Santa Express Departing!

Several members of Freckleton Band and the Freckleton Junior Band went to Preston Railway Station on Thursday afternoon to give a festive send-off for the under-privileged children of the Rock FM Cash for Kids Santa Express as part of their Mission Christmas event. Julie Rooney, who played in the band for many years and whose daughter Amber plays in the junior band said, “I work very closely with the charity all year round and this was another great way to support the guys there with the fantastic work they do for under privileged children in Lancashire”.

The band appeared on Rock FM with a rendition of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, a new experience for the youngsters who took it all in their stride!

 

 

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

Youth Band Play at The Last Night of the Proms

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On 30th August, Freckleton Youth Band played at The Last Night of the Proms in Freckleton. Kath Threlfall led the band in a 20 minute slot to entertain the crowds on what turned out not to be a lovely sunny summer evening! Their playing … Continue reading

Youth Band Play at St Michael’s Primary School Spring Fayre

On Friday 16th May, Freckleton Youth Band played at St Michael’s Primary School Spring Fayre in Kirkham. Kath Threlfall led the band in two 20 minute slots to entertain visitors at the Fayre on what turned out to be a lovely sunny spring evening, and they were very well received by everyone there.

They can be seen next at Lowther Pavilion on Sunday 1st June, where they will be appearing with Freckleton Band.

 

Junior Band Christmas Concert and Awards

The Junior Band again gave a “mini concert within a concert” at the Lowther Pavilion in Lytham on Sunday night. For many of the youngsters, it was their first time playing in front of a large audience, however, their hard work in rehearsals with Kath Threlfall and the other adult helpers, really paid off in their performance. Well done to everyone.

JuniorBand2013At this concert, the band award trophies in three categories for individuals who have excelled during the year. This year the awards are:

Most Improved PlayerDavid Parker

Most Improved Player Under 11James Harrison

Junior Band Person of the YearBen Howard

Well done, keep up the good work!

Thank you Kath for leading the band, Gail for organising everyone and Al, Marge, Ian, Pat, Mark and everyone who has helped throughout the year.`

Junior Band Help the Brownies Celebrate their 80th Birthday

Well done to the Freckleton Junior Band who all played fantastically well at their first performance in their own right tonight! The band were invited to play a short concert for the 2nd Freckleton Brownies 80th Birthday Party at the village hall and help them raise funds for BBC Children In Need. A big thank you too, for the grown-up helpers, it wouldn’t have been possible without you, especially Gail Howard for organizing everyone and conductor Kath Threlfall!

A Helpful Suggestion for Parents…

School’s out! What have you got planned for the week? Camping in the Lakes, lots of trips to interesting museums, Disneyland? Or will you be glad when the lickle ones are back at school tormenting their teachers having been bored, squabbling and getting under your feet all week with the rain hammering on the window?

Here’s an idea for you, once the holidays are over, we’ll take them off your hands for an hour on a Monday night at junior band where they can learn an instrument and make new friends. What’s the catch? Only that children and musical instruments can make an infernal racket, but eventually they will be able to play recognizable tunes and perform in concerts and you’ll be very proud of them.

We are really pleased to announce that Kath Threlfall is our new conductor/tutor who has a quite impressive CV and is a real, proper music teacher. Gail Howard has “agreed” to taking over the administration role and will be helping with the cornettists. Other members of the senior band help out too.

So, see you on Monday 25th February at 7pm.

Click here to see the Youth Band page of the website for contact details.

As 2012 Draws to a Close…

“What happens if it’s raining on Thursday when we are going carolling?”, asked one of the players. “We’ve never been rained on yet in fifteen years” came the reply. Well Thursday came and yes, it was raining. Heavily. To the players’ credit, everyone turned-up, played jolly carols and got soaked. So a big thanks to Alison for organizing the butties and pies in the pub afterwards. A hard-core elite would also go out carolling on Christmas Eve…

Anthony Roocroft’s brilliant Christmas Cornucopia poster for the annual concert at the Lowther Pavilion anticipated a great night for the band. The capacity audience were given Christmas tunes woven into selections, carols to sing along to, soloists to marvel at, new arrangements, talented young players in the youth band and of course, the raffle.

During the concert, the Youth Band awards were presented by Matt Balson and Paul Dalton awarded the Freckleton Bandsperson of the Year to Alan Brewer for his work with the band and Youth Band. The Bandsperson of the Year award was instigated in 2004 by Harry Latham who sadly passed away this year. The success of the Christmas concert has been largely down to the hard work behind the scenes done by Harry and his family for many years.

Paul paid tribute to two players for whom the concert was to be their last with the band. Chris Ratchford (flugel horn) and Caroline Cross (solo horn) have decided that, due to the pressures of work, they are leaving the band. We wish them well and hope to see them both in the future.

Boxing Day seems to be defined by tradition, and although the band has been carolling around the rural part of Freckleton since time began, the tradition subtly changes over the years. For the past four years, the band has been predominately low brass, (see here for YouTube footage in 2009) and as time goes by, the people we see along the route change. The afternoon session in the Coach and Horses is the last day of term for us where the pain of playing Hark the Herald Angels Sing for the hundredth time this year is eased with the odd beer, and we welcome back old friends who have come home for Christmas from southern lands afar.

So, as the year 2012 draws to a close, Freckleton Band thanks you for your support over the year, and we look forward to starting a fresh next year with new challenges. If you’re a player, come down and see us, or if you have a young aspiring brass player in your family, then bring them along to the Youth Band. Both the youth band and senior band start back on 7th January 2013.

Happy New Year!