Banding Together

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

  1. News: Bookings for 2014 3 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.

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

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Ipplepen, Kingskerswell, Newton Abbot, Bickington, TQ12 6NQ
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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