There’s less than 1 week to go until our Summer Concert!
We’re putting on an evening of entertainment at Bournville Parish Church on Saturday 23rd July. A varied programme of brass band classics, songs from the shows and sing-along tunes means that there’ll be something for everyone to enjoy.
The venue will be spacious and cool and a great place to spend a warm summer evening. Refreshments (including delicious homemade cakes) will also be provided alongside the musical entertainment.
We’re sorry to announce a second event has had to be cancelled due to the severe weather warning over the coming days. A small group of CBBB players were taking part in the Raddlebarn Primary School Commonwealth Carnival but event arrangements have been changed for the safety of all participants and we will no longer be performing.
We’re sorry to say that we will no longer be performing at Billesley Allotment Open Day (Sunday 17th) due to the amber heat warning.
However, preparations are well underway for our Summer Concert on the 23rd July in Bournville Parish Church. The venue is spacious and cool so will be the perfect place to spend a warm summer evening. Refreshments will also be provided alongside the entertainment.
The concert starts at 7:30pm and tickets are available online via TicketSource, on the door or reserved via email. See you there!
We have police staff within our band and this was an opportunity to take part in a special event for a charity that supports the families of police officers and staff who have lost their lives on duty.
This year was the 10th Light the Lakes event where flares are lit at dawn on the Wainwright Fells to remember those lost in service. CBBB players were invited to join police officers and staff lighting up Loughrigg Fell and we were honoured to take part. Players also joined us from Essex Police Band, Cockermouth Mechanics Band, The Golbourne Band, Wantage Silver, Oxford Band and Kibworth Band for the special occasion.
On Friday 17th June we made our way northwards to the Lake District arriving in Ambleside just in time for dinner (no thanks to the M6!). After a quick pitch of the tents we gathered at Rydal Hall before beginning the climb to our fell.
Stopping in Rydal Cave gave us an opportunity to play together and make the most of the natural acoustics. Have a listen below.
The group then began the main climb to the top of Loughrigg Fell in the dark – instruments and all! Although challenging in some places, everyone made it to the top.
As dawn approached we took up our position to play Hymn to the Fallen, An Irish Tune (Danny Boy), Abide With Me and The Last Post in memory of those lost and their families and friends. The lighting of the flares as the fells around us also lit up was a poignant moment and one that will be remembered for a long time.
In the early morning light we made our way back to Rydal Hall for some much needed rest.
On Saturday afternoon a gathering was held for police officers and staff, their families and friends to share stories and support each other. The massed band provided the entertainment for the afternoon at Brathay Hall.
The whