Concert: St Paul’s

Concert: St Paul’s

The Carlton Band Organisation has a long history - nearly 120 years now - and we are proud of our heritage. The first band emerged in 1902 from the Netherfield Railway, and while the train link is no longer with us we still play in the same Nottingham district. The main band - Carlton Brass - moved into our new band room late last year on Meadow Road, Netherfield. The train line is nearby and our link to Netherfield is secured for many more years. Our organisation also has an amazing second band called Burton Joyce Community Brass (BJCB) who share rehearsal space with the main band while also rehearsing once a week in Burton Joyce. They have been encouraging local budding musicians to their cause for many years and have a diverse mix of old and young. There is a growing set of learners too. Yesterday afternoon saw our whole wonderful organisation get together for a free concert at St Paul's Church...
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Slavonic Rhapsody No 2

Slavonic Rhapsody No 2

The band are enjoying our rehearsals with new conductor Gary Glover - a new broom often sweeps new music into the bandroom, and while Gary has worked on some stuff already in our pads we have also seen some new music emerge from the library. Some of this "new" music is what is of the "vintage" variety, in that we haven't seen it before but it has existed for many decades. One such piece is an ancient arrangement of Carl Friedemann's Slavonic Rhapsody No 2. As is traditional the parts are just about held together with bits of tape, while the paper has turned that familiar yellow tone much loved by the brass band community. Gary is thinking that it would be a fantastic finisher for a concert, and he is right. It's a fabulous piece of music with a frenetic, exciting finalé. It's a bit hard on both the lips and fingers, but we all enjoyed rehearsing it last...
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Reinforcements: assemble

Reinforcements: assemble

Attention! Our army of brass enthusiasts is in need of a few new players due to busy lives, work and health reasons. We would love to see some new recruits in our ranks; could this be your time to shine? We particularly need: Solo tromboneCornets (either front or back row)Eb BassPercussion Our long-serving officer Captain Carlin has recently de-mobbed into Big Band circles. He’s been playing with us for over 18 years and has been an incredible servant to the band. We wish him the very best in his new trombone adventures, where we are sure his jazz chops will be greatly appreciated. Players of any position are always welcome to come down for a blow. We are a friendly bunch and under new direction: Gary Glover has been doing a fantastic job in his first few rehearsals. Anyone interested should contact our new Chairman Andy McCormack on 07882305141 or email info@carltonbrass.co.uk. ...
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New Musical Director: Gary Glover

New Musical Director: Gary Glover

Carlton Brass are delighted to announce the appointment of our new Musical Director Gary Glover. Gary is an old friend of Carlton having played Euphonium and conducted the band on occasions in the past. He is the former Director of Music of the Nottinghamshire Police Band and now works in and around the Nottinghamshire area as a musician and teacher. Gary already has a very busy diary teaching Music in two primary schools, several private piano and brass students, resident pianist at ‘Piano’ restaurant and principal euphonium in the Royal Signals (Northern) Band. His varied musical experience and considered approach to his audition material greatly impressed the band and we are very much looking forward to having him conduct us at our rehearsal tomorrow night. Band spokesperson Dave Rutt said, "Gary has been a friend of the band for a number of years. He's a super Euphonium player and has spent time both within the band as a player and as a guest...
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Gary Wyatt resigns

Gary Wyatt resigns

Some sad news from the Carlton Bandroom. Our Musical Director Gary Wyatt has resigned from the band, having conducted us since July 2016. We have greatly enjoyed his tenure in front of the band, highlighted by our successful trip to the French Open in June 2018 and trophy-winning performances at NEMBBA and the Denby Pottery Entertainment Contest. The band would like to express their thanks for his time with us and wish him every success with whatever comes next - especially his trip to the Royal Albert Hall with Desford Band. Carlton Brass are now inviting applications for Gary's replacement. Interested parties should please contact our new Chairman Andy McCormack (07882305141) or email info@carltonbrass.co.uk. We rehearse in our own bandroom on Monday & Thursday evenings in Netherfield, Nottingham between 8 and 10PM. ...
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How’s your Baritone?

