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!

Meet the composer


So with the 18th of December just days away, what better way to continue with the build up, other than to look more the people who have helped bring this project to fruition.

First we will look at the man behind the music. Mr Jonathan Bates.

Jonathan has not only written the eight original pieces for the project, but he has also collated all the videos and arranged the narrators.

The band thanks Jonathan for everything he has done and we at stratabrass.com, can’t wait to see the finished presentation.

God bless Us, Every One!


THERE’S BEEN A NARRATOR ANNOUNCEMENT AT STRATA BRASS, BUT WHO IS IT?

I don’t know Jeff, has there?!
We’re utterly thrilled to announce our final narrator for our Christmas special adaption of Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ this Friday evening is none other than the legendary sports pundit Chris Kamara!
‘Kammy’ has been one of the sporting and television world’s most prized assets for years, renowned for his on-screen rapport, electric personality, and the occasional missed red card at Portsmouth!!
Join Chris Kamara, Frank Renton, Philip Harper, Simone Rebello, David Hoyle and ourselves THIS FRIDAY evening at 6pm, with a glass of mulled wine & a mince pie for ‘A Christmas Carol’!