Banding Together

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

  1. News: How to book 3 weeks ago

    To find our booking form please look at the menu bar underneath our banner photo and click on the parallel lines at the right-hand end:  you will see BOOKING FORM in the list, along with a useful introduction to BT if you haven't been before. Please send your booking form to Esther Venn, 25 Buckland Lane, Maidstone, Kent, ME16 0BJ with your £70 deposit by 20th May.

  2. Event: Closing date for this year's bookings 3 weeks ago
    on Friday 20th May, 2016, all day.
    Booking closes on 20th May for Banding Together 2016
  3. News: Banding Together Facebook Group 2 months ago

    You may like to join Banding Together's Facebook Group as an alternative, where the latest information can be readily accessed go to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/485496151652469/

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  6. Event: Banding Together 2016 2 months ago
    from Friday 17th Jun, 2016 - Sunday 19th Jun, 2016
    Weekend of Concertina Band Music at Dame Hannah's, Seale Hayne, Devon (near Newton Abbot)
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  9. News: BT 2016 Conductor 2 months ago

    Banding Together is delighted to announce Adrian Harvey as guest conductor for 2016.

    As a youngster Adrian joined the St Dennis Band in is native Cornwall.  Progressing through the ranks in the traditional 'brass band' way he later joined the Bodmin Town Band on solo cornet, where he enjoyed European tours, various recording projects and many contest victories.  After moving to East Devon, Adrian became principal cornet with the Stoke Sub Hamdon Band in Somerset.

    Adrian's conducting career began when the Ottery St Mary Band urgently needed an MD, theirs having retired due to ill-health. Adrian stepped in and thrived, developing his natural ability as a leader and conductor. Adrian is now Bandmaster with Sidmouth Town Band. Under his expert direction the band has gone from strength to strength and is acknowledged as one of the leading bands in Devon.

    Adrian is no stranger to being guest conductor of other bands and ensembles but confesses Concertina Band is a first for him! He called in to see J25 at its Repertoire Weekend a couple of weeks ago with some exciting ideas for music for Banding Together!

  10. News: Banding Together 2016 2 months ago

    This year's Banding Together takes place 17-19th June, at Dame Hannah's at Seale-Hayne as before.  Claire is preparing an exciting line-up of music, so book now without delay! Please contact Esther Venn at esthervenn@esthervenn.plus.com

  11. Event: Banding Together 2015 2 years ago
    from Friday 19th Jun, 2015 - Sunday 21st Jun, 2015
    We meet again at Dame Hannah's at Seale-Hayne, near Newton Abbot
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  13. Event: Banding Together 2014 2 years 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.

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 2016, £220 (same third year running).
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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Banding Together
Ipplepen, Kingskerswell, Newton Abbot, Bickington, TQ12 6NQ
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20th May - Closing date for this year's bookings

Time & Date(s): All Day, Fri 20th May, 2016

Details: Booking closes on 20th May for Banding Together 2016…

17th Jun - Banding Together 2016

Time & Date(s): All Day, Fri 17th Jun, 2016 - Sun 19th Jun, 2016

Details: Weekend of Concertina Band Music at Dame Hannah's, Seale Hayne, Devon (near Newton Abbot)…


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12th Apr - How to book by Colin Sleath

To find our booking form please look at the menu bar underneath our banner photo and click on the parallel lines at the right-hand end:  you will see BOOKING FORM in the list, along with a useful introduction to BT if you haven't been before. Please send your booking form to Esther Venn, 25 Buckland Lane, Maidstone, Kent, ME16 0BJ with your £70 deposit by 20th May.

16th Mar - Banding Together Facebook Group by Colin Sleath

You may like to join Banding Together's Facebook Group as an alternative, where the latest information can be readily accessed go to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/485496151652469/

29th Feb - BT 2016 Conductor by Colin Sleath

Banding Together is delighted to announce Adrian Harvey as guest conductor for 2016.

As a youngster Adrian joined the St Dennis Band in is native Cornwall.  Progressing through the ranks in the traditional 'brass band' way he later joined the Bodmin Town Band on solo cornet, where he enjoyed European tours, various recording projects and many contest victories.  After moving to East Devon, Adrian became principal cornet with the Stoke Sub Hamdon Band in Somerset.

Adrian's conducting career began when the Ottery St Mary Band urgently needed an MD, theirs having retired due to ill-health. Adrian stepped in and thrived, developing his natural ability as a leader and conductor. Adrian is now Bandmaster with Sidmouth Town Band. Under his expert direction the band has gone from strength to strength and is acknowledged as one of the leading bands in Devon.

