Banding Together

Bands Group in Ipplepen, Kingskerswell, Newton Abbot, Bickington, TQ12 6NQ

  1. News: Guest conductor for 2015 1 month ago

    We are delighted to confirm that our guest conductor for 2015 is John Hammonds. John visited J25 a couple of weeks ago to get to grips with concertinas, and put us through one of his pieces from sight. We also play one of his collections. Here is John's potted biography:
    "John studied at The Royal College of Music with Richard Walton. After leaving in 1972 he joined the Royal Ballet as principal trumpet. He later spent 7 years as principal with Sir Roger Norrington’s Kent Opera, at the same time freelancing in London, and playing with most of the London and Provincial orchestras and Opera houses. He was a regular deputy in several West End shows, and has recorded for films, pop groups and advertising.

    John moved to Somerset for a quieter life with his family in 1996. He plays, teaches, repairs instruments and is currently engaged in his fifth collection of arrangements for Brass Wind Publications. "

     

  2. News: Banding Together 2014 4 months ago

    24 eager concertinists plus conductor Bob Spiller had a great time tackling a varied repertoire, which included Vaughan Williams' English Folk Song Suite, Gershwin's swing piece Fascinating Rhythm, and three pieces by Claire Wren, Langley March, The Ringwood Tree, and Spanopedie.

    This year we were accommodated in The Refectory at Dame Hannah's, a spacious and airy building in which we spent all our playing time, including coffe, lunch and tea.

    The meals were even better this year, and we enjoyed relaxing with a bit of musical fun in the common room at the end of the day.

    Recordings and slide shows to follow!

  3. Event: Banding Together 2015 4 months ago
    on Friday 19th Jun, 2015, all day.
    We meet again at Dame Hannah's at Seale-Hayne, near Newton Abbot
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  5. Colin Sleath uploaded new photos 7 months ago
  6. News: Are you tempted? 7 months ago
    As the date for the residential weekend at Seale-Hayne draws ever closer, the
    BANDING TOGETHER team is getting very excited, no-one more so than yours truly.
     
    I’ve been totally immersed in preparing the main attraction of the weekend repertoire:
    THE ENGLISH FOLK SONGS SUITE by RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS.
    The brass band arrangement has been set for 4th Section Brass Band Competition in previous years. Here is a contest performance: http://youtu.be/4WShWxhUDYY
    You can also visit the Classic FM site for some further background and other recordings:http://www.classicfm.com/composers/vaughan-williams/music/english-folk-songs-suite/
     
    If you have already booked for the weekend, a big thank you to you. If not, I hope I can tempt you with this unique opportunity to be part of the first concertina band to tackle this fantastic work.
     
     
    If you know of any other concertina players who might be up for this sort of challenge please forward these details to them.
     
    Claire
    Musical Director
    Banding Together
  7. News: Guest conductor wows J25! 7 months ago
    In preparation for the Banding Together weekend on 13-15th June this year, Bob Spiller, the Guest Conductor, met up with J25 Concertina Band yesterday to find out how concertinas sound.
    Bob put J25 through their paces playing that classic swing piece “Fascinating Rhythm”, a musical style that Bob specialises in. Members of the band enjoyed being directed by Bob, finding his easy and jovial manner putting them quickly at their ease, even though Bob insisted on getting the finer points right.
    The band ended its session feeling much more confident in tackling swing-style numbers and is looking forward to the piece Bob is preparing for June. Other pieces planned for the weekend include Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “English Folk Songs Suite” and Claire Wren’s “Langley March” and “The Ringwood Tree”.
    It’s not too late to sign up for Banding Together 2014 - there are still a few places left: just download the form on this site http://www.clubbz.com/club/35264/ipplepen-kingskerswell-newton-abbot-bickington/banding-together and send it off with your deposit to Esther Venn at the address given.
    See the photo of Bob with J25 in our photo gallery (Bob is in the check shirt on the back row!).

     

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  9. Event: Banding Together 2014 7 months ago
    from Friday 13th Jun, 2014 - Sunday 15th Jun, 2014
    Our annual weekend of concertina band music held at DameHannah's at Seale Hayne, near Newton Abbot, Devon.
  10. News: Bookings for 2014 10 months ago
    Bookings are rolling in for 2014, so please take this chance to book up if you have not already done so. Numbers are restricted, so the sooner the better. We have been able to hold the fee at the same level as for last year. Please find a booking form further on on the site, and read the piece: Is this weekend for me?

