It's October already! a few days ago we were still walking round in t-shirts but now it feels like we're straight into Winter without much of an Autumn to be seen. Christmas is just around the corner. Okay, maybe two corners. But some of us are starting the carolling season on 7th NOVEMBER, so... yeah. Our Christmas concert will be on Sunday 1st December at 7pm. It's at the usual place - St Mary's Church on The Avenue in Worcester Park KT4 7HL. And, in time-honoured tradition, we're indebted to our friends at the Cuddington Residents' Association for looking after us and providing you with tea and mince pies as part of your ticket price.
Tickets are available from us (an order form is attached here for you to download and return), or from Vale Road Post Office (if you're local to the venue) or on the door on the night. £10 per adult and under 16's are free. We hope to see as many of you as possible there.
The band achieved a fantastic result at the national finals in Cheltenham on Sunday 15th September. We came fourth in the second section, beating some really tough competition across the eighteen bands taking part. Soloists Matthew Paterson (Cornet), Billy Fisher (Cornet), Lisa Hill (Flugelhorn) and the recently-hitched Andy Barrett (Euphonium) all deserve recognition for some high quality melody-making in Edward Gregson's 'Occasion'. As has been the case so often in recent years, the success was underpinned by the tireless work of our MD Paul Graham.
The joy of a good result was tempered by the sadness of losing two long-serving members of the band family who will be moving to other parts of the world. Matthew Paterson and Jonnie Bridges will be hugely missed and any new joiners will have big shoes to fill (get in touch if you are a seriously good cornet player looking to join a successful outfit!). Here's a picture of Jonnie basking in the glory of getting our certificate from adjudicator John Maines (by kind permission of 4 Bars Rest). Check out our new Instagram account 'eesb_uk' for this and other less formal pictures of the weekend.
The summer concert will be on Sunday 9th June this year. Following the huge success of last year’s concert in the Walled Garden of the Old Moat Garden Centre on Horton Lane in Epsom, we've decided to go with a very similar plan this year with a 3pm start. Don't worry, there's an 'indoor' area if it does end up raining. But we're hoping that it won't come to that and we’ll have glorious weather as we did last year. The garden centre café team will be selling food and drink again but feel free to bring your own if you like. The only thing you can’t bring into the garden is alcohol. Alcoholic drinks will be available for sale during the concert but you won’t be permitted to bring any of your own onto the premises. You’ll need to bring your own chairs or rugs, though there will be a few spare chairs for anybody who can’t manage to carry one.
Tickets are now available, priced at £10 for adults and free for under-15s. You can download an order form here. If you're a regular visitor to the garden centre, you can also buy tickets there on weekdays.We really hope to see you there on 9th June at 3pm
The London & Southern Counties Brass Band area contest took place this weekend. Eighteen bands took part in the Second section, playing Darrol Barry’s ‘Rise of the Phoenix’... and we won!! Epsom and Ewell Silver Band are L&SC Second Section champions 2019 and will be going to the National Finals in Cheltenham in September to compete against qualifying bands from other regions. Needless to say, there was much celebration late into the evening. The soloists (Lisa Hill on Flugel and Matt Paterson on Cornet) deserve a special mention but everybody played their part (literally) in this success.
If you come along to our summer concert at The Old Moat on Sunday 9th June (further details available soon) you will be able to see our trophy and Paul Graham’s (much bigger) ‘best Musical Director’ trophy in all their sparkling glory. We hope to see you there.
Annual remembrance day service at St Mary's parish church in Ewell Village. A choral mattins service.
Map and further details.
St Mary's Church, The Avenue, Worcester Park KT4 7HL, 7pm
Map and further details.