Hadstock Silver Band will be performing a Spring Concert on Sunday 29 April at St Mary's Church, Newport.
The concert will commence at 7pm, and comprises an exciting programme including the traditional march, Pendine, Cheek to Cheek by Irving Berlin and Music from the Greatest Showman.
Annual Band Dinner and Awards 2019
Following the area contest Hadstock Band held their annual band dinner and awards. As always the food at
The Crown in Little Walden did not disappoint!
To conclude the evening, awards for Most Improved Player and Bandsman of the Year were presented.
The Bandsman of the Year, voted for by band members, is awarded to a member of the band who contributes widely to the life of the band. This year the votes were spread across a third of the band membership.
The band member who received the most votes, and Bandsman of the Year 2019: Lesley Jenkinson.
The Most Improved Player award is chosen by the Musical Director. Diane opened the presentation by congratulating the whole band on a successful year, and that despite the disappointment of the Area Contest, the overall sound and playing of the band had improved hugely over the last 12 months. Diane gave a special mention to Owen for his excellent effort fulfilling the role of Principal Cornet for the recent contest.
The band member who received the award for Most Improved Player 2019: Helen Slipper, who following the departure of Ivor for university stepped up to the Principal Euphonium seat midway through the year.
Area Contest 2019
On Sunday 17 March, with the sun shining (no snow this year!), Hadstock Band and 19 other fourth section bands
descended upon the Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre for the London and Southern Counties Area Contest.
Aiming to replicate the success of 2018, Hadstock had prepared thoroughly in the run up to the weekend and knew that a performance matching the final rehearsal would result in a good ranking once again and potentially see the band promoted to the Third Section.
Hadstock were drawn to play 14th out of the 20 bands in the fourth section and took to the stage in the early afternoon. Sadly, the recital of Stantonbury Festival on the day was not the finest the band have produced and the band finished 14th. Despite the overall result not being as hoped, every section of the band received positive feedback for part of their performance and the band came away feeling determined to improve for 2020.
Congratulations go to Simon Langton Brass, Great Yarmouth Brass and Cottenham Band on taking the three podium spots and securing a place at the National Finals.