Rotary Tree of Light 2017
Nov
19
3:30pm 3:30pm

Rotary Tree of Light 2017

This is one of our favourite annual gigs - the switching on of the Rotary Tree of Light outside Leamington Town Hall. We'll be accompanying the short carol service and playing lots of seasonal favourites before and after the ceremony. Come and sing along!

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RSB Quintet at Santa's Grotto
Dec
9
2:00pm 2:00pm

RSB Quintet at Santa's Grotto

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RSB Quintet are excited to be serenading Santa and his visitors at his Grotto in Leamington Art Gallery and Museum. We'll be playing Christmas carols and a whole range of seasonal favourites (and hopefully meeting Santa too!).

From the website: 

Come and visit Santa in his Alpine Grotto situated in the Hammam (which used to be the cooling room from the Turkish Baths!). Enjoy Christmas Crafts in the gallery all serenaded by a brass quintet from Royal Spa Brass. Explore the library and gallery with a Children’s Christmas Trail with a prize draw. Why not buy some unique presents from our Gallery Shop while the children enjoy themselves!
Cost: Free, drop in and join in.
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Carols at Warwick Castle 2017
Dec
16
7:00pm 7:00pm

Carols at Warwick Castle 2017

Carols at Warwick Castle is held annually in the run up to Christmas and is for many people the start of their Christmas festivities. It is a great opportunity for families and people of all ages to get together and join in singing carols led by the excellent choir of St Mary’s and Royal Spa Brass.

Set against the magnificent setting of the Castle’s East Gate, the event has a wonderful atmosphere and visitors have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of stalls offering such fare as mince pies, baked potatoes, sausage rolls and warm drinks including mulled wine.

The money raised by the event goes to local charities and towards good causes. This is organised by The Warwick Lions, Rotary Club, Merlin’s Magic Wand and the Friends of St Mary’s Choir. Warwick Castle provides the venue and many helpful support services free of charge.

Tickets will be available in September from http://www.carolswarwick.com/tickets/ 

 

Photo credit: Gillian Fletcher

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RSB Quintet celebrate Her Majesty's Sapphire Jubilee with Dunchurch Festival Group
Sep
22
7:30pm 7:30pm

RSB Quintet celebrate Her Majesty's Sapphire Jubilee with Dunchurch Festival Group

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RSB Quintet are proud to support the Dunchurch Festival Group's Royal Command Performance of "The Good Old Days", to celebrate Her Majesty's Sapphire Jubilee. We'll be playing lots of singalong favourites - and could there be a very special guest in the audience?

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RSB Oompah Band at the Leamington Beer and Music Festival (Saturday)
Sep
16
to Sep 17

RSB Oompah Band at the Leamington Beer and Music Festival (Saturday)

Leamingt-Oom-Pah was formed in 2013 following a panicked call from a well loved local pub who were desperate for a last-minute band to play at their beer festival after a cancellation. We told them that we had an Oompah Band at our disposal (we didn't) and we could certainly play at their festival (a dubious claim).

Jump forward four days, we've rustled together an eight-piece band, ordered some music (but not had chance to look at it in advance) and were psyching ourselves up for the gig. After a 2 1/2 hr performance, the manager came up to us an immediately booked us for the following year!

Since then, we've been polishing the act and are now proud to gig as LEAMINGT-OOM-PAH, playing a wide variety of music including the classic German tunes (Fliegerlied, in München Steht Ein Hofbräuhaus & of course Ein Prosit) and a mixture of more modern popular music from around the world.

We promise to have even the shyest of you up and dancing/singing before the night is out!

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RSB Oompah Band at the Leamington Beer and Music Festival (Friday)
Sep
15
to Sep 16

RSB Oompah Band at the Leamington Beer and Music Festival (Friday)

Leamingt-Oom-Pah was formed in 2013 following a panicked call from a well loved local pub who were desperate for a last-minute band to play at their beer festival after a cancellation. We told them that we had an Oompah Band at our disposal (we didn't) and we could certainly play at their festival (a dubious claim).

Jump forward four days, we've rustled together an eight-piece band, ordered some music (but not had chance to look at it in advance) and were psyching ourselves up for the gig. After a 2 1/2 hr performance, the manager came up to us an immediately booked us for the following year!

