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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The calm before the Christmas storm.

The calm before the Christmas storm.

Remembering This Sunday is Remembrance Day. The combined bands of Carlton Brass will be marching in tribute in the Calverton remembrance parade as well as a small band presence for the service at st Wilfred’s church. Christmas In the world of brass bands, we have to get our Christmas heads on earlier than most. As is customary our first Christmas event for the season will be at Brookfield’s garden centre where Training Band will be playing some carols and choice Christmas pieces for Santa’s arrival at his grotto. Both bands have a packed schedule this year including several concerts, fairs and light switch-ons. Below is the full schedule for the Christmas period, so you’ll know exactly where our bands are playing all the way into the new year! Carlton Brass EventsChristmas Concert in CalvertonFriday, December 1st, 2017CalvertonCarol Service at St. Nic'sSaturday, December 9th, 2017NottinghamChristmas Concert with the Lace City ChorusSunday, December 17th, 2017NottinghamCarlton Brass Training Band EventsChristmas at Brookfields garden centreSaturday, November 18th, 2017MapperlyNetherfield lights...
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Carlton Brass Training Band Christmas Calendar

Carlton Brass Training Band Christmas Calendar

Hot on the heels of our successes at the Bolsover festival of brass: Training Band’s Christmas event calendar is now up to date with all our Christmas appearances! Amongst them are 2 concerts; One with the Major Oak Chorus at The Beckett School in Wilford, the other at St. Helens church in Burton Joyce. We also have many appearances at Christmas light switch ons and fairs throughout December as well as our regular appearances at the Revival Christmas parties at Mapperly Plains social club....
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Supporting the brass band movement

Supporting the brass band movement

It's with great pleasure we can now announce a partnership with local transport operator Nottingham City Transport (NCT). NCT have taken a keen interest in helping to keep the brass band tradition alive and will be supporting our training band in the coming year. Their press release follows: Nottingham City Transport has announced its support for the Carlton Brass Training Band in a new partnership that will see Nottingham’s principal bus operator help to secure the local brass instrument talent of the future. For the year ahead at least, the city’s award-winning bus company has sponsored what will now be known as ‘Carlton Brass Training Band in association with NCT’. The band relies on bookings for performances to keep them going financially, and their new partnership will now be displayed on concert programmes and on promotional banners at these events from now on. This joint venture came about thanks to one of NCT’s drivers –  who plays the cornet in the band. “Last year...
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Farewell Wink

Farewell Wink

It is with much sadness that Carlton Brass announce that MD Paul 'Wink' Watson has resigned from the band, due to ill health. Wink has been conducting us for the last two years, achieving some excellent results - not least directing us to be the 2015 second section champions and gaining an excellent 4th at the subsequent National Finals, our first Finals visit for 14 years. He took us to NEMBBA success in the same year, along with promotion back into the first section. Prior to this Wink was the 'powerhouse' of our band bottom end, playing solo baritone for many years. He has been a member of the Carlton Organisation for large parts of the past 40 years - starting playing with the Carlton Silver band all the way back in 1975 - and has been a wonderful ambassador for us throughout. He has many friends at Carlton Brass and we are going to miss him very much. We do hope that he...
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Percussion vacancy

Percussion vacancy

Carlton Brass are currently on the look for a percussion player/drummer to come and join the band. If you or someone you know fancies playing with Nottingham's leading brass band on either a permanent or an ad hoc basis then please get in touch. We can offer a full and talented band to sit behind, a good range of music to play and things to hit, and an enthusiastic young percussionist  keen to have someone to learn from....
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St George’s Day

St George’s Day

This Saturday is St George's Day, and Carlton Brass will be helping the great city of Nottingham celebrate this event with a selection of music. We'll be playing two sets in Market Square between 2PM and 4:30PM - full details can be seen at the Nottingham Post. Do come along to listen. The second set will be mostly patriotic 'proms' music, so don't forget your St George's Crosses....
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St George’s Day Concert – 23rd April 2016

St George’s Day Concert – 23rd April 2016

Carlton Training Band will be your hosts on St George's day for an evening of music and entertainment at Carlton baptist church. Not one to rest on the success of previous years proms theme, we've put together an even more exciting and memorable program for this years event. The theme for this year is stage and screen! Although we may just be able slip in a few corking proms pieces to finish :) Entry is free and there will be refreshment break halfway through, as well as a (much shorter!) raffle. Doors open at 7:30pm and the whole program is expected to last around 2 hours. Hope to see you there! ...
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