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September 2015 - Sad news - Albert Ashbridge

We are all very sad to hear of the loss of Albert Ashbrige who gave 43 years as conductor and player to Beverley Brass Band.

Albert, who only retired from playing with Beverley Brass Band in 2014, had been the band's conductor between 1970 and 1972 and then again between 2005 and 2006, although he was always prepared to take the baton in between times if needed.

Albert was a fundamental part of BBB. One of the nicest, kindest gentleman you'd ever meet in the band room or anywhere else.

Albert was such a patient and helpful tutor to all his friends on back row especially the younger members.

Albert's artistic talents did not stop at playing cornet or conducting. He he always found a way to put smiles on fellow member's faces by producing hand drawn birthday and Christmas cards. It was therefore only fitting that he announced his retirement from the band in his usual unique way.

Please see Albert's final card to all the band (right) when he retired in 2014.

 

Albert

Self portrait by Albert Ashbridge 2014

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April 28 2015 - KC Stadium - Hull V Liverpool

Hull KC date. Hull v Liverpool

On our 4th appearance at the KC stadium tension was heavy in the air- even the weather felt it with wind to sun, warm to cold.

The stage was set. Outside the main entrance between 6.00 and 6.20 players started to congregate. For Hull, this was a huge game- a loss would lead to a possible, almost inevitable relegation. A draw would help, a win- well against Liverpool?

On their side was the good luck charm of Beverley Brass Band. The first game the band played with Hull was the FA cup quarter final- a little more than a year earlier. Hull beat Sunderland in a stunning game. From then on, Hull had never lost a game that the band played at.

So much rested on this game for Hull.

6.30 arrived and the band began playing. Starting with the modern classic of Mumford and Sons 'I will Wait' an instant crowd pleaser.

Swiftly this was followed by 'Eye of the Tiger'- Hull's anthem, 'Live and Let Die' featuring our soprano soloist- Ray Taylor and Coldplay on stage.

We were requested to play 'you'll never walk alone' for the Liverpool fans but everyone of us did so with a heavy heart other than Ryan who supports them. We played the piece, which despite football allegiances, is a beautiful one.

Our one hour session of playing ended with Can't help falling in love and Queen's Greatest Hits (which concludes with we are the champions.)

Kick off at 7.45 and all we could do was hope. In a stunning result for Hull they grasped a 1-0 win.

James Mooney, of the club stated:

"Awww you guys where magnificent. I don't mind telling you that it has been a tough
6 months in this role and yet standing and watching the band play our anthem really made me realise what it is I am doing here....... I got quite emotional if I am honest. Thanks, J"

We even got a mention in the Daily Telegraph:

MD Peter Kench said: it's days like this that make you proud to be in the band. The atmosphere at KC is always phenomenal and we're just glad that at least for Hull, the lucky charm paid off. Similar to Hull it's been a tough few months for us- following the death of a long term band associate Malcolm Gardham and the loss of several players for various reasons but we still have a strong core of players and a great calendar. Well done Hull.

Peter Kench
  

March 15 2015 - Regionals - The North of England Areas championships

We were very proud this year to attend The North of England Brass Band championships.

For 3 months the band worked tirelessly on the test piece 'An English Pastorale' a beautiful piece composed by Dean Jones. Although disappointed with the result, we have potential to build upon for future contests and were very proud of our efforts in our first areas contest in nearly 20 years.

The band has significantly turned its fortunes round in the last 2 years and to be able to compete at this level was an honour and a privilege after so long away from this type of contesting. Not to be defeated the band will re-group, work on the points from the adjudicator and hopefully embrace the contesting stage again with an even better result.

Thank you for all of the support and we are proud to differentiate ourselves from other bands in the area with our mixture of concerts and contesting.

See you at a venue in 2015

Peter Kench, MD
  

December 2014 - New players

Joining us are two new cornet players.

Ryan Thomas a music and German student at The University of Hull has joined us during his final year. Ryan is a close friend of our MD, Peter Kench (a former Hull student) and we are all pleased to have him on board. Welcome Ryan. We hope you enjoy your time with us. Ryan will be joining our front row cornet section.

Jim Watkin has been a cornet player for a number of years recently playing with Loxley Silver and depping for Heyrod Brass, Mossley St. John's and Classic Brass. Jim joins our band after moving to Hull recently and will also be joining our front row.
  

