Happy Collaboration with Julian Hay
We’ve been enjoying the company of Julian Hay at rehearsals and recording sessions lately. A self-confessed ‘music nerd’, local lad Julian is a hugely talented composer/singer/songwriter.
Aspiring to pursue a career as a film-composer, Julian has embarked on a self-produced series called
The DIY Music Project 2013 - an on line (YouTube) video ‘resume’ that showcases his creative versatility and unique style.
The DIY Project is an ambitious undertaking, with Julian producing a new song every month for the duration of 2013. He has involved a raft of other local artists and performers in his project – not just musicians but film-makers, photographers, writers and producers too. Most of the monthly projects feature Julian as both singer and songwriter, alongside collaborators such as Anna Whitaker, Tim Sellars, M3 Creative, members of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and now, Woolston Brass! All the pieces are professionally mixed and mastered, combined with a visual element, then released on Julian’s YouTube channel. Our on line contribution is currently in production. However, we will be presenting the première performance of Julian’s composition Hark! as a last-minute addition to at our Cathedral Concert programme on Sunday the 8th December. That’s how much we like it. We’re sure you will too!
Thanks to Andrew Yorkstone, Richard Hogarth, Graeme Bremner, Callum Hewson, Dave Johnstone and Raynor Martin who fronted up to play carols and herald the arrival of Santa Claus with a fanfare on Friday 22nd November in the Restart Mall. The occasion was of course the annual opening of Ballantyne’s “Christmas Window”. J Ballantyne & Co are generous sponsors of our third Cornet and solo Trombone seats. Only seems fair...
Band “Awards” Dinner
Under the stewardship of Davey Boyes (organiser) the band set out to make this this year’s “Awards” Dinner a lavish affair, and it certainly was that. At 7pm on Saturday 16th November the red carpet was rolled out at Eliza’s Manor House in Bealey Avenue and we were greeted on arrival with a complimentary flute of bubbles. Way to go! It was a great start to what turned out to be a memorable night.
Kyle Lawson was presented with the Pheloung Family Cup for the Most Improved Player by Vince Pheloung himself, and Caroline Blackmore was awarded the Gallaher Family “Woolstonian” Trophy for all-round sterling effort. In a break with tradition, the Band Person of the Year was elected by the band rather than appointed by the MD. This year that distinction went to Richard Hogarth. (Pictured above) Quite literally, a popular choice!
It was great fun, and it was all over too soon! The food was first class too, so big ups* to Eliza’s Manor! (Generous Sponsor of our Second Trombone Chair)
*(for people over 50, read “significant acclaim”)
2013 Section of the year: Principal Horn Callum Hewson with past and present members of our horn section: Sarah Hickman (Flugel) Roseanna Dale (now resident in Perth, WA), Emma Caunter and Tara Hardman (Absent: Cathy Biddington and Merton Tapp)
Louise’s Last Rehearsal
Second cornet player Louise Moroney has come to the end of her studies at the University of Canterbury and her hard work in the library has paid off. She has just graduated with a degree in chemical engineering and she has a job in Australia with Holcim starting in the new year. Our loss, Aussie’s gain!
At tonight’s rehearsal (13/11/13) band Chairman Mark Vander Klei presented Louse with our customary parting gift, a stand banner, and Louise shouted some savouries and beer “out the back”. Louse’s bright and bubbly personality will be missed as will her rock solid playing in the back row. Louise made a great contribution to our band as a playing member. We wish Louise all the best in her new home and her career.
Early Photo Unearthed
We very grateful to Mrs Jill Schumacher and her father Mr Don Wood for this photograph of Dick Estall’s 1924 - 25 Woolston Band. Mrs Schumacher gifted the print to the band after discovering it amongst her late mother’s belongings. Gordon Nunns, a cornet champion of the era, is Jill Schumacher’s grandfather. (Sixth from the left in the third row)
Band Solos a Piece of Cake
Kevin Hickman has taken the top prize in our recent Band Solo competition with a fantastic performance of Dennis Wright’s Cornet Concerto. Duncan Bickley from Woolston Concert Brass took first prize in the junior event.
Kevin will soon be performing the Cornet Concerto again as part of his FTCL examination. Andrew Yorkstone, who is also studying for his FTCL, made an impressive job of the Ernest Bloch Trombone Concerto. Davey Boyes’ playing of Variations on Auld Lang Syne was noteworthy too.