How’s your Baritone?

Carlton Brass have had a recent retirement in our baritone bench (more on that very soon) and are now looking for a top quality solo baritone player to join us. We currently enjoy the presence of some  wonderful euphonium and baritone players - do you have what it takes to bolster our impressive middle? We are also still in need of a permanent second trombone and a couple of cornets (front and/or back). Our principal cornet would love a strong bumper-upper to join him on the front row - those top Cs aren't going to play themselves. Our excellent MD Gary Wyatt would love to see you in these seats at our own bandroom in Netherfield. There's air-conditioning and everything. What's stopping you calling our secretary Anne (07946 322081) in confidence and coming down for a blow (Mondays and Thursdays)? Join us! ...
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Players needed – trombone and baritone

Players needed – trombone and baritone

We are currently looking at filling a couple of spaces at Carlton Brass. We need both a second trombone and solo baritone player to provide the missing pieces to our wonderful band sound. Interested? Please give our Secretary Anne a call (07946 322081) or get hold of us through our contacts page. The summer months also leaves us with a few spare seats during rehearsals while folks are away sunning themselves in warmer climes (such as Skegness etc). If anyone of any instrument finds themselves free on a Monday or Thursday evening please do come along for a blow at our current rehearsal space at Carlton Baptist Church. Do give Anne a ring beforehand just in case our plans have changed, but we would love to see some new faces. We can always find space for enthusiastic, talented local players. We are particularly welcoming to Nottingham students. We've had a number of lovely players from both local universities over the years, so...
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French Open 2018

French Open 2018

Saturday the 2nd June saw Carlton Brass take part in the 24th French Open in Amboise. This is a contest open to international entries; the band being drawn against competitors from France, the Netherlands, Norway, Jersey and a number of UK bands. This was the first time Carlton has entered this competition and our first trip abroad in over ten years. It is also the first time in living memory that we have competed against our (almost) namesakes at Carlton Main Frickley. The contest takes in three components - a March (very much like the Whit Friday Marches), a 25 minute programme that includes a test piece, and a 30 minute outside entertainment programme to a local audience. This all takes place in the medieval town of Amboise in the Loire Valley region of France. It is a very beautiful location for a contest, especially for the march and entertainment stages which are set in the shadows of the stunning Chateau...
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Concert – St Paul’s, Carlton

Concert – St Paul’s, Carlton

Saturday night saw Carlton Brass put on a fabulous concert at St Paul's Church in Carlton. We have been wanting to arrange a concert for a while and the church were kind enough to allow us to use their beautiful building. This was the first concert the band has performed here for a few years - a church only a few hundred yards from where we rehearse. We wanted to play all the music from our up-coming trip to the French Open, along with some other crowd-pleasers. A lovely, appreciative audience enjoyed two hours of quality brass band music where we celebrated 100 years of the Royal Air Force (Into The Sky, Elegy), enjoyed some Jazz trombone (Cry Me A River), forged a magical sword (The Saga of Tyrfing) and celebrated the Three Tenors (Trio Con Brio). Here was our programme: March: ORB (Anderson) Mack and Mabel (Herman, arr Wilkinson) Carnival of Venice (arr Del Steigers) - cornet solo: Andrew Allison Glow (Whittaker,...
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NEMBBA 2018

NEMBBA 2018

The North East Midlands Brass Band contest arrives around this time each year, usually two weeks before the Regional Contest. Bands are encouraged to enter as we are required to play the same test piece as the Regional Contest and we will receive some very useful feedback from the adjudicator that will be helpful later on. Carlton Brass enter every year, and this year saw four bands compete in the First Section - two from Yorkshire (Chapeltown and Hade Edge) and two from the Midlands (us and our friends over at Leicester Co-op). We all attempted to play James Curnow's excellent test piece Brass Metamorphosis - one of his lesser-known compositions, but full of great music and a true test of any first section band. None of the bands escaped without a few mistakes but Carlton played our best performance of the piece yet and claimed an excellent second place against very good competition. Chapeltown took the honours with an excellent-sounding version,...
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