An ‘out of this world’ start to our year!

We have certainly kicked off 2018 with a bang, with a great event and some exciting contest successes for all three of our brass groups over the last month. We’ve been so busy it’s taken us all month to report back!

We’re going to the finals of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain!

Qualified for the National Finals in Cheltenham!Our Senior band went to Stevenage on March 17th  for the annual London & Southern Counties Regional contest and came away with a second place in our section (3rd) and an invitation to play at the National Finals in Cheltenham in September! Thanks go to everyone for their hard work, but especially to Musical Director, Rom Stanko, who prepared the band so well – and then handed over the baton to Community Brass MD, Alan Rodger, for the performance so he could fill a gap in the percussion section – bravo! (More pictures here)

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…and more silverware for the whole team!

That wasn’t the first piece of silverware we managed to grab this year though…March arrived with all three of our bands taking part – very successfully! – in the Chichester Festival of Music, Drama and Speech.

For the first time ever, Chichester City Band entered THREE ensembles to the Chichester Festival of Music, Drama and Speech, held annually at the C of E School in Orchard Street. Our Senior band has entered (and won!) for the last few years, but this was the first outing at any type of contest for our Community Band (conducted by Alan Rodger) and our Elementary brass group (conducted by Bob Ainsworth). 

All the bands were rated outstanding or very good in their sections by adjudicator, Chris King (MD of leading Southern Counties Championship Section band, Friary Guildford). The senior band took home the Robert Hall Challenge Cup for the fourth year running, despite only having a week to rehearse a superb new piece – Gambit –  especially composed for the occasion by conductor, Rom Stanko. The Elementary Brass group took home the Chichester City Band Cup and received glowing praise for their renditions of SpongeBob Square Pants, When the Saints, and James Bond. The Community Brass group gave great renditions of traditional march Slaidburn, Chanson du Matin, and Magnificent Seven. (Sadly, no cup on offer in that section or the cupboard would have been full!)

Well done everyone! (Click here to see some pictures of our day)

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Exam success: Not content with taking home some silverware, we congratulate 4 members of our Elementary Brass group, all of whom passed their latest exams with DISTINCTION –  well done Izzy (Grade 2 trumpet), Riah (Grade 2 cornet), Mae (Grade 2 tenor horn) and Maria (Grade 1 trombone)! Well done girls – we’re really proud of you!

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Major Tim Peake Freedom of Chichester

Senior band at Tim Peake presentation (CFT) 1 

Our day out to Chichester Festival Theatre for the presentation of the Freedom of Chichester to Major Tim Peake was even better than we could have expected.  The Chichester City senior band played for the crowds arriving at the theatre to see Chichester’s favourite astronaut – it was a beautiful (if cold) sunny day, and we got a wave from the man himself as he arrived. 

We were able to see the presentation of the Freedom of Chichester, after which the children from our Elementary Brass group got the chance to attend the presentation given by Major Tim. They had a great time listening to him relating his adventures in space, after which their day was completed with a couple of ‘selfies’ for their photo albums!  (See more pictures here)

Clearly very inspired by Major Tim, Izzy (9) and twins Mae and Riah (8), all in Year 4 at the Chichester Free School, have provided us with a brief report of their day.

Our day at Major Tim Peake's presentation

It’s beautifully written out, but just in case…

“25th February 2018

Tim Peake – Freedom of the City

Chichester City Band went to the Festival Theatre to see Tim Peake. He was getting his freedom of the city. He talked and showed us pictures of him being up in space and going into space. He got some of us interested into becoming an astronaut. He also explained about the food and how you sleep. It was very interesting and also made us think that girls can be astronauts too. Tim told us that you have to learn lots of subjects at school. We had a wonderful time and we will remember the experience forever. Thank you to Chichester City Band for giving us this opportunity.

From the Elementary Brass band.”

To find out more about all our bands, please visit the playing with the band page.

Peake-ing early!

We’re starting 2018 with a real treat!

Chichester City Council will confer the Honorary Freedom of the City on astronaut Major Tim Peake at a sell-out ceremony at Chichester Festival Theatre on Sunday 25 February at 2.30pm. 

We will be playing before the presentation from around 1.45pm.

If you want to see what else we’re doing this year, check out our Diary of Events page. Filled up already!

Where to see us in November/December

2016-christmas-concert-poster-a4It’s that time of year again! Make sure you mark your diary for our Christmas Concert  – Friday 8th December, 7.30pm, St Paul’s Churchside.

As ever, our run up to Christmas is a busy one so make sure you also take the opportunity to come and see us in and around the City. Here is a selection, but for full details, see our diary of events page.

  • Thursday 23rd November: Chichester Lights Switch on: East St, Chichester playing from around 6.45pm (events starts around 5pm – see Chichester BID facebook page for more details)
  • Saturday 25th November: Weald and Downland Museum Christmas Market: We will be playing on Saturday from 10.3-11.30am but see W&D Website for details of the weekend’s events
  • Sunday 26th November: Chichester Canal Trust Christmas lights: Chichester Canal Basin, 3.30-5pm
  • Arundel by Candlelight: playing from 2.30-4.30pm, The Square, Arundel

You can also catch us playing carols in the City Centre (North St) on Saturdays 16th/23rd and Sunday 24th December (between 10-3pm). Come along and say hello!

Fancy a new challenge?

We’re looking to strengthen some sections in the contesting band so if you’re up for a new challenge please check out our Vacancies page or contact us on chichestercityband@gmail.com.

We’d love to hear from you, whatever you play, but we’re particularly interested to hear from trombones, horns and cornets (positions negotiable).

If you’re not interested in contesting, you’d be most welcome to come along to our Community Brass group, and any younger (or not so young) players just starting out can get a taste of ensemble playing with our Elementary Brass group. See our Playing with the Band page for more information.

Get in touch!

 

Another week, another concert…

Woodlands July 1 (V2)Our ‘Festival of Chichester’ concert at St Paul’s on Saturday 24th June was a great success, with performances from our Elementary Brass and Community Brass groups, as well as our Senior band.

But we’re not resting on our laurels…Saturday 1st July sees the band performing again, this time at a brand new venue for us in Rustington. If you missed us at St. Paul’s (or just want to see us again!) catch us at the Woodlands Centre, Woodlands Ave, Rustington, BN16 3HB at 7.30pm.

Time for some Summer Sounds

St Pauls June 2017 Colour

Join us for our annual summer concert at St Paul’s as part of the annual Festival of Chichester (Saturday 24th June, 7.30pm). ‘Summer Sounds’ seems a particularly appropriate theme, given the good weather we’ve been having. 

Enjoy the usual mix of good music, raffle and refreshments – and if the heatwave continues we can enjoy the refreshments outside in the lovely church gardens.

Tickets £10/£8 (under 16s free with a paying adult) from the Novium box office or on the door. Click here for a copy of the poster

What’s on in May? Check out the diary!

daffsAfter a bit of a lull, things are hotting up on the CCB calendar front – we’ve got a whole load of things on this year and the calendar is already pretty full (right through to Christmas!). Check out the diary of events page to see what we’re up to…

To start things off, we’ll be heading into Chichester city centre to start off the summer season with a free performance at Chichester Cross on May 6th – take a break from your shopping to come and say hello! Our first major event of the season follows on May 14th at the Selsey Centre with our Spring Concert. Then the fete season kicks off on May 27th at Slindon College. And that’s even BEFORE the summer starts!

We hope to see you at at least a few events over the year. In the meantime, the band wishes you all a very happy Easter break!