Autumn is here – lots to look forward to!

13873050_10210583014436937_3388008048307452351_nWell, the summer season is over – August saw us in Hotham Park again on a beautiful late summer’s evening for the Country Fair (check out the gallery for some more pictures). Our return to the Weald and Downland Museum ‘Vintage and Steam Weekend’ was a little more soggy (!) but no less fun.

No rest though – our Learners’ Group is back after summer break and we now have our Chichester ‘B’ band going from strength to strength. (To find out more about our different groups, check out our ‘Playing with Chichester City Band‘ page.) Meanwhile the senior band is working hard towards developing our contest pieces and developing programmes for our autumn events.

All of our concerts can be found on our Diary of Events page, but here’s a snapshot:

  • Saturday October 1st: Participation in the annual Bandathon for Children in Need (St Paul’s, Chapel Rd, Worthing)
  • Saturday October 29th (10.30am): Poppy Appeal Launch (Chichester City Centre)
  • Saturday November 5th (2pm): Autumn Proms Concert (Regis Centre, Bognor Regis)
  • Saturday November 12th (7.30pm): Autumn Concert (Selsey Centre)

As always, we will be supporting the Annual Service of Remembrance in Litten Gardens, Chichester (Sunday November 13th).

Where did July go?!

Sidlesham 23July16_01.jpg The band had such a busy July, playing out at least once EVERY weekend – here we are in the middle of August and we haven’t had time to update you with our news. Where to start…

 

  • 2 July: We just managed to fit in a play-out at Chichester Cross before being rained on – then we hot-footed it to Midhurst to play for the Canine Partners fete (also between rain showers!).
  • 9 July: A lovely afternoon by the cricket pitch for Singleton Fete.
  • 16th July: A small group played at Beggars’ Roost nursing home in Fishbourne to entertain some old friends of the band, then we had a fantastic evening at Bognor Regis Proms in the Park with flag-waving, and singing from the splendid Sylvia Roca
  • 23rd July: Sidlesham Fete – a most excellent afternoon as usual AND we finally got our revenge on the village by winning the Tug-of-War!
  • 31st July: We were very proud, as ever, to support the Selsey RNLI Annual Service of Praise and Thanksgiving.

See our gallery for a selection of photos.

(And August is also busy so please keep an eye on our Diary of Events.)

Stop press: Diary update

For those of you who like to plan your diary some months ahead (!) please note that the November concert at the Regis Centre, Bognor Regis, has changed from November 6th to November 5th. It will still be an afternoon concert (we don’t want to clash with Bonfire night!) – check out our Diary of Events page closer to the time for exact details.

In the meantime, we’ll be in Sidlesham on Saturday 23rd of July if you don’t want to wait that long…

Busy June – and busy July to come!

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 events: our summer concert…and much more!

FlowersJune 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.)

Spring is here…in Selsey at least!

It Selsey Spring 16 POSTERmight 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.

Celebrate St. George’s Day with some good old English brass

St George MIDHURST April 23The 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).

News and events for Spring 2016

We’re already well into the new year and we have lots to update.

Seeing us in 2016:

Playing in the gardens at Stansted Park

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

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.

 

A great end to the year – and now onwards to 2016!

December is always a busy month for bands and we certainly had plenty to keep us occupiedImage 10.jpg! 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 IMG_8956.JPGup 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!