25th Anniversary Concert Report

Anniversary Concert Report


On Saturday 9th July 2016 Tenbury Teme Valley Band held its 25th Anniversary Concert at the Regal Theatre in Tenbury.

All proceeds from this concert were presented to the Three local charities (Hereford Hospital Renton Unit, Equine Market Watch, and Working Together).

Wow! What a fun-filled and spectacular evening it was. The auditorium was packed with our wonderful, supportive audience who participated throughout in all the music and jollity.

The band, conducted by Ruth Riley, opened the concert with a rousing rendition of the Concert March ‘Colonel Bogey’. Another piece in this opening selection was one of the band’s current favourite pieces ‘Ecstasy of Gold’.

Tenbury C of E Primary Academy Choir, conducted by Kevin Bryant, captivated everyone with their first group of songs. One of the most poignant memories of the evening is Choral Diversity leading everyone into a standing ovation for this talented children’s choir.

The band’s saxophone section then entertained with two saxophone quartets ‘Looney Tunes’ and ‘Baby Elephant Walk’ before the full band played a Star Wars Medley, complete with sound effects, masks and light sabers (much to the delight of Star Wars fans).

Then it was the turn of Choral Diversity to take to the stage with a superb arrangement of The Lion King. Their conductor Beth Melling has created a vibrant, fun loving and clearly dedicated choir, which was appreciated by the audience.

The final group of pieces in the first half included a beautiful rendition of Going Home by the band’s horn section.

The band opened the second half with ‘Happy’ from Despicable Me 2 which led to spontaneous singing by the two choirs. The choirs and audience also enjoyed singing the songs in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Tenbury C of E Primary Academy Choir once more spread their magic over us all with their second selection of songs. What Stars they were!

In the next selection of band pieces was The Three Minute Nutcracker. This created hilarity as the band endeavoured to play the arrangement of the Nutcracker Ballet in three minutes. We also had our own ballerina, 10 year old Alice Hickey. Alice held the toy nutcracker and was delighted to be presented with a red rose at the end of her performance (as every prima ballerina should!).

Founding members of Tenbury Teme Valley Band cut the 25th Anniversary cake whilst everyone sang Happy Birthday.

After Choral Diversity had entertained us with their 2nd selection of songs it was time for the Grand Finale. Tenbury Teme Valley Band, Choral Diversity, the Tenbury Primary Academy choir and members of the Royal British Legion Choir together with the audience raised the Regal Theatre roof with You’ll Never Walk Alone and Old Time Singalong.

Everyone was treated to a cupcake as they left the theatre.

What a wonderful evening!


A Musical Night at the Movies

Raising funds for Headsmart and Kyre Group Riding for the Disabled

On Saturday 12th July 2014 Tenbury Teme Valley Band held their Annual Charity Concert – ‘A Musical Night at the Movies’.It was a packed house at the Regal Theatre in Tenbury Wells and the audience thoroughly enjoyed an amazing evening of entertainment.

The band opened the concert with a superb rendition of ‘The Dambuster’s March’, which was preceded by a flypast of Lancaster bombers! Thank you to John Mather (Chairman of the Band Committee) and the Regal sound and lighting engineers. The band followed this with another piece and then welcomed their first special guests: Tenbury C of E Primary School Choir.

The school choir, which is made up of children aged 7 to 11, directed by Mr Kevin Bryant, enthralled the audience in both halves of the concert with an enchanting selection of songs.

After two more pieces by the band and a flute solo by the very talented Archie Auger the band welcomed its next special guests, the Ludlow and Hereford Got 2 Sing choirs. Their Musical Director, Beth Hippard, led the choir as they sang a range of songs in their vibrant and professional style.

After a short interval the second half commenced with the band performing a medley of Abba’s greatest hits. This resulted in a spontaneous singalong by choirs and audience.

Next the band welcomed an unexpected guest, Adele, who seemed pleased with the band’s interpretation of Skyfall!

It was then time for a very special part of the evening in which the band celebrated the achievements of its members. Martin Thompson was presented with a glass clarinet in recognition of 10 years dedicated service to the band. Numerous band members were congratulated on achieving their instrumental grades (see news section of website for details).

Everyone involved in supporting the band over the past year and those who helped make the concert such an amazing evening were thanked for all their hard work and commitment.

The Got 2 Sing choir and the band performed further memorable pieces and this led to the Grand Finale. All the performers joined together to give a rousing rendition of ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 miles) by the Proclaimers, ensuring the evening ended on a high note!


Fun and laughter before playing ‘James Bond’!


Some of the comments about the concert:

…Congratulations on the fantastic concert! It was amazing!

…all the musical groups complimented each other

…it was as near to perfect as you can get

…we thought it was all excellent, a really lovely programme of music

…been an amazing 10 years and I’ve loved every minute of it

…congratulations on such a successful event

…the band sounded so professional

…Woweee!! Last night was ELECTRIC!!

…Well done and thanks to all the performers (Band and Choirs) who performed at the Regal tonight. Fantastic fun anda wonderful concert!

…it was really stunning!

…I liked the familiarity of the pieces, especially singing along with Abba

…we haven’t enjoyed a night out so much for a long time. Can we order 2 tickets for next year’s concert?


2014 ‘Musical Night at the Movies’ eye catching poster