Since then, we've been polishing the act and are now proud to gig as LEAMINGT-OOM-PAH, playing a wide variety of music including the classic German tunes (Fliegerlied, in München Steht Ein Hofbräuhaus & of course Ein Prosit) and a mixture of more modern popular music from around the world.

We promise to have even the shyest of you up and dancing/singing before the night is out!

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RSB Quintet at Warwick Poppies Launch
Sep
5
7:30pm 7:30pm

RSB Quintet at Warwick Poppies Launch

RSB Quintet are honoured to support the launch of the Warwick Poppies Campaign 2018. We'll be playing a selection of music at the campaign launch event on Tuesday 5th September.

From the Warwick Poppies website:

Warwick Poppies 2018 will be a massive community tribute to mark the centenary of the end of World War I. Thousands of hand crafted poppies are being collected during a year long project that is to be launched on 5th September 2017. These poppies will then form a major installation within St Mary's Collegiate Church, Old Square, Warwick. The exhibition will be opened at a gala dinner on 5th October 2018, and will be open daily until early December 2018. The Patron of this campaign is the Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire
 

Image credit: Flickr user Bill Hartmann, under Creative Commons 

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Brassfest UK
Jul
9
11:00am11:00am

Brassfest UK

We're excited to be taking part in Brassfest UK, a national celebration weekend of brass band music in the open air. Catch us outside Leamington Spa Town Hall!

Here's a video of our performance on the day.

 

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Thurlaston Village Fete
Jul
1
2:00pm 2:00pm

Thurlaston Village Fete

We played at Thurlaston Village Fete for the first time last year and we enjoyed it so much (including the free cupcakes!) that we were thrilled to be asked back this year. We'll be playing a selection from our summer pads full of old chestnuts, family favourites - and the odd surprise! 

Image: Flickruser Trevor Coultart under Creative Commons

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Kenilworth Lions Show
Jun
10
12:30pm12:30pm

Kenilworth Lions Show

Royal Spa Brass will be coming out en masse to once again support the Kenilworth Lions Show in 2017! We always have fun at this event, and are glad to be asked back once again.

You can hear us play two sets on the main stage: 12.30-1 and 1.15-1.35.

 

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Bands in the Park: Evesham Band Stand
May
28
2:30pm 2:30pm

Bands in the Park: Evesham Band Stand

We're delighted to be back as part of the hugely popular Bands in the Park summer season. This year we'll be at Evesham Abbey Park. Bring a chair and (hopefully!) some sunscreen, grab an ice cream, and enjoy the music!

Bands in the Park review

Sunday 28th May – Prior to the Concert 1 minute silence was held in recognition and respect for those who had lost their lives or been injured in the recent Manchester bombing atrocity after which Royal Spa Brass fittingly began with a subdued piece entitled ‘Highland Cathedral’, originally written by Howard Lorriman for performance at the 2003 Gala Concert, which followed the National Brass Band Championships. In absolute contrast the band preceded on with ‘The Muppet Show’ cartoon piece and then a stimulating performance of the ‘1914 March’. Alan Menkin’s ‘Beauty & The Beast’ followed and afterwards a ‘’Dixieland’ style arrangement, I believe by Dennis Armitage of ‘Down By The Riverside’ which certainly had everyone’s feet tapping. Referring to the musical achievements of the late David Bowie and the dilemma of selecting a piece to play from his many memorable works it had unanimously been decided to include ’Life on Mars’ 

Following on afterwards came Freddie Mercury’s ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ originally performed by the rock band Queen in 1979 …A fine rendition of one of Kenneth Alford’s celebrated marches ‘The Standard of St George’ followed next before a ‘quintet’ from within the band was featured performing two short pieces, one of which was a Glenn Miller big band classic ‘Chattanooga Choo Choo’ The first half concluded with a very impressive confident performance of the Eric Coates ‘Dambusters March’
Another well chosen selection of music made up the 2nd half which the band confidently opened with a lively instrumental version of the ‘Floral Dance’ an old English song written originally to describe the annual Furry Dance held in Helston, Cornwall. A relaxing rendition of music from ‘The Lion King’ the well-liked Elton John classic came up next prior to what was described as one of the most memorable Eurovision Contest wins of all time Abba’s ‘Take A Chance’ which led the way to a steady stream of other popular band favourites ‘Summer Nights’ from Grease, John Williams’s ‘Raiders March’, film music from Disney's Pocahontas in the form of ‘Colours of the Wind’ plus the exciting music from ‘Pirates of The Caribbean’
The afternoon continued with the theme to the BBC TV football programme ‘Match of the Day’ composed by R Stroller before moving on to the 1980 Madness Hit ’Baggy Trousers’ and finally concluding with a great sing-along style arrangement of traditional tunes with a modern beat entitled ‘Best Of British’ which we believed to be a Derek Ashmore arrangement

