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Butlins Mineworkers Open

National Brass Band Festival

18th 19th January 2014

The band participated in the two contests (test piece Saturday, entertainment contest Sunday) at Butlins Skegness.

The band took ninth place in both contests and ninth place overall.

4bars rest

We took the quote by Dante: "From a little spark may burst a flame", and started with "By Candlelight"- a collection of three lullaby/nursery tunes arranged by Don Morrison played by three distinct groups (one off stage) in darkness.

We then played an arrangement of De Falla's Ritual "Firedance" by Steve Sykes, utilising Baz Pantrey on Bass Guitar.

This was followed by Martin Ellerby's "Orange Note", featuring Richard Scarff on piano.

Our chosen soloist was David Daws, playing "Czardas" (Monti) and providing some 'fireworks'...

we then SANG a 4 part vocal arrangement of "Smoke gets in your eyes"

and ended the set with Peter Graham's "The Red Machine". Our set was accompanied throughout by fast moving video files and graphics, suitably coloured lighting and lots of smoke!

Photo courtesy of  Steve Jack for 4barsrest

Photo courtesy of  all4brass

Military Music Concert

St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Aylesford

28th June 2014

The band performed a concert of music with a military connection. Pieces included

633 Squadron, French Military March,In The Mood

and The Army, Navy and Airforce

September 2014

After a good summer break, the busy contest season for Aveley and Newham Band begun. The first contest we took part in was held in Crawley in Sussex on 28 September 2014. Our own choice test piece was Blitz by Derek Bourgeois for the SCABA contest which attracted by local bands. This great music expresses the intensity and violence of the attack, lament and pray, and then images were expanding to military marching, evacuation, chaos and explosion effectively. Although the 4th place was not we were looking for, the band showed great team effort to perform the technically and musically demanding piece. The next stop is Wychavon entertainment contest which we hold defending champion position on 1st November.

Annual Band Dinner and Dance 2014

Friday 17th October

The band held its annual  'dinner and dance' party at the Park Inn Hotel in Thurruck. The members enjoyed a three courses dinner and wine followed by raffle prize and then the party moved onto the highlight of the event - the band's award time. This year of the winners were - the most improved player of the year went to Phill Howell on E bass who showed a great ability and contribution especially on Blitz which was the recent piece for the contest. The best attendance of the year was shared between Paddy Sears on baritone and David Howell on tenor horn. The Derek Morris Cup to the bandsman's of the year went to David Howell for his contribution as a band manager. The Jeff Shelley Cup to the best player's of the year went to Bex Ransom on flugelhorn who has steadily provided a beautiful solo performance. Finally, The Donald Dordoy Cup to the best section of the year went to the percussion section whose team work and musicianship shined this year.  After the celebratory mood, a vibrant disco time begun and went on till midnight. The band would like to thank to Jeff Selway and his wife for organising the event.

November 2014 Contests

November was a busy contesting month for the band. On the first of November the band went to the Wychavon entertainment contest. The band competed against eleven other high standard bands and came seventh place.  The programme was the Salvation Army traditional March ‘Able’, the finale from ‘Horn Concerto No.1 by Richard Strauss. The soloist was David Howell on tenor horn who delivered a sublime performance. The next number was a beautiful arrangement of ‘Letter from Home’ by Pat Metheny Group. For the finale, the magnificent tune of ‘Coronation Scene’ from Boris Godunov by Modest Mussorgsky was performed.

June 2015

Busy contests season finished

Since the beginning of the year, the band has participated in many contests such as the Butlins Mineworkers contest, the London and Southern counties area contest, the British Open Spring Festival in Blackpool, and the All England International Masters.

The band performed a programme from West end theatre musicals to a thousand strong enthusiastic audiences in the Butlins' main theatre in January. The band members had a very busy but an enjoyable weekend at this prestigious contest.

At the Area contest, the band played Torchbearer by Peter Graham which is written as a tribute to Eric Ball who was one of the most respectable composers in the Brassband world.

Our annual pilgrimage to Blackpool was also rather successful. The band achieved 6th place out of 21. The test piece was Festival Music by Eric Ball.

The final stop for contests in this season was the Masters in Kettering. Salute to Youth by Gilbert Vinter which was the  test piece chosen for the contest. The band competed against strong competitors such as Virtuosi GUS, Hammonds Saltaire, Milnlow, and so on, and came 9th out of 14.


Now, the band is going to focus on summer concerts to perform in public. Please check our concert schedules out on diary page. We are looking forward to seeing our supporters!

Third Place!

A couple of weeks later, the band participated in a contest in Milton Keynes. The contest has not been held for many years but it was revived this year by Jeremy Wise who aimed to set up the contest that everyone could purely enjoy playing music together and have a nice band day out without strict contesting rules. As his intention, we had a great contest day to enjoy making music. Moreover, the band gained 3rd place out of 12 bands under the baton of John Ward who was a professional conductor for the contest. The pieces we played was Able, The finale from horn concert No.1 and English Heritage by George Lloyd. The band is very pleased with the result and looking forward to our future stages. Onwards and upwards!

Summer gigs July - September 2015

Remembrance Sunday St. Michael’s Church  November 2015

Third place again!!

The band performed at the Milton Keynes contest on the 29th November again this year. We worked very hard and focused during the rehearsals under the baton of Robert Nunnery. The team played very well and were happy to receive third place again. The own choice programme was Knight Templar (George Allan), Helter Skelter (W.G. Lemon, Soloist Asako Mochizuki), and The Essence of Time(Peter Graham).  “Some very commendable stuff here. The band has strong soloists but also supported by a solid standard throughout the band.”  - adjudicator Adam Cook

Christmas season has arrived!

Our first caroling outing of the year was made to the Ingatestone Christmas market on the 3rd December, followed by Billericay Christmas market on the 5th.

In between caroling, the band also had its first Christmas concert at St Peter and St Paul’s church in Aylesford, the band has given concerts here for a number of years now. The audience sang along to classic Christmas numbers and ‘Frozen’ and ‘Star Wars’ lifted up the festive atmosphere under the baton of Ben Jones.

Our next appearance is at St Michael’s Church on the 12th and the band still has many more Christmas caroling engagemetnts to come including Leeds Castle Christmas Market on the 23rd. Please check out our schedule and join us to sing along and enjoy the festive season!

Photo courtesy of  Ross Leggett

Happy New Year

from everyone at Aveley and Newham Band

London Southern Counties 1st section Champions!


The band participated in the London and Southern Counties 1st section contest which was the band's most important contest of the year. The contest was held in Stevenage on the 19th March. The first section test piece was 'Essay' by Edward Gregson.

The band's draw was 11th, so the band had a bit of a wait, but were full of spirit and determined to give good performance. Under the baton of Robert Nunnery the band worked as a team and gave a magnificent performance on stage.

The Band were awarded first prize and received the 'best bass section' prize.

The adjudicator Paul Norley said “A convincing, musical and articulate performance”.

This result qualifies the band for a place at the National Finals which will be held in Cheltenham in September. We are also provisionally going to return back to the Championship section from next year.

All of band members were very excited to hear the result and had a celebration drink in Stevenage before returning home.

Additionally, our conductor Robert Nunnery and many band members, especially the longest serving member Derek Morris received an overwhelming numbers of messages and telephone calls from all over the world to congratulate us! Thank you very much to all supporters of the band.

18th September 2016

Aveley and Newham
win Third Prize at the
2016 National Finals
The contest was held at
Cheltenham race course
and the band played
Joseph Horovitz’s
‘Ballet for Band’