    If you would like to hear what was achieved in previous years, please Search on Youtube for Banding Together Concertina Band.
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Welcome to Banding Together

We are a concertina band named J25 (after the venue where we practice, close to Junction 25 of the M5), playing multi-part band arrangements, mostly on English system concertinas, though Duet system and Anglo system players are very welcome if they can cope with a variety of keys. We have close links with West Country Concertina Players. We arrange an annual weekend at Dame Hannahs at Seale-Hayne, near Newton Abbot, S Devon, for concertina players who enjoy playing band arrangements to an advanced standard under the direction of a professional conductor. If you want to contact us, please scroll down to the contact area below. For more information about West Country Concertina Players, please go to:  http://www.wccp.co.uk/index.html  Information about our weekend can also be found on the International Concertina Association website at http://www.concertina.org/ica/index.php/news/37-spotted/179-banding-together-weekend-june-2012 For more information about Seale-Hayne, please go to:  http://www.discoverhannahs.org

The Main Bits!

Our club participates in the following activities:

  • Bands
  • Music Groups
Once a year, usually for the second weekend in June
For 2014, £220 (same as last year).
Open to all concertina players who read music competently - see page "Is this weekend for me?"
From the north (Exeter) on the A38, take the A382 towards Newton Abbot. Go straight on at the first roundabout, past a golf course, and after about a mile turn right at Forches Cross, marked by an Orchid Nursery sign, on to Staplehill Rd. Beware narrow Devon lanes! Fork right after a quarter of a mile, and after about another mile fork left and left again onto Howton Rd. Dame Hannah's at Seale-Hayne will be on the right in about half a mile on a sharp left-hand bend.
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21st Oct - Guest conductor for 2015 by Colin Sleath

We are delighted to confirm that our guest conductor for 2015 is John Hammonds. John visited J25 a couple of weeks ago to get to grips with concertinas, and put us through one of his pieces from sight. We also play one of his collections. Here is John's potted biography:
"John studied at The Royal College of Music with Richard Walton. After leaving in 1972 he joined the Royal Ballet as principal trumpet. He later spent 7 years as principal with Sir Roger Norrington’s Kent Opera, at the same time freelancing in London, and playing with most of the London and Provincial orchestras and Opera houses. He was a regular deputy in several West End shows, and has recorded for films, pop groups and advertising.

John moved to Somerset for a quieter life with his family in 1996. He plays, teaches, repairs instruments and is currently engaged in his fifth collection of arrangements for Brass Wind Publications. "

 

28th Jul - Banding Together 2014 by Colin Sleath

24 eager concertinists plus conductor Bob Spiller had a great time tackling a varied repertoire, which included Vaughan Williams' English Folk Song Suite, Gershwin's swing piece Fascinating Rhythm, and three pieces by Claire Wren, Langley March, The Ringwood Tree, and Spanopedie.

This year we were accommodated in The Refectory at Dame Hannah's, a spacious and airy building in which we spent all our playing time, including coffe, lunch and tea.

The meals were even better this year, and we enjoyed relaxing with a bit of musical fun in the common room at the end of the day.

Recordings and slide shows to follow!

29th Apr - Are you tempted? by Colin Sleath

As the date for the residential weekend at Seale-Hayne draws ever closer, the
BANDING TOGETHER team is getting very excited, no-one more so than yours truly.
 
I’ve been totally immersed in preparing the main attraction of the weekend repertoire:
THE ENGLISH FOLK SONGS SUITE by RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS.
The brass band arrangement has been set for 4th Section Brass Band Competition in previous years. Here is a contest performance: http://youtu.be/4WShWxhUDYY
You can also visit the Classic FM site for some further background and other recordings:http://www.classicfm.com/composers/vaughan-williams/music/english-folk-songs-suite/
 
If you have already booked for the weekend, a big thank you to you. If not, I hope I can tempt you with this unique opportunity to be part of the first concertina band to tackle this fantastic work.
 
 
If you know of any other concertina players who might be up for this sort of challenge please forward these details to them.
 
