We are absolutely delighted, two years after originally planned, to have the visit of Zoe Lovatt-Cooper for our Stars of Brass concert on Saturday 23rd April at St John’s Church, Hurst Green, Surrey RH8 9EA at 7.30pm.
Zoe is probably best known in Brass Band circles for being the Flugel Horn player with the world-famous Black Dyke band for a number of years. Zoe studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and after completing her first year she was awarded the Harry Mortimer Memorial Trust, Brass Student of the Year. She has also won both Best Soloist at the British Open and Best Instrumentalist at the National Championships of Great Britain, and we are delighted to feature another soloist of such calibre with our band. Zoe will be bringing a variety of solo work to us, and we’re sure we are in for a fantastic night.
In addition, Zoe will be holding a workshop with our middle brass sections before the concert and we will also feature these players in our concert.
We are delighted to confirm that our Autumn Concert will be on Saturday 23rd October at 7:30pm in St John’s Church, Hurst Green.
We are working to make this as ‘normal’ as possible but we will need to restrict audience numbers to allow for sensible distancing, so please pre-book your tickets either by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 07593 354526.
What a strange year 2020 has been. This time last year we were looking forward to our usual schedule of concerts, contest and outdoor events but like many areas of life, Coronavirus has meant none of that has happened.
Thankfully, the band is still active in other ways – we’ve met regularly online and, when restrictions have allowed, we’ve met outdoors to play together, most recently for a carol blow-through! We were also able to meet as a small group to record for online Remembrance day services.
Remote recordings allowed us to play together at least a couple of times during lockdown, and such technology meant we could take part in the fantastic Hurst Green Online Nativity!
Christmas is a particularly special time for brass bands and we are usually out and about playing at various events and of course enjoying our Christmas Concert, usually to a packed out audience at St John’s, Hurst Green. We didn’t want to totally miss that experience, so are thankful to have video of our 2019 concert.
The video is embedded below, or can be watched on our pages on Facebook (www.facebook.com/oxtedband) or Youtube (www.youtube.com/oxtedband). There are also some additional Christmas videos popping up on our Facebook page, so do take a look.
We hope to see you again very soon, but meanwhile have a very Happy and Safe Christmas!
As the lockdown continues, Oxted Band have been unable to physically meet now for some seven weeks, but we are doing our best to continue our activities as far as we can.
Many of us meet each week online for a catchup and we decided we’d like to share something of us playing, so here’s our first attempt at distance banding – what could be more appropriate in these challenging times than… Happy!
As Christmas approaches again, the band has already been out and about playing carols, starting on the 21st November with the Oxted Christmas evening and then at Caterham on 1st December for the turning on of the Cedar tree lights.
We have a number of further events, as can be seen on our engagements page, but we particularly would like to invite you to our Christmas concert on Saturday 14th December at St John’s Church, Hurst Green, Surrey RH8 9EA at 3.00pm.
We shall be playing Christmas music, with plenty of carols for an audience sing-a-long. The concert will also feature members of our Training Band who will be presenting some of the work they have done this year. And you will still be home for Strictly Come Dancing in the evening!
Tickets are priced at £5 for adults (children under-15 free), and will be available on the door. Refreshments and mince pies will be served at the interval.
The band have had a great summer, playing at eight outdoor events across Surrey and the South East, and finishing as usual with our most local event – a lovely Saturday afternoon spent at the Hurst Green Fete. We took part in a number of new events including the Brass Band Festival at Borde Hill Garden where we enjoyed not only playing but also sitting and listening to other bands.
The summer has brought us some beautiful weather this year, and we’ve certainly had the sun cream out! We’ve also been heard by even more people than usual, having been featured on BBC Radio Surrey when playing at the Countryside Food Festival at Priory Farm.
Now we turn back inside, and are rehearsing hard for the Scaba Autumn Contest which we will take part in this Sunday. Then it’s on to our Autumn Concert which takes place on Saturday 12th October at 7:30pm at St John’s Church in Hurst Green.
The concert will feature a varied and entertaining programme of music, along with soloists from within the band. Tickets are priced at £7.50 and will be available at the door. Refreshments in the interval are included (we welcome donations for these).