Our next engagement will be the traditional 'Whit Walk' on 19th May in Cawthorne village, ending in the village church.
The 'engagements' page of this site has now been updated with all our confirmed engagements for 2013. We will be performing in concerts, entertaining visitors to parks and stately homes, and will be supporting our 'home' village of Cawthorne by playing for events in Cawthorne church and village. We'd love you to come along and hear us at one or more of these events.
Band Social - May 2013
Band members had a great time when they went for a meal together on Friday 10th May 2013. More social events are planned for the near future...
Mexborough Imperial Club
Thanks to all who played at Mexborough Imperial Club on Easter Sunday evening, and to those who came to listen. We will be back at Mexborough on 28th July.
The band was sad to hear of the recent death of a long-time supporter, Iris Broadhead. Iris and her family lived in Cawthorne all their lives, and she and her late husband, David, both played in Cawthorne band, with David on bass and Iris on trombone, until ill-health forced them to give up. Their daughter Lynn also played cornet with the band. The David Broadhead memorial trophy for the band's most dedicated young player was first presented at the Christmas concert 2011 by Iris and Lynn; to date it has been held by William Johnson and Maddie Barraclough. The band was happy to be able to honour Iris's memory by playing at her funeral on Saturday 5th January 2013.
The band is playing at the Cawthorne Bottom Club on Wednesday 12th December, at Cawthorne Church on Friday 14th December, and at the Dog and Partridge on Thursday 20th December. Rehearsals will resume on Thursday nights from Thursday 10th January.
In the meantime, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all players and supporters.
Christmas Concert: 1st December 2012
Many thanks to all who played in the Christmas concert and to all who came to watch. Special thanks for help on the door and in the kitchen to Karen and Richard. It was a thoroughly enjoyable concert and bodes well for a successful and tuneful 2013.
Prizes were awarded to the following players:
Most improved player: Nicola Charlesworth
Commitment to the band: Hazel Lister
David Broadhead trophy for the most dedicated young player: Maddie Barraclough
Many thanks to all players who played in Cawthorne Church and at the cenotaph on a cold but bright Remembrance Sunday morning. Events like this are central to the band's role as part of the Cawthorne community.
Cawthorne Fire Festival
Following last year's successful event, the band will again be taking part in Cawthorne's Fire Festival on Friday 16th November. Entertainment will include brass bands, a Guggenband, clog and morris dancers, and many more. Performances will commence at the Spencer's Arms and Parish Rooms at 7 p.m. with a barbeque and refreshments available, and will be followed by a torchlit procession through the village at 9 p.m. This year, the event's nominated charity is the Barnsley Parkinson's Disease Society.
Cawthorne Band in the news
The Barnsley Chronicle (Penistone and Darton editions) ran a feature on the band on Friday 12th October. As well as a more general feature on the band and our hope of attracting new players, there was a front-page article (and photo) featuring 12-year-old Maddie Barraclough and her decision to transfer from tenor horn to E-flat bass. Click here to read the article in full.
AGM and Committee
The band held its AGM on Thursday 11th October. Following elections, key post-holders on the committee are now as follows:
Chairman: John Speight
Secretary: Bridget Milinkovic
Treasurer: Val Francis
Bookings Enquiries: Elvin Athey
Bookings Secretary: Su Sharpe
Website: Claire Honess
Learner Band: Liz Robertshaw
Pudsey Park, 9th September
Thanks to all band members who played at Pudsey Park on a lovely sunny afternoon. Special thanks to a very enthusiastic three-year-old called Gianluigi for conducting the Radetsky March with aplomb.
Band Social at Cawthorne Maize Maze
Band members young and old had a fun time getting lost and making music at the Cawthorne Maize Maze on Sunday 12th August.
Whiston Festival of Brass and Real Ale
Congratulations to all who played at Whiston Contest. The band did really well, gaining 173 marks, only four behind the winner in our section.
Well done to all players, but especially to Jon Bailey (BB-flat Bass) who won the 'Best Instrumentalist' prize.
Thanks to all who played at Brodsworth Hall on 15th July, on a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon with a very large and appreciative audience.
Good Luck James!
Cawthorne's fabulous bass trombone player, James Bashforth, is heading for pastures new, as he takes up a new job. The band wishes him all the best and is grateful to him for his service not only as a player but also as Band Secretary.
Brass the Baton
At the concert with Scisset Youth Band on 12th May, the band took part in the 'Brass The Baton' project, part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad. 'Brass The Baton' is basically a relay race involving 5 conductor’s batons, each representing one of the 5 Olympic rings and coloured accordingly. The relay started at the European Brass Band Championships on Sunday 6th May, and each of the 5 batons will now be passed on by participating bands until they reach their final destination, the Durham International BRASS Festival on Sunday 22nd July. A special piece of music has been commissioned for 'Brass The Baton' entitled 'Going The Distance', comprising 5 movements (also coloured like the Olympic rings), which will only be performed together for the first time at the finale on 22nd July. For more information click here.
The band with Scisset Youth Band and the blue baton at Shelley Church
June 15th - DiamondJubilee Celebration Concert
Thanks to all who took part in this joint concert with Altofts & Normanton Brass Band, and especially to wonderful soloists Nigel Bird (euphonium), Vicki Hartshorne (flugel) and Su Sharpe (cornet). Thanks, too, to an enthusiastic and appreciative audience, who joined in at the end of the concert with some rousing singing!
June 2nd & 3rd 2012 - Jubilee Weekend in Cawthorne
Many thanks to all who came and played on the village green on Saturday and in the church on Sunday to celebrate the Jubilee. The weather did not dampen our spirits! Thanks, too, to our friends at Cawthorne church for tea and some excellent cakes.
May 2012 - Concert with Scisset Youth Band
Thanks to all who supported the joint concert with Scisset Youth Band on 12th May. It was a really enjoyable evening. Thanks especially to the talented young musicians of Scisset for inviting us to play with them.
January 2012 - Christmas Quiz
Thanks to everyone who took part in our quiz. The winner was Julie McNicholas from Redbrook, Barnsley.
December 2011 - Prizes 2011
At the 2011 Christmas Concert, the following prizes were awarded to band members:
Most improved player: Ellen Barraclough
Services to the band: Ronnie Gough
The David Broadhead Trophy for the most dedicated young player: William Johnson