Kirkham Christmas Lights

The junior band braved wintry showers on Friday evening to play carols for the Kirkham Christmas Lights switch-on. Having done several ‘solo’ engagements this season, they will be reunited with the senior band at the annual Christmas concert on 17th December at Lowther Pavilion. Please note, tickets sell out for this event, so book early!

Christmas All Wrapped-Up

The band’s busy season is almost at an end for this year culminating in our sell-out Christmas Concert at the Lowther Pavilion in Lytham last weekend. The band and junior band enjoyed playing, and hope the audience liked it too! Thanks to Tariq Ahmed for compering the concert for us and all the helpers who did great work behind the scenes to make it a success.

The band have been out carolling on the streets of Freckleton and will be out again on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day morning with the final carol and jingle bells at The Coach and Horses from about 1pm.

As the year draws to a close, the band would like to thank Kirby Mason Florists for loaning us a van to transport our equipment to the engagements, T R Snape Family Butchers for the famous tray of meat raffle prizes, all those in and around the village who have supported us, and to everyone who have come to see us play throughout the year.

Have a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.

Junior Band Wows the Crowds at the Half-Marathon

Freckleton Junior Band took to the stage in Freckleton during the famous Freckleton Half-Marathon. The mini concert showcased the band with a varied programme including a couple of songs from Grease, Uptown Funk and Oh Happy Day. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate and the rain got worse and worse, typical of the Great British summer! There were still plenty of smiles though, and the band did themselves proud. Thanks to Kath for conducting, Gail and the adult helpers, the parents and the youngsters.

Christmas All Wrapped-Up

The band’s busy season is almost at an end for this year culminating in our sell-out Christmas Concert at the Lowther Pavilion in Lytham last weekend. The band and junior band enjoyed playing, and hope the audience liked it too! Thanks to Bob Gemmell for compering the concert for us and all the helpers who did great work behind the scenes to make it a success.

The band have been out carolling on the streets of Freckleton and will be out again on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day with the final carol and jingle bells at Ponkies in the afternoon.

As the year draws to a close, the band would like to thank Margaret Mason for loaning us a van to transport our equipment to the engagements, all those in and around the village who have given us raffle prizes and donations, everyone who has supported us on social media and everyone who has come to see us play.

Have a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.

An American Salute

On a sweltering July 4th evening, Freckleton Band put on a special American themed concert in a packed Freckleton Memorial Hall to raise funds for their National Finals appearance in Cheltenham in September. Every item on the programme had been chosen by the musical director to have a direct link to the United States to celebrate Independence Day. From Sousa marches, Civil War traditional themes, broadway numbers, Brubeck jazz, Neil Diamond and Barry Manilow, there was something for everyone in the appreciative audience.

Making his solo debut, Robert Richardson gave a commanding performance of a Dixieland arrangement of When the Saints, with Patrick Howard playing the air-varie La Belle Americaine with dexterity and aplomb. In the second half, Pat was joined by Anthony Roocroft for their hilarious rendition of the Laurel and Hardy Another Fine Mess. The evening concluded with An American Trilogy as made famous by Elvis with possibly the most famous American march The Stars and Stripes of America  by Sousa as encore.

The band would like to thank all those who worked hard to make the event a huge success and the audience for supporting us in such numbers.

Photos by Gail Howard and Carla Gardiner

Programme

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  • An American Tale
  • La Belle Americaine – Soloist Patrick Howard (euphonium)
  • Marching with Sousa
  • When the Saints – Soloist Robert Richardson (soprano cornet)
  • Putting on the Ritz
  • Let’s Face the Music and Dance
  • Salute to Sinatra

Interval

  • Marching Through Georgia
  • Another Fine Mess – Duettists Patrick Howard and Anthony Roocroft (euphoniums)
  • Breezin’ Down Broadway
  • Blue Rondo a la Turk
  • America / Love on the Rocks
  • Manilow Magic
  • An American Trilogy
  • Stars and Stripes Forever

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A Special Concert with BBC Young Musician of the Year, Elliott Gaston-Ross

The band will be performing a special concert with the extraordinary young percussionist Elliott Gaston-Ross on 2nd May 2015 at Kirkham Grammar School. You may have seen him performing on TV in 2014 throughout the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition. He went on to win the percussion final and appeared in the live concerto final performing with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under award-winning conductor Kirill Karabits in the Usher Hall, Edinburgh.

KGS Eliot 2015 Concert

Elliott will be performing solo works and also pieces with the band in the concert.

Elliott is currently studying at Kirkham Grammar School where the band’s conductor Paul Dalton teaches music, and the school hall is an ideal venue to showcase both Elliott and the band.

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Songs of Praise Recorded for Posterity

A couple of weeks ago the band took part in the Freckleton Methodist Chapel “Songs of Praise” with TV’s lovely and very funny Pam Rhodes. The entire service was recorded and put on YouTube, so have a listen and sing-a-long. The old chapel organ adds to the rich sound of the band, albeit a quarter of a tone flat!

Christmas is Coming!

Freckleton Youth Band will  be performing their first Christmas engagement of the season on Saturday 15th November at Freckleton C E Primary School, where they will be playing Christmas carols and songs at the Christmas Market, which starts at 2pm.  The Youth Band will be playing from about 2.15pm for 20 mins, and then again just before 3pm.

The band have been practising Christmas carols for the last few weeks and are pleased to be playing at and supporting a local school, as well as giving a taster of their programme for the forthcoming Freckleton Band concert at Lowther Pavilion on Sunday December 21st.

The Last Night of the Proms – 30th August 2014

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On a night more typical of October than August, the band and Junior Band took part in a very special open-air Last Night of the Proms concert in the village with special guest soloist Nicola Howard. Also on the bill … Continue reading