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It was an honour and a priviledge for Mereside Brass to play at Harry's funeral 14/4/22. RIP Harrry
Rostherne Church Service December 2022
This year it was good to welcome so many people to St Mary's where we were able to enjoy a wonderful evening of carols, readings and music. Unlike last year, the members of the Mereside Brass Band were able to play inside the church. The service was held under current Covid guidelines with the congregation wearing masks and sitting well spaced. This also meant that we were unable to offer everyone our usual refreshments after the service. A big thank you to our organist, Andrew Bailey, the Mereside Brass Band, our singing group, those who read the lessons, to Patricia who organised the service and everyone else who worked so hard to make this the best evening it could be under the present restrictions. The recording begins with two organ pieces played by Andrew - Toccata on Joy to the World, and Angel of Peace (short and quiet to lead into the service).
(Philip Robinson - YouTube)
A lovely afternoon at The Hive!
Santa and his reindeer, Christmas market, Mereside brass band and lots and lots of happy people.
A big thankyou to St Luke's Cheshire Hospice and NeuroMuscular Centre and the Hive staff and volunteers for all their hard work pulling this together.
Plumley Village Hall Christmas Concert 2019
Presentations were made to Shaz who won Band Person of the Year 2019 and to Mark who won Band Player of the Year 2019. Congratulatons to both. Very well deserved !
An enjoyable Mereside Brass Christmas Dinner 2019 at the Smoker, Plumley
Nice to see this young man back at Mereside Brass.
A great event was enjoyed at the Peover Game Fayre 4th August 19 where Mereside Brass performed
Mereside perform at a joint concert with Crosby Band at the Villa Marina over in the Isle of Man!
Rehearsals for the joint concert in the Villa Marina, IOM 2019
Relaxing in the IOM
Mererside Brass played for the annual Plumley fete 2019
Mereside Brass played at the annual Plumley Village Hall Christnmas concert 2018 during which awards were presented to:
Bill Lacey Player of the Year 2018 - Dede Simkins
Henry Ash Bands Person of the Year 2018 - Bob Dixon
Special Birthday Presentation - Sylvia Laycock
A great time was had by all at the Park Royal Mereside Christmas Party 2018
Mereside Brass play at Hopley House Farm 2018
Mereside Brass play at Richmond Village, Nantwich 2018
Mereside Brass play at Runcorn Station as the Queen and Megan arrive for the opening of the Widnes Bridge 14th June 2018
Plumley Village Hall Christmas Concert 2017
Mereside Brass enjoyed their annual Christmas meal at the Blue Cap in 2016 and presented awards to:
Bill Lacey Player of the Year 2016 - Mike Miller
Henry Ash Bands Person of the Year 2016 - June Sedgwick
Plumley Village Christmas Concert 19th December 2014
Mereside Brass brought some Christmas music and fun to their home at Plumley Village Hall. As always the hall was full and the band have recieved lots of compliment on their festive and varied programme.
The band also made its annual awards for 2014 which were the
Bill Lacey Player of the Year 2014 - John Wiseman
Henry Ash Bands Person of the Year 2014 - Chris Ravenscroft
"Thank You Mereside" 1st November 2014
"Lostock Gralam Parish wanted to say a huge thank you to Mereside Brass for an excellent concert. Everyone who came thoroughly enjoyed the variety of music performed and were very impressed with the professionalism of the band. There was a lot of foot tapping going on and iIn fact we enjoyed it so much we were hoping that perhaps we could book you again next year but at a date to suit yourselves?
We wish you every continued success in the future and hope that everyone involved with the band has an excellent and joyful Christmas and New Year"
Lostock Gralam Parish.
"Gary Curtin Steps In" 18th April 2014
Black Dyke's Euphonium Player Gary Curtin stepped in to conduct Mereside Brass at the last minute on Friday. Our regular conductor Mike Phenton was unable to attend the rehearsal so Gary kindly took the band through their paces in his absence. He focused heavily during the first half of the rehearsal on the band playing together as a team, the band now all remember to breathe together and start together! He then spent the remaining part of the rehearsal building Mereside's Concert Programme and helping the bands soloist perfect their recitals. The feedback from the band was exceptional on what was a fun and stretching rehearsal. Gary even enjoyed the social side of Mereside Brass in the Golden Pheasant afterwards!