Plenty of well-liked pieces today, which brought forth lots of appreciative comments for a ‘fine’ band that once again, had provided excellent entertainment.. An enjoyable afternoon’s listening, thank you Royal Spa Brass .. Well done!

 

Image credit: Flickuser João Campos under Creative Commons

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Leamington Fiesta of Flavours
May
6
to May 7

Leamington Fiesta of Flavours

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RSB Ensemble giving Madness' Baggy Trousers some welly at Regents Court Fiesta of Flavours, Leamington Spa, 7 May 2017

Take your tastebuds on a journey around the world with a weekend of FREE masterclasses and entertainment at Regent Court. With a variety of masterclasses, from sushi rolling to salsa dancing, cocktail making to make-up tips, you will finish the weekend with endless new skills.

RSB ensembles will be at the Fiesta of Flavours on both Saturday and Sunday, from 12-2pm. Just follow the music to find us!

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Compton Verney Traditional May Day Celebration
May
1
2:00pm 2:00pm

Compton Verney Traditional May Day Celebration

Thanks to our friends at Compton Verney for providing these wonderful pictures of the day!


RSB will be joining in the fun at Compton Verney's traditional May Day celebration! We'll be performing in the afternoon (exact times to be confirmed) but in the meantime, here's a taster of the day's activities from the Compton Verney website:

Join the Morris Dancers or try your hand at a range of traditional village games including tug-of-war, welly-wanging, Aunt Sally and hook-a-duck. There’s also May Day King and Queens, vintage tractors and the chance to meet artist Faye Claridge and Sigrid Holmwood in our brand new Pigment Garden.

Image: Flickruser John Rudolph Photography under Creative Commons

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Warwick May Racing Carnival
May
1
10:00am10:00am

Warwick May Racing Carnival

We're looking forward to joining our friends at Warwick Racecourse on May 1st to help celebrate the first day of their May Racing Carnival. We'll be there from 10am until midday, serenading the punters as they arrive. Who knows, we might even take one or two requests!*

 

 

* if you request something we have on our playlist!

Image: Flickruser Carine06 under Creative Commons

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Spring Gala Concert at Leamington Town Hall, featuring Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Apr
8
6:30pm 6:30pm

Spring Gala Concert at Leamington Town Hall, featuring Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

Royal Spa Brass present an exciting Gala Concert showcasing the famous Symphonic Dances from Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story, arranged for brass band by Eric Crees. The programme also includes Fanfare for the Common ManRhapsody in Blue, Samuel Barber's Adagio and other favourites. Join RSB and our junior bands Brass Roots and Buddin' Brass at Leamington Town Hall for an evening of music and more!

Tickets available on the door: £7 adults / £5 concessions

 

Image: Flickruser Mihai Bojin licensed under CC-BY 2.0.

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Buddin' Brass and Brass Roots Open Rehearsal
Apr
6
5:30pm 5:30pm

Buddin' Brass and Brass Roots Open Rehearsal

Come and see what we do!

Brass Roots and Buddin' Brass welcome all enthusiastic brass players of any ability to come and join us in an evening of movie music fun. 

Click here to download the event poster!

 

Schedule for the evening: 

5:30:  arrive and sign in - instruments available to borrow for the evening!

6-6:30:  Rehearsal of three joint pieces:

'James Bond Theme' (beginner)

'Beyond the Sea' (easy)

'Pirates of the Caribbean' (intermediate)

Break:  15mins (refreshments including popcorn!!)

6:45-7:30: Showcase Performance of joint pieces and piece BR and BB have been working on this term.

 

Interested?

RSVP To Emily Stewart-White: e.stewart-white@hotmail.co.uk (07731 665937)

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