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Whit Friday & Tour 2019!

The band have had a busy few months and we’re now looking forward to one of the highlights of our calendar year – the Whit Friday contest! For anyone unaware of Whit, have a look at one of our previous posts which will fill you in. This year, it’s an even more exciting weekend than usual because we’re undertaking a Tour de Yorkshire staying up in Huddersfield!

To prepare for Whit Friday and our Tour, we commissioned a march from the legendary Derek Broadbent. To celebrate our first birthday, we called it PWBB after the band – to see a clip of the band playing it conducted by Derek himself, see here. We love the march and can’t wait to play it on Whit Friday!

While up in Huddersfield, we’ll be performing at a variety of local events during the Holmfirth Arts Festival, including at the Holmfirth Civic Hall and the Bandstand in Greenhead park. We’re looking forward to teaming up with the brilliant Hade Edge Band whilst there as well! Our events calendar for the weekend is:

  • Friday 14th June
    • Whit Friday
  • Saturday 15th June
    • Opening event for the Holmfirth Arts Festival on Hollowgate from 11:30am
    • ‘Touch of Brass’ concert at Holmfirth Civic Hall starting at 3.30pm
  • Sunday 16th June
    • Greenhead Park bandstand from 12noon to 1:30pm

Keep an eye on our social media for all the updates on what the band’s up to. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @pwbrassband.

Christmas Events 2018

Putney & Wimbledon Brass Band are delighted to announce our Christmas schedule – please see the table below for all our public engagements. It’s a packed month but we’re looking forward to it, we love bringing the Christmas cheer to the local community! We’ll update this page should there be any changes, but keep an eye on our social media (see links at the bottom of the page) for all the details!

Date & Time Event Location
Sat 1st December, 3-5pm Lantern Arts Centre’s Christmas Celebration Raynes Park
Sun 2nd December, Sets 1-4pm Ely’s of Wimbledon’s Winter Wonderland Wimbledon
Tues 4th December, 8-9pm Carols with Wimbledon Community Chorus at St Mary’s School Wimbledon
Wed 5th December, 5.15-6.30pm Floreat Primary School’s Carols by Candlelight Earlsfield
Wed 5th December, 6.30pm Carols in Putney Putney
Fri 7th December, 5.30-6.30pm Raynes Park Christmas Festival Raynes Park
Sat 8th December, 1.30-3pm Santa’s Grotto at Morden Hall Park Morden
Sat 8th December, 4-6.30pm South Park Garden’s Carols in the Park Wimbledon
Sun 9th December, 1-3pm Christmas in the Village at Rose and Crown Wimbledon
Wed 12th December, From 6pm Carols at Putney Station Putney
Sat 15th December, 4-6pm Carols at the Green Man Putney
Sun 16th December, 3.30-5pm Christmas Service at Community Church Putney Putney
Tues 18th December, 7-9pm Mayor of Merton’s Carol Service at Sacred Heart Church Wimbledon
Wed 19th December, From 6pm Carols at Wimbledon Station Wimbledon
Thur 20th December, 7-8.30pm Rose and Crown’s Christmas Charity Fundraiser Wimbledon

The Greatest Free Show On Earth

This Friday, 25th May, Putney & Wimbledon Brass Band is very excited to be heading to Saddleworth for its debut outing at Whit Friday. But what exactly is Whit Friday? Read on to find out…

Every year – in a tradition that dates back over the past hundred – brass bands from around the country (and beyond!) gather on the first Friday after the Whitsun to entertain the crowds in the villages of the Saddleworth district, just outside Oldham.

Often referred to as “The Greatest Free Show On Earth,” the bands make a whistle-stop tour around the twelve participating villages in the area. At each stop, they play “on the march” through the crowd-lined streets of the village, before performing a traditional march (this time, standing still!) to be assessed by a ‘blind’ judge hidden in a caravan or similar.

Brass bands of all standards take part and – with prizes on offer for the best performances – each band attempts to visit as many of the villages as possible. Eight is a challenging target, but – with the distraction of beer tents, local food stalls, and the chance to see some of the nation’s most famous brass bands perform for free – most will be happy to make it round the requisite six.

In an area famous for its brass banding heritage, the day brings quite the audience and atmosphere, with the real fun coming from innovative brass arrangements of well known tunes, inventive costumes, and the general chaos of getting 50+ bands through a village in the space of a just few hours.

With fairy-lights – hung from the trees on the village greens – providing the illumination as the sun sets, it’s the perfect setting to meet and mingle with the members of other bands, whilst bonding with those of your own.

Putney & Wimbledon Brass Band has been hard at work, preparing its performance piece, as well as something less traditional to raise some smiles as we march. But what will it be? Follow us throughout the day on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to find out…

On Your Marks, Get Set…Blow!

As the crowds flocked to the riverfront for arguably the biggest highlight of the Putney calendar – the University Boat Race – the rowers weren’t the only ones testing their lungs that day. Spectators had the pleasure of Putney & Wimbledon Brass Band to entertain them in the moments between the races.

It might have been the battle of the Blues but we were there in our classic green, to play a mixture of some Brass Band classics such as The Floral Dance and old pop favourites like Grease, Abba and Bohemian Rhapsody. The crowds loved it, as did we.

We’d like to thank Positively Putney for inviting us and we look forward to working with them again in the future.

We’re now busy getting ready for the summer, so watch this space to find out more about our upcoming events!

Give The Dog A (Trom)bone

On a chilly Wednesday evening in early February, a quiet corner of Wimbledon was warmed by the rousing tones of Putney & Wimbledon Brass Band.

In Dundonald Congregational Church they performed in front of a packed crowd in support of the Wimbledon & District Guide Dogs, with several of the latter in attendance. Exceptionally well behaved they were, too – perhaps hypnotised by the musical director’s shirt as he led the band through a varied programme, expertly compèred by trombonist Elin.

Along the way, the audience was introduced to a mysterious cornet-toting water nymph (Rusalka’s Song To The Moon), beguiled by lyrical flugelhorn and euphonium solos (Ashokan Farewell) and, finally, sent dancing away to a medley of ABBA’s hits. This thoroughly enjoyable evening also raised just shy of £400 for the Guide Dogs association.

Do They Know It’s Christmas?

Putney & Wimbledon Brass Band at Christmas

If the people of Wandsworth and Merton are in any doubt, we hope that the quintessential sound of a brass band playing carols will soon remind them!

That’s right, Putney & Wimbledon Brass Band is delighted to announce its 2017 Christmas schedule.

Of the fifteen or so bookings we have in December; here are the ones that are open to the public, so feel free to come along and soak up the festive spirit!

Throughout the month, we’ll also be popping up at stations and town centres across the area, to cheer up weary commuters and stressed shoppers. Keep an eye on Twitter and Facebook to see where we’ll be and when!

A mere four weeks after our launch we’re overwhelmed by the response of the local community and the enthusiasm for a brass band in this part of South West London. We’re very excited to be supporting so many local events, and look forward to sharing a Christmas carol and a mulled wine with as many people as possible!

Merry Christmas!