Ian’s Update February 2019

Happy New Year to all readers and a big thanks for everyone’s support during a busy 2019.  Our October and December concerts were sell-outs and in addition we performed at Wensum Valley for their Christmas dinner as well as concerts at Frettenham and Mundesley.

In December we were saddened to hear of the passing of one of the Band’s founder team members – Jean Smith.  Many in the village new Roy and Jean and their tireless work with the Taverham Players as well as Taverham Band when it formed in 1974.  Jean was the last surviving member of the inaugural team and I know she was very proud of the legacy left.  Our thoughts go out to all her family.

Our next village concerts will be marking the 75TH Anniversary of Victory in Europe…..  get your tickets now!!

Taverham Band Presents:

VE Day 75th Anniversary Celebration Concerts

Friday 24th & Saturday 25th April 2020 – Taverham Village Hall – 7.30pm

Doors Open 7pm

Adults £8 – Under 16’s – £1 – Includes Programme and Refreshments

Tickets available from Drayton Post Office, The Kitchenary (Taverham Nursery),  Abbotts Estate Agents – Victoria Road (Cash sales only)

Online ticket sales (all popular credit and debit cards accepted) – buy online here

Or send SAE with cheque payable to Taverham Band to

Tav erham Band, c/o The Chalet, Ringland Road, Taverham, Norwich NR8 6TG

Adults £8 – Under 16’s  – £1 – Includes Programme and Refreshments

Ian Colman MBE  – Taverham Band

Ian’s Update December 2019

On behalf of the Band we wish everyone a

Two sell-out concerts took place in the Taverham Village Hall as the Band performed it’s first even Classical Spectacular with The last Night Of The Proms in October.  It was an amazing weekend with tremendous feedback all round. Several band members were presented with long service awards of 20 and even 30 years! Please click here to view a gallery of photographs from both concerts, as well as many from earlier events this year.


We are now working towards our Christmas programme and there may even be the last few tickets still available – if so, these will be available online only (see below).

Taverham Band Presents: Christmas Concerts !!!!

Candlelit Carol Concert [Sorry – Sold Out!]

Tuesday 10th December – St. Edmunds Church, Taverham – 7.30pm

Adults £6 – Under 16’s  – £1 [Sorry – Sold Out!]

Christmas Concerts

Fri 20th & Sat 21st  December 2019 – Taverham Village Hall – 7.30pm

Doors Open 7pm

Adults £8 – Under 16’s  – £1 – Includes Programme and Refreshments

Any remaining tickets will be available online only – buy online here

Ian Colman MBE  – Taverham Band

Ian’s Update November 2019

The Sir Henry Wood Promenade Concerts enjoy a worldwide reputation for innovation and performing excellence.  Over the course of the two-month season we get the opportunity to listen to world class orchestras, talented soloists, famous conductors and experience newly-commissioned music. Their enduring popularity is reflected in the many requests by local concert organisers for the Band to include these in our programmes, giving the opportunity for some uninhibited community singing and flag waving.

So it was this year on the actual Last Night when we replicated the fun and games in the Royal Albert Hall with a performance to a packed audience in the magnificent Cromer Church.  Then, once again, we were welcomed by the RAF Benevolent Association in Carnegie Rooms Thetford, in conjunction with the excellent Military Wives’ Choir from RAF Honington and the  Thetford Players.

Unfortunately, owing to the severe weather and flooding in the area our planned concert at Blofield Church had to be cancelled – this will be rearranged for Spring 2020. With our Taverham Concerts having just passed we are now looking to the Christmas season!

We look forward to seeing you all then.

Taverham Band Presents: Christmas Concerts !!!!


Candlelit Carol Concert

Tuesday 10th December – St. Edmunds Church, Taverham – 7.30pm

Adults £6 – Under 16’s  – £1

Christmas Concerts

Fri 20th & Sat 21st  December 2019 – Taverham Village Hall – 7.30pm

Doors Open 7pm

Adults £8 – Under 16’s  – £1 – Includes Programme and Refreshments

All tickets available from Drayton Post Office, The Kitchenary (Taverham Nursery),  Abbotts Estate Agents – Victoria Road or buy online here

Ian Colman MBE  – Taverham Band

Ian’s Update October 2019

Taverham Band

Classical Spectacular with The Last Night Of The Proms!

