Winter Concert – 21/01/2015

Otterbourne Brass performed its first concert of 2015 at Chandler’s Ford Methodist Church.

A varied programme that had something for everyone’s taste was the general feedback from our enthusiastic audience. The marches “Mephistopheles” & “Praise” were played. David of the White Rock and Men of Harlech featured with it being so close to St David’s day!

The two solos on this occasion were performed by Sonja, who played “The Paragon”, and Graham who played “Song for Ina”.  Our overture was the “Jubilee Overture” by Philip Sparke. the same composer of The London Overture, whose test piece we will be playing at the West of England Regional Championships in March. With 4 movements from “Windows of the World, Blue Rondo a la Turk and Soul Bossa Nova also featuring, both audience and band members alike left the church in high spirits!

Spring Concert – 30/03/2014

On a beautifully sunny Mothering Sunday, 30 March 2014, Otterbourne brass, conducted by Gareth Pritchard, performed its Spring concert at Chandlers Ford Methodist Church.

Despite it being Mothering Sunday the band attracted a good audience who were treated to a varied programme of music.

The concert commenced in traditional fashion with a rousing performance of T J Powell’s “The Contestor” followed by music from the Broadway favourite Mack and Mabel.

The audience were further treated to four fine solo performances of Ae Fond Kiss (Helen Davis), La Belle Americaine (Graham Jones), Beneath the Willows (Nicky Robbins) and Londonderry Air (Chris Davies).  The concert was rounded off with Goff Richards’ “toe tapping” Songs of the Quay.

The band are very proud of the standard of playing at the concert, given that they only had two weeks to put together and rehearse the programme following the West of England Brass Band Championships competition in Torquay.  It was clear from the appreciative applause throughout that the band’s hard work over the past fortnight had paid off.

Next Concert is at St Andrew Methodist Church, Eastleigh on Saturday 26 April 2014 at 7.00pm.

Otterbourne Village Fete and Jalopies – 30/06/2013

On Sunday, the 30th June, Otterbourne Brass entertained the crowds at the Otterbourne village fete for the very first time.

In the blazing hot sunshine, the band played a variety of music, including traditional brass band favourites and music from the shows.

The band can next be heard in concert on Sunday 7th July at 2.30pm at Otterbourne Village hall. Tickets will be available on the door and there will be tea and cakes served in the interval.


OVH Winter Concert – 17/02/2013

On Sunday 17th February, Otterbourne Brass performed their Winter Concert in front of a packed house. The band was in a privileged position of having not 1 but 2 Musical Directors in charge on the day. Dr Chris Davis, who conducted the 1st half, and Gareth Pritchard the second half.

The band played a varied programme which included 4 pieces from their CD, Valero, – ‘Feather Theme’ from the film Forest Gump, Chelsea Bridge, the hymn setting ‘Be Still’ and the tenor horn solo ‘An Untold Story’ by Paul Lovatt-Cooper, superbly played by our Solo horn player, Helen Davis. The programme also included a further 2 soloists – Hugh Cameron (Principal Cornet) played ‘M’Appari Tutt’Amor’ from Von Flotow’s ‘Martha’ and Graham Jones (Principal Euphonium) played ‘The Sunne Rising’ by Andrew Baker. Both of these solos were played with panache and were well received by the audience.

Otterbourne Brass were also delighted to have 2 representatives of the Winchester branch of Diabetes UK as their guests at the concert. Jean Barritt, Chair and David Wills, Treasurer, were invited to the concert to enable the band to present a cheque to them for £300. The presentation was made by Ian Austin, the band’s Chairman, and was a result of monies collected by the band while playing Christmas Carols at Hedge End during December. Diabetes UK was the bands chosen charity for 2012 as it is a charity which is very close to the hearts of many band members and their families.

Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance – 04/11/2012

Otterbourne Brass along with the splendid steel band from Crestwood School, joined forces for the RBL festival of Remembrance, held at The Point in Eastleigh. The Standards kept in good order my Mr. Norman Brown MBE, who is also a Vice-President of the Band. In the first half of the concert the audience were entertained by the band in concert mood. They were treated to solos by Hugh Cameron, Graham Jones and our Trombone section, led for the first time by Viv Jones. Then in complete contrast, the Crestwood School steel band performed some classic and some original works, some of which were composed by members of the band.

The second half began with a chance for the audience to participate with ‘See the Conquering Hero Comes’, ‘Rule Britannia’ and an arrangement of ‘We’ll Meet Again’.

The RBL Standards returned for the Remembrance Ceremony. Hymns were  sung, Prayers said and Poems read, before the sounding of the Last Post and Reveille, played so movingly by Hugh Cameron.

The exit of the Standard Bearers to the rousing ‘Royal British Legion March’ brought the evening to a fine conclusion.