The proprietors of Eliza's Manor House, the venue for the event, served a ‘high tea’ with cakes, sandwiches and slices during the performances. This made for a very pleasant atmosphere and a good number of supporters turned out.
The juniors did very well. They started with 11year old Lauren Smith on cornet playing Peacherine Rag. Next was Hazel Wilson (9) tenor horn, playing America . Third up was Felix Backhouse (11) trombone, playing The Handbone Man. He won the audience over by playing a tuning note, then turning gracefully to the empty piano to wait for a reply (he was the only unaccompanied performer).
The previous three were all from the junior band. Last up was Duncan Bickley (16) bass trombone, from Woolston Concert Brass. He played a very competent performance of Moving On - and won the junior section!
The judge, Steve Miles, spoke to the senior competitors about presentation (since this was open adjudication) and interaction with the audience while playing. He suggested to the juniors that more obvious breathing would help the accompanist stay in time, as well as practicing with a metronome.
Julia Horsnell and Jill Pears were amazing accompanists. They both did a great job with very little preparation, as did Cyrene Seaton as compère.
2014 National Youth Band Announced
The BBANZ has announced the members selected for the 2014 National Youth Band of New Zealand. Musical Director Peter Adams and Director of Education Kevin Dell selected the band from 57 applicants under the age of 23.
The band will meet from 1st - 9th February and perform concerts in the Wellington region. Australian baritone player Kristy Rowe will perform withthe band as guest soloist.
Congratulations to all the successful representatives, in particular our own Miles Bennett, Georgia Hoy and Jordan Seaton.
Principal Cornet: Nicholas Garrett (Trust Porirua City Brass)
Associate Principal Cornet: Megan Gooding (Ascot Park Hotel Brass)
Solo Cornet: Brad Mancer (Wellington Brass)
Solo Cornet: Hayden Cullen (Hamilton City Brass)
Solo Cornet: Miles Bennett (Woolston Brass)
Soprano: Toby Pringle (Upper Hutt Cosmopolitan)
Repiano Cornet: Logan Ford (Nelson City Brass)
2nd Cornet: William Swan (Ascot Park Hotel Brass)
2nd Cornet: Sariah Ratford (Eastern Bay of Plenty Brass)
2nd Cornet: Kimberley Dainty (St Kilda Brass)
3rd Cornet: Joanna Craigie (Mosgiel Brass)
3rd Cornet: Dominic Cornfield (North Shore Brass)
3rd Cornet: Georgia Scherf (St Kilda Brass)
Flugel Horn: Jessica Schweizer (Matamata Brass)
Principal Horn: Mitchell Spence (Wellington Brass)
1st Horn: Claire Yorkstone (Ascot Park Hotel Brass)
1st Horn: Callum Mallett (Eastern Bay of Plenty Brass)
2nd Horn: Bettina Schweizer (Matamata Brass)
2nd Horn: Madeleine Burton (St Kilda Brass)
1st Baritone: Emma Cardwell (Hamilton City Brass)
2nd Baritone: Jack Bewley (Eastern Bay of Plenty Brass)
2nd Baritone: Georgia Hoy (Woolston Brass)
Solo Trombone: Dale Vail (Wellington Brass)
2nd Trombone: Matthew Hurnen (Trust Porirua City Brass)
Bass Trombone: Todd Smith (Marlborough District Brass Band)
Principal Euphonium: Luke Spence (Eastern Bay of Plenty Brass)
Euphonium: Harry Smith (St Kilda Brass)
Principal Eb Bass: Jordan Seaton (Woolston Brass)
Eb Bass: Scott Rushbridge (Wellington Brass)
Eb Bass: Keegan Lane (Marlborough District Brass Band)
Principal BBb Bass: Andre Brown (Upper Hutt Cosmopolitan)
BBb Bass: Matt Toomata (St Kilda Brass)
Principal Percussionist: Jeremy Richardson (Hutt City Brass)
Percussionist: Dominic Jacquemard (Devon Hotel New Plymouth Brass)
Percussionist: James Manktelow (Eastern Bay of Plenty Brass)
Percussionist: Cody Tauranga (Eastern Bay of Plenty Brass)
“The Woolston Tannery” Opens
The Victorian shopping/bar/cafe/restaurant arcade is built on the site of the old Woolston Tannery. The developers, Christchurch businessman Alasdair Cassels and his family, are determined to breathe new, post-quake life into the suburb of Woolston. They thought it would be very fitting to have the Woolston Brass Band play at their opening ceremony, and we agreed!