Musical Director – Ian Colman MBE


 All your popular classics and Proms favourites!!

 Friday/Saturday 18th & 19th October

Taverham Village Hall – 7.30pm

Sandy Lane, Taverham – NR8 6JRTickets £8 Adult & £1 Child

from Abbotts Estate Agents – Taverham; The Kitchenary @ Taverham Nursery, Drayton Post Office;  online – click here or 01603 868680

Ian’s Update September 2019

August has been slightly quieter with many band members taking a well-earned holiday. However, we did find time to play some memorable shows at Eaton Park and Kelling Heath.

Eaton Park is one of our favourite venues as the park plays an important part of Norwich’s social history. The Norwich parks were built by engaging the unemployed following World War 1. The Prince of Wales officially opened the park in 1928 and there are some splendid photos that capture the occasion. It is always an honour to plays concerts in the parks as it brings back memories of those golden days. We are grateful to the City Council who support the concerts.

The Prince of Wales addresses the crowds at Eaton Park opening ceremony in 1928

Remember to book your tickets for our “home” Taverham concerts on18th/19th October.  Your support will be very much appreciated!

Ian Colman MBE – Musical Director

Ian’s Update August 2019

After the novelty and excitement of the Band’s overseas adventures cruising in the Norwegian Fjords at the end of May it was time to come back down to earth (literally!) during June and July, and undertake a series of traditional local concerts. The sight and sounds of a brass band performing in the park or on the promenade at the seaside is quintessentially English, even if, on occasions, the sun has gone on strike and the umbrellas have to be unfurled.

We were delighted to attract enthusiastic audiences of locals and holiday makers at Kelling Heath, Waterloo Park in Norwich, and Girl guides at Hautbois, rounding off July with a memorable concert in the lovely setting of Salle Church.  A return visit to Kelling is in the diary for this month, together with a visit to the bandstand at Eaton Park in Norwich which is always popular and well attended, before we start turning our attention to our busy schedule of autumn concerts.

It’s not too early to start booking for our “home” Taverham concerts on18th/19th October!  Full details in next month’s edition.

Ian Colman MBE, Musical Director


Ian’s Update July 2019

Well, what a time we have had since I last reported! We had an amazing experience touring the Norwegian Fjords aboard the magnificent “Balmoral”, Fred Olsen, cruise liner. Sadly, there is not enough space to tell you everything about the tour but we hope this summary gives you a flavour!

We set out very early on the IC Travel tour coach heading for the port of Tyne – an early hitch involved one of our Trombone players realising his band uniform was still in the back of his car which was now heading back to his home! After few, unsuccessful calls, contact was finally made, and he was soon reunited.

On arrival at port we set about loading the instruments, drum kit and percussion onto the luxury liner – a task in itself! We were soon allocated to our cabins and then set sail for a full day at sea. We were able to view the magnificent Lysefjord before dinner, followed by an evening of relaxation!

Our port days included the incredible views at Bergen and the spectacular and dramatic scenery at Eidfjord.

The highlights of the trip had to be the two concerts performed by the band in the ships packed out theatre! The shows had the passengers on their feet in appreciation, demanding “more”! Our featured soloists Richard, Becs and Becky were outstanding and the reception they were given was incredible. When Becky hit the last note of “Think of Me” the audience were clearly astounded!

This really was an incredible experience for the band and it will stay in our memories for a very long time.

A full gallery pf photographs and recordings of our two on-board performances can be found here :


We would like to thank Fred Olsen Cruises for the outstanding hospitality and service. Thanks, also to our loyal support crew who helped everything run so smoothly. Full details of the cruise itself can be found here;


Ian Colman MBE

Musical Director