Goodbye Gareth! Spring Concert – 10/05/2015

On Sunday 10th May, Otterbourne Brass gave a concert at Chandlers Ford Methodist Church. The Programme contained the usual mix of brass band favourites and music from other genres including Blue Rondo a la Turk, Mephistopheles, Soul Bossa Nova and David of the White Rock.

The Band also included items from the programme they will be performing at the SCABA Entertainments Contest on the 17th May in Crawley. The soloists on this occasion were Becca Charters, who played the cornet solo Willow Echoes and Graham Jones who played the Euphonium solo Song for Ina.

The Band’s principal cornet, Sonja Charters, also presented our MD, Gareth Pritchard, with a present on behalf of the band as this was Gareth’s last concert with us before he moves overseas. The band would like to wish Gareth, Sue, Gavin, Rachel and Stephanie all the best for their new life in the US.


Baby Proms – 02/04/2015

Next Thursday 2nd April at St Luke’s Church, Hedge End will be our Brilliant Brass concert – just the ticket to get us in the mood for Spring. With a programme including Floral Dance, Pie Jesu, Galliard Battaglia and Old MacDonald Had Some Brass.

For anyone with older children on inset days, they are welcome. There will even be some instruments for them to have a go on at the end.

Plus a quick CONGRATULATIONS to our star repiano Cornet Player, who just found out she was awarded a distinction in her Grade 8 Cornet exam… and before GCSEs, too! Well done, Becca Charters


WEBBA Regional Championships 2015

Well it’s that time of year again. Next weekend (14 & 15 March), 80 bands will be looking forward to competing in 5 sections over 2 days on the English Riviera. Otterbourne Brass will once again be led by Gareth Pritchard. The band will be competing in the 1st section and will play “A London Overture” by Philip Sparke.

The band is rehearsing hard and very much looking forward  to giving a good account of themselves.

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.

Wessex Winter Contest – 01/12/2012

On a sunny but chilly winter’s day, Otterbourne Brass travelled to Weymouth to compete in the Wessex winter contest. Under the baton of Chris Davies the band played Kaleidoscope by Philip Sparke, winning the 2nd section with it’s performance.

Special thanks must go to Neil Brownless, who has recently relocated to Northampton, Becky Cooper, one of our horn players, for helping out on tuned percussion and Ralph Johnson for agreeing to perform with us at the last moment.

The Band is now busy preparing for next weekend’s 3 Christmas concerts and looking forward to competing in the 1st section in 2013.

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.