With Davey Boyes took the helm we played a half-hour bracket of suitable material from our “entertainment” repertoire.
The latest Issue (Issue 55) of our band newsletter is available for download now.
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The Christchurch Symphony Orchestra’s Outreach programme is delighted to be hosting a brass masterclass by Roy Poper.
Both an esteemed trumpet player and teacher, he is also the author of Roy Poper's Guide to the Brasswind Methods of James Stamp. He is presently on faculty at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music where he teaches the 18 member trumpet studio, leads the trumpet ensemble and coaches brass quintets. For our masterclass, he will be teaching 4 promising brass players.
4-6pm. Wednesday 30 October
CSO rehearsal rooms, Unit 2, 4 Klondyke Drive, Hornb. yFree admission
Please RSVP by email to Cathy Irons or phone 03 943 7797 by 25 October.
Livestreaming is available to those in rural communities, contact Cathy for more details.
“Biggest Band” Brings Festival to an End
After a cancellation the previous weekend, the weather held up at last and at 2pm on the 29 September the Christchurch Arts Festival was brought to a close in North Hagley Park by the formation of “The Ultimate Band”. (Well, that’s how it was billed by the promoters.) This conglomerate included ourselves, The New Zealand Army Band, Canterbury Brass, Addington Brass, Woolston Concert Brass, New Brighton Brass and Sumner Brass.
Everyone remembered to put their clocks forward for daylight saving and the New Zealand Army Band kicked off by performing their renowned marching display. Then the others joined in to form the big band, complete with rhythm section and vocalists. The band performed classical, swing and jazz items.
The event was very well promoted in the local media with our own Sam Pinder featuring in the newspaper advertisements.
Canterbury Provincial Contest 2013
On Saturday September 28th ten local bands gathered at the Middleton Grange School Auditorium to compete in the annual Canterbury Provincial Contest. This year the judge was Kenneth Young. Ken is one of New Zealand’s leading conductors and composers. His career includes a 25 year tenure as the NZSO’s tuba player. He is a regular guest conductor for symphony orchestras across New Zealand and Australia.
There were five D grade, one C grade, two B grade and two A grade bands competing. Woolston had representation in the D, C and A grades. All the bands acquitted themselves really well.
In the D grade, Woolston junior band were up against some seasoned, older players in the other bands. They performed under the expert tutelage of Jill Pears. The M-C’ing by the junior band members was really quite delightful. Good on them for having the courage to get up and speak in public! The band placed 5th overall. They should be very proud of holding their own in this competitive grade.
Woolston Concert Brass were the only entrants in the C grade, but they performed extremely well. Their marks were very high – good enough to have been in the B grade. This band has come a long way under the baton of Nick Johnson, and will be a force to be reckoned with next year if they continue to improve.
Under the strong leadership of conductor Graham Hickman the senior band put on a polished performance. Special mention should be made of Joel Williams for his lively performance of Feeling Good. Joel also won the best compère title for the day. Phil Johnston was another stand-out performer. Phil played with no less than five bands throughout the day and he was an enormous help with the Juniors and the general setup of the event. Our programme was as follows:
1. O Magnum Mysterium (Hymn) Morten Lauridson arr: Phillip Littlemore
2. Le Roi D’ys (Test) Edouard Lalo arr: Frank Wright
3. Feelin Good (Vocal – Joel Williams) Bricuse/Newly arr: Simon Kerwin
4. Hora Staccato (Solo – Kyle Lawson) Dinicu/Heifetz arr: Goff Richards
5. Tiger Rag Original New Orleans Dixieland Jazz Band arr: Leigh Baker
6. Mambo Caliente Arturo Sandoval arr: Sandy Smith
All of these items were very well received by an appreciative audience, but Kyle Lawson’s rendition of Hora Staccato left little doubt in anyone’s mind as to why he is the reigning New Zealand Cornet Champion.
At the end of the day Ken Young took a judicious approach, awarding the Hymn and Test event to Woolston Brass and the Entertainment section to Canterbury Foundation Brass (under Tyme Masters). Afterwards, a good number of competitors and supporters from all the bands adjourned to The Lone Star at Church Corner where a very good time was had by all!
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8th December 1.30pm
Woolston Brass and Woolston Concert Brass present
Christmas at the Cathedral
( “Cardboard” Cathedral)
Friday 14 February
Adam Page concert
Sunday 2 March