City of Chester Training Band â€“ Press release
The City of Chester Training Band is about to take a break over the summer holidays after a momentous first half of the year.In the spring a new training ensemble aimed specifically at children aged 7 â€“ 11 was established under the direction of the HallÃ© Orchestraâ€™s tuba player Ewan Easton MBE: the City of Chester Junior Band.Gradually the Junior Band is developing and membership is rising following a series of short promotional concerts in local primary schools given by members of the main City of Chester and Training Bands.[Attached is a picture taken at a recent taster session where children (and their teachers!) got chance to play a brass instrument.]
Aldford Village Hall was again the scene on Sunday afternoon on Sunday 2 July for the City of Chester Training Bandâ€™s annual solo competition.Eight members played a piece of music of their own choice before the adjudicator, Robert MacDonald who plays Flugel Horn with the main Band.
The winner was 15-year old Robert Tarver from Llay, playing a lyrical melody of his own composition on the cornet.Robert joins Kirsty Blain in having won the competition twice in its 17 years and he has also gone on to follow Kirsty into playing with the City of Chester Band (a registered charity).
Before the adjudication started, all entrants to the competition warmed up by playing a short band concert under the direction of conductor, Paul Donoghue.Paul has stepped in to conduct the Training Band after Chris Hardy had to step down due to ill health; a replacement for Chris is being sought for September onwards.The concert resumed after the competition whilst adjudicator Robert MacDonald gathered his thoughts together before commenting on each competitorâ€™s performance and announcing the winner. [Robert Tarver is pictured receiving the winnerâ€™s Margaret Blythin Memorial Trophy from Robert MacDonald.]
All entrants were praised by the adjudicators for entering the competition and for their determination in playing solo before an audience, never an easy matter.Tips were given on preparation, presentation, style, technique and posture.
The afternoon concluded with the presentation of medallions and certificates to all the competitors, a buffet and raffle.
Chris Hardyâ€™s efforts with the Training Band and his overall dedication to rehearsing and playing led City of Chester Bandâ€™s Musical Director (MD) Ewan Easton MBE to award the MDâ€™s Player of the Year award to Chris. at the recent annual general meeting of the City of Chester Band. [Pictured is Chris Hardy receiving his award from Ewan Easton.]
Anyone interested in joining the City of Chester Training Band should contact Tony Blain on 07913109951.