In my review of the Thornden Community Wind Band’s Christmas concert, I mentioned that their next concert would be with the 14th Eastleigh Scout and Guide Band (The Spitfires). Ruby Barefoot commented that he would add the date to his diary. Well, Ruby, I hope you managed to get tickets because this was a concert not to be missed. [Read more…] about Thornden Community Wind Band and The Spitfires in Concert
The Brook Singers – this friendly women’s choir in Chandler’s Ford has history, and is just entering a new phase! We would love new members to come and join in the fun! [Read more…] about The Brook Singers Welcome You
“It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas” – well, it certainly is for the 380 people who went to “A Swing-Along Christmas” concert presented by the Thornden Community Wind Band with their special guests The Spitfire Sisters on Friday evening. This was a wonderful concert and a fine introduction to the week before Christmas.
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The fame of The Spitfires Band of the 14th Eastleigh Scout and Guides has spread to the East Midlands, where one can say, man to man, “Ey up m’ (my) duck” and not be thought an odd-ball.
So we ventured to the sunny South for a delight of hearing and sight – the music of the band and the expertise of the Corp of Drums. [Read more…] about Review: The Spitfires Band (5th Nov 2016) and My Other Ramblings
As expected, The 14th Eastleigh Scout and Guide Band “The Spitfires” gave an outstanding performance at their concert on 5th November. A varied programme included musicals, military marches, and classical pieces – even The Village People’s music got a look in.
The concert included two soloists. The first sang Nessun Dorma – a piece normally heard as a tenor voice, but no way diminished by the soprano (I think it was) at the concert. A wonderful voice, singing the high notes with as much precision and clarity as the lower ones. [Read more…] about Review: The Spitfires: Last Night of the Proms 2016 – the 14th Eastleigh Scout and Guide Band
One thing I promised myself this year is that, for once, I would listen to all of the BBC Proms and not just the fantastic Last Night. I kept that promise and enjoyed a wonderful series of concerts.
And all credit to Sir Henry Wood for coming up with such a fantastic idea of bringing wonderful music to as wide a range of people as possible. [Read more…] about My Top 10 Classical Music Greats
On Saturday, 5th November 2016, The 14th Eastleigh Scout and Guide Band “The Spitfires” will be in concert at Chandler’s Ford Methodist Church.
The concert promises a wide range of music from the Village People to Puccini, and will end with the band’s rousing “Last Night of the Proms” finale including Pomp and Circumstance (aka Land of Hope and Glory), Auld Lang Syne, Rule Britannia and Sunset. [Read more…] about Spitfires in Concert – Last Night of the Proms – 5th November 2016
The Thornden Community Wind Band presented their summer concert, “Round the World in 90 minutes” on Friday 17 June. This was a light-hearted programme of music loosely themed on a trip around the world. Light-hearted doesn’t mean low quality. This was a performance of very high calibre – and great entertainment.
The auditorium was metaphorically became an aeroplane for the concert. The audience were the passengers, the conductor was the pilot, and the band was the engine. We appreciated the range of instruments during the “engine testing” at the start of the concert when a representative from each section played one or two bars of their own choice. [Read more…] about Review: Thornden Community Wind Band Concert
The 14th Eastleigh Scout and Guide Band (better known as The Spitfires) returned to Chandler’s Ford Methodist Church last weekend for a St George’s Day concert in aid of One Community.
As we have come to expect from a band of such high calibre, the concert showcased the musician’s skills and wide repertoire. We were also treated to a display by the band’s Corps of Drums, who had been busy with other scouting activities at the October concert.
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Chandler’s Ford Methodist Church will resound with the ‘Power of Song’ when Romsey Male Voice Choir and their special guests Radcliffe on Trent Male Voice Choir offer up a feast of classical choral singing and popular songs from the shows.
The concert, in aid of Action for Children and Wessex Cancer Trust, begins at 7.30 pm on Saturday 16th April. [Read more…] about Romsey Male Voice Choir’s Special Charity Concert
The Eastleigh Fusion Choir Christmas Charity Concert at Chandler’s Ford United Reformed Church last weekend (19th December 2015) raised over £830.
The concert was performed to a packed house and it was a wonderfully uplifting experience.
Father Christmas made a guest appearance to conduct the Twelve Days of Christmas and the Choir delivered a fabulous night to remember. [Read more…] about Eastleigh Fusion Choir – Christmas Charity Concert 2015
Just for fun, I thought I would share a few Christmas linked short stories (the famous 100 worders) and limericks.
I also share a couple of my family traditions at Christmastime. [Read more…] about Christmas Stories, Limericks and Traditions
Eastleigh Fusion Choir will be performing this Saturday on 19th December 2015 from 7.30pm at the United Reformed Church on Kings Road.
The full Christmas Charity Concert by Eastleigh Fusion Choir will be raising money for Crisis, the national charity for single homeless people, and the Kenya Project. [Read more…] about Christmas Charity Concert with Eastleigh Fusion Choir at United Reformed Church
The Spitfires – the 14th Eastleigh Scout and Guide Band performed an all new concert at The Methodist Church in Chandler’s Ford on Saturday evening, 17th October 2015. “All new” in that all the pieces were being performed by the band for the first time.
A church may seem an unlikely venue for a band concert, but the Chandler’s Ford Methodist Church proved to be an excellent one. [Read more…] about Review: The Spitfires in Concert – the 14th Eastleigh Scout and Guide Band
The concert is organised by Rotary Club of Chandler’s Ford and Itchen Valley to raise money for Canine Partners. [Read more…] about Rotary Club: Charity Concert in Aid of Canine Partners
On Saturday 28th March Chandler’s Ford Boys’ and Girls’ Brigades hosted The Boys’ Brigade Southern National Music Festival at Chandler’s Ford Methodist Church.
The festival offers all the young people in The Brigades, from across the south of England, the opportunity to participate in performing with one another as well as the chance to have their musical ability recognised. [Read more…] about 1st Chandler’s Ford Boys’ and Girls’ Brigades: Successful National Music Festival (Southern)
Yesterday I left work early to attend the carol service of Age Concern Chandler’s Ford at the Methodist Church.
Thornden School Wind Band and Toynbee School Choir, with their youthful energy, enthusiasm and talents, impressed the senior members of our community, making the carol service a much cherished event. [Read more…] about Age Concern Chandler’s Ford Carol Service 2014
Eastleigh is home to one of the top scout and guide bands in the country. The 14th Eastleigh Scout and Guide Band – “The Spitfires” – is a concert and marching band that was founded in 1968 by the then group scout leader of the 14th Eastleigh scout troop.
The band membership has expanded from its original base and is now open to members of both the Scout Movement and Guide Association from all over Hampshire [Read more…] about The 14th Eastleigh Scout And Guide Band
Christmas is a time of celebration, joy and reflection.
We also enjoy the company of our family and friends. Today, my friend shares some beautiful music with me, sung by our talented young people in Chandler’s Ford.
Let’s appreciate two Christian songs “Do You Hear What I Hear?” and Pie Jesu by Thornden School’s Year 11 Ensemble. Their voices are angelic — simply beautiful. [Read more…] about Beautiful Singing By Thornden School Year 11 Ensemble
The Rev. Peter Cornick made us think about the true meaning of Christmas. Is Christmas just about shopping and eating? He asked.
Both the Thornden Wind Band and the Toynbee School choir performed beautifully at the carol service. [Read more…] about Age Concern Carol Service At Methodist Church