Malcolm Gardham

On 15 November we were very sad to hear about the passing of our close friend and associate Malcolm Gardham. 'Mally' as he was affectionately known by the band and his friends, leaves Jill (his long term partner and one of our percussionists). The news of Mally's passing came as a profound shock to the whole of the band.

Consistently, Mally was the 'man behind the scenes' and for many years the band had relied on his accounting, secretarial and librarian skills allowing us to simply play music. For everything else that needed doing including being the band roadie, organising people etc. there was Mally. Without his input the band will struggle, but we shall continue in his memory.

We were honoured to play at Mally's funeral and that many of his friends donated money in his memory to the band. We pay an especially big thanks to the Royal Mail, with whom Mally worked for their significant donation. The money was requested to be spent on something to benefit the band.

We thank you Mally for your friendship, your support and your pure determination to make this band successful. We thank you for the many hours you spent on all our behalves and lastly we thank you for being the passionate person you were. You are and will always be greatly missed.

Rest in peace,

Beverley Brass Band
  

Mally

Malcolm Gardham

March 9 2014 - KC Stadium - FA Cup Quarter Final

The band were invited by Hull City to play at the KC Stadium to entertain the arriving fans from both teams in the lead up to the FA Cup quarter final against Sunderland.

It was a wonderful day out - great atmosphere, the sun shone, Hull City looked after us well and both sets of fans were great. We also got ourselves on TV and also got to see the match.

Not bad for our first engagement of 2014! More photos & videos
  

KC Stadium

February 16 2014

Beverley Brass Band, until recently had an active junior section mainly for learners under 16. Well they all grew up or joined the main band and it ceased to be.

Under Peter Kench, our new MD, it has been decided to get the juniors going again and starting in February 2014 the first few new juniors started coming along for a blow. Peter (who works as a school teacher during the day) takes the practice at the St. John Ambulance Hall on the corner of Wlibert/Morton Lane, Beverley between 7.00pm and 7.45pm on Wednesday evenings (during school time). If you or your child is interested in playing in the band or you just want to find out more please contact Peter Kench. We have some spare instruments available and we don't charge fees!! But it would be helpful to have a reasonable ability to read music. Moms and dads are welcome to come along too to listen or can join in if they wish!
  
  

 

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April 6 2013

First concert of the year:

Beverley Brass Band took to stage at Swanland Villiage Hall for their first concert of the year. This was an entirely re-vamped programme for the New Year. The band drafted in the expertise of former Musical Director, Jim Johnson on Euphonium (stepping in for the 'temporarily out of action' Eddie Pybus who broke his wrist). The band also had help from Rhodri Williams (a bass player from The University of Hull Brass Band) who has subsequently agreed to be part of the band in its build-up to the Hardraw Scar entertainments Contest.

The band played a well varied programme including the Black Dyke's signature march 'Knight Templar' and the landscape-evoking piece 'Oregon' (turning out to be an audience favourite). The soloists included principal cornet, Katherine Hanover, Solo Euphonium, Jim Johnson and Solo Tenor Horn, Pete Wilson. The soloists played 'Buster Strikes Back', 'Grandfather's Clock' and 'He 'aint heavy he's my brother', respectively.

Beverley Brass Band at Swanland Village Hall

The band even had some choreography to tackle with. 'Joy, Peace and Happiness' proved to be an audience foot-tapper and the Louisianna Funeral style of 'The Old Rugged Cross' saw the cornets march to the stage.

MD Peter Kench said he felt that 'the night was a great success. The varied audience thoroughly enjoyed the evening and the band played very well. We are looking forward to our return to Swanland in December and to the rest of the concert series'.
  


Peter
With Peter (MD)

Pete solo
Pete Wilson Horn solo

On auto pilot
Band on auto pilot

old Rugged Cross
Old Rugged Cross

New Music Stand
La Music Stand!


