An Afternoon on Broadway with Harpenden Concert Band

September 16th 2018
By: Melanie Hollidge
An Afternoon on Broadway with Harpenden Concert Band

An Afternoon on Broadway with Harpenden Concert Band will be taking place at Chidell Hall, Aldwickbury School, Wheathampstead Road, Harpenden on Sunday 23rd September 2018 at 4 pm. It is billed as an afternoon of music from Broadway featuring music from Chicago, Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma, Sweeney Todd and more.  

The Harpenden Concert Band gathering is yet another example of the sense of community you can expect if you are looking to move to St Albans or Harpenden. Harpenden Concert Band meets on Tuesday evenings and gives adults who play a wind or brass instrument or percussion a chance to come together and enjoy making music in a friendly, relaxed environment.

The Band was set up by Matt Harrison in January 2013 and at the first rehearsal there were about 12-15 players but the band grew quickly and there are now close to 50 band members. They are proud to boast a full range of wind instrumentalists, which enable us to perform a wide, interesting and often challenging repertoire. 

A concert band’s repertoire usually includes original wind compositions, transcriptions/ arrangements of orchestral compositions, light music, and popular tunes. Though the instrumentation is similar, a concert band is distinguished from a marching band in that its primary function is as a concert ensemble.

Any adults who play a wind instrument is welcome and there are no auditions and no grade requirements. The band is self-funding and not-for-profit. All members pay termly subs that cover the purchase of music, hire of rehearsal venue, hire of the concert venue and professional fees.

Their concerts are free to attend, with a voluntary collection taken at the end, which they donate to charity, either locally or one with a connection to the band. 

They are always keen to welcome new members, so if you live in Harpenden or plan to live in Harpenden and would like to join the Harpenden Concert Band do contact Matt, on matt.harrison259@gmail.com 

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