Last Night of the Proms – 21/10/2012

On Sunday 21st October 2012 Otterbourne Brass, conducted by Chris Davis, performed its ‘Last Night of the Proms’ concert at the Thornden Hall, Chandlers Ford. An audience of over 200, armed with flags and ready to raise the roof with their singing, were treated in the first half to a rendition of ‘Academic Festival Overture, the piece the band played at the National Finals.

The 3 fine soloists on the evening were Hugh Cameron, Principal Cornet, who played “Il Bacio”, Graham Jones, Principal Euphonium, who played “Macushla” and Ian Yardley, Eb Bass, who provided us with a very entertaining version of “The Bare Necessities”.The concert was bought to a rousing conclusion with the traditional Proms numbers – Fantasia on British Sea Songs, Jerusalem and Land of Hope and Glory. Our special guest, Katherine Penn, sang Rule Britannia and led the singing in the other favourites.This was the first Proms concert given by Otterbourne Brass but we hope to make it a regular feature in our calendar.

OVH Summer Concerts – 15 & 22/06/2012

On Sunday July 15th & 22nd, Otterbourne Brass performed their two Summer concerts at Otterbourne Village Hall. The Band conducted on both occasions by Chris Davis, who performed on violin in an arrangement of the “Ashokan Farewell”.

After a rousing Sousa march “Semper Fidelis, the band performed the overture “The Beautiful Galathea”.Our soloists were George Arnold (Soprano) playing Queen of the Night’s aria from The Magic Flute, Neil Brownless (Trombone) playing The Blue Bells of Scotland, Hugh Cameron (Cornet) playing Macushla and Nicky Robbins (Flugel) playing A Gaelic Blessing.

To reflect on the fact the Olympics is fast approaching, the band featured the John Williams piece “The Olympic Spirit” and as the Diamond Jubillee celebrations are still fresh in our minds, we concluded the concerts with William Walton’s “Crown Imperial”.

Concert at St. Mary’s Church – 16/06/2012

Otterbourne Brass played to a packed house on Saturday 16th June at St Mary’s Church, Bishopstoke, conducted by Steve White. The programme consisting mainly of music from bygone days and ending with a “Last Night of the Proms” feel, certainly went down a treat with our audience, who were in fine voice.

The concert sprinkled with fine solo items. Helen Davis playing “Over the Rainbow”, Neil Brownless playing the Don Lusher arrangement of “Concert Variations”, Graham Jones showing us his technical skills with the air varie “Grandfathers Clock” and of course a fine rendition of “My Ain Folk” played by the band’s principal cornet, Hugh Cameron.

The whole evening was superbly arranged by Wendy Dale, who made the band feel so welcome and spoilt us with Strawberries and Cream during the interval!!

We were so pleased when Wendy announced that the church had reached the target they had hoped to raise from the Concert to go towards a new heating system for the church.

Concert at St. Andrew’s Church – 21/04/2012

On Saturday 21st April, Otterbourne Brass performed a concert at St Andrew’s Church, Eastleigh to an appreciative audience with a varied programme to suit all tastes both young and old. The band was conducted and compered for the first time by Gareth Pritchard.

Starting in traditional fashion with the march “The Black Knight”, followed by the classic overture “L’Italian’A in Algeri”. The featured solos on the night were “Shepherds Song” beautifully played by the band’s principal cornet Hugh Cameron and “Over the Rainbow” lyrically played by the band’s Solo Horn, Helen Davis, who was later joined by the rest of her section to perform “The Elvira Madigan Theme from Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21”.

The second half solo was Hoagy Carmichael’s “Stardust”. This was given a super rendition by Neil Brownless, who was playing his first solo with the band.

The Concert concluded with the 3rd movement of “Cross Patonce”, the piece which the band played at Torquay recently, earning them a place at the National finals in Cheltenham in September.

Concert with Bones Apart – 28/01/2012

Otterbourne Brass performed its first concert of the new year at Chandlers Ford Methodist Church on the 28th January.

We were very fortunate on this occasion to have as our special guests “Bones Apart“. Formed in 1999, the all-female trombone quartet has quickly established itself as one of the leading young chamber ensembles. They had a slot in each half of the concert, where they amazed us all by their technique and quality of sound. Our trombone section, led by Neil Brownless, joined them for a rendition of “I Will Follow Him” in the first half and “Earth Rites” in the second.

The band’s guest conductor was Lawrence Sale and the programme contained the usual variety that our audiences enjoy. We began with the rousing “Eve of War” and then on to our overture “L’Italiana in Algeri”. This was followed by the prelude “From Earth’s Confusion” and the then to complete the first half, music from the film world “A Disney Spectacular”.

“Olympic Spirit” started the second half; Very apt this year. We couldn’t perform without playing a march so ‘The Black Knight’ was our choice. We then played “Prelude on an Irish Folk Tune” and “You Raise Me Up”, before our grand finale “Farandole (L’Arlesienne)”.