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Well earned retirement

Donna Jackson

13/05/2019

Two of our long standing members have recently retired from playing with City of Chester

John Hallas and Malcolm  Kerry have given many years to the brass band movement and we at the City of Chester are very grateful to have had their loyal service for many years. The training band will miss John's contributions over the years and many playing in the band now will have had his contribution to their playing. We also thank Renee and Jean for their forebearance with the commitments to band. 

 

Here in their own words is a brief precis of their banding careers

 

John Hallas

I started playing in 1950 at the age of 11 and joined Clayton West Band (near Huddersfield) on Third Cornet.  My father George was principal cornet and shortly became musical director.  I moved up the ranks and achieved the front row in about 1958 playing second solo cornet and occasionally principal.  In the late 50s until the middle 60s I played cornet in a local traditional jazz band (all 6 of us from the same church choir) and trumpet in a 14-piece dance band.  In the middle 60s Clayton West and the nearby Emley bands combined and I continued playing second solo cornet (the band is now just named Emley).

In 1968, after audition, I played with Brighouse and Rastrick Band for 4-5 months variously on tutti and back row cornet.  I was offered a place on tutti cornet but had to decline because of changed family and work circumstances.  In 1969 we moved to Chester and I joined the City of Chester Band

 

 

Malcolm Kerry

 

I was born in Liverpool in 1937 and started playing at the age of 13, joining The Sailors Chapel Band.  In 1953, aged 16, I joined Liverpool City Silver Band.  After National Service, I returned to Liverpool joining the Edge Hill (BR) Band which competed at the highest level against Foden, Fairey and CWS (Manchester) at regional level, then against the likes of Black Dyke, Brighouse & Rastrick, Grimethorpe at  the national championships in the Royal Albert Hall and the British Open.  In 1975 changes within the Edge Hill Band led to my moving on, joining another Championship band, Skelmersdale, with whom I played until 2005 when I transferred to City of Chester.

I have played the BBb tuba throughout my playing career.  When commitments allow I still play with The Sailors Chapel Band.  In 2016 I received the North West Brass Band Association’s Diamond Diploma of Honour.

 

Peter Dalton

Donna Jackson

26/03/2019

 

Today representatives of City of Chester Training band and main band joined a packed congregation for the funeral mass of Peter Dalton.

Peter had taught generations of brass players and we were very lucky that , for many years, he taught many of our training band.

Many of Chester's past and present players had been taught brass by Peter, and Kirsty Blain , who he introduced to brass 19 years ago, is continuing his legacy coaching the next generation of brass players.

Our deepest sympathy to his wife , Kate, and family.

The most fitting tribute to Peter was the verve with which the congregation sang the hymns , however as the congregation was composed of many members of the choirs Peter had led , as well as many other musicians it was , perhaps , not surprising.

Blackpool beckons

Donna Jackson

18/02/2019

The band will be in Blackpool on Sunday 24th February to take part in the North West Regional Contest which decides the bands' ranking.

 

Sun or rain it's a grand day out and tickets can be bought on the day. We will be competing in the third section. 

Good luck to all involved. 

 

 

 

Success at Brass at the Guild

Donna Jackson

28/01/2019

An early and earnest start to rehearsals paid off for the band , when on Sunday 27th February , under the musical direction of Matthew Birkett they came in third place in the third section at Brass at the Guild in Preston.

Almost as importantly they had a good day out meeting up with friends and rivals , followed by a pub lunch reward for getting up early on a Sunday. 

Our band master Matthew Birkett has now an enviable record in conducting Chester in competition, conducted twice and third place both times. 

No rest for the band though as they continue to prepare for the regionals in Blackpool in February.

 

 

 

End of year thanks

Donna Jackson

17/12/2018

With one more rehearsal and two more jobs we would like to take time for thanking those who have made 2018 special

The junior , training and senior bands who have turned up rain , hail , snow and , occasionally, sun and not only made music but also a spirit of camaraderie through good and bad

The families and partners who have put up with the time commitments and have supported and acted as photographers , chauffeurs, roadies , practice reminders and supporters

The committee who have kept the show on the road and who have committed to ensuring a vibrant future for the band

All those involved in training and junior band , at a time when one of our student members returned home to play in his home bands last ever concert before disbanding , we are lucky to field a combined band of over 70 people , due to the hard work of all particularly those who conduct , run and tutor junior and training bands

Our MD Ewan. He inspires us to improve even when playing swing .

Those who provided us with fabulous playing opportunities. We performed 48 times this year with audiences ranging from a few weather resistant stalwarts to over 15,000. A particular mention must be made of tip top theatres production of Brassed Off. All of us thoroughly enjoyed participating in a special production and it was wonderful to have the cast join us for the real Whit Friday marches.

Finally thank you to our audiences. Music is nothing if it is not heard . Our audiences have made our music making worthwhile and , as a self supporting band, their financial contributions means we continue to play and teach the next generations the joys and traditions of brass band music.

Wishing all the peace and joy of the season.

Junior band debut

Donna Jackson

28/11/2018

Tonight junior band made their debut performance with training band and senior band at St Mary's in Chester. Their performance was much admired by both audience and senior band. Well done. 

Winnington Concert

Donna Jackson

28/11/2018

 

After a sensational debut by the junior band at St Mary's , the main band will next be out on Friday at Winnington. 

Showcase concert at St Marys

Donna Jackson

26/11/2018

For the first time all three bands will be in concert together. This Wednesday at 7.30 at St Mary's creative centre (tickets £5) the City of Chester Brass band junior,training and senior bands will perform a showcase concert hosted by Chester Music Society. Our youngest performer will be 7 and our oldest won't reveal their age in public . For further details see http://www.chestermusicsociety.org.uk/index.php/club-concerts-2/150-city-of-chester-brass-band-and-training-band

Santa's arrival at Grosvenor garden centre

Donna Jackson

17/11/2018

The next time you can see the band is at Grosvenor Garden centre on Saturday and Sunday 24th and 25 th November at 11am to welcome Santa . For further details https://allevents.in/chester/santas-arrival/20001251061399

Chester Christmas parade

Donna Jackson

13/11/2018

The band will be out on Friday 16th November leading the spectacular Chester Christmas parade. It starts at 7pm and for further details see http://bit.ly/2D5TRO5

 

If you want to know what we are up to , over Christmas , click on our what's on tab and click on dates highlighted in blue  Enjoy.