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SUMMER FUN 
Here are a few pictures from our summer engagement so far. As you can see we get around a bit and perform at a wide variety of venues.

HENFIELD SHOW

A typical English summer Saturday provided a backcloth for Patcham Silver Band’s contribution to the biennial Henfield Village Fair.
A heady mixture of intermittent sunshine and heavy showers caused the band to huddle together beneath a semi- protecting veil of canvas while playing jolly musical entertainment for the punters, some of whom stopped by to listen and applaud when moved to do so.
 A small jazz band played in a nearby marquee which provided much more space for performers and audience alike, with the tantalising smells of dogs, beer and burgers all around, adding to the attraction.
Outside, among other ringside entertainment, we saw a shepherd with a quirky sheepdog herding not sheep but a small gaggle of geese through tunnels, over bridges and into enclosures with great aplomb. Doubtless there was also a variety of stalls and entertainment including a full-sized funfair. How unfair then that Sunday dawned bright, sunny and warm just as our German guests left us to return to 30+ degrees of heat, just like we had in the weeks before they arrived!
Maybe in two years’ time PSB will enjoy better fortune and the Jazz band can have the smaller tent!
Follow this link to see a clip of the band playing at the fete (Patcham Band )

HENFIELD CHURCH FETE

We had a great afternoon at the St Peters Church fete on Sat 24th June.  The combined youth and senior bands played two sets of lively music with our conductor James playing drums for several numbers. This gave Linda, Barbara and David the chance to share conducting duties along with Sandra our youth band musical director.

In the interval we were served tea and cake and some of the band even played on a big chess set!

YOUTH BAND AT ST PHILIPS

The youth band enjoyed their first outdoor fete of the year on Sat 17th June when we joined our friends at St Philips in Hove for the Aldrington Fete. On a very hot day the band performed favourites such as Colonel Bogey, 500 miles and The Lincolnshire Poacher.  It was also a special occasion as our two newest players made their performance debut.

 

EASTBOURNE BANDSTAND

On Wednesday 31st May we joined forces with our friends from Mid Sussex band for the traditional 1812 concert on Eastbourne Bandstand.  The weather was fabulous and the audience very appreciative. The concert featured a solo from our principal cornet David Bubloz along with a lively performance of Music for a Festival.

 

HORSHAM CARFAX BANDSTAND
Our first outdoor concert of the season, in a sunny/breezy bandstand at Horsham Carfax

A full band, including some valued guests, entertained the crowds of visitors and stall-holders who were much in evidence!
Exotic smells wafted through the breeze, titillating appetites, some of which were satiated during our break!
Children danced to the music and applause was much in evidence as we explored a diversity of genres under James’s expert direction
Death or Glory – our contest march – opened proceedings in dramatic style (lucky the audience was unaware of its title!)  This march was also played 21 years ago in the film Brassed Off.  We followed it today with our contest set piece, Philip Sparke’s Music for a Festival – a wonderful work which sounded quite different outside rather than in the Hawth Theatre, but we gave it our best shot. Our principal cornet, David, gave a beautiful rendition of Stars, from Les Miserables.
Goff Richards’ Breezin’ Down Broadway was a fitting choice, as was the Beatles’ classic Ticket to Ride, with all its sound effects of trains huffing and puffing – my grandson would have loved it! Other popular pieces were Coldplay’s Viva la Vida, Lady Gaga’s A Pencil full of Lead, Adele’s Skyfall, Nana Mouskouri’s tender Perhaps Love, and Baggy Trousers by Madness. We also played Men of Harlech as a tribute to composer and arranger Gordon Langford who died recently, and a fine S.A march called Motivation – we all need that on occasion!
As ever, we ended triumphantly with Sussex by the Sea, and we already look forward to our next concert at Eastbourne Bandstand next Wednesday, where 1812 will be accompanied by a fantastic firework display!

 

FILM EVENING IN BRIGHTON
On May 13, simultaneously with the Eurovision Song Contest, members of Patcham Silver Band entertained their loyal audience at St Andrew’s Moulsecoomb with a celebration of James Bond!

The audience was invited to identify the 12 film hits played by the 10 piece band, many of which were specially and skilfully arranged by James
We just about fitted on to their small stage, including guest percussionist Martyn – who added some pizzazz to our performance!
In the interval we were all presented with beakers of popcorn, thus adding to the cinematic experience. This was followed by a tasty Ploughman/s with traditional garnishes. Icecreams followed, all generously provided by the church’s supporters
The last six pieces ended with Skyfall, probably the most recognizable of the dozen. This was preceded by James singing a solo, with Barbara conducting. Nobody identified all 12, but one scored 11 – part of his prize being allowed to conduct the band playing Sussex by the Sea with admirable gusto! Interestingly, author Ian Fleming had spent time in Sussex, notably Littlehampton(!)
At the lowly price of £1 pp, David had previously given out folded strips to the whole band, each bearing the name of a contesting country.
We shall soon find out who had Portugal!!

70th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS
Visit the 70th birthday page for details of our 70th birthday celebrations including a review of the anniversary concert and links to our photo album

YOUTH BAND SUMMER SEASON
Our youth band have had a busy summer season with performances at Lancing College Preparatory School, a Queen’s birthday part celebration in Small Dole and the St Philips Church fete in Hove.

 

PATCHAM SILVER BAND PLAYS STORRINGTON
On Saturday March 5th PSB made their successful debut at Storrington’s imposing Parish Church of St Mary, as part of the band’s 70th birthday celebrations.