Claire
Musical Director
Banding Together

29th Apr - Guest conductor wows J25! by Colin Sleath

In preparation for the Banding Together weekend on 13-15th June this year, Bob Spiller, the Guest Conductor, met up with J25 Concertina Band yesterday to find out how concertinas sound.
Bob put J25 through their paces playing that classic swing piece “Fascinating Rhythm”, a musical style that Bob specialises in. Members of the band enjoyed being directed by Bob, finding his easy and jovial manner putting them quickly at their ease, even though Bob insisted on getting the finer points right.
The band ended its session feeling much more confident in tackling swing-style numbers and is looking forward to the piece Bob is preparing for June. Other pieces planned for the weekend include Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “English Folk Songs Suite” and Claire Wren’s “Langley March” and “The Ringwood Tree”.
It’s not too late to sign up for Banding Together 2014 - there are still a few places left: just download the form on this site http://www.clubbz.com/club/35264/ipplepen-kingskerswell-newton-abbot-bickington/banding-together and send it off with your deposit to Esther Venn at the address given.
See the photo of Bob with J25 in our photo gallery (Bob is in the check shirt on the back row!).

 

25th Jan - Bookings for 2014 by Colin Sleath

Bookings are rolling in for 2014, so please take this chance to book up if you have not already done so. Numbers are restricted, so the sooner the better. We have been able to hold the fee at the same level as for last year. Please find a booking form further on on the site, and read the piece: Is this weekend for me?

If you would like to hear what was achieved in previous years, please Search on Youtube for Banding Together Concertina Band.

15th Nov - J25 gets a Distinction! by Colin Sleath

J25, who organise Banding Together, entered the Free Reed Band class at the Taunton Festival of Music, Dance and Drama to display the sound of the Concertina Band. They played 'Jamie's Patrol' and 'The Boat on the Clear Sea', and were awarded a Distinction. Since it was the last class of a very long day for the Adjudicator, Colin Touchin, there were not many in the audience at 9pm, but Colin nevertheless gave a thorough and enthusiastic appraisal of the performance. For a photo of the band with Colin please go to our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/concertinaband

8th Sep - Guest conductor for 2014 by Colin Sleath

We are delighted to announce that our Guest Conductor for 2014 will be Bob Spiller.

As a trumpet teacher, Bob has over thirty years’ experience ?of teaching brass instruments from beginners to advanced students of all ages.
He is a professional musician with a wide range of teaching and playing ability from Rhythm and Blues, Big Bands, Jazz Bands, Brass Bands, Concert Bands, Orchestra’s, Brass ensembles and solo playing.

Bob is an experienced conductor of different types of bands, including Concert Band, Big Bands, Brass Bands and Brass Ensembles and is currently Musical Director of Berties Big Band in Yeovil.

Bob's manner is cheery and jolly, good-humoured but exacting!

8th Sep - Banding Together 2013 recordings by Colin Sleath

Most of this year's recordings are now live on Youtube, as follows:

My Grandfather's clock - http://youtu.be/N9Lkb08RE9Q
Jamie's Patrol - http://youtu.be/XYVUkTS0Y5c
The boat - http://youtu.be/ngbYz7p2Pls
Barnard Castle: http://youtu.be/rEou7Es4FTc

19th Jun - Banding Together 2013 by Colin Sleath

We had a brilliant time together under the baton of Martin Wills, fresh from a busy week in London playing for HM Queen Elizabeth in army bands. Martin was relaxed in his approach to these concertina-things he hadn't encountered before, and managed not to call them accordions. As a multi-instrumentalist himself he was well aware of the little quirks various instruments have that players have to learn to cope with. (Not that that is much of a problem for concertina players!)

Martin was kind to us in not forcing us to play our two marches, Barnard Castle and Jamie's Patrol, at his customary military pace; patient in taking us through the complexities of Claire's arrangement of the Overture to the Mikado; and supported us as we grappled with the 7/8 rhythm of Claire's The Search. Claire directed us masterfully through her lyrical impressionist piece The Boat on a clear sea.

As an added bonus, Pete Pascoe and Claire starred on their tenor horns in an arrangement of My Grandfather's Clock for tenor horns and concertina band.

Great company, good food, beautiful surrounding, fantastic music. Well done, the organising team, and grateful thanks to Dame Hannahs for their hospitality. Roll on next year!

