Mount Charles have returned from a massively successful Proms weekend at the world famous Minack Theatre. The weather was perfect with the sun glistening over the Cornish sea whilst supporters waved their flags! The band were privileged to have Richard Evans conducting who is always a favourite with the audience!
Guest soloist Rebecca Moon sang 'On My Lips is Like Wine' from the Operarra "Giuditta", 'Somewhere' from "West Side Story" and finally 'Think of Me' from "The Phantom of the Opera".
Trumpet star and great friend of the band Mark Harrison returned for his second year. Mark was featured playing 'People' dedicating his solo to Adrian Morris (Benny) who recently passed away.
The band is always honoured to play at the unique theatre under the stars. Minack staff work tirelessly to ensure everything goes smoothly.
This year was definitely one of the best as feedback from supporters following the performances confirm.
Next year is already in the diary, 1 and 2 October 2016.
Drone footage was taken during the Sunday afternoon performance by Sky Pixel Films (on behalf of the theatre) - SEE BELOW. Images can be found on their website www.skypixelfilms.com or via their Facebook page.
Principal cornet position - September 2015
Due to our principal cornet player Hannah Plumridge accepting a position in the world famous Cory band we now invite applications for the position of principal cornet. Enquire or apply in confidence to firstname.lastname@example.org
British Open Spring Festival (9 May 2015) - Results
The band have returned from the Vegas of the North after working with the inspirational David Stowell. The band were delighted with 12th place at the Grand Shield. We also congratulate our Cornish colleagues Camborne on their 8th place!
Adjudicators: Stephen Roberts & Rob Wiffen 1. Rothwell Temperance (David Roberts)* 2. Woodfalls (Dr Robert Childs)* 3. Whitburn (Prof. Nicholas Childs) 4. Virtuosi GUS (Adam Cooke) 5. Reg Vardy (Russell Gray) 6. Marsden Silver Prize (Glyn Williams) 7. Northop Silver (Thomas Wyss) 8. Camborne Town (John Berryman) 9. Hepworth (Mark Peacock) 10. East Yorkshire Motor Services (Alan Morrison) 11. Tongwynlais Temperance (Christopher Bond) 12. Mount Charles (David Stowell) 13. Pemberton Old Wigan DW (Kevin Gibbs) 14. Burry Port Town (Nigel Seaman) 15. Wingates (Paul Andrews) 16. Aldbourne (Jonathan Pippen) 17. Unite the Union (City of Sheffield) (David Hirst)** 18. Redbridge (Alan Duguid)** 19. Thoresby Colliery (Brian Grant)** 20. Kingdom Brass (Eoin Tonner)** Best Instrumentalist: Brett Baker, (trombone) Woodfalls *Promoted to British Open **Relegated to Senior CupAdjudicators: Stephen Roberts & Rob Wiffen
West of England Regional Championships - March 2015
Championship Section: Test Piece: 'The Torchbearer' - Peter Graham Adjudicators: Prof Roger Webster & David Hirst
1. Flowers (Paul Holland)* 2. Camborne (Ian Porthouse)* 3. Filton Concert Brass (Tom Davoren) 4. Bournemouth Concert Brass (Nigel Taken) 5. Mount Charles (Nigel Seaman) 6. St Austell (Steve Sykes) 7. Lanner & District (Stuart Chapell) 8. Aldbourne (Josh Ruck) 9. Woodfalls (Dr Robert Childs) 10. Lydbrook (Mareika Gray) 11. St Dennis (Darren Hawken) 12. Sherborne Town (Steve Rogers) 13. Alder Valley Brass (Roger Burke) 4barsrest report and full results
Plethora of new appointments
After a highly successful season culminating in three sell out Proms concerts to over 2,000 people at the Minack Theatre in Cornwall, Mount Charles are delighted to welcome several new players into the band.
Mount Charles Youth Band came first place in the youth section at the SWBBA Annual Championships with St Keverne coming 2nd. Cornet player Suzanne Yates also won best instrumentalist. Both Cornish bands performed brilliantly!
Mount Charles band are delighted to announce the appointment of a new Musical Director for their award winning youth band. Jeremy Taylor is returning to the helm following a 12 month break. Jeremy, who is the principal euphonium of our senior band brings with him a huge amount of enthusiasm, drive and passion and we are thrilled to welcome him back to the youth band.
The band are preparing for their annual performances at world famous Minack Theatre, Porthcurno this weekend (27/28 September). From its glorious surroundings coupled with a spectacular fireworks display, Sir Edward Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance and Tchaikovsky's 1812 overture the Minack Theatre is the perfect setting. This year we see the return of the legendary Richard Evans at the helm with his fantastic humour, he's always a favourite with the audience. This year the band will also be featuring rising trumpet star, Mark Harrison. Mark has worked with the band previously and is always an entertaining personality. The Proms at the Minack always attracts a sell out audience bringing their flags and singing voices whatever the weather, rain or shine.
Badge is recruited as new MD
Mount Charles Band are delighted to announce the appointment of Simon Badge as the band’s new conductor.
Simon, a serving Royal Marine, has been playing Eb bass with the band over the last 12 months and has also stepped in to cover rehearsals with the band previously.
The band is currently looking to fill a number of vacancies within the playing ranks and would welcome anyone interested in performing with the band to make contact via email@example.com or in person.
New Euphonium Team (July 2014)
Building on their success at the recent Area and Spring festival contests, Mount Charles Band are delighted to announce a new pairing in their euphonium section.
We would like to welcome Jackie Berry, who takes up the 2nd euphonium chair to the band. Jackie has been playing for 35 years and has played with the Indian Queens, St Austell and most recently Bugle bands.
Taking up the principal euphonium chair is Jeremy Taylor. Jeremy is returning to the band after a few months away and we are thrilled to have him back. Jeremy has also been playing in excess of 30 years and as a band we couldn’t be happier to have two such experienced players in the ranks.
Derek Thomas, Chairman says “I am delighted to see a return to the band after a short spell away of Jeremy, and also to welcome Jackie to the team. They both bring a wealth of experience and plenty of enthusiasm”.