As has become somewhat of a tradition in previous years, the first concert of the new year was held in the delightful St. Martin's Church, Womersley. This has become regular event for us for many years now, which is very much enjoyed by the Band. We are always made very welcome and Judith and the team can't seem to do enough for us.
It was delightful to see so many regular faces for this event and get a chance to catch up with many of them. Many came up after the event to say how much they had enjoyed it once again, and there were even people there for the first time who also told us how much they had enjoyed the whole concert. As usual, the organisers provided an excellent spread of refreshments, including the very welcome warm mulled wine, which was brought to people at their seats (due to space restrictions). Once again, this was a great evening enjoyed by both the audience and the band, and we already look forward to coming back next year.
KCB have been involved with the Development Initiatives for Voluntary Arts (DIVA) for many years now. For more information of this excellent group who dedicate their time and efforts into developing all types of Arts for the local area, please see our Links page. We were again able to support this excellent group by performing in the first concert DIVA arranged for their first Spring Showcase event. That was a weekend of events to highlight local arts of all varieties and included two concerts of music and song, paintings, pottery, photography and so much more. The events were based in the Central Methodist Church and at other locations around Pontefract.
The first half of the concert featured the voices of the Pontefract Male Voice Choir who looked excellent in their blue blazers. We have performed at events with this choir before and as usual they put on a great performance. During the interval, the audience were able to view the many paintings, photographs and items of pottery produced by local art groups, as they enjoyed their refreshments. In the second half of the concert, KCB took to the stage and thrilled the audience with a wide range of music that we had been preparing for the occasion. I hears after the even that "Ticket to Ride" (originally by the Beatles) had gone down particularly well.
This was a great evening enjoyed by both the audience and the performers and is a tribute to the work that DIVA had put into the preparations. I understand the whole weekend, including the second concert on the Saturday evening, had gone down very well and we wish them continued success with plans to put on further showcase events to publicise local arts in the area.
Some photographs of this event can be found on our gallery pages.
KCB performed at a fund raising event in aid of the church's restoration appeal. The event also formed part of the Ackworth Heritage Group Green Event which is was held over the same weekend.
Due to several players being unavailable on the day, we had to make several changes to the pieces being played. But Graham expertly put together a lovely program of music for the occasion that the attending players could perform. The lovely acoustics of the church hall enhanced the music, and everyone in the audience filling the hall seemed to enjoy the performance very well, and probably didn't realise we were a little short handed, as it didn't affect the performance at all. We received some wonderful comments from people for many days following the performance, for which we are very grateful.
The organisers laid on refreshments for all following the concert, and they enjoyed our performance so much, that they have asked us if we would do a similar event on an annual basis from now on. We will be glad to support them of course and the next concert is already provisionally booked for 6th June next year. See you there.
It might have been the longest day (in terms of daylight hours), but the weather didn't match up to the extra daylight. It rained most of the day. However, this did not put off the organisers for the annual Garden Party held on behalf for the Grove park residents and the event went ahead as planned. The band has supported this event several times over the past few years, and the elderly folk all seem to enjoy our music. Many fondly recall stories of the Salvation Army brass bands in their own streets, and it is great to see their faces light up with the sounds of our own brass music to this day. We performed under cover of a couple of gazebos and the rest of the garden party was held under a larger gazebo and within the building itself. The weather may have kept a few people from attending, which is unfortunate for the elderly folks, but it didn't stop everyone who did come from having an enjoyable time.
From the moment they walked through the doors, our audience were treated to the sights and sounds of the festive season. Our festively decorated entrance was popular as people found their way through to the main hall to take their seats. Then the music started as we began the an evening full of Christmas cheer. We made a conscious decision to play all the favorite songs and carols of Christmas so that everyone could join in from the very start. Then the refreshments at the interval continued the theme with plenty of the excellent festive food for everyone to enjoy which had been prepared by the hard work of Gill and Diane.
The junior band had been rehearsing hard and they featured in both halves of the concert, taking seats within the main band to show off how much they had come on through the year.
The lead up to Christmas in recent years has seen KCB perform a wonderful joint Christmas Concert sharing the stage with our friends, the excellent Pontefract Choral Society and their charismatic leader Phil Higgins. It is always a delight and a privilege to perform alongside this excellent local choir. This carol concert was no exception and everyone who came along were treated to some delightful singing and music from the two groups. We had prepared three pieces which featured the choir and band together which went extremely well, especially considering the very short time we had to rehearse together. There were plenty of opportunities for the audience to sing along too.
After the event, the everyone was invited to enjoy plenty of refreshments, much of it home made by supporters of the choir.