December 2012

The band had a busy month in December playing a variety of venues, concerts and Christmas services as well as our traditional caroling in and around Beverley:

Streetlife Museum Carols
Beverley Minster Carols
Beverley Lights Switch on Carols
Watton Church Service
Sue Ryder Holme Hall Service
Swanland Village Hall Concert
Beverley Festival of Christmas Carols
Castle Hill Hospital  Service
Castle Hill Hospital & TCT Unit Carols
Garrison Church of St.Martin Service
Easterfield Court, Driffield Carols
Conservative Club Concert
Tesco Beverley Carols
Harvest Group Service
All Saints Chruch, Ferriby Service
Welton Village Hall Concert
Tesco Beverley Carols
Toll Gavel Church Service

Now, nearly at the end of January 2013, bookings are already looking very healthy for December this year. If you are seeking to book teh band at anytime of the year, but especially for December you are advised to contact us as soon as possble.
  

 

8 September 2012
Routh garden party for All Saints Church

The sun shone brightly in the wonderful surroundings of Cleveland House in Routh as our new MD Peter Kench conducted the band on his first outing. There were stalls, cakes, prizes and wonderful cream teas when at last the English summer showed its best face. Many thanks to our host Frank Wells for providing a beautiful setting for our performance and for sharing his wonderful photographs with us as a fine record of the day.

 

Band playing at Routh

19 February 2012
Surprise garden concert for Jim Malton

Jim Malton recently retired from the band after 43 years of service. Unknown to Jim the band were not going to let him go quietly and on Sunday turned up at his house and played an impromptu concert for him and his family in his back garden. Jim was presented with a framed photo of the band when he was playing with us as a small reminder of the time he spent with us.
Click image of Jim and his wife to view more photos.
  

 
     
Jim and his wife with his gift

22 October 2010
Concert at Cottingham Methodist Church
  
Jim Johnson conducted the band in his final concert before he stepped down as Musical Director of Beverley Brass Band. The concert was successful in raising £300 for the church.

During the concert, attended by 150 people, newly appointed conductor Phil Biddlecombe was welcomed and invited to conduct a piece. Jim Johnson was thanked for conducting the band for the past 5 years and both he and his wife were presented with gifts to show the band's gratitude to work he had done for them during this time.

  

  
  
Mick Cater and Jim Johnson
  
Mick Cater, The band's founder presenting a leaving present to
Jim Johnson who stood down as MD after this concert

25 July 2010 - Concert at Leven House
  
Coming towards the end of another summer season the band played a concert in the grounds of Leven House, Leven. The weather was kind and the audience was very appreciative. Thanks to Janet and Gill for the photographs. Click here to view album

Des Milburn Solo - click for more images of this event

23 October 2009 - Band's 40th Anniversary
  
After another busy summer season the Band celebrated it’s the 40th anniversary with a concert in aid of Combat Stress, the leading charity supporting British Veterans who have been traumatised by their service experiences. The concert was held at the Beverley Toll Gavel Methodist Church and included performances by the Junior Band.

Photos of the concert can be found at HU17.net
 



40th Ainniversary Mug

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4 October 2009 - Beverley Food Festival

The good people of Beverley were once again out in their thousands to support Beverley Food Festival. Beverley Brass Band once again played it's part on the Sunday morning. Paul from HU17.net was on hand to take photographs.
  
 
Link to HU17's video of the band playing at Beverley Food Festival
1 August 2008 - National Cycle Road Race, Beverley

Beverley took its place for a stage of the National Cycling Road Race Championships for the first time. The band played at the Market cross band stand near the finish line providing musical entertainment while the competitors were out of view racing around the town circuit. More Photos
  
  
Frank Hobson watching the race as the band took a break

29 July 2008 - Unveiling of newly registered Yorkshire Flag - Queen's Gardens, Hull

A small group from the band, led by band leader Jim Johnson, were asked to play at Queens Gardens Hull for a ceremonial unfurling of the newly registered Yorkshire Flag by Mayor Councilor Elaine Garland. The registration of the flag establishes the white rose on a blue background as the flag of the historic county of Yorkshire.

The band's playing and the historic unfurling were featured on BBC Look North. More photos

 

  
BBB playing at Queen's Gardens for teh unviling of the Yorkshire Flag

The newley registered Yorkshire flag

14 June 2008 - Walkington Garden Party

The band were pleased to play once again at the Walkington Garden Party in impressive surroundings and thankfully the rain kept away this year.

The cream teas were excellent! Thank you! More photos

   
   

 

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