts 2021 page. Meanwhile, huge thanks to everyone who has helped keep the Band in touch and entertained during the 3rd Lockdown – Fiona for encouraging us to share our favourite cheesy (and winey) music, and Clive’s fabulous Musicals Quiz. The following posts are our current details of Covid procedures (which we’ll keep updated), and the music we’ve been playing. We’ll ask Susie to re-send the passwords next time she sends one of her incomparably entertaining emails! More news soon.

New Year – New Music in 2021!

A very Happy New Year to our Band Members and Friends.   Some have been through such a difficult year, our thoughts are with you, and we’re all hoping to share music again as soon as possible.  In this post, Clive, our Principal Trombone, tells us how the Band managed just a little bit of carefully-distanced carol-playing at the Barnes Village Christmas Festival.  We also later performed at St Michael’s Church, so bringing Xmas cheer with a reminder of live music to many people.   The Band held four rehearsals in between lockdowns/Tier 4 – we were on to the 11th version of the Covid-Secure Risk Assessment before we got there!  Huge thanks to Andrea, Daryle, and everyone who’s helped keep us together in 2020.  Below, we update you about next steps but first, here’s Clive:  
“It had been 278 long, frustrating days for the good people of South-West London. Would they ever get to hear again the warm tones of the Barnes Concert Band or would that be just a memory to be recounted to their children and grand-children in the years to come?  But wait, who is this motley group of people gathering in Barnes High Street on this cold winter’s evening. Chairs are being set out and, yes, instruments unpacked by mask-clad musicians (of a sort). Inquiries as to what was going to happen were met with the reassurance that there would be carols in due course, although this would have to wait until a quorum had been established and carol books arrived.  (The Closed Hammersmith Bridge traffic challenged the keenest musicians.)  Some desultory playing by ear of the odd tune from some of the braver ones there, interspersed with warm up notes from others, encouraged more people to gather (socially-distanced of course).  Finally, the music arrived and the band launched into its first full carol, with warm applause at its conclusion.  Over the next hour or so, more and more came and went, children dragging their long-suffering parents over to watch and then being handed coins, and even notes, to put into the sanitised collection bucket.  At last, something that could be paid for without having to use contactless.  Liquid refreshment was provided during a brief pause in proceedings before the relentless march of the carols resumed, only to be brought to a halt finally by a steady, cold drizzle. Ah well, it had been a long wait but worth it, for both players and audience. A faint echo of normality for Christmas 2020.”
In Tier 4, we won’t be able to resume rehearsals by early January, so we’ll keep you updated.  There’ll be more online gatherings, particularly the AGM on 26th Jan at 7.30pm  – Susie will send more details in her unique and treasured style.  When we can meet again, fingers crossed, the term is planned to continue until March 23rd.  Then, hopefully, a summer term starting April 13th  and ending on June 29th, just in time – we hope – for the Barnes Fair.  We’re canvassing ideas for online sessions, and future events, so please keep thinking about our music and our very special community of players! 

Summer 2020

Dear Band Members – we enjoyed a wonderful Zoom trip to the Desert Island, huge thanks to Fiona for hosting.     So, here we capture your Music that has Meaning – keep sending us details of your favourite Disc!
Daryle (MD):  In The Mood, played by the RAF Squadronnaires:
Clive (Trombone):  After many years of playing this music:  he’s enjoying the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s trombones playing Elgar’s ‘Nimrod’ over Zoom #RPOatHome
Fran (Flute):  “I really enjoyed our Desert Island Discs tonight! Here’s the song I played, with added overture too, from the musical “Curtains”. The “wide open spaces” song is from the musical within the musical that starts out terrible but ends up being very successful after the detective solving the murder steps in… honestly highly recommend the whole soundtrack!
Charlotte (Clarinet):  sent us Skid Row (Downtown) – Little Shop of Horrors (Broadway recording).  She explains:  “Like Fran I’ve played in a fair few musical bands (though not 20 like her!) but Little Shop of Horrors in my third year at university was when I got to be co-musical director of a production and it’s an amazing memory for me and taught me a lot about working as a team, leadership and musicality. Also I just thought the music was brilliant, especially the doo-wop style bits and the mix of other styles thrown in eg klezmer for one song. But this one is probably my favourite. Also I think LSOH is a slightly underrated musical!”
Barbara (Trombone):  told us of her fascinating work, and personal, time in Uganda and shared this truly inspiring music:  
Liz (Flute): is reduced to jelly every time she hears this tribute to Carole King at the Kennedy Center in 2015 – in the presence of Barack and Michelle Obama .  “You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman” – performed by the one-and-only Aretha Franklin.
Gemma (Clarinet):  a personal family memory of the beautiful Irish melody “I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls”
Whether you were at the Zoom or not, do keep sending us details of your favourite track and tell us what it means to you!
We’ve asked that members, if they wish, send us their thoughts and reflections at this time, and/or perhaps a profile of you and your playing experience?  We’re delighted that our Principal Trombone, and veteran Band Member, Clive Preston, has accepted the challenge.  Here’s his wonderful article, “A Conflict of Interests” comparing the pull of sporting and musical loyalties – which will win?
Please take a look at the posts below – Daryle’s new pdfs of music for our comeback concert, whenever that is, plus advice on practising.  Then, below that, we’ve also included a password-protected link to our library catalogue.  Susie has already shared the password for these – contact her via the band email if you need a reminder.
We now know our summer concerts are cancelled – the Committee are discussing ideas for the future.  It’s very challenging, but we’re  thinking hard about how,  and when, We’ll Meet Again …… (RIP, Dame Vera ….)

Spring 2020 – March 16th Update

Dear Band Members, the updated government advice is clear.  We must now stop all non-essential, social contact with others, especially important for Londoners.  Therefore, sadly, we need to cancel all rehearsals for the foreseeable future. We are looking at ways of staying in touch to keep up band morale – and we’re very thankful that we managed to perform our wonderful concert and share friendship over a good curry.  We’ll be in touch again soon, via Susie’s emails and this site.  Take care everyone!
With very best wishes, Andrea, Daryle, Clive, Susie, Fiona, Gemma, Simon and Liz
Local Richmond council advice about coronavirus is available here 

If the current situation eases after Easter – here are our latest Concert dates/changes:  we’re doing a VE Street Party on Friday 8th May, near to All Saints’ Church in East Sheen.  We’ll be playing at the Barnes Children’s Literary Festival on Sunday 14th June, time tbc.  And please note our Regent’s Park gig has been moved to Sunday 12th July [from Sunday 26th July] .  Details also on our concerts page.  Huge thanks to Andrea and others for arranging all these exciting events – please may we remind you to pro-actively let your section leader know your availability asap.  And if you need to miss any rehearsals, please don’t forget to send apologies to your section leader with as much notice as possible.

Next repertoire:  Daryle has been planning!  Here are some of our next pieces:   Out of the Blue,  Lustspiel,  By The Sleepy Lagoon,  Sir Duke,  Isn’t She Lovely?  Out of Africa,  The Windmill
Rehearsal dates:   after Easter, we hope to start again on Tuesday 21st April.  Our last Summer rehearsal is Tuesday 7th July, just before our concert double bill of Barnes Fair on Sat 11th July  and the Regent’s Park gig on Sunday 12th July.  Then, at the moment, we’re planning to chill over the summer until September unless Andrea comes up with any more wonderful events!

We have  updated our Child Protection/Young Person Policy as our agreed annual review – all Band Members are required to read and understand this.  It’s on the Join page of this website.

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