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Aldbourne Band competes in France

Joshua Ruck, Aldbourne Band’s new Musical Director took the Band to compete in the French Open Brass contest in the Loire region of France.

The Band did really well and were placed second in the March and fourth overall in the competition. Highlights were solos from Paul Bilkey in Flowerdale, Ian Keene with On with the Motley, and the brilliant performance of the whole band for The Torch Bearer – an extremely testing piece.

It is a first for the Band and they entertained the French crowds in Amboise, along side other prestigious bands such as StavangerBand from Norway, Ensemble de Cuivres – Swiss and the French contender from the Nord Pas de Calais.

It is several years since the Band played overseas in Holland and they made new friendships and links with other brass players from around the world. Temperatures soared to 32 degrees celsius which kept Band Supporters in a job supplying copious quantities of water for the Players!

Chairman James Sheppard said, “This is a great opportunity to show case our gifted and talented players and gives our new MD the chance to take the Band to a new arena. We were very pleased with our result at the British Open Qualifiers in Blackpool in May, retaining our place in the Grand Shield. Now it is time to build on that success and play to a wider audience. Amboise is a beautiful town with friendly and welcoming people. We enjoyed good company, great food and wine and of course, fantastic music. There were many youth bands there too and it was encouraging to see the European commitment to Brass.”

You can hear some of their repertoire, as the Band will be playing at 7:15pm on Sunday 14th June at the annual series of open air Pond Concerts, here in the village. These concerts are free with donations in the bucket to help fund the costs of running the Band. If the weather is wet it will be held in St. Michaels Church.

For more information please visit the Band’s website or contact Deborah Sheppard, Gavin Dixon or Alan Watson, see details below.

More pictures of the Band can be found via this page on the Aldbourne Village Gallery.

Posted by: RB on 9th June 2015


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Deborah Sheppard
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Gavin Dixon
3 Valley View, Marlborough Road, Aldbourne, Wiltshire, SN8 2AQ
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Alan Watson
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