24/04/17 - Nationals fund-raising
As North West Second Section champions, the band is invited to the national finals, held in
Cheltenham in September. This is a great honour and our first appearance at 'The Finals' since 2006.
The band is now launching a campaign to raise the £3000
needed to get there. As we have no sponsor we rely on fundraising and public
Plans include a Bavarian Night, a Race Night, and a special Fundraising Concert on
Saturday 15th July. Details of these and further events will be given nearer the time.
The band has set up a 'justgiving' page for people who would like to
support us directly:
The fund-raising concert will be on Saturday 15th July at 7.30pm at St
Clement's Church, Urmston (M41 9JZ).
Tickets can be bought on the door (£7 adults, £6 concessions, £4
under 16) or from the band by emailing email@example.com.
24/04/17 - St George's Day sunshine
The band was honoured to once again join the celebrations in Lytham. We marched with the parade from the Lowther Gardens, along the sea front and back to the town centre. At this point we peeled off from the parade and gave a one-hour concert.
The weather was perfect for the event. A large and appreciative audience heard a wide variety of music including traditional marches and hymn tunes as well as modern arrangements. Photographs from the day will appear here.
31/03/17 - Matthew Densfield tribute
It was a much more sombre occasion at rehearsal on Thursday. The band performed 'O Magnum Mysterium' in memory of Matthew Densfield. Matthew, from Haslingden and Helmshore Band, was just 20 years old but did not survive surgery required for a long term heart condition. He was known to several members of our band as a true bander who loved and lived for music. Our thoughts are with his family.
28/03/17 - Toria's wedding
Flixton performed on Saturday at the wedding of Toria Kenworthy, our 1st horn player, to Andrew Nash. The band performed music chosen by the couple, including pieces arranged especially for the occasion. Needless to say a diet coke or two was consumed at the evening reception.
22/03/17 - Community Band brave the weather!
The Flixton Community Band arrived at Eden Square on Saturday morning under ominous clouds. The weather forecast said they'd pass, but...!
After opening the programme with some lively numbers the weather intervened. The Community Band took a short break to re-position itself under the shelter of Aldi and then continued to entertain the more resilient shoppers. Luckily only the condctor remained out in the rain!
The programme included audience participation and members of the Flixton Band were on hand to supervise 'come and try it' sessions. Several potential new recruits completed contact forms and we will hope to see some at rehearsal soon. Saturday mornings from 10:30 to 12:30 at the Flixton Junior School if you're interested. If you can, please contact us in advance so that we can have an instrument ready for you.
16/03/17 - Come and try it!
The Flixton Community Band will be in Eden Square this Saturday from 10:30 to 12:30. As well as playing an entertaining selection of popular music, there will be opportunities for passing members of the public to try an instrument. You may even join in with the performance!
Information on the Community Band will be available for anyone interested in becoming involved. If you are aged between 8 and 108 and willing to enjoy music making on Saturday mornings, why not come along to find out more? We can offer instruments and lessons for new starters and we run a beginners' group. Players of around Grade 4 standard or above can join the Community Band itself. We'd love to see you.
13/03/17 - New Musical Director confirmed
The band is delighted to welcome Ian Brownbill as our new Musical Director. Ian stood in at short notice to take us to the Regional Championships last month and guided us to our best result in over 25 years.
Ian has a glittering career as player, conductor and adjudicator. More information is available here. With Ian's background and links to artistic groups we look forward to some exciting times ahead.
We also welcome Mike and Cameron Stott, joining our cornet section. Profiles to follow shortly!
We welcome all three to Flixton and look forward to a long and musically rewarding association.