Ian’s Update August 2018

Perfect summer sunshine, a large and appreciative crowd of visitors from all corners of the globe, and a bandstand with the backdrop of the historic buildings  provided the perfect setting for the Band’s concert at Windsor Castle at the end of June. The fantastic atmosphere which had been created by the Royal Wedding only days earlier was still evident in the town, and when we arrived we saw the Royal Standard flying from the private apartments to indicate that the Queen was in residence.

It would not of course have been the first occasion on which Her Majesty had heard the band play, since we were privileged to perform at Sandringham on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee Garden Party.

Prior to our two hour-long performances there was the opportunity to visit the magnificent State Apartments and experience the amazing collection of paintings, furniture and porcelain alongside historic armaments and memorabilia.  The view from the Castle over to the Chapel and playing fields of Eton College was stunning. All in all it was truly a day to remember, and experience at first hand the images which had been broadcast across the world at the wedding.

The evening before the band gave a concert at the Musical Museum, home to a wide variety of rare mechanical musical instruments including (albeit out of sight beneath the stage) a Wurlitzer organ. The acoustic was first class, the stage spacious, and the hosts generous in inviting the band back again next year.

In short, a weekend full of a sense of occasion coupled with the usual Band fellowship. Certainly one which will be remembered and talked about for some time to come.

Ian Colman MBE

Musical Director

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Ian’s Update July 2018

By Royal Appointment

With the summer in full swing, it has certainly has been a busy time for the Band. We recently returned from a mini tour which saw us play some memorable concerts, including Windsor Castle!

So, how do you take a forty-piece Band, and its back-up team, on tour? Once we had been invited to play at Windsor the behind-the-scenes-planning started.

Accommodation was the first hurdle. We needed a hotel with enough rooms for the band, including storage for the instruments. Rooms had to be quickly secured, and “rooming” arrangements agreed – a task in itself!

The tour bus took the band and all its instruments to the hotel on the Friday evening, with the concerts taking place on the Saturday and Sunday. All the instruments were then taken off the bus and into a secure area within the hotel. Once done it was time to check into the rooms and then meet in the Bar!

We were up early for breakfast, after which we loaded the bus to ensure we were ready for the evening concert taking place at the Kew Musical Museum. During the day we had some free time to visit the amazing Kew Gardens and the museum itself..

After the show it was back to the hotel for a nightcap! (after unloading the bus!)

The next day the bus was again loaded ready for the afternoon concerts at Windsor Castle.

We cant really emphasise what a huge honour it was to be asked to play in the Bandstand within the grounds of the castle. The crowds loved the performances and it was an emotional experience for everyone. After the shows it was time to head home to Norwich for a well-earned rest!

 

Catch our remaining summer shows as listed here.

We look forward to seeing you – and a special thanks to those who travelled to Windsor to watch the shows.

Ian Colman MBE – Musical Director

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Front and back row cornet vacancies

Taverham Band is non-contesting, and is one of the leading concert brass bands in East Anglia with a weekly rehearsal on a Tuesday night from 7.30pm – 9.30pm. (Training Band from 6.30pm – 7.15pm)

Under the direction of Ian Colman MBE who has been Musical Director for 25 years, Taverham Band specialises in concert work and undertaking a number of exciting and varied  engagements during the year. In recent years we have performed for HM Queen Diamond Jubilee Garden Party, Sandringham Flower Show, Menin Gate (Ypres, Belgium) and in 2018 at Windsor Castle.

The band has a policy of focusing on entertainment for the general public whilst at the same time giving experience and encouragement to all its members, from ex-professional musicians to youngsters working hard to develop their skills.  The band has 40 members and rehearsal numbers average 26 players.  Quality instrument available.

If you want to be part of a friendly, sociable and progressive Band then please get in touch.

Ian Colman MBE – Musical Director

Ian’s Update June 2018

With preparations  well under way for the main events of the band’s Summer engagements,  a strong contigent visited St Andrew’s Hall to hear the nationally-acclaimed Cory Band in concert and admire the outstanding virtuosity of these top professionals.