21st Aug - More on Youtube by Colin Sleath

"Moonlight on Cadgwith" is at http://youtube/wogrRXQmXgo, and "Simkhes Toyre" is at http://youtube/RPpDHEl3SRM



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15th Aug - Banding Together video by Colin Sleath

"Hallelujah" by Frank Bernaerts, arranged under licence by Claire Wren, performed at Banding Together 2012



http://youtu.be/CQJk4CeuWf0

22nd Jun - What a great weekend! by Colin Sleath

25 players spent some 13 hours working through a variety of pieces including a march, a descriptive piece, some swing, a G & S overture, a paso doble and a hit song tune, under the baton of our professional conductor. We ended up recording three pieces with the help of the Seale-Hayne sound engineer.

See us at work at http://youtu.be/4rpN0KcU9S0

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2014 Booking Form

published Thu 13th Feb, 2014 by Colin Sleath

Banding Together at Seale Hayne 13th – 15th June 2014 

 

Cost: £220 for the weekend fully inclusive of accommodation, all meals and band workshops. 

 

BOOKING FORM

I would like to book a place at the Banding Together weekend on 13th – 15th June 2014

COST: £220 DEPOSIT: £70 

 

NAME.................................................................................................................................................................ADDRESS..............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................POST CODE _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ TELEPHONE .............................................

E-MAIL ....................................................................................... 

 

Music: Please indicate the instrument/s you will bring: 

 

Piccolo ______ Treble _____ Baritone _____ Bass _____ C or G?

 

Is your baritone and/or bass single (S) or double (D) action? _________

 

Would you be happy for other players to use any of your instruments during sessions? Yes _____ No _____

 

What parts are you interested in playing? Piccolo ___ Treble ___ Baritone ___ Bass ___

Bass players, do you read treble or bass clef?___________________________ 

 

Accommodation: Mainly single rooms but a few doubles may be available for couples. Single _________ Double (if available) _________ 

 

Do you have any particular access needs/mobility problems? ............................................................ 

 

Dietary: Do you require a vegetarian diet? Yes ____ No ____

If yes then do you eat the following? fish __ eggs __ milk __ cheese __

Do you have any other special dietary needs? ........................................................................................ 

 

Please complete the above form and send it with your deposit (payable to Banding Together) to: Esther Venn, 25 Buckland Lane, MAIDSTONE, Kent. ME16 0BJ (07778 602885) **If you require acknowledgement of your booking please include an s.a.e.** (Cancellations prior to April 30th will be eligible for a full refund) 

 

Enquiries and further information – Colin Sleath 01179 686860

 

IS THIS WEEKEND FOR ME?

published Sat 25th Jan, 2014 by Colin Sleath

 

IS THIS WEEKEND FOR ME? 

 

Our passion for playing in concertina band music has been the inspiration for the planning of this residential weekend. We have an amazing venue, excellent facilities, some great music and a first-class guest conductor in Bob Spiller. 

 

The weekend is aimed at competent/advanced concertina players. What exactly does this mean? 

 

The music, whilst not all difficult, is not all simple and straightforward either. Some of the music will hopefully challenge everyone. The music includes different styles, different keys, different time signatures, unusual rhythmic patterns and intricate combinations of dynamics and articulations. The music will be sent out by post in advance together with e-mailed mp3 files. This is to allow you time to try the pieces out and find the tricky bits and practise them. In the workshops it will be much to your advantage if you have been able to familiarise yourself with the pieces beforehand. 

 

When you arrive at Seale-Hayne you will be given a workshop timetable. During the workshops the music will be taken apart and re-assembled. Not only are tricky bits identified and sorted out, but by taking the music to pieces you will understand how the music is constructed (very important to good band playing). We shall work towards a final play-through on the Sunday afternoon identifying a few of the pieces to make a souvenir recording. 

 

You might well feel exhausted by the time you are ready to go home but I can pretty much guarantee you will leave Seale-Hayne on Sunday afternoon exhilarated and inspired by the experience of playing in a large group, mastering some challenging pieces and achieving the thrill of 'Banding Together' with others! 

 

If you are not sure about your level of playing, please contact me and we can talk about it. 

You wouldn’t want to miss out! 

 

Claire Wren 

wren658@btinternet.com 

01984 629020