2017 is going to be a wonderful year for Stretford Band!
Although we were sad to see Ian Mitchell leave, we are delighted to be working with Simon Robertshaw from January – but that isn’t all that’s changing!
In a move instantly dubbed “Strexit” by our resident wit, the announcement has been made that the band will be leaving our long-time home at Sale Sports Club and moving to Sevenways Methodist church in Stretford.
We have been based in Sale for a very long time (see band history) and have been looking at ways to return to Stretford for a while. Sale Sports club is also planning redevelopment which would have meant either changing out rehearsal night or dropping to one rehearsal a week rather than two; neither of which options was ideal for us.
With our developing relationship with Sevenways Methodist church we have found a band home and a community back on home territory in Stretford, and a great rehearsal and concert venue which we think will benefit all concerned.
Although the actual date isn’t fixed yet (anyone up for moving the library?), we expect to be rehearsing there from the end of January 2017. Why not come and see us?
A warm welcome to our new Musical Director Simon Robertshaw who takes up his position from January 2017.
Simon comes to us with a wealth of experience in different musical fields, including a 14 year stint on violin at the BBC Philharmonic, and bass for metal band Vice (that’s bass guitar!). He’s keen to develop his conducting skills further and is undertaking CPD conducting studies at the RNCM.
Simon has also trained as a BBC cameraman and has filmed around the world for the BBC.
Stretford Band is delighted to welcome Simon to the ranks and are looking forward to continuing to develop our new fresh sound, work that started under Ian Mitchell who left the band after Christmas for a role in Oman. We wish Ian the best of luck and offer him sincere thanks for revitalising our music.
REMEMBRANCE CONCERT UPDATE
Stretford Band were proud to play at Sevenways Methodist Church for a Remembrance concert on 12th November 2016.
We were delighted to be able to send nearly £400 to the British Legion as a result. Thanks are due also to the ladies from the Milton Lodge Care Home in Fleetwood who spent time in advance knitting poppies for sale, which boosted those funds (and to Amelia who organised the sale).
We look forward to a long association with Sevenways Methodist Church.
We are happy to announce that Jack Price joined the band on Soprano. Welcome, Jack!
Stretford Band is currently recruiting for a Musical Director with effect from January 2017. If you are interested in this position, please contact the band directly and we will be in touch with you.
We also have vacancies for trombones, cornets and a second baritone – other players are welcome to apply!
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