June was a busy month – very enjoyable, and with a bit of a ‘floral’ theme! Firstly we played at the Chichester Cathedral Festival of Flowers, where the wonderful displays had an ‘arts and artists’ theme. We then went visited Stansted Park for the annual Garden Show – slightly damp in places (but that’s the British summer for you!).
We finished the month with an ‘Oscar Night’ themed summer concert, our annual contribution to the Festival of Chichester. During the concert we were very pleased to be able to present Life Vice President awards to two of our great supporters and friends – Cllr Anne Scicluna and Mr Stan Gillett.
July is shaping up to be even more busy – please see our Diary of Events page to see what we’re up to.
June is nearly here, bringing with it plenty of opportunities to see us out and about! Firstly, we will be playing at the Festival of Flowers in Chichester Cathedral on Saturday 4th June (from 9.15am – note updated time).
Continuing the floral theme, we’ll be part of the programme at The Garden Show at Stansted Park on Saturday 11th June, returning to repeat our success of 2015.
To end June with a bit of sparkle, we invite you to join us for ‘A Night at the Oscars’ – our summer concert (part of this year’s Festival of Chichester) will take place on Saturday 25th June at St Paul’s, Churchside.
Details of all events can be found on our website diary of events pages. (Highlighted links in this post will take you to the event websites for more information.)
It might be a little chilly outside, but you can find a touch of spring in Selsey on Saturday May 7th at the Selsey Centre (Manor Road, Selsey, PO20 0SE).
Following hot on the heels of a successful St. George’s Day concert in Midhurst (click here for a review in the West Sussex County times) you can hear a reprise of some of the rousing music from that programme plus some new pieces.
TICKETS: £10/£8 including refreshments are available from the Selsey Centre (01243 603836) or on the door.
The band is teaming up with Midhurst Museum to present an evening of English music to mark St. George’s Day (Saturday 23rd April) at the Memorial Hall in North Street, Midhurst.
Midhurst Museum is a little gem situated in Knockhundred Market in the centre of the town. First opened in December 2011, it has been described as ‘probably the smallest museum in the world’ and presents constantly changing displays relating to Midhurst and the surrounding area. The Museum has recently opened a new area – Museum Too – that provides a permanent display with a timeline of Midhurst and district from Stone age to the present day. As a registered charity, the Museum is entirely dependent on volunteers and donations.
The band and the museum have developed a strong working relationship over the last few years and are delighted to be joining forces to put on this concert, the proceeds of which will go to help both organisations.
Saturday 23rd April, 7.30pm Memorial Hall, North Street, Midhurst, GU29 9DH
Tickets £10 (available from The Midhurst Museum or call 07528 648643 or 07958 276358). Pre-concert ‘Fish and Fizz’ available (£13) from 6-7pm at Seven Fish (North Street, Midhurst: call 01730 716280 to book).
We’re already well into the new year and we have lots to update.
Seeing us in 2016:
Stansted Park Garden Show
Please take some time to visit our Diary pages, which have been updated with lots of events throughout the year.
Our first formal concert is a St George’s Day Concert (Saturday 23 April, Midhurst) and we have already secured dates for our annual Summer Concert (Saturday 25 June) and Christmas Concert (Friday 16 December) at St Paul’s in Chichester. However, following additional successes last year, we have added a Spring Concert (Saturday 7 May, Selsey) and and Autumn Concert (Sunday 6 November, Bognor Regis) to our calendar.
Our fetes and events schedule is also filling up, with our annual outings already planned for Slindon, Sidlesham, Stansted, Weald and Downland – among others. We look forward to seeing you at many of these great days out!
Come and play:
Cup winners at the Chichester Festival of Music Dance and Speech
Please visit our new ‘Playing with Chichester City Band’ page, which gives you information about the various groups we have on offer for players of different abilities.
As well as our Senior Band, we have re-established our Training Band (for learners and ‘rusty returners’) and we also have a Learners’ Band for new players of any age.
We’d love to see you so please check out the information and contact us if you’d like to discuss further.
December is always a busy month for bands and we certainly had plenty to keep us occupied! Our ever-popular Christmas concert at St Paul’s, with it’s mix of Christmas favourites, sing-a-long carols and the much loved (apparently!) ukulele band accompanying the interval mulled wine and minced pies, was a great success and a wonderful ‘official’ end to our year.
However, if you were in Chichester City Centre or at Tesco during December, you may also have come across our hardy carolling ‘teams’ entertaining the shoppers right up to Christmas Eve. It’s great fun for us, and we especially love to see the kids singing along to Jingle Bells and Rudoph! But it is also an important way for us to earn some much needed money towards our annual upkeep – so thanks to all of your who supported us…it really does make a difference.
Outside the city centre, we were also thrilled to be invited to participate in a carol service for around 500 members of the armed forces stationed on Thorney Island. It was a great morning, with some wonderful singing (and perhaps the most enthusiastic rendition of ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ we’ve heard to date!)
Check out our Gallery to see photos of the band in action December. But for now the carol books and Christmas music have all been put away for another year, and our preparation for the contest season is already underway. So it just remains for us to say a BIG THANK YOU to all of our supporters, and to wish you a wonderful 2016 (during which we hope to see you at a few of our events – the diary is already filling up so check it out!)
HAPPY NEW YEAR from everyone at Chichester City Band!
Don’t miss out on the annual event of the season! Great music – with refreshments thrown in! And of course a top raffle!
Check out our diary pages for some great opportunities to see us around Chichester. Join us for our Christmas concert on Friday 11th December at St Paul’s Church, Churchside. But if you can’t wait until then, head to Chichester city centre on Thursday 26th November for the Christmas lights switch on – we’ll be joining with the Chichester Community Choir to lead the carol singing. The on Sunday 29th November, head down to the Chichester Canal basin to see us as part of their lights switch on event (including Santa and a flotilla of sparkling little boats, with hot chestnuts and mulled wine). Full details and web links to these events are on our diary pages.
We had a fantastic ‘Night in Vienna’ at the Selsey Centre on October 24th. A full house joined the band for an evening of waltzes, polkas and marches. And the band even dressed up for the occasion…
But if you missed that one, don’t worry as we’ve managed to sneak in an extra date for the diary. Catch us on November 15th (3-5pm) at the Regis Centre (Alexander Theatre), Bognor Regis. A great way to spend a chilly autumn afternoon. (Tickets £10/£8).
Check out our Diary pages for more info.
This week, our chairman, Howard Smith, was interviewed by the Chichester Observer. Watch the video to hear about our 5-year plans…
Howard’s interview with the Observer