Ascot Brass

Latest performances

@ Maidenhead SA Citadel, March 2019

Ascot Brass now regularly rehearses at Maidenhead Salvation Army Citadel, and on 9th March it also became the venue for the band's first concert of 2019, together with the citadel's Maidenhead Songsters. New items in the band's repertoire included Suppe's Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna and Christopher Wormald's arrangement of the theme from 42nd Street. Soloists were Mark Dallas on cornet, with You Raise Me Up, and Peter Finch and guest euphonium Charley Brighton playing the duet Deep Inside the Temple.

@ Windsor Parish Church, December 2018

Ascot Brass joined with Taplow Youth Choirs at Windsor Parish Church on 8th December for the traditional Christmas concert, raising funds in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. The evening included several very entertaining readings by Patricia Hodge.

Highlight of the band's programme was without doubt Kevin Norbury's Gaudete, while the choir's pieces included excellent performances of O Holy Night and A Child is Born in Bethlehem.

The audience was in good voice for Hark the Herald Angels Sing and O Come All Ye Faithful, and a good number responded to compere Matt Stone's prompting for vertical as well as lateral movement while singing along to Scheewaltzer. A thoroughly good time was had by all, and the event raised thousands of pounds for Macmillan.

@ Sonning, November 2018

Together with Bulmershe School choirs, Ascot Brass presented a concert at St Andrew's church, Sonning, on 2nd November, raising funds towards new lighting in the building.

The programme opened with The Dambusters March, marking the RAF centenary, and included Hymn To The Fallen by way of remembrance of the 1918 armistice. Highlights included Mark Dallas playing cornet solo You Raise Me Up, a very well received rendering of Alan Catherall's arrangement of Bohemian Rhapsody, and some fine playing in William Himes’s Soli Deo Gloria. The choirs' contributions included several gospel songs, and an excellent solo set by Celeste Hexter. The concert was performed before a full audience, and succeeded in raising £900 for the lighting project.

@ Beaconsfield, October 2018

Ascot Brass joined with the Sear Green CE School choir and Sear Green male choir at Beaconsfield’s St. Michael’s Church on 13th October to present a concert raising funds for the local Bradbury House care home. A packed and enthusiastic audience heard a good mix of pieces, with impressive contributions by the school choir.

The band’s programme included lively numbers such as the opener, 633 Squadron, Breezin’ Down Broadway and the Armenian Sabre Dance, and received positive comments on its rendering of Bohemian Rhapsody. Quieter pieces also featured, including Lady Stewart’s Air, You Raise Me Up (cornet solo featuring Mark Dallas) and a new piece in the band’s repertoire, William Himes’s Soli Deo Gloria. The final piece in the programme was a joint performance of You’ll Never Walk Alone, followed by the march Barnard Castle in response to demands for an encore.

@ Marlow, September 2018

Ascot Brass joined with the singers of the Thames Valley Chorus in Marlow's All Saints Church on Saturday 30th September to present a concert in aid of causes supported by the local Rotary Club.

The band’s programme opened and closed with music marking the RAF's centenary – Eric Coates's Dambusters March and Ron Goodwin’s 633 Squadron. There were a good number of up-tempo numbers, with Armenian Sabre Dance, the cornet duo Spanish Fiesta (played by Mark Dallas and Steve Clapton), and three arrangements by Alan Catherall: his pacy take on themes from Oklahoma, and pop classics Bohemian Rhapsody and Macarthur Park. At the more reflective end of the spectrum were Lady Stewart's Air by Peter Graham, and John Ireland's Love Unknown.

The Thames Valley Chorus sang two sets in each half; stand-out piece was a moving rendering of Buddy Can You Spare a Dime in the second half. The event was well attended and clearly enjoyed by all.

@ Reading Minster, June 2018

The band performed together with Wokingham Singhealthy choir at Reading Minster on 9th June in a programme focusing on British folk music. Opening with Britannia, Ascot Brass pieces included All Through the Night, Annie Laurie and The Water of Tyne, and the band and choir joined to present Percy Grainger's arrangement of Seventeen Come Sunday.