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Shipping Service at Winchester Cathedral

On a balmy summer’s evening on Thursday 11th June the band played at the Master Mariner’s annual Shipping Service at Winchester Cathedral. The band played some music before the service started and then played the hymns during the service alternating verses with the organ before joining together in the last verse of each hymn. Once […]

Southampton Half Marathon

Up until a couple of years ago the band used to play at the London Marathon. This year on Sunday 26th April, we were invited to play at the Southampton Half Marathon just outside the band room at the top of the hill on Burgess Road. It was a bitter day and thanks must go out […]

Bournemouth weather defies expectations

On the 21st June the band travelled down to Bournemouth to play on the bandstand in the Lower Gardens. The forecast for the day was for dull and overcast weather and that normally limits the size of the audience that is prepared to stay and watch the concert. However, the weather turned out to be […]

Summer is coming!

The band kicked off their first bandstand job of the season on Sunday 17th May at Romsey. It’s traditionally the first bandstand concert we do each year and can sometimes suffer from inclement weather. However, the rain stayed away and there was even some sunshine to enjoy during the afternoon. The Romsey Memorial Park is […]

Band plays at reunions for HMS Ganges and HMS Hermes

The band have played for two separate naval reunions recently. The first took place at Hayling Island for HMS Ganges on the 29th March. The second was held at Rochester for HMS Hermes on 12th April. Both events followed a very similar format. The band played a short set of concert pieces before providing the music for a […]

WI notch up 100 years

On the 16th January the band helped the WI celebrate their centenary outside the Guildhall at Winchester. Much like the Olympic torch parade the WI are passing around a special centenary baton to every federation in the country. It was Hampshire’s turn on the 16th January and on a cold and bitter evening the band entertained the women […]

Christmas Concert at Thornden Hall

The band had a change of venue for this year’s Christmas concert. We used the excellent facilities at Thornden School for our performance. The first half of the concert consisted of pieces from our normal repertoire of music featuring music from Mary Poppins, the horn solo Demelza and the overture from Nabucco. The second half was made up entirely of […]

100th Anniversary of World War I remembered at Southampton Cenotaph

The band headed the Remembrance Parade in Southampton this year, marching from the Guildhall to the Cenotaph in Watts Park. Representatives from all the local military organisations lined up behind the band and marched along the streets with a large crowd watching on from the pavements. A service was then held, attended by all the […]

Band tour the Algarve

During the first week of October the band went on tour to Portugal. It is our third trip to the Algarve in 10 years. This time we stayed in Albufeira within walking distance of the old town. We played 4 concerts during the week at venues across the Algarve in Albufeira, Vilamoura and Portimao. The […]

Back to Bournemouth

The band returned to Bournemouth for their second concert of the summer at Bournemouth Bandstand on Sunday 7th September. The weather was perfect and as a result both the morning and afternoon concerts attracted good crowds. The two concerts both contained a completely different set of music across a wide ranging repertoire. Highlights included a […]