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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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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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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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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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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It’s that season again

It’s that season again

The media has been pretty quiet about it this year, but if you hadn't noticed Christmas is almost upon us. We love this time of year, because we get to play at all sorts of lovely venues to help with their Yuletide celebrations. So far, both bands have been busy Carolling at various locations in Nottingham, including a couple of garden centres (Brookfield's and Timmerman's) and both main bus stations in Nottingham town centre. Carlton Brass played to a lovely audience in Calverton last Friday night and we have quite a few more events to come. We hope that you can get to see and hear us somewhere near you before Christmas is over!...
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Newark Castle Brass Explosion

Newark Castle Brass Explosion

Carlton Brass performed today at the annual Brass Explosion in Newark Castle grounds. Despite the rain, we managed to blast out some explosive pieces as well as showing our more gentle side, for what turned out to be an excellent evening of brass music. A couple of amateur videos of our performance can be found below (excuse the shaky camera!)   Frolic for Trombones America Trilogy ...
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