Masterclass with Colin Hales

Saturday 8th February 2020

MASTERCLASS

with

Colin Hales

   LRSM, BMus (Hons), MMus

 

Tenbury Teme Valley Band is pleased to announce that it has organised a Masterclass conducted by Colin Hales-an outstanding experienced musician with a magnificent military background.

Born in Scotland, Colin moved to the Portsmouth area in 1977 and with great encouragement from his trumpet playing grandfather and musical parents, began learning the cornet in the local primary school training Brass Band. He was later selected to perform with the Hampshire County Youth Brass Band on Soprano Cornet and the local Brass Band, Solent Concert Band, as Solo Cornet.

After a relatively straightforward audition, he joined the British Army in February 1991 and his first position was with The Band of The Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME Band), located near Reading in Berkshire.

In 1999 Colin decided to undergo a career change, and applied for the Student Bandmaster Course held at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall, Twickenham. He passed through a stringent and robust selection process and together with five other musicians from other bands within the Corps of Army Music, and three from overseas, began the three year course in September 2000.  Throughout, he continued with his trumpet studies and was a part of the seven-person Fanfare Team chosen to perform from the organ loft of St Paul’s Cathedral at Her Majesty The Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002.

Upon successful completion of the course in 2003, and in addition to being awarded several prizes; best Wind Band composition, best Arrangement of poplar music, best at Brass and Woodwind arranging and a BMus (Hons) degree, Colin was posted to Swanton Morely, Norfolk, as Bandmaster of The Band of The Dragoon Guards.  Subsequent assignments were the Queen’s Division (Minden) Band near Royston, Cambridgeshire (2006), The Band of The Royal Corps of Signals, Blandford, Dorset (2008), and the Royal Artillery Band and Orchestra in Woolwich, London (2010). This post concluded with his final Master’s Degree conducting examination in May 2012. This was followed by a period of non-musical duties as a Military Stabilisation and Support Group, Team Second in Command. Following a 6 month deployment to the Nahr E Saraj district of Helmand Province, Afghanistan, he was assigned back to the highly privileged musical position as the Bandmaster of the Life Guards Band; the most senior band in the Army.

Colin completed the five month long Mounted Dutyman course (famously known as The Household Cavalry’s ‘Riding School’) in October 2013. The Life Guards Band combined with the Blues and Royals Band in Windsor in September 2014 to become the Band of The Household Cavalry. During the subsequent three years as Bandmaster on horseback he was at the very heart of all the most prestigious and famous ceremonial events there are; the highlight of which was the Mounted Band’s performance for Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th Birthday celebrations in Windsor Great Park. As if that wasn’t enough, he also managed to fit in the time to lead the Military Wives Choir of Sandhurst as their Musical Director. Sadly only for one year throughout 2016, it was a role he enjoyed immensely. The Household Cavalry Band is where he happily remained until retirement from the Army in March 2017.

Now fully embedded in rural Herefordshire, Colin continues to enjoy his music, working freelance as a conductor, tutor, trumpet player, composer/arranger and mentor at a variety of locations across the region and as a cornet player in the Band of The Royal Welsh. He is the founder of Hereford Fanfare Trumpets, a small team of herald trumpeters, available for performances at any function imaginable nationwide.  He shares his country cottage with his wife of 23 years, Tonya, two daughters, Libby and Abi, two cocker Spaniels, Ella and Mindy, five ducks and four chickens.

Report on Tenbury Teme Valley Band’s 2019 Annual Summer Concert

Music for a Summer Evening (Charity Concert)

 

It was a magical evening at Tenbury Ormiston Academy when Tenbury Teme Valley Band entertained a wonderful capacity audience at their annual charity concert. The band delighted everyone with a varied repertoire of pieces. Among the many highlights were solo performances by Mansel Leake (trumpet) and Laura Pocknell (clarinet).

Mansel Leake (the band’s principal trumpet player) performing Moon River

The bands’ guests included an excellent appearance by local adult choir, Choral Diversity, who performed an impressive selection of songs, conducted by their talented Musical Director- Beth Melling. Further entertainment was provided by primary school choirs from Tenbury and Cleehill and a group of older children-‘KJ Performance Company’. The choirs were conducted by a very lively Kevin Bryant and their enjoyment and enthusiasm was very evident.

