Another Sunny Sunday Afternoon

Thanks to all you brave souls (in the audience) who came to yesterday afternoon’s concert in the bandstand at Bath’s Victoria Park. It didn’t rain until we were almost through, and it was only light with plenty of space between the drops! If you missed the event, we’ll be at the bandstand in Keynsham Park in a couple of weeks – Sunday 23 June at 2pm.

The news in brief – 19th May

Concert day + 1!   Thanks to everyone who came to support the band at last night’s concert in Bath.  Special thanks to our host, Jonty Messer, and the visiting groups:  The Devon & Somerset Corps of Drums, and the Avon F&RS Drill Squad.

Pictures and a fuller report will appear on the website in a couple of days.

Info for band members – rehearsal dates

For those who couldn’t make last Monday, a reminder that we will not be rehearsing on Monday next, the 22nd April.  Usually we don’t rehearse on any bank holiday Monday, but there is a request from Alan that we do attend on May 6th (the early May bank holiday), because of the proximity of the concert.

And speaking of the May 18th concert, a reminder that tickets are now selling at the Bath Box Office – in person, by phone or online.   See the front page here for details.  Don’t forget to buy tickets for family members who are coming along – don’t leave it until the night.

Tickets now on sale for the charity concert on May 18th

Sorry folks, if you weren’t there, you’ve missed a great night out!   Photos and a report of the evening will appear on the website in a couple of days (when the film gets back from the chemist)

 

The band is delighted to announce details of our ambitious next concert, which is to be a benefit for the Fire Fighters’ Charity.

We’ll be in  the Roper Theatre, a splendid performance venue at Hayesfield School, in the Oldfield Park area of Bath.   Joining us on stage will be the Corps of Drums of our neighbouring service, Devon and Somerset.

Jonty Messer, the main newsreader for ITV News West Country, has generously agreed to be our host for the evening.

It’s going to be a great night, with the doors opening at 7pm for a 7.30pm curtain up.  Click on the poster image here to see it full size.  Feel free to spread the word!

There’ll be more detail coming on this website soon, but if you want to be sure of getting a seat, contact the Bath Box office now.  Tickets, at £10 each (£5 to age 16) are on sale

You can drop in to see them at the Tourist Information Centre in Bath (Terrace Walk, aka Bog Island to the locals) or call them on 01225 463322, email on bathboxoffice.co.uk or book online by following this link:

https://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/band-of-avon-fire-rescue-service-with-guests/

Summer in the Park (and Spring in Oldfield Park)

Summer Season 2019

Dates for our Spring and Summer concerts are now published in the online calendar.

Our first, and the biggest event, is the special Charity Concert in aid of the Firefighters’ Charity.  We’ll be performing with special guests on stage at the Roper Theatre on Saturday 18th May, 7.30pm.   Tickets and further details will appear on this very website!

We have two Summer appearances at local parks –

on the 9th June, at 3pm at Victoria Park, Bath, and the 23rd June, at 2pm, Keynsham Park.

We hope to see you all at one of these concerts (or maybe all three) , and that you’ll enjoy the new musical selections we are working on.

 

 

Some problems with photos on this website

Unfortunately a couple of our photo album pages on this site are currently showing an error message rather than the wonderful photos.  It’s not your browser, it’s a matter of parts of our site no longer being compatible with other parts and the  security settings we’ve introduced.   The joys of automatic updates!   Normal service will resume in a day or so. has now resumed.

Update – 30 minutes later – all down to an ‘improvement’ at our hosting provider.

 

 

January 2019 – New Year, New Music

In the concert band, we’ve tidied away the Christmas medleys and the carol sheets.   A whole heap of new music, and old marches, is being dusted off and practice has begun for the first public concert of the year, which will be in Bath on May 18th. and it will be an ambitious one!

More details to come, nearer the time.

The training sessions have also started, on Wednesday evenings – but it’s not too late to join in.  Email us for details.

Signing Off for 2018

We played our last concert for 2018 last week, which was our usual Christmas concert for Monica Wills care home in Bristol.   No more Christmas Festival Yuletide Medleys for another year (minus the month or so of practice).

Whether you’re a band member – or hoping to become one, with our training sessions starting in January – or you’ve heard us play sometime in 2018, here’s wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

This site may be offline for odd moments in the following week, as updates are applied and general pruning takes place.

Phil (chair of the committee and currently blog master)

Training course starting January 2019 – places still available

Before the next set of concerts fills the schedule, a reminder about the next run of our training programme….The course will run on Wednesdays from mid January, and players of all abilities are welcome.

We’ve had several enquiries from wind players, including clarinets and flautists, and the numbers are filling out – but places are still available.

For more details, click on the ‘beginners’ tab just under the top photo on this page, and to enrol, email us at info@avonfireandrescueband.org