Thank You

We’d like to take this opportunity to say a huge THANK YOU to all these amazing musicians who have given their time to inspire us between September and April. We’ve learnt so much from each and every session and had a great laugh along the way!

Since opening our ‘Zoom-doors’ during the latest lockdown, we’ve been delighted to welcome such a large number of guests stretching as far as the USA, Asia, Africa and Australia and we hope you’ve enjoyed them as much as we have putting them on for you!

We’re now looking forward to a mini-series of virtual rehearsals preparing for the Foden’s Band Online Whit Friday Championships and a phased, safe and guidance-led return to the bandroom when it is safe to do so in the coming few months.

Strata Meets The Beatles

Following on from the exciting news of our First place in the Kapitol Cory Online Brass Band Championships, here is our winning entry for the competition.

Our thanks again to the Cory Band for organising such a great 3 weekends of brass band entertainment – making us all realise just what we’re missing and can’t wait to return to!

TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES
Video & Audio production – Jonathan Bates
1. ELEANOR RIGBY*
(Lennon/McCartney arr. Jonathan Bates)
2. SOMEONE LIKE YOU (from ‘Jekyll & Hyde’)
(Lesley Bricusse arr. John Barber)
Trombone Soloist – Elliot Gray
Piano – Ruth Hollick
Bass Guitar – Gary Williams
3. WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS*
(Lennon/McCartney arr. Jonathan Bates)
*performed and arranged with kind permission from Hal Leonard Europe/SONY BMG

Online Competition

After 3 fabulous weekends of very strong competition in the Kapitol Cory Online Brass Band Competition the results are finally. Nearly 100 bands took part from all over the World.

The Band entered the fray in the First Section on the 20 of March with our video which was put together during the recent lockdown and a huge thanks go to all the band who took part in making it such an amazing performance especially the Bands MD, Jonny, for all of his hard work.

On the Sunday evening, many of The Band met up on a Zoom call to watch the final evening of performance and results in which the band were delighted to be awarded the best horns and also the Champion Band of the First Section.

The band would like to offer their congratulations to all of the bands who participated in the contest and also say a massive thank you to Cory and all involved in making the competition such a success again.

Looking Forward

After the announcement last week giving us the lockdown relaxation details, we can start to look forward to getting back into rehearsals and back out on to the concert and contest stage.

Jonny and the committee are hard at work planning for this, with programme content planning and virtual rehearsals starting soon.

It has been a long time coming but the band seem in great shape for this return, with the vast majority of members on the weekly zoom meeting where we have engaged with Kahoot quizzes and with guest speakers.

We are now in a position to update our events page with concerts and contests we hope we will be able to attend this year.

The future is still uncertain, but with the current status of the virus, a vaccination program which seems to be progressing at pace and the Governments plans, the future is looking bright and we can’t wait to see you at an upcoming engagement.

Meet the soloists

After a feature on the composer yesterday, it is time to meet our wonderful set of soloists for ‘A Christmas Carol’!

Four of our talented principle instrumentalists are featured with there own original solo written specially for a Christmas Carol’.

The wonderful four are our Principle Cornet James Atkins, Solo Horn, Andrew Thompson, Solo Euphonium Riley Anderson and Bass Trombone Nick Stokes, all who play amazing solos to really capture the mood and feeling of the story

Tune in on FRIDAY 18TH DECEMBER at 6PM to see ‘A Christmas Carol’, featuring 8 BRAND NEW pieces composed by Jonathan Bates Music, all introduced by our amazing guest narrators!!

It is totally FREE to watch, but please consider donating to our Crowdfunder page to show your support for this project – and check out the range of rewards on offer too!