 

The event raised nearly £700 for two local charities-Matt’s Mission, which raises money to provide holidays and wishes for children who have a life threatening condition, and The Pamela May Trust, which has built a specially adapted narrow boat to enable disabled and disadvantaged groups to experience a special canal journey.

 

Musical Director of Tenbury Teme Valley Band, Mary Smith, said, “It was an amazing evening and everyone gave a fantastic performance to a very appreciative audience. I am so proud that we have raised so much money for such good causes.”

 

The band’s next local event will be a concert at Coreley Memorial Hall on Saturday 28th September at 7.30 p.m. Band rehearsals will resume on Saturday evenings at Tenbury Primary Academy from 14th September starting at 5.30 for the ‘Academy’ and 6.30 for the main band.

 

 

Summer Charity Concert-Saturday 6th July 2019

Tenbury Teme Valley Band is excitedly preparing for its annual Summer Charity Concert to be held at Tenbury Ormiston Academy on Saturday 6th July 2019. There will be many new repertoire pieces to entertain the audience.

The band will be performing with Choral Diversity, Clee Hill Community Academy Choir, Tenbury C of E Primary Academy Choir and KS3 Choir.

Choral Diversity is a contemporary Choir from the West Midlands who meet on Thursdays at Leominster Golf Club, Ford Bridge, HR6 OLE at 7.30pm. They are conducted by the very talented Beth Melling. The choir is in demand at numerous prestigious events and raises vast amounts of money for charity.

 Kevin Bryant is the accomplished conductor of the three childrens’ choirs, from Tenbury and Clee Hill, who always provide fantastic entertainment for their audiences. 

 

The Pamela May Trust and Matt’s Mission

All proceeds from the concert will be donated to two charities-The Pamela May Trust and Matt’s MIssion.

 

The Pamela May Trust is raising considerable amounts of money for a new narrow boat specially adapted for people with disabilities. It is known as ‘The Pamela May 2’ Community Trip Boat.

 

Matt’s Mission Children’s Charity-Making Smiles Glow is a dedicated children’s charity that raises funds to ”make smiles glow” providing Wishes, Gifts and Family trips to life limited, sick and disabled children. There is also adapted holiday home respite available in Skegness.

‘Granting wishes to sick children with an illness and disability, providing respite in a sensory hub free of charge and also our adapted holiday home respite. Funeral support and advice hub. Lapland and Disney Land trips every Christmas and regular visits to Hospital and Hospices.’

Big End to the Year for Busy Band

Tenbury Teme Valley Band had a hectic end of year in which it raised thousands of pounds for charity.

The band had a very busy and successful 2018, including playing during the busy summer season in front of large appreciative audiences at three Worcestershire Parks- Abbey Park Evesham, Lido Park Droitwich and Gheluvelt Park Worcester.

Great War Armistice Centenary Commemorations

Commemorating the Hundredth Anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Tenbury Teme Valley Band was honoured to support the Tenbury Royal British Legion in commemorating the hundredth anniversary of the end of the First World War.

The band entertained shoppers, on two consecutive Saturdays, outside Tescos in Tenbury Wells and raised money for the Poppy Appeal.

Tenbury Applefest 2018 and 2019

The band was very proud and excited to perform at Tenbury Applefest again in 2018 and is eagerly looking forward to the 2019 event.

Each year Tenbury Wells, The Town in the Orchard, celebrates the Mighty Apple with a one day event held on the Town’s Burgage Recreational Area.

The 2019 Applefest is being held on Saturday October 5th, 2019.

Frank P Matthews Ltd set up a magnificent display of over 250 different varieties of apples. Their knowledgeable staff are on hand to talk about them and also apple/tree husbandry to help people get the best out of their trees.The Marcher Apple Network spends the day identifying different varieties of apples bought in by visitors. There is a vast array of Trade stands for everyone to browse and enjoy …some people have said they like to start their Christmas shopping at the Applefest.

Throughout the day there is a variety of entertainment for everyone to enjoy from local school children, the Tenbury Teme Valley Band, Leominster Morris Dancers, Tenbury Royal British Legion Choir and the Bromyard Town Crier.

There are Alpaca Treks with Temevale Alpacas, Trevor Hills Animal Encounters, a Magician and also the Pearl Lake Ukelele Group (PLUG).

