Christmas at Grange Hall

Christmas at Grange Hall

Christmas got underway later than usual this year, but we were delighted to be able to play at the Christmas lights switch on at Grange Hall in Radcliffe upon Trent. We've played here frequently over the years and we are always greeted by a lovely, appreciative audience. Snow joke being an MD The last year or so has been short on live music, so it was particularly joyful (and triumphant) to play music at this Christmas-themed event. However, we did not expect to be playing in snow! It's been a while since we've played in such cold, white conditions, but we managed to squeeze into the round gazebo in the grounds and ensure the show went on as planned. Our poor conductor Tony couldn't fit in the gazebo, so he had to stay outside and direct us from there, while enjoying the wintery conditions. He, regrettably, did not bring a hat. We would like to thank Grange Hall for inviting us once again, and...
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A Special Award for Lynda

A Special Award for Lynda

The talented members of Carlton Brass are used to winning prizes, and over the years we have accumulated a nice collection of individual silverware to go with our band contest trophies. Our horn player Lynda Allison has managed to get herself an unusual medal at the recent 'Earth Wind & Fire' event at Mount Cook Adventure Centre - a participation medal for fire walking! Lynda was the only band member brave enough to put the soles of her feet to the test and looks (rightly) pleased with herself. Happy Lynda Once Lynda had put the rest of us to shame we performed a fantastic set of music for an enthusiastic audience. We played an arrangement of September by Earth Wind & Fire just for this occasion, along with some Star Wars, Frolic for Trombones and an assortment of popular music that was greatly enjoyed by all. We had some lovely comments by the organisers of the event and hope to be playing again...
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A spooky discovery

A spooky discovery

We do like to have a pint or two after rehearsals at The Willowbrook in Carlton. The beer is always good & they do like to decorate for an occasion. The Halloween props are great! Igor We have solved a mystery that’s stumped us for a while last night: where have the missing band jackets gone? Igor here also signed for us on percussion for the Area next year ...
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New faces

New faces

We've been having a terrific last few months finding our lips again, and we've managed to find some new friends along the way. We have an almost full band now (just need a cornet or two) and are delighted that these new players have agreed to join us. New members We are pleased to welcome: Katherine Spencer on trombone, Eve Foley on cornet, John Newberry on Euphonium, (er, what is Ken doing there?) Craig Anderson on Bb Bass and Tony Magee on Eb Bass. Not shown, but also very welcome along, is Heather Denholm on cornet. Craig is back for his third stint with the band, and it is great to see him again. Tony lives in Fife, but that hasn't stopped him making his way to rehearsals (although his local job helps). Ken Dunkin is representing the old school of Carlton Brass, having joined the organisation before any of the other members of the band were even born. He's still bringing his superb...
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Tony Wilson Returns

Tony Wilson Returns

Carlton Brass are very happy to announce that Tony Wilson has agreed to be the band's Musical Director. Tony has been immensely helpful during recent months, picking up the baton and enabling rehearsals during the current difficult times. He has enjoyed conducting us and we are delighted that he has agreed to take us through to the 2022 Regional Content next March, with a view to staying on beyond that. Tony has previously conducted the band during one of our most successful periods, bringing the band from the fourth section back in 1999 all the way through to the first section. No other conductor has earned more first places for Carlton Brass, and we will be aiming for further podium finishes once the contest season restarts. He brings a wealth of musical experience and an abundance of enthusiasm that will help motivate the band, whilst having lots of fun along the way. Tony acknowledges that a lot of hard work lies ahead,...
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Back in the Bandroom

Back in the Bandroom

2020 was a bit rubbish, wasn't it? The last eighteen months have been hugely difficult for everyone during this global pandemic, and while it is far from over we are starting to see some relaxation of the restrictions that have limited our banding activities. The priority during Covid has always been the safety of ourselves and our loved ones. While we have not been able to play together for the longest time we have understood the reasons for staying home - playing a brass instrument inside with 25 other people was not safe. We have been at home practising on our own since our last performance in March 2020 at the Regional Championships. We have had to put aside doing the thing we love for so long, but for very good reasons. Burton Joyce Village Hall We haven't been entirely inactive though. In-between lockdowns it was possible for us to rehearse outside, and while this has meant being at the mercy of the...
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Midlands Area 2020

Midlands Area 2020

The band have been exceptionally busy preparing for the 2020 Midlands Regional Contest in Bedworth. We’ve had some ups and downs over the last year or so and some serious ground to make up in the First Section table after last year’s disappointing result. We were hoping for a good result this year and we got one: 7th! This was only possible thanks to the hard work of all involved, especially those new to band. We had to find a whole new percussion section and one or two other players, but everyone that joined fitted in wonderfully with our existing members. Everyone pulled together and we were really happy with our preparations. Legacy Our performance on stage was everything we wanted - nothing was left in the band room. We played it absolutely as best as we could and we were delighted with the result. We avoided relegation to the Second Section and have improved our position for next year too. We had some really...
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Ready for the Regionals

Ready for the Regionals

The 2020 Area contest is just around the corner - tomorrow! - and we will be finishing off our preparations of the test piece (Tom Davoren's excellent Legacy) tonight. We've had some excellent rehearsals recently under the direction of Geoff Wood - along with the assistance of Tony Wilson - and we are primed to give as good a performance in Bedworth for many a year. The band is sounding great! Gary Glover - solo euphonium Helping us get to this stage are a number of new players, some of which we have seen before. We have been looking for a solo euphonium player for a little while and we are really pleased to welcome Gary Glover to the band - again. Gary has previous form with Carlton, both as a player and as musical director. He is an exceptional musician and we are very pleased to have him back with us. Trombones Our trombone section has also been bolstered with two new...
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Salute to Euph

Salute to Euph

Carlton Brass are currently looking to fill some big boots: those of Barrie Tupper, our Solo Euphonium for the last ten or so years. Barrie has moved across to our friends at Foss Dyke Band in Lincolnshire, and so we have a spare seat. Barrie may not be the tallest Euphonium player but he has a big sound and the ability to charm the birds down from the trees (according to our late MD Walter Ritchie). We don't have many trees near our bandroom but you will find a warm welcome and functioning central heating. Our Solo Euphonium seat could be yours. We are a friendly band with a sensible calendar of concerts and contests, frequent trips to the pub and the knowledge that we haven't had Blaydon Races out of the cupboard in many a year. We are also looking for a percussionist and front row cornet player. Barrie used to bring along the husband and wife team of Louise Jackson and Dave...
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New Direction

New Direction

Carlton Brass are looking for a conductor: we are in need of a musical director able to take us into next year's Regional First Section contest and beyond. Interested? We are ideally looking for someone relatively local to Nottingham with experience and enthusiasm to guide our band towards a successful and enjoyable 2020. We have only a few gaps in our ranks, our own band room and a desire to continue enjoying our musical adventures with a new conductor. We were sad to lose Gary Glover to work pressures recently after a short but enjoyable stay with us. We wish him all the best with his own musical business and hope to see him in front of a stand again when time permits. We have been lucky in recent weeks to have been looked after by some good friends of the band. Geoff Hawley has been so helpful with both rehearsals and a recent concert, while Kieren Dean, Ewan Robson and Sharon Stansfield...
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