The Musical Museum in Kew is home to an extensive and world famous collection of musical instruments. From the tiniest of clockwork music boxes to the Mighty Wurlitzer theatre organ in their concert hall, you can listen to and learn about an impressive array of reproducing pianos, pipe organs and violin players. The Museum’s theatre space hosts a variety of musical concerts, films and dances throughout the year, and ​the Band is privileged to have been asked to give a concert as part of the Museum’s summer programme.

From Kew we go on to Windsor to perform at the bandstand in Windsor Castle, which promises to be an exciting event only days after the Royal Wedding.  Our previous engagements at the Queen’s Jubilee Garden Party and the Sandringham Flower Show have been outstanding milestones in the Band’s history, and this should be equally memorable.

In 2017 the Band was privileged to participate in the Menin Gate ceremony at Ypres on the Centenary of the battle of Passchendaele; and in May 2019 we shall once again be venturing overseas, having been invited by Fred Olsen Cruises to accompany their cruise to the Norwegian Fjords and provide musical entertainment for the passengers. An exciting opportunity indeed which promises to be yet another very special and prestigious undertaking.

Ian Colman MBE  – Musical Director

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Ian’s Update May 2018

Well, spring has certainly “sprung” and the band launched into the season with its celebration concerts at the village hall.

Beverley Greenacre and Amelia Hazelwood both received long service awards, 30 and 20 years’ service respectively!  Tenor Horn player Peter Almond will be 90 this year and is still an active member of the band (he does tell us that he has however have to give up his water skiing hobby!). Ian of course has completed 40 years in the Band, 25 years conducting!   Hence we really did have something to celebrate across the band.

The concert programme was a selection of numbers that had special memories for Ian, as well as tunes selected by Amelia, Beverley and Peter.

The concert included “Bandology” which Ian recalled we had played from the early days. Other favourites included “McArthur Park” and “As If We Never Said Goodbye” from Sunset Boulevard superbly played by Paul on trombone.

During the concerts Ian gave an insight as to the importance of the social side of the band. He remembered overseas trips to Belgium, Germany and Holland which were very special moments. Taverham band, he explained, was a true “family” and the spirit of the band extends far beyond the music. He also recalled the early days of the band and how the band has developed, from humble beginnings into a major concert band. He also explained that as a conductor he is entirely self-taught !!!!

He also recalled how sister Beverley (who many will know is not a nun ! but his sister) once fled her solo performance being hotly pursued by a wasp !

It was a great concert and we would like to thank the audience who made the celebration concert so special. Presentations were made and thanks were made to Ian who really has taken the band to new levels , providing so much enjoyment for the band and its audiences. Without his dedication and commitment, the band would certainly not be what it is today.

You can see a clip from the celebration show on you tube – it’s the bands roaring version of “Old Man River” – it’s a drum feature with John in the drum chair – hang on to your hat !

Also, Rebecca Buss’s lovely flugelhorn solo on Concierto D’Aranjuez (as mimed by Tara Fitzgerald in the popular film “Brassed Off”) :

And, finally, Ian’s reminiscences of 40 years with Taverham Band :-

Some additional photographs taken over the two nights of our Spring concerts can be viewed by clicking here.

We look forward to seeing you all in the summer as we play various shows and concerts – please see our engagements list here.

Ian Colman MBE – Musical Director

 

Ian’s Update April 2018

With the long and harsh winter now just a distant memory (remember the “Big Beast from the East?) the Band’s concert programme is well under way; and this year we are looking forward to two special and prestigious engagements in London in June.

The Musical Museum in Kew is home to an extensive and world famous collection of musical instruments. From the tiniest of clockwork music boxes to the Mighty Wurlitzer theatre organ in our concert hall, you can listen to and learn about an impressive array of reproducing pianos, pipe organs and violin players. The Museum’s theatre space hosts a variety of musical concerts, films and dances throughout the year, and the Band is privileged to have been asked to give a concert as part of the Museum’s summer programme.

From Kew we go on to Windsor to perform at the bandstand in Windsor Castle, which promises to be an exciting event only days after the Royal Wedding.  Our previous engagements at the Queen’s Jubilee Garden Party and the Sandringham Flower Show have been outstanding milestones in the Band’s history, and we are looking forward to another successful summer venture after last year’s participation in the Menin Gate ceremony at Ypres on the Centenary of the battle of Passchendaele in 1917.

Ian Colman MBE – Musical Director

01603 868680