 

 

Coreley Concert

Tenbury Teme Valley Band played at a concert in Coreley Memorial Hall and raised the wonderful sum of £300 for the hall and St Peter’s Church, Coreley.

It was a lovely evening with refreshments and a raffle. The band wishes to thank the organisers for such a warm welcome and looks forward to performing again in 2019.

 

Buoyant Band Boosts Boat Appeal

The band was proud to support this wonderful charity by playing in beautiful surroundings:

A community has begun fundraising to buy a new purpose built narrowboat.
The boat will replace the current boat Pamela May which is equipped with a wheelchair lift and disabled toilet facilities so that no one is excluded from enjoying local canals.

The Pamela May is run by the Droitwich Waterways Trust Limited, a charity which runs trips for members of the community and promotes the preservation of the Droitwich Canal.

They are now nearing their target of £110,000 and held a Pamela May Day in David’s Garden, Ash Lane, Martin Hussingtree, Worcester. The two acre garden is divided into areas each with its own unique planting. Some of these areas include a romantic folly, a secret fairy garden, a beach garden and wildlife pond, a jungle and a Japanese tea garden. New additions for this year are Ironhenge and the bee garden which is a haven for wildlife.


There was entertainment all day, which included Morris Dancers, The Tenbury Teme Valley Band and Droitwich Community Choirs.
The author of Agatha Raisin and the Hamish Macbeth book series, M C Beaton, was in attendance to sign books.

Delicious refreshments were available and the day ended with a balloon race.

2017 Regal Concert Gallery

Annual Regal Concert Report 2017

2017 SUMMER CHARITY CONCERT

Yee Haa! Cowboy hats, Ponchos and Moustaches

 

Please view more pictures on the 2017 Charity Concert Gallery.

The 2017 Concert at the Regal Theatre, Tenbury Wells was sensational.

The band, with their conductor Ruth Riley, opened the concert by performing the lively jazzy music of Crazy Little Thing Called Love, the lyrical and romantic ‘The Way We Were’ and the rousing rhythmic Chicago. Immediately the audience was so responsive and welcoming with their applause.

Tenbury Primary Academy Choir and the Year 7 Singers, with their dynamic conductor Kevin Bryant, were brilliant and completely stole the show with their selection of songs in both halves. Their enthusiasm was infectious and love of singing was conveyed to the audience.

Mansel Leake, one of the founder members of the band, played a superb and faultless rendition of ‘Moon River’ on the trumpet. Later in the programme Ruth Riley played the beautiful and haunting Theme from Schindler’s List on flute, which displayed her talent (she has recently gained her Grade 8 with distinction).

Choral Diversity, with their conductor Beth Melling, wowed the audience with different styles of songs. ‘I Want to Break Free’ from the Queen Medley was an undoubted highlight and it was easy to believe that Freddie had returned to make a guest appearance, complete with his hoover.

To open the second half  the band was excited and proud to show off the newly acquired Fanfare Trumpets in Scenes from a Royal Tapestry. This piece has 4 movements and tells the story of the royal court of King Henry V111. The Fanfare Trumpets heralded the appearance of the king and his court, the 3rd movement ‘Court Jester’ had members of the band donning jester’s hats  and in the final movement ‘Royal Hunt’ members of the school choir rode around the Regal on hobby horses!

If all that wasn’t dramatic enough in ‘Dr Who;Through Time and Space’, the band’s favourite piece of the year, a Dalek made an appearance together with the Time Machine and Cyber Men.

Later the band members wore cowboy hats, and in Alyson Elder’s case a moustache and poncho, to play the two Western pieces- Ghost Riders in the Sky and The Magnificent Seven

In the Finale all of the performers, together with the audience, gave a rousing rendition of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’.

The band and choirs were widely acclaimed to have given an outstanding performance, with their chosen repertoires, to the delight of the audience.

Finally everyone was treated to delicious cupcakes, all baked by Jean Peters (mother of one of our young trumpet players ‘Ethan’ who recently passed his Grade 2 Trumpet with Distinction).

Numerous positive comments have been received and this one sums up the entire evening;

“Many Congratulations to all of the band for a really brilliant concert.

You are all a credit to the town.

Your support acts were a joy too.”