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 were promoted to the Championship Section of the London and Southern Counties Region from January 2019 having come from the 3rd section just a few years ago.

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

Musical Director

Nicholas Garman Joined Hitchin Band as Musical Director in May 2019.

Nicholas began playing the cornet when he was 6 years old with the Bristol Easton Salvation Army Young People's Band. Nicholas held the position of Music Scholar at Bristol Cathedral School and whilst a pupil there joined the Sun Life Band under Dr. Roy Newsome. After gaining a BA (Hons) degree from Middlesex University (tutored by Dr. Stephen Cobb), Nicholas held positions as principal trumpet of North London Philharmonic and Oak Hill Orchestra as well as joining First City Brass on repiano. He has played with many of the country's finest bands including Cory and Grimethorpe.
His brass band honours include Swedish National Brass Champion, Butlins Mineworkers Open Champion, Midland Area Champion and London and Southern Counties Area Champion.
Nicholas is currently Secretary of the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators (AoBBA) and examiner for the London College of Music.

THE SNOWMAN AUDITIONS

WANTED: Voice For "Walking in the Air"

Hicthin Band Snowman

Back by popular demand following three sell out years!

Do you have the voice to sing Walking in the Air from The Snowman?
Applications are invited to audition for the solo vocal part in Hitchin Band's performances this Christmas. Our star singers will have the opportunity to perform alongside a 25 piece Championship Section Brass Band to provide the musical accompaniment to the animated film The Snowman.

o St Mary's Church Hitchin: Saturday 4th December 2021 - 3:30 pm, 4:45 pm & 6:00 pm
o The Broadway Theatre, Letchworth Sunday 5th December 2021 - 10:00 & 11.30am
o St Paul's Church, Bedford: Sunday 12th December 2021 - 3.45pm & 5.15pm

Auditions are open to boys and girls aged 8-16 years old (boys require an "unbroken" treble voice) Parents/Guardians please register children for auditions by 6pm, Sunday 10th October. Applications can be found below. Audition material and further details will be sent out by email once registration is closed. An audio recording will need to be submitted by 6pm on Sunday 24th October. Shortlisted singers will be invited to a live audition. Successful applicants will need to be available for daytime rehearsal (in Hitchin) on the 6th and 20th November plus additional rehearsals if required.

Dinah Birch
Chairperson, Hitchin Band
dinahb64@googlemail.com
www.thesnowman.com
"The Snowman" by Raymond Briggs is published by Puffin Image copyright Snowman Enterprises Ltd

Click link below for appilcation form

Application Form - Bedford (Word)
Application Form - Bedford (PDF)
Application Form - Hitchin and Letchworth (Word)
Application Form - Hitchin and Letchworth (PDF)

Hitchin Band


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 4th December

The Snowman, St Mary's Church

Hitchin SG5 1DW

Live band playing with the Snowman film

3:30pm

Saturday 4th December

The Snowman, St Mary's Church

Hitchin SG5 1DW

Live band playing with the Snowman film

4:15pm

Saturday 4th December

The Snowman, St Mary's Church

Hitchin SG5 1DW

Live band playing with the Snowman film

6:00pm

Sunday 5th December

The Snowman, Broadway Cinema, Letchworth https://www.broadway-letchworth.com/cinema/whats-on/the-snowman

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

Enjoy a special screening of the timeless classic animated film, the Snowman featuring a live performance of Howard Blake’s 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

Sunday 5th December

The Snowman, Broadway Cinema, Letchworth https://www.broadway-letchworth.com/cinema/whats-on/the-snowman

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

Enjoy a special screening of the timeless classic animated film, the Snowman featuring a live performance of Howard Blake’s 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.

11:30am

Friday 10th December

Ickleford Lights Switch On

The Green Arlesey Road, Ickleford, Hitchin, Hertfordshire. SG5 3TG

Join us to see the Ickleford Lights being turned on

6:00pm

Sunday 12th December

The Snowman, St Paul's Church, Bedford

St Paul's Church, Bedford, St Paul's Square, Bedford MK40 1SQ, UK

Live band playing with the Snowman film

3:45pm

Sunday 12th December

The Snowman, St Paul's Church, Bedford

St Paul's Church, Bedford, St Paul's Square, Bedford MK40 1SQ, UK

Live band playing with the Snowman film

5:15pm

Wednesday 15th December

The Rotary Club of Hitchin Christmas Carol Service

St Mary's Church, Hitchin

The Rotary Club of Hitchin will be holding their annual Christmas Carol Service in the St Mary's Hitchin 15th December at 8:00pm. This service is now a local tradition having been held for approximately fifty year

8:00pm

Sunday 19th December

Hitchin Band Joint Christmas Concert

Fearnhill School, Icknield Way, Letchworth, SG6 4BA

Admittance is Free

2:00pm

Sunday 20th February

Concert at Holy Saviour Church Hitchin

Radcliffe Rd, Hitchin SG5 1QG

3:00pm

Sunday 20th February

Holy Saviour Church Concert

St Saviour Church Radcliffe Road Hitchin SG5 1QG

3:00pm

Saturday 12th March

Milton Keynes Music Festival

'The Venue' Fyfield Barrow, Walnut Tree, Milton Keynes MK7 7WH

To be confirmed

Sunday 20th March

London and Southern Counties Area Competition

Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre, Lytton Way, Stevenage SG1 1LZ

Regional Competition of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain

To be confirmed

Saturday 7th May

Joint Concert with the Foden's Band

Hitchin SG5 1DW

Tickets £12, under 16 free

6:00pm



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

    Hitchin Band require a Solo cornet, Horn and also top quality percussion players to join our band.

    Please contact bandmaster Dinah Birch for more information - 07941972894 or dinahb64@googlemail.com

    We are a friendly and sociable band with a busy and varied concert programme throughout the year.
    We rehearse on Mondays and Thursdays from 7:45pm to 9:45pm at Hitchin Rugby Club, Old Hale Way, Hitchin. 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 Jack Smith
    Mr Duncan Henderson
    Mr Gary Carney

    Musical Director
    Nicholas Garman

    Solo Cornets
    Dinah Birch
    James Barker
    Hannah Landsman
    Lucy Want

    Soprano Cornet
    Dave Quinlan

    Repiano Cornet
    Peter Moye

    2nd Cornet
    Andrew Grady
    Adam Illott

    3rd Cornet
    Bob Berwick
    Charlotte Moye

    Flugel Horn
    Sarah Findon

    Horns
    Sarah Gibbons
    Andrew Philpot
    Vacancy

    1st Baritone
    Allan Hooker

    2nd Baritone
    Trina Pittwood

    Euphoniums
    Keith Birch
    Robert Moye

    Trombones
    Owen Bywaters
    Briony Arnold
    Andeep Birring

    Eb Basses
    James Hill
    Ian Miles

    Bb Basses
    Rob Bush


    Percussion



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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 (excluding bank holidays), 6.30-7.30pm at Hitchin Rugby Club, Old Hale Way, Hitchin SG5 1XL. 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!

    Please use the contact numbers below to get in touch



    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

    Lucy Want

    youthband@hitchinband.co.uk



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    Hitchin Band Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO)

    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