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!
With much regret, Oxted Band are POSTPONING this year’s Stars of Brass concert. We are hopeful of rearranging once the current coronavirus situation has calmed down.
OXTED BAND are pleased to announce that the latest in our ‘Stars of Brass’ series will take place on Saturday 2nd May at St John’s Church, Hurst Green, Surrey RH8 9EA at 7.30pm.
Our very special guest is Zoe Lovatt Cooper, flugel horn soloist at the world-famous Black Dyke Band.
Tickets are priced at £7.50, and will be available on the door. Refreshments will be served at the interval.
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).
We are very grateful to British Bandsman for their kind permission in allowing us to share the following article from their current issue:
The Oxted Band Spring Concert will be held on Saturday 4th May at St John’s Church, Hurst Green, Surrey RH8 9EA at 7.30pm, and will feature another soloist in our ‘Stars of Brass’ series.
This year our special guest will be Stephen Kane, solo baritone of the number 1 ranked brass band in the World, the Cory Band. Steven comes from Bexleyheath in South London, but moved to Wales for his studies and has enjoyed huge success while he has been a member of Cory, winning all of the major brass band competitions both nationally and internationally with them.
Steven’s father Derick, who recently retired as principal euphonium of the International Staff Band of the Salvation Army after over 40 years, will be playing a duet with Steven in the concert.
Tickets are £7.50, and will be available on the door.
Refreshments, included in the ticket price, will be served at the interval. (We welcome donations for refreshments but it is not compulsory).
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Lottery tickets costing £1 per week are available at https://www.tandridgelottery.co.uk/support/the-oxted-band. 50p of the £1 ticket price goes directly to the Oxted Band, with 10p in every pound going into a fund for the Council to distribute in the form of small grants, to a wide range of good cause projects who apply for support in the Tandridge district.
The rest of the money goes towards prizes and administration costs. There is no cost to the charities, projects and groups who sign up.
One of our supporters recently won £25 which helped towards Christmas presents!
It’s still November but Oxted Band are getting in the Christmas mood and have already started on the carols after a wonderful evening on Thursday 15th November playing for the switching on of the Christmas Lights in Oxted Town centre.
We now enter our busiest month of the year and hope you will be able to join with us at one of our upcoming events.
In particular we have two concerts:
On Saturday 8th December at 3pm, we have our Christmas Concert at St John’s Church in Hurst Green, featuring all your favourite Christmas music and carols and the dedicated learners of our training band. Tickets are just £5 for adults and free for under 15s.
On Saturday 15th December at 8pm, we finish off our year with our annual visit to the Oxted Royal British Legion where we present a more informal Christmas concert.