Why Storrington? Because Vicki’s sister-in-law is their preacher, James had played the Last Post there, and George Jones is their organist/choirmaster and Concert Committee member.

George, you will remember, regularly hosts the band at the Angmering Chorale’s Christmas Concerts. He particularly enjoyed our performance of Gabriel Faure’s lovely Pavane tonight

Our concert had a varied programme of Classical, Jazz, Traditional, Marches, Musical Theatre and Folk. We even briefly visited New Zealand with a charming lullaby “ Hine e Hine” played in honour of one of our past members who has left us to return home

The Band acquitted itself well with the two items it is preparing for the annual SCABA Spring Contest at the Hawth Theatre, Crawley, on April 24. These are Rimmer’s famous march Punchinello and James’s arrangement of the First Suite in Eb by Gustav Holst. Other challenging pieces played tonight included Shostakovich’s Festive Overture (a la Black Dyke!) and Cry of the Celts by Hardiman.

We invite all our friends and audiences to come and support us there!

Just a Closer Walk parodies a Creole Funeral procession, beginning slowly and later dramatically breaking out into jazz. Throughout the evening there were wonderful solos from Vicki, David, Jim, Barbara and Charlie, among others. We were also fortunate enough to welcome several guest players to join in the fun

We had a very nice supportive audience, some of whom had never heard a brass band playing live, so we are hoping they will invite us back!

Many thanks indeed to our kind hosts, and as ever, to James for organising, rehearsing and compering the concert

Marilyn Hurdwell

LOVE IS IN THE AIR AT PATCHAM!

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Patcham Silver Band celebrated St Valentine’s weekend and the beginning of our 70th year with a very enjoyable Open Rehearsal at Patcham Junior School.

Friends and families were invited to join us as we performed several pieces with LOVE as the central theme. Music being the food of love, (or is it the love of food??) we also enjoyed delicious refreshments and birthday cake very kindly provided by our long-standing resident soprano Margaret Thompsett, as well as her delightful rendition of Hine e Hine (a NZ lullaby) and Lloyd-Webber’s Love Changes Everything – both accompanied by the band. Solo and duet performances were also offered by some of our brave members who were due to appear at the SCABA contest the next day – a golden opportunity to strut their stuff in front of a friendly audience. Dave Short, Claire Davis and Jim Hurdwell played Swedish Hymn, Goodbye to Love and Donegal Bay respectively. Dave & James played Pie Jesu and Jim & Marilyn played the Pearl Fishers’ Duet, with Marilyn & James taking it in turns to accompany.

Other romantic pieces played by the whole band were My Love is like a Red, Red Rose (soloist David Bubloz), True Love Ways (featuring the ladies of the Horn section), When I’m 64 (I wish!), Theme from Love Story, Hopelessly Devoted to You (Grease), The Power of Love, and Music of the Night from Phantom of the Opera. These were offset by the more lively Radetsky March and Clog Dance

It was good to have some members of the Patcham Youth Band joining in with us and we hope they will be encouraged to play alongside the Senior Band whenever possible. Young Sean received a special round of applause for his surprise solo in Music of the Night!

Our grateful thanks are due to Margaret who generously gave of her time and expertise, our audience, band members and especially to James for masterminding the whole evening. This special occasion got our anniversary year off to a splendid start!

 

SCABA CONTEST
Southern Counties Amateur Banding Association (SCABA) hosted its annual Solo and Duet contest

on Saturday February 13th at St Paul’s Catholic College, Burgess Hill. The Adjudicator was newcomer Josh Cirtina, currently a 3rd Year student at RNCM but a very experienced Bass Trombone player.

The contest was divided between Junior, Youth, Senior and Open Classes, all of whom featured talented players who welcomed the opportunity of broadening their experience in a competitive situation. Josh gave every competitor valuable advice and encouragement both generally and in an individually written adjudication sheet, and the whole day was deemed a resounding success.

Not everybody won a prize or even a certificate, but all came away having learned useful tips and with a feeling of exhilaration in having performed to the best of their ability in a challenging environment, as well as making new friends and listening to new material.

Other SCABA events during 2016 include their Spring Contest on April 24 (in which Patcham will be taking part), Entertainment Contest on 22 May, Autumn Contest on Sep 25 (all at the Hawth Theatre, Crawley) and the Quartet & Ensemble Contest on Oct 22 back at St Paul’s

Marilyn Hurdwell

PADDY CRAWFORD CLARKE

It is with great sadness that we share with you the news that Paddy Crawford Clarke, a former member of our youth band and brother of solo cornet player Reuben died in a motor accident on Thursday 10th December 2015. Paddy was a member of the band as a boy and brought to us a great enthusiasm for playing the trumpet. He will be remembered for his commitment to the band and his enjoyment of playing and being part of the group.  Our thoughts are with Paddy’s family and friends. 

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Paddy (fourth from left) and Reuben (far right) performing with the band

JIM CALLOWAY RETIREMENT CELEBRATION

Our longest standing band member Jim Calloway celebrated his 90th birthday with the band on Friday 27th November.  Jim has been in the band almost since its inception, he recalls joining the band sometime between being demobbed in 1946 and meeting his wife in 1949! Sadly, Jim has decided to hand up his cornet but will still be an active participant in band actives as our vice chairman.

After speeches and cake we then had a final rehearsal of his favourite march, Punchinello, some Christmas numbers and of course Sussex By the Sea.

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Youth Band meet Pudsey!

On Saturday 3rd October our youth band joined other bands from the region to take part in a 12 hour brass band marathon raising money for Children in Need.  A fantastic £1600 was raised at the event organised by Worthing Silver Band.

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