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Another year at the Northampton Umbrella Fair Festival – 20th & 21st August 2016


And they’re at it again …

Nene Valley Community Band will be performing at the Umbrella Fair Festival again this year on the 21st of August 2016.  We’ll be returning with an expanded repertoire but the same variety of musical styles.  Although it’s peak holiday season, we’ll be there in numbers and make a good showing.

Unlike last year, when we performed a short set at lunch time, we’ll be on in the evening, playing from 7pm, and we’re looking forward to it immensely…

… and if you like what you hear, and if you have a wind instrument you want to play, come and talk to us after the set – whether you’re new to playing, haven’t played for years or play regularly, if you want to join a friendly Community Band, we’re just what you’ve been looking for …

Northampton Festival of the Performing Arts

northampton festival of arts certificate of performance
Northampton Festival of Arts – Certificate of Performance awarded to NVCB – Nene Valley Community Band

Didn’t we have a loverley time …..

Sunday, 22nd May saw Nene Valley Community Band participating in the Northampton Festival of the Performing Arts for the first time.  It was ‘Brass’ day and we entered in the Orchestral Ensemble class, performing medleys from Pirates of the Caribbean, and Fiddler on the Roof.  John Berryman, the Adjudicator, was highly complementary about our performance, and also gave some very useful feedback so we know what to focus on to improve.  Andy Johnson, our Musical Director, will be studying that closely and making sure we pay attention to the details.

We weren’t the only show in town, though.  Our own Anna Langton played a solo on Euphonium, and then played a duet with James Dixon on trombone, and received positive feedback for both – and we must mention the Liberty Drum Corps, led by Dale Willis (alto sax with NVCB) who entered the Orchestral Ensemble class and came away with a very well deserved ‘Outstanding’.

Apart from those specific mentions, it was wonderful to hear all of the younger participants in ensembles, playing duets and solos.  We were very impressed by the skill, musicality (and sheer bravery) of the participants.  Will we be back next year? You bet!