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A new initiative...a mobile pizza oven brought on site. Yum.
The Saturday night entertainment could not happen without the hard work of the student team of comperes. Some were not captured on camera, but we thank them all.
A history lesson. The story starts back in the day of the Flintstones, moves through the Tudor period and then on towards the era of Churchill's War and beyond to our intergalactic future. They are fighting over the horn, as it evolves from bone to a highly refined instrument. And of course the ever present thorn in their side is the pernicious percussionist, who leads them a merry dance and whose beat they cannot resist so they lead a hue and cry.
Ballet: special masterclass
Boy band of the future?
Morning preparations can be hazardous...
Prince; Purple Rain
My second instrument
Straws to get malteser
Each year, Matt Watling, HMS tutor, co-director of HCJB, and an ex HCYB member himself, pulls together a band of HMS staff and HCYB alumni. It shows band members what they can aim towards and achieve.
Here is this year's ensemble:
Jim Potter, Trumpet, Birmingham Conservatoire (ex HCYB)
Jock McKenzie, Trumpet (HMS)
Rachael Crossen (HMS, ex HCYB)
Adam Denman, Trumpet, Welsh College of Music (ex HCYB)
Alex Stead, Horn, Royal Welsh College of Music (ex HCYB)
Mark Streather, HMS
Jon Cranston (HMS, ex HCYB)
Nick Armstrong, Trinity College of Music (ex HCYB)
Matthew Watling, Euphonium, Royal Northern College of Music (HMS, ex HCYB)
Tom Barton, Euphonium, Royal College of Music (ex HCYB)
Ben Watling, Trombone, Trinity College, (ex HCYB)
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Hard at work after sausages, hash browns and baked beans for breakfast. Some sectionals are outside as it is such a beautiful day. Even the crocuses are out in the sunshine :)
Every year, band alumnus Matt Watling pulls together an ensemble he calls 'Matt Watling and Friends'. The friends comprise HMS staff and ex HCYB members, both of which now describe Matt.
It gives HCYB current members aspiration and sets an example of high standard. It is always entertaining and contains a varied repertoire. Long may it continue.
This year, Matt Watling and Friends comprise a mixture of HMS staff and ex HCYB members:
Jim Potter, studying trumpet at Birmingham conservertoire
Jock McKenzie (no intro needed)
Rachael Crossen (HMS staff)
Adam Denman, trumpet graduate of Welsh College of Music
Alex Stead (HMS staff)
Mark Streather (HMS staff)
Jon Cranston (HMS staff, ex HCYB)
Nick Armstrong, at Trinity College of Music
Matthew Watling, graduate of Royal Northern College of Music on Euphonium (HMS staff, ex HCYB)
Tom Barton, graduate of Royal College of Music on Trombone (ex HCYB)
Ben Watling, graduate of Trinity College on Trombone (ex HCYB)