Concert Band ‘Open Rehearsal’

The Band is actively seeking new members and is hosting an Open Rehearsal on Friday 19th September from 6pm. Players of woodwind or brass instruments of all ages and abilities are welcome to join us to get a taste of who we are and what we do and enjoy making music in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

The Band has raised thousands of pounds for charity and entertained audiences in venues such as the Westcliff, Clacton and St. Botolph’s, Colchester, playing for the Mayor and other local dignitaries. We have also been working hard with young people through school workshops and concerts to encourage young musicians to develop their skills. Playing in an ensemble builds confidence, sight reading skills and experience and offers the opportunity for budding musicians to share their enjoyment of music making with other like minded people.

Awards for all Lottery Grant
Earlier this year the Band was successful in receiving a grant to support its objective – offering music making for all. The Band actively encourages musicians from all walks of life, young and old, to join together in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere to make music.

Founded in 1978 by a local peripatetic music teacher the Band has gone from strength to strength raising money for charity and entertaining audiences across North Essex and Suffolk. The Award has been used to purchase new equipment to ensure that the Band can continue to provide musicians in the Colchester area with the opportunity to pursue their amateur and professional musical interests whilst continuing to support local and national charities.

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