We had great success this weekend in our first contest under our new MD, Paul Graham. The SCABA Autumn Contest at Crawley involved the usual test-piece competition as well as march and hymn tune contests. Playing in the First Section, we managed to win the march competition, thanks to a great performance from our Principal Cornet, Matt Paterson. We also came a very creditable second in the test-piece contest, which was won by Milton Keynes Brass. To top off our afternoon, Paul was awarded the Conductor's prize for his interpretation of our test-piece, Celestial Prospect by Wilfred Heaton. So three trophies in all, which were a just reward for the hard work put in at the bandhall in recent weeks.
We’re really happy to announce that we’ve appointed a new Musical Director!
Paul Graham will take up the position on 22nd June.
Paul has had extensive band experience as a player with the Salvation Army’s International Staff Band and also with some of the best bands in the country such as Fodens, Grimethorpe and, more recently, Aveley and Newham. As a conductor/MD, he was bandmaster of the Salvation Army Croydon Citadel Band for 5 years and took charge of the South London Youth Band for 12 years.
We are really looking forward to working with Paul and continuing to build on the recent good work of his predecessor Jack Smith.
You can read more about Paul on the Musical Director page here.
On Sunday 22nd March we took part in the London and Southern Counties area qualifiers in Stevenage. It was our first year back in the First Section and in recent years we have struggled when making the transition from the more forgiving Second Section. Our piece was Philip Sparke's 'A London Overture', which gave us a stern test. Having been drawn first, the adjudicators' comments were critical but fair and they noted that we had laid down a good benchmark for the section. We ended up being ranked fifth, which was a great result for us and a huge improvement on our previous rankings in this section. This contest was also Jack Smith's final act as our Musical Director and it was a fitting end to his tenure. In the three years he has been with us, he has built on the great work done by his predecessor Ted Howard and pushed us into the top half of the First Section table. We are grateful to him for his effort and commitment and we hope that our next MD appointment is as successful. Auditions are in progress this month and we will announce our new MD soon.
Annual remembrance day service at St Mary's parish church in Ewell Village. A choral mattins service.
Map and further details.
Late night shopping and festive celebrations around the village.
Our annual Christmas concert, this time in partnership with the Cuddington Residents Association.
A short hop over the bypass to a lovely church. Tickets available soon.
Map and further details.