The Snowman 2023

Hitchin Band - The Snowman 2023

Tickets for our performances of Howard Blakes' The Snowman in December now available!
Come along and enjoy the famous animated film with live music performed by The Hitchin Band and guest vocalists.
See below for Venues and Dates
For tickets - online booking available on Yapsody
Hitchin Band - The Snowman 2023


Christmas Concert 2023

Hitchin Band - Christmas Concert 2023

Tickets for our Christmas Concert, featuring Hitchin Band, Hitchin Youth Band, and Hitchin Community Brass are now available!
Come along and enjoy live festive music performed by all three bands!.
For tickets - online booking available on Yapsody
Hitchin Band - Christmas 2023



About the Band

Hitchin Band was formed in 1866, making it one of the oldest brass bands in the world.
We have three brass bands in our organisation:
- Hitchin Band
- Hitchin Community Brass
- Hitchin Youth Brass Band

Hitchin band are in the first Section (as of January 2023) of the London and Southern Counties Region.

We are a friendly Brass Band with an active concert and contesting schedule. We rehearse in Hitchin on Thursday evenings.
If you wish to contact us please get in touch with
Allan Hooker on 07947 007764.

Musical Director - Andrew Kershaw

Andrew Kershaw

Andrew studied tuba at the Royal Academy of Music and Trinity College of Music. He is a freelance musician, having Played for many of the country’s top orchestras and on the West End. Andrew is the founder member of Queen Victoria’s Consort who perform Victorian repertoire on period brass instruments. He also enjoys the lighter side of music performance having toured the UK and USA with pop legends Elton John and The Who. Along with playing engagements Andrew has conducted Brass Bands for many years, including Waterbeach, Horsham and Bedford Bands. Andrew also teaches the tuba at Cambridge University (where he is a Visiting Fellow) and Brunel University.



Hitchin Band Calendar

Below is a list of all the events that Hitchin Band are currently booked
Hitchin Band On-line Tickets
Tickets can now bought online from https://hitchinband.yapsody.com

Saturday 2nd December

Performances at St Mary's Church, Hitchin at the following times:
3:30 pm (Doors open at 3:00pm)
4:45 pm (Doors open at 4:15pm)
6:00 pm (Doors open at 5:30pm)
Performances will last around 30 minutes

St Mary's Church, Hitchin.

Tickets now on sale on Yapsody

3:30pm

Sunday 3rd December

The Snowman, Broadway Cinema, Letchworth

BROADWAY CINEMA & THEATRE Eastcheap, Letchworth Garden City SG6 3DD
Broadway Cinema, Letchworth

Enjoy a special screening of the timeless classic animated film, the Snowman featuring a live performance of Howard Blakes musical score specially adapted for brass band and performed for you by the Hitchin Band. A perfect opportunity to enjoy a festive family friendly morning of music and film.

10:00am

Saturday 9th December

The Snowman, Quarry Theatre, Bedford

The Quarry Theatre, Bedford

Tickets now on sale on from the Quarry Theatre

10:30am

Saturday 16th December

Joint Christmas Concert

Christchurch, Bedford Road, Hitchin SG5 1HF.

Tickets available on the door.

7:00pm to 9:30pm



Because - Celebrating 150 years 1866 to 2016

We are delighted to present Hitchin Band's CD. The CD was recorded to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the formation of the band. The CD is called "Because" after an arrangement of a song specially commissioned for Hitchin Band's Solo Horn player, Sarah Gibbons. The CD features a range of music that spans the years from 1866 up to date and shows off the talents of four of the band's soloists. It also includes an 8 page booklet with information and photographs about the history of the band.

Cinque Terre


The CD is available to buy for ten pounds at our events. Alternatively we can send one by post for an additional two pounds to cover P&P costs. For more details, please contact the Secretary, Allan Hooker on Tel 07947 007764 or send an email to secretary@hitchinband.co.uk.

Track Listing from the CD
Florentiner March
Because - Tenor Horn Soloist: Sarah Gibbons
Clog Dance
In Perfect Peace
It Don't Mean a Thing
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square - Trombone Soloist: Mike Thorn
Death or Glory
Cadillac of the Skies
How D'Ya Like Your Eggs in the Morning?
Soliloquy - Cornet Soloist: Dinah Birch
Merry Go Round
Song Setting - Mid all the Traffic
Puttin' on the Ritz
Concerto de Aranjuez - Flugel Horn Soloist: Alice Bailey
Light Cavalry Overture



History

Hitchin Band History

Why do we need a brass band in Hitchin in the 21st Century?

