We’re Back!

After an 18 month break because of COVID the City of Southampton (Albion) Band are back this weekend at Romsey Bandstand. We will be playing at the bandstand in Memorial Park from 2:30pm to 4:30pm. Come along and listen to a wide variety of music from marches to musicals, classical to pop and the odd traditional brass band piece as well. We’ve been rehearsing for the last several weeks since lockdown ended and are really looking forward to playing.

Romsey Bandstand

2020 our 100th Anniversary

After a busy Christmas period we are now looking forward to events happening in our 100th anniversary year. Apart from the usual engagements that we have, we’re looking forward to welcoming the Nidaros Band from Trondheim in Norway. We’ll be doing a joint concert with them on Fri 29th May in Chandlers Ford Methodist Church.

We’re also looking forward to our tour in Portugal at the end of June. We’ll be staying in the town of Carvoeiro in the Algarve and doing several concerts in the surrounding area. Look us up if you’re around.

The culmination of our anniversary celebrations will be a weekend in September (18th-20th) where we will be holding a social event to which we hope to invite all our old players. We’ll also be holding a concert at the Turner Sims Hall on the Saturday and finally will be playing in an open air concert on the Sunday in the centre of Southampton.

Please note change to venue for Christmas concert

Due to building work happening at St. James Road Methodist Church, we have had to make a late change to our venue for this year’s Christmas Concert. We are very grateful to the Parish Church of St. John the Evangelist in Rownhams for hosting us for this annual Christmas celebration concert on Saturday 7th December. We are joined this year by our special guests The Shepperd Singers. Tickets are available from the band and the church or can be purchased on the door on the night for £5.

Christmas Concert Tickets now available

Tickets for our annual Christmas concert are now available from members of the band. We will aim to play a wide variety of music including a number of Christmas favourites. We would love to see you and your friends and family at St. James Road Methodist Church, Shirley on Sat 8th December at 19:30. 

Busy Christmas Period


Band playing at German Xmas Market


The band have been busy with Christmas related jobs since the end of November. We first appeared at the German Xmas market in Southampton next to the Bargate on Sat 27th Nov.

We played again at the Xmas Market on Sun 3rd Dec. On Wed 6th Dec the band travelled down to Bournemouth to provide the music for a carol service for a Turkey and Tinsel event. They then had to dash back to Southampton in order to provide carols for a mason’s event at Totton.

The highlight of the week was the band’s Xmas concert performed at St. James Road Methodist Church, Shirley on Saturday 9th Dec. A good sized audience saw the band play a mainly Christmas themed programme which was greatly appreciated by the audience.

Band at St. James Road Methodist Church

If that wasn’t enough the band did another Turkey and Tinsel carol service on Sunday in Bournemouth. It has been a busy couple of weeks but now we have a week off before playing carols at the Swaythling Neighbourhood Centre where the band rehearse each week. We will then play one final time at the German Xmas Market on Sat 23rd Dec.

Xmas Concert Tickets now available

Our Xmas concert will be on Saturday 9th December this year at St. James Road Methodist Church in Shirley. Tickets are available from members of the band or can be purchased on the door priced £5.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Music in the Meadow

The band will be playing at the Music in the Meadow charity concert in West Hoe Lane, Bishop’s Waltham on Sat 22nd July. The event is in support of the Liver and Pancreatic Cancer Charity and will be a Last night at the Proms type concert. The poster for the concert is shown below.

Charity Concert Poster

Band Busy in June

June has proven to be a busy month for the band. The month started with a trip to Winchester Cathedral to support the Master Mariners at their annual Shipping Service. The band played before the service and then for the hymns during the service. Finally, the band played a short concert for the congregation at their reception afterwards.

The following week the band played at Sherborne House School Fete and Open Day in Chandlers Ford. The band were thankful for the shade afforded by a couple of gazebos as the sun was beating down. The temperature was also well into the 30s and so it was strictly shirt sleeve order.

The weather remained similar the following day for the Bishops Waltham “Party in the Park” where the band played a couple of sets during the afternoon.

Sad News

It’s with sadness that we heard the news that David Hill our Vice President died over the weekend. David has been very supportive of the band over many years. He was our last Drum Major when we used to play at the Dell during half-time at Saint’s matches. Even when he retired he still played an active part in the band’s affairs, often turning up to band practice and committee meetings. We wish his family our heart felt condolences at this sad time.

David Hill receiving certificate from Fred Dinenage.

Marathon Session for the Band

On St. George’s Day the band played at the Southampton Marathon to help spur the runners on their way around the course. The event consisted of both a full marathon, a half marathon and a 10K event. The band were situated on the Common and so were able to play for the full and half marathon runners. The 10K course was different. Many of the runners clapped the band as they ran past and there were many appreciative comments from runners at the finish line saying how they found the music kept them going. The marathon course passed the band twice and the half marathon once. Therefore from approximately 9:15am through to 12:00pm there was a consistent stream of runners going past. The band played throughout the morning and felt as though they had done their own marathon by the end of the morning.

Band playing at Southampton Marathon

Band playing at Southampton Marathon

Thankfully, the weather stayed dry and as the morning wore on the sun came out and the temperature increased.