Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Christmas Concert - Strictly NO Carols

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Northampton Concert Band has taken the bold step to exclude traditional carols from its Christmas concert this year following feedback from an audience survey.

We contacted the audience members following last year’s Christmas concert and asked them to highlight the items in the programme they enjoyed the most. All three audience carols in the concert scored consistently low with only 40% of respondents expressing a wish to hear them again.

Brian Crutchley, Concerts Manager said, “I can understand that a lot people do not enjoy singing in public, even with such a great band accompanying them. With the feedback we’ve had from our survey we thought we’d drop carols from the concert altogether, which leaves room for other popular music for our audience to listen to.

“If people want to sing carols they’re better off going to a carol service”.

Stephen Bell, Musical Director said “We will not be short changing our audience. They’ll still get 2 hours of top entertainment. The band will be performing some ‘lighter’ repertoire along with some well-known seasonal music”.

The concert starts at 7:30pm Saturday 13th December at The Holy Sepulchre Church, Northampton and tickets are available from the Box Office 07561 390099 or online from our Tickets page

View the full programme.
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We Did a Platinum

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On Sunday afternoon (23rd November 2014) Northampton Concert Band were the very proud winners of a coveted Platinum award at the National Concert Band Festival - Midlands Regional Heat. Which means we are automatically invited to perform at the National event in April 2015 where we hope we can repeat our success.

Stephen Bell is a very proud man indeed as it has been 4 years since NCB won their first Platinum award.

 Here is the photographic evidence and below is the audio recording of the event, with the adjudicators comments as it happened.

The Certificate
The written comments
The score sheet

The recording - with Adjudicators Comments
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