Adrian is no stranger to being guest conductor of other bands and ensembles but confesses Concertina Band is a first for him! He called in to see J25 at its Repertoire Weekend a couple of weeks ago with some exciting ideas for music for Banding Together!

29th Feb - Banding Together 2016 by Colin Sleath

This year's Banding Together takes place 17-19th June, at Dame Hannah's at Seale-Hayne as before.  Claire is preparing an exciting line-up of music, so book now without delay! Please contact Esther Venn at esthervenn@esthervenn.plus.com

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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The Reviews!

Is this weekend for me?

published Mon 29th Feb, 2016 by Colin Sleath

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IS THIS WEEKEND FOR ME?
Our passion for playing concertina band music has been the inspiration for Banding Together. We have a wonderful venue in Hannah’s at Seale-Hayne where we can work on great music under the direction of a professional guest conductor. The purpose of the course is to provide advanced and fluent players the opportunity to play with others of similar proficiency in a big band.
The music is intended to be challenging. Whilst not all fiendishly difficult, it is certainly not all simple and straightforward either. The music includes different styles, different keys, different time signatures, unusual rhythmic patterns and intricate combinations of dynamics and articulations. “THE BIGGY” is now a tradition; an extended piece which requires the commitment of every brain cell you possess to stay the course; 2015 found us skating through Ravel’s Bolero complete with side-drum.
All the music is sent out 2-3 weeks in advance of the weekend, followed-up by e-mailed mp3 files to practise with. It is expected that those applying will spend time with their music pack, reading and following the practice notes which come with each mp3 file. You can telephone/email me if you need extra help with anything. Players should come to the weekend being able to play most of the music relatively comfortably. The job of the guest conductor is to pull it all together, making sure you not only have the right notes in the right order but in exactly the right place at exactly the right time with the right rhythm, the right dynamic, phrasing and articulation. The attention to detail is relentless but thoroughly riveting. The result of this work is an electrifying big band sound.
The weekend is carefully timetabled. During the sessions the music is taken apart so tricky bits can be identified and sorted out. When reassembled, the dots on the page become the music we love. On Sunday morning we make recordings of all the pieces (everyone receives a souvenir CD) leaving the afternoon to indulge ourselves by playing through some golden oldies from previous years.
You will feel exhausted by the time you are ready to go home but I can pretty much guarantee you will leave Seale-Hayne 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!
There are weekends available which can be used as training grounds for this weekend. Most notable is the band workshop in the West Country Concertina Players residential weekend held in March. The March Kilve band is run similarly to Banding Together but with music and direction more suited to intermediate to competent players. If you are not sure about your level of playing, please contact me and we can talk about it. Whilst we wouldn’t wish to discourage anyone from coming, we do want to protect the integrity of the weekend as one for advanced and fluent players giving up-and-coming players something special to aim for.
I can assure you – it is worth every hour of practice!
Claire wren658@btinternet.com 07584 305452

2016 Booking Form

published Mon 29th Feb, 2016 by Colin Sleath

Banding Together at Seale Hayne 17th - 19th June 2016
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 17th - 19th June 2016 COST: £220 (no change for 3rd year!) 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? _________ Are you 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) (Cancellations prior to April 30th will be eligible for a full refund) Bursaries are available for students in full time education, please enquire for details.
Enquiries and further information – Colin Sleath 01179 686860

Is this weekend for me?

published Thu 22nd Jan, 2015 by Colin Sleath

Our passion for playing concertina band music has been the inspiration for the planning of this, Banding Together’s fourth residential weekend.  We have an amazing venue, excellent facilities, some great music and a first-class guest conductor in John Hammonds. 

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. It is intended that at least some of the music will challenge everyone.  The music includes different styles, different keys, different time signatures, unusual rhythmic patterns and intricate combinations of dynamics and articulations. “THE BIGGY” is now a tradition; an extended piece which requires the commitment of every brain cell you possess to stay the course!

All the music will be sent out in advance either by email or hard copy, together with e-mailed mp3 files.  This will allow you time to try the pieces out, find the tricky bits and practise them. In the workshops it will be much to your advantage (and thus everyone else’s) if you have been able to familiarise yourself with your part beforehand. You need to know the notes before you come. The workshops will make sure you are playing them in the right order, in the right place, at the right time, with the right rhythm and with the right dynamic and articulation.  Simple!

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). In previous years we have worked towards a final play-through and recording on Sunday afternoon. This year we will record as and when things are ready, aiming to have all recordings done by lunch time on Sunday. This will leave Sunday afternoon to indulge ourselves by playing through some golden oldies from previous years.

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 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         wren658@btinternet.com  Land line: 01984 629020;   Mobile: 07584 251305