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Annual Concert 7th October 2017
Both our bands performed alongside Professor Philip Wilby at the weekend in our Annual Concert.
The concert set off with the senior band playing three items follow then by Professor Wilby with Bach's Fantasia on 'Komm, Heiliger Geist' BWV 651, our B Band then played a selection of items after which the senior band along with organ finished the first half with Suite Gothique.
The second half was set off with the B band before Professor Wilby performed Theodor Dubois: Toccata in G (1886). The penultimate item with the senior band was the Finale from Saint-Saens Organ Symphony after which both bands and organ joined for the grand finale of Sullivan's Lost Chord.
We all feel very privileged to have had Professor Wilby with us on our special evening and we thank him for joining us.
A full report and photos will appear in our next newsletter.
Great Weekend in Cheltenham with our B Band at the National Brass Band Finals
Came a very credible 8th from 20 finalists.
Our Summer 2017 Newsletter is now Published, check it out on our newsletter page
Great news for our B Band
Delighted to report our B Band has qualified for the National Brass Band Finals on 15th September in Cheltenham.
More news will follow shortly.
Our New training band is looking for new players so if you are interested in learning a brass instrument or want to take it up again after a break then get in touch we meet on a Saturday Morning 10.00am for an hour You will be made most welcome.
We are looking for Cornet players and a Kit player for our B Band. If you would like to come along and join our team
contact Jane Clay on firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a ring for a chat 07990633320. Rehearsals Friday's and Sunday mornings.
New CD released
We have now released a new CD following our recent successful tour to Lake Maggiore in Italy. This is a live recording of our final concert at the Hotel Regina Palace where the band were based.
The CD has lots of well know tunes including The Magnificent 7, Anything Goes, Florentine March, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, The Barber of Seville, Lincolnshire Poacher as well as featuring our soloists.
The CD is available now to purchase by contacting the secretary on 01422 201875 and is priced at £7.50 each.
Band wow audiences in Italy
The Clifton & Lightcliffe band has just completed a very successful eight day tour in Italy at Lake Maggiore. The band were based at the Hotel Regina Palace in Stresa which is a beautiful spot on the Lake side.
During the week they performed three concerts in and around the area to standing ovations from capacity audiences. The first being in the Lake side resort of Ispra which was organised by the local Mayor and the President of the Varese area. The second was a performance at the top end of Lake Garda in the village of Condino where they have a fantastic musical tradition with their wind bands, we received a wonderful reception with a banquet in the afternoon provided by the local residents after which we had a tour around the locality before our concert in the evening which was very well received.
The final concert was in the Regina Palace Hotel where the band were based.
We are very grateful to Lyndon Stacey a friend of the band who lives and works in Italy who has been invaluable in helping to organise the concerts.
The band is fortunate in that it has toured a number of times over the last 12 years including Switzerland, Austria, France, Italy and an 9 day tour to California playing along side the Pomona Wind band and the Golden State British Brass Band. Like many other British bands Clifton and Lightcliffe has no commercial funding and has worked very hard over the years to raise the funds to play in these wonderful venues.
We are now looking towards 2017 when we hope to be off on our travels once more.
A full report and pictures will be published shortly.
Senior Band to visit Italy 5th/12th August
The Senior band are off travelling again
this time to Lake Maggiore in Italy on Wednesday 5 August for 8
days. The band will be based at the
Regina Palace Hotel in Stresa on the lakeside.
During their stay the band will be entertaining both residents and
visitors with four concerts around the area.
The trip has been organised by the band, and we are really
grateful to Lyndon Stacey a friend of the band who lives in Italy and has been
instrumental in assisting with the setting up of the concerts.
The first concert is on Saturday 8 at Ispra a
pretty town across the Lake from Stresa, this concert is being hosted by the
Mayor of the town.
On Sunday the band will travel to Condino which is at the
northern end of Lake Garda to play as guests of the Corpo Musicale G. Verdi –
banda di Condino who have a 500 seater theatre adjacent to their bandroom.
Monday the band will perform in the Regina Palace hotel in
Finally on Tuesday the band has been asked to perform at
the Milan Expo which is a world trade fair.
This is a huge event running from May to October and is expecting around
20 million visitors over that period.
One of the most famous exhibitions in England was the one
held in the Crystal Palace in 1851.
Over the last 10 years the band has travelled to Austria,
France, Switzerland and California and is looking forward to their latest trip.
We are delighted to welcome Becky Long back to the senior band as our new Principal Trombone Player.
Becky has just finished her degree at Chichester University.
REFLECTIONS - OUR NEW CD HAS NOW BEEN RELEASED. SEE OUR NEWS PAGE FOR DETAILS AND HOW TO PURCHASE YOUR COPY.
Due to popular demand we now have a re-run of our CD The Rise of the Phoenix
if you would like a copy please contact the secretary Jane Clay. CD price £5.00 plus postage and packaging.
Want to listen to the bands? Then visit our engagements page and see if we are performing near you.
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Photograph of band and cast at the Alhambra Theatre Bradford
B Band Triumph at Bradford
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