Events

Discover the full events schedule for the Band!

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SPECIAL EVENT - David Stowell Rehearsal Weekend

As we turn our sights towards the 2019 Regional Championships, we welcome once again our guest Musical Director David Stowell to spend a weekend with the band to help us polish our performance. David began his career at the Royal Military School of Music and on leaving HM Coldstream Guards furthered his conducting and composition studies in London and USA. He continued to work with Orchestras in the UK, a memorable highlight being the performance of a new work by Edmund Rubbra with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen. He has since appeared with many Orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra and, more recently, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. For the Millennium Festival at the National Indoor Arena David was commissioned to compose the music for the opening ceremony.

Other Commissions include composing for the City of Birmingham Choir Festival held in Symphony Hall Birmingham, Music for Her Majesty the Queens State Visits and music for the Bishops Inauguration Ceremony, commissioned by the Royal College of Church Music. He also composes for the ABRSM Brass exam syllabus.

In the Brass Band field he has conducted many bands including the Black Dyke Mills band, the GUS Band, Brighouse & Rastrick and Grimethorpe Colliery - and, of course, Dalkeith and Monktonhall Brass Band!

Following an opportunity to score a drama production in America (The Lake. 1987) David has worked as a composer on many television and radio productions including 'A Christmas Carol' . 'The Letter'; 'Anne Boleyn'; 'All Talk'; 'Out of Time'; ‘Unbeliever'; 'The Snow Crystal, ‘IceBound' (for which he was nominated for a ‘Queens award for Television’ for Best Original Score) and ‘Sariel’(2016). David is now working on the music score for a major new film currently in production and a Ballet Score for a tour in 2019

David will be taking us through our paces on this year's 1st Section Test Piece - Symphony of Marches by Gilbert Vinter.

COMPETITION - Scottish Brass Band Championships, Perth

The Band will be competing in the Scottish Brass Band Championships, which is once again being held at the Perth Concert Hall. The Scottish Championships also serve as the qualifying round for the British Championships which are held annually in September. This year, we will be playing the set testpiece Symphony of Marches by Gilbert Vinter. The 1963 work has been used regularly over the years in competitions to test the capability of First and Championship section Brass Bands.

Vinter started his musical career as a chorister at Lincoln Cathedral, before joining the BBC Military Band as a conductor prior to World War II. Later playing with the Central Band of the RAF, he was also appointed principal conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra in the 1950's. Vinter's brass compositions include some legendary works including Salute To Youth which was his first major composition, and the very well known pieces Triumphant Rhapsody and Spectrum.

CONCERT - St. Mary's Church, Haddington (7.30pm))

The Band are delighted to announce that our first Concert of 2019 will be held in the glorious surroundings of St. Mary's Church, Haddington - the largest church in Scotland - and which is blessed with unparalleled acoustics!

Find out more about St. Marys's Kirk (the Collegiate Parish Church) by clicking this link St. Mary's Church Website

COMMUNITY EVENT - Easthouses Gala

The Band will be joining the throng as part of the parade at Easthouses Gala again this year!

COMMUNITY EVENT - Loanhead Parade

The Band will be joining in the music-making at the parade at Loanhead again this year!

CONCERT - Prestonpans Community Centre Concert, 7.30 pm

The Band has been invited to give a concert at our local Community Centre in Prestonpans

COMMUNITY EVENT - Loanhead parade

The Band will be joining the second of the annual Loanhead parades and will finish with a short concert in the park

COMMUNITY EVENT - Gullane Games

The Band have been invited back once more to provide musical entertainment both in leading the parade and with a Concert at the annual Gullane Games - a great day out for all the family!

SPECIAL EVENT - Wedding at Carberry Tower

The Band are delighted to have been engaged to play at a Wedding ceremony in the intimate grandeur of Carberry Tower, East Lothian

CONCERT - Dunbar Music Festival (15.00-17.00)

The Band will once again be providing a Concert as part of Dunbar's splendid Music Festival

Dunbar Christmas Lights (Time TBC)

The Band will once again be providing a musical accompaniment at the annual Dunbar Christmas Lights Festival!

CONCERT - St. Mary's Church, Haddington (7.30pm)

The Band will return once more to Haddington's fabulous St. Mary's Church, founded in 1380, for a festive Concert of Brass music!

Find out more about St. Marys's Kirk (the Collegiate Parish Church) by clicking this link St. Mary's Church Website