HITCHIN CONCERT BAND celebrates
its 20th anniversary at the end of 2015. It was originally formed as
a result of a number of adult amateur musicians who had met and played
at one of the many courses at Benslow. Since its formation, the band
has grown to some 40 members and has flourished, meeting every second
or third Sunday evening, under its conductor Alison Eales.
The band's ethos is essentially one of a large group of friends meeting
to rehearse and perform music for the pleasure of doing so, often meeting
socially after rehearsals and on other occasions. Band members also
form informal groups to play chamber music in each other's homes.
The band has a wide and varied repertoire which it continues to broaden
and expand, embracing styles ranging from jazz to classical music from
the shows as well as works and arrangements made especially for the
Hitchin Concert Band performs
locally twice a year and toured Sussex for three successive summers,
performing on Eastbourne Bandstand as well as in Brighton Pavilion Gardens
and Hastings. The band has toured Catalonia and Tuscany, performing
in several prestigious venues. We also performed on three bandstands
in Paris in 2007, 2008 and 2010. A further Spanish tour took place in
2012 and the band performed in Belgium during a 2014 tour.
Concerts have included an appearance at the Gordon Craig Theatre as
part of the Stevenage Festival, which also featured the Kingshott School
Band. The band also performed at a fund raising event at Cockhampstead
near Braughing in support of the Leukaemia Society which raised £1,245
for leukaemia research. In 2010 Hitchin Concert Band was honoured to
appear in St Mary's Church as part of the Benslow's 80th birthday celebrations.
More recently the band has appeared twice at a community event in Sheffield
and Foxholes nursing home in Hitchin.
The band welcomes new members and can accommodate a wide range of performing
abilities. To view our current vacancies please click