  • Hitchin Band was formed way back in the 1860's. This makes it one of the oldest brass bands in the world still performing, giving Hitchin an almost unique piece of 'Living Heritage', something to be very proud of.
  • Since its foundation the band has formed a cornerstone of music in the Hitchin area. We are trying to reconstruct the heritage of the band to find out more about the history of music in Hitchin.
  • The band has fostered young musicians to learn to play with the Junior Band, and giving them an opportunity to graduate to play alongside our more experienced members, some of whom have been with the band for over 40 years.
  • Hitchin Band is very proud of its strong links with charitable organisations including the Royal British Legion, The Round Table and St Mary's Parish Church Hitchin. In particular, our Christmas concerts are always very well supported.
  • Away from Hitchin, the band has carried the name of the town far and wide. We have represented the people of Hitchin at Regional and National competitions, at venues including Wembley and the Royal Albert Hall. The band has also featured on national television and radio broadcasts.
  • We have travelled abroad, taking our music with us and forging new friendships in Europe and we have offered hospitality to bands so that they can travel to the UK and visit Hitchin.
  • Even players that have moved away from the area still return on occasions to play with the band, such are the friendships that are made.
  • The Hitchin Band has been playing for over 150 years. All of the band's members, committee and supporters are dedicated to see that the band moves forward into the 21st century and beyond.
  • All this from a group of 'amateurs' who, with support from family and friends who willingly give up there time and resources to perpetuate the sound of the traditional brass band in Great Britain

    Read all about the history of the band in an article by Mike Thorn: The Origins of Hitchin Brass Band (March 2016)



    Vacancies

    Vacancies

    We have no vacancies at present.

    We are a friendly and sociable band with a busy and varied concert programme throughout the year.
    We rehearse on Thursdays from 7:45pm to 9:45pm at Holwell Village Hall. We undertake a variety of concerts, contests and performances throughout the year some serious and some for fun!

    Are you interested or want further information? If so, contact us through our band secretary.
    Email: secretary@hitchinband.co.uk or Call Allan Hooker on Tel 07947 007764



    The Band Membership

    President
    Richard Whitmore

    Vice Presidents
    Mr Eric Wythe C Eng MICE
    Mr Duncan Henderson
    Mr Gary Carney

    Musical Director
    Andrew Kershaw

    Solo Cornets
    Dinah Birch
    Hannah Landsman
    Richard Downs
    Becky Lund


    Soprano Cornet
    David Quinlan

    Repiano Cornet
    Peter Moye

    2nd Cornet
    Andrew Grady
    Adam Illott

    3rd Cornet
    Bob Berwick
    Jess Drakes

    Flugel Horn
    Sarah Findon

    Horns
    Sarah Gibbons
    Alice Bailey
    Alison Chadwick

    1st Baritone
    Allan Hooker

    2nd Baritone
    Trina Pittwood

    Euphoniums
    Aqua Moye
    Keith Birch

    Trombones
    Paul Findlay
    John Kendrick
    Andeep Birring

    Eb Basses
    James Hill
    Ian Miles

    Bb Basses
    Rob Bush
    Chris Ankers

    Percussion
    Vacancy



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    Hitchin Youth Brass Band

    Hitchin Youth Brass Band began in 2009 and is now firmly established, providing weekly rehearsals and regular public performance opportunities for young brass players. We also enjoy social events such as bowling. We welcome any young brass player from beginner upwards and have a team of volunteers on hand to give guidance at rehearsals. We also have a selection of instruments available to lend out. Hitchin Youth Brass Band aims to encourage young brass players of any age; developing brass band ensemble skills and a love of music-making. We have two annual awards which are presented to members who demonstrate particular progress and commitment.

    Rehearsals are held each Monday in term time (excluding Bank Holidays). 6.30pm-7.30pm at Oughton Primary School, Mattocke Road, Hitchin, SG5 2NZ. There is a charge of one pound per rehearsal. Please get in touch if you are interested in coming along. We are always happy to see newcomers!

    To get in touch, please contact Ian Miles on 07870 597313 or email youthband@hitchinband.co.uk



    Hitchin Community Brass

    Hitchin Community Brass had their first rehearsal in February2017. The idea was to offer a playing opportunity for brass players who no longer play with a regular band or are still learning and would like to gain some ensemble experience. Initially rehearsals were on the second Wednesday of the month with the band being taken by Hannah Landsman. At the first rehearsal there were more than 20 players in attendance with varying degrees of ability, some of whom had not played for more than 20 years and rehearsals still attract an average of 20 or more players.

    Now at the beginning of it's 2nd year rehearsals have been increased to twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday's of the month between 7.30pm and 9.30pm at the bandroom at Hitchin Rugby Club, Old Hale Way, Hitchin. New players ( particularly cornets / trumpets ) are always welcome regardless of ability. We would love to see players from the Beds, Bucks & Herts areas. There is no age limit so whether you are a bit rusty, young or old, all are welcome. There will be an opportunity to pick music you would like to play from the extensive music library of Hitchin Band.

    A small donation of three pounds per session would be welcome. For more information or to register an interest please contact us using the contact details below



    Contact

    We are here if you need to talk!
    Contacts

    Hitchin Band

    Band Secretary

    Allan Hooker

    07947 007764

    secretary@hitchinband.co.uk

    Community Band

    Contact

    Helen Moye

    hitchincommunitybrass@hitchinband.co.uk

    Hitchin Youth Brass Band

    Band Leader

    Ian Miles

    07870 597313

    youthband@hitchinband.co.uk



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    Hitchin Band Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO)

    Registered Charity 1188221
    The object of the CIO is the advancement of the art of music, in particular brass band music, in Hitchin and the surrounding area, for the public benefit by:

    (a) Offering training and coaching to musicians of all ages to enable them to play to a standard ready for public performance and to develop their musical abilities;
    (b) Performing public concerts of varied and informative programmes;
    (c) Collaborating with other groups and individuals to enhance the offering to audiences.

    For more details, about the band charitable status Click here