The Kibworth Band
Welcome to the Kibworth Brass Band
The Kibworth Brass Band is a friendly village Brass Band based in Kibworth Beauchamp, South Leicestershire. The band was founded in 1905 and has had many successful years in it's past, being a frequent visitor to the National Finals, and also to the Blackpool Contests. We are currently graded nationally in the First Section.
The band plays many varied styles of music from traditional brass band music, jazz - dance and swing band, modern pop, classics and film music, as well as the best of modern compositions written for brass band. This variety of music allows us to play for a wide range of events including formal concerts, fetes, BBQs, weddings, birthday parties, proms, firework displays, formal dinners and much more.
We rehearse on Monday and Wednesday evenings at our purpose built band room and are always happy to welcome new players and visitors.
We are available for hire – from a full brass band to a smaller group, please follow the link for more information.
The Kibworth Centenary Youth is the branch of our organisation which offers opportunities for children to learn and develop as players. We have two youth bands, the Kibworth Centenary Youth Brass Band and the Kibworth Centenary Training Band who rehearse on Monday and Tuesday evenings respectively. The youth band offers children of grade 2 standard and above to play in a concerts and competitions in order to further their development as players until they are ready to join a senior band. The training band - as the name suggests is a band which trains beginners of below grade two standard to be able to play in the Youth Band. Our Centenary Youth arm also offers tuition, for more information on our Youth Opportunities, please follow the link.
8th May 2017:
Youth Group Curry Night Fundraiser
On the 8th May the Youth Band held a fundraising event at the Little India in Arnesby.
Around 70 people attended the event which included a buffet curry, raffle and a great time. Combined everyone helped raise over £500 which will help towards the costs and improvements to facilities for the band.
Many thanks go to Pete Copple for organising the event and we look forward to another one soon!
30th Apr 2017:
Bank Holiday weekend brought the start of Northampton Councils Abington Park band stand concert series and we were pleased to be chosen as the first band this year.
Despite being a relatively chilly day a large audience attended and the band played some fantastic music from a very varied program.
We welcomed newcomers Becky Hithersay (Soprano) and Evie Dunger (Flugel) to play solos as well as solos from Carol Smith (Solo Horn), Rob Mason (Solo Euphonium) and Mark Smith (Solo Baritone). The trombone and horn section also entertained with sectional features of Hot Toddy and Hey Jude respectively.
15th Mar 2017:
Horn Section Full
A new signing and returning player have now filled our horn section.
Evie Dunger, joins us from the Melton Band to fill our Flugel Horn vacancy. Evie helped us out at the recent Butlins Contest and did a fantastic job. She's about as dedicated as you get and has already been to most of our rehearsals this year.
We are pleased to welcome back Andrew Watson joining us on tenor horn. Andrew and his son Josh recently stepped down due to work and exam pressures, however thankfully Andrew's work commitments now allow him the time to rejoin us. Andrew has already performed once for us this year as he helped fill a gap for last weeks area contest.
We look forward to working with our new signings helping us go from strength to strength.
We are still looking for a Tutti Cornet player, BBb Bass and Percussionist to join our ranks. If anyone is interested or knows of anyone who may be interested please speak in confidence to either MD David Holling on 07535773091 or Band Manager Mark Smith on 07963 466380.
11th Mar 2017:
Midlands Regional Championships 2017
On the morning of Saturday 11th March we arrived at Bedworth early in the morning to hear we had been drawn 2nd, and our performance started around 11.15am.
Our performance went well and the press were impressed, 4BarsRest's comments started with "What a fine opening, balanced and controlled but full in sound at the same time. And as we hit the Allegro there is both spirit and detail on display." After all bands had played, 4BarsRest had predicted us in 4th place, and the British Bandsman had us 3rd. A rather daunting realisation was approaching, we might be going up into the top section.
Unfortunately it was not to be, we were not announced in the top 4, our local rivals (and friends) Foresters Brass 2000 took the title and we had come in 8th place. After a bit of research we learnt that Langley (who were joint favourites with us at top of the table) had come in 5th place which meant we hadn't secured promotion this year. What we have achieved however is securing a stable position in the table for next year which with our continued drive should keep our promotion hopes possible.
4BarsRest write up:
What a fine opening, balanced and controlled but full in sound at the same time. And as we hit the Allegro there is both spirit and detail on display.
Tuning is badly astray in the muted chords of the central slow section and one or two little slips start to appear along the way. There's a fine atmosphere about the slow music though........such a shame that tuning issues have caused problems. Warm sounds from lower band and the performance is directed with both authority and musicality. Some nervy sounds to close as we reach the approach to the Fugue.
The build to the close is exciting and so well paced leading to a convincing final flourish and capping a very solid and musical account.
Overall: Some fine playing from Kibworth. Not perfect, but exciting, driven playing but always with a strong element of control.
British Bandsman write up:
Full sound has style and character. The horns sound strong, but there are a few small smudges in the detail of the fanfare start. The close harmony section keeps moving and there is plenty of intent in the opening section, with improved detail and dynamic range.
The Allegro could be cleaner, but it is lively and attractive on the ear and improves. Good work! I like the daring intent of the jazzy section – touch of carnival. The muted held chord into the soprano solo isn’t in tune, but soprano gets through the notes unscathed. Nice calm atmosphere, but there is that underlying sinister edge too from the drums. The flugel and the following fanfare sound a touch tentative, but when the volume builds so does the confidence.
The fugue section is a bit muddy in sound but the players are giving as much dynamic range as they can and making some great sounds in the middle of the band. Performance promised well but got a bit scrappy later on.
27th Feb 2017:
Area Contest Approaching
February as usual has been a quiet time of year for us, with the Midlands Regional Championships looming on Saturday 11th March we tend to become hermits as we furiously practice parts ready for the contest.
The Midlands Regional Contest (or as it is affectionately known "the Area") is the biggest contest of the year. At the end of February and beginning of March all bands nationally all compete in one of seven regional contests which are used to grade bands nationally. The winners and runners up from each region are then invited to compete in the National Finals, the Championship section Finals being held at the Albert Hall.
This year we are competing again in the 1st section with 16 bands competing in our section. Dr Chris Davis and Kevin Wadsworth will be adjudicating as we play Philip Sparke's Land of the Long White Cloud. Going into the contest we are joint favorites with Langley Band to be promoted to the championship section, however with only 5 points separating the top ten bands it really will be an open field with any band capable of securing a promotion spot. We are due to be playing sometime in the first half of the draw (between 11am and 2pm) and would welcome all our friends to come and support us.
Full list of bands competing:
Carlton Brass Band
Foresters Brass 2000
Gresley Colliery Band
Ibstock Brick Brass Band
Ireland Colliery Chesterfield
Oddfellows Brass Band
Rushden Town Brass Band
Shirebrook Miners Welfare Band
22nd Jan 2017:
Icing on the cake
We are pleased to announce that Becky Hithersay has joined us on Soprano Cornet.
Becky is a fantastic player who has been involved with the band for a number of years now as a regular "stand in" player for when our own soprano player was unavailable. Quite often she'd get dropped in last minute for us and deliver a stunning performance, we are really looking forward to working with her.
Becky recently helped us out with a few of our Christmas concerts and also at the Butlins contest last weekend and has decided now is the time to move over to us and join us as we prepare for the Midlands Area Championships and beyond.
We are now on the look out for a BBb Bass, percussionist and a couple of cornets, get in touch if you are interested!
200 Club Winners
122: Mark Holyoak
518: Ted Smith
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