From all at Mereside Brass, Thank You Gary for a great rehearsal and helping us out on such short notice.
Mereside Brass Dinner and Awards December 2013
The Annual awards for 2013 were held at the the bands Christmas Dinner and the results were:
Bill Lacey Player of the Year 2013 - Cameron Smyth
Henry Ash Bands Person of the Year 2013 - Tony Bishop
Mereside Brass Christmas Fair Manchester Central
1st December 2013
Mereside Brass spread the festive cheer to the Manchester Central Christmas Fair playing carols and modern Christmas peices, The stilted soldiers particularly enjoyed "Stop the Calvary".
"Mereside play Runcorn Hill in the Sunshine" 9th June 2013
Mereside Brass Training Weekend 1st - 3rd November 2013
Mereside Brass embarked on a residential traninig weekend at Sedgely Park in Manchester to build th'e musical ability and spirit of the band. On Saturday they spent the day on sectional rehearsal's with Black Dykes Brett Baker and his team. In the evening the band had their own talent show and then it was back to work on Sunday. Richard Evans from the Leyland Band took the Sunday's rehearsal and said that Mereside played really well and had a really special spirit in the band that he loved.
John Bishop comes to watch the band at Runcorn Hill 18th August 2013
Whilst Mereside Brass were entertaing the people of Runcorn Hill, John Bishop was sat in his sisters Garden listening the band. He enjoyed it so much he came to watch and wanted to meet the band afterwards
"Congratulations to Georgina (Principal Trombone on your wedding day from all your friends at Mereside Brass" 3rd August 2013
Mereside Brass North West Area Contest 9th March 2013
The North West Areas Fourth Section Finals saw Mereside Brass play the challenging Spanish Impressions composition. They were competing against 16 other bands at the Winter Gardens Blackpool. The band delivered an excellent performance that saw them into the top half gaining them a superb 8th. There was special mention for the percussionist team and the MD's Rubato on the day!
"Mereside Celebrate 10 years over the Christmas Period" 21st December 2012
Mereside brass ended a busy and successful Christmas season with a packed Christmas Concert at their home in Plumley Village Hall. Here's to another successful 10 years.
"Annual Awards 2012" 15th December 2012
The band had a wonderful Christmas evening and were pleased to announce the winners of their annual awards at the party.
Henry Ash Award for Bandsman of 2012 June Sedgewick
Bill Lacey Award for most improved player of 2012 Ben Wilde
Mereside Brass are featured in Cheshire Life (Knutsford got Talent) September 2012
"The musical group has gone from strength-to-strength with members from 15 to 74-years-old, many of whom have years of experience. Some members have gone on to success including 22-year-old cornet player, Jonathan Probert. He joined Mereside when he was 13 and now plays with the renowned Fairey Band, originally formed in 1937 by employees at Stockport’s Fairey Aviation Works. It has won many accolades including National Champions of Great Britain."
Chris Hardy, band secretary, said: ‘We have members who come from all over to play in the band and it’s something we get a lot of enjoyment out of.
the full article here
Mereside Brass lead the Paralympic flame march ITV 26th February 2012
Mereside Brass had the privilege of playing on the March to welcome the Paralympic Flame to Mid Cheshire. They also delivered a concert at the welcome party in Winsford and featured on ITV news.
Mereside Brass "European Tour" 20th July 2012
Mereside Brass completed an successful 3 country European tour. The band were based out of the German city of Aachen and completed 3 concerts, the park at drielandenpunt (the 3 borders), the second in the Beautiful city of Luxembourg and finally in the main square of Maastricht. The band has a great time and the programme of music proved a huge success to the European audiences.
Mereside Brass "New Uniform" June 2012
Mereside Brass ordered their new uniform ready for their European tour and wore it our for their first tour concert in Hollland.
Mereside Brass "A Fantastic Wedding Evening" 6th April 2012
Mereside Brass played at the Mereside Golf club at a fabulous wedding. In the first half the band did a dance set, in the second half all things British with a great Proms theme. The band and the wedding party all had a great time.
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A great night was had by all when Mereside Brass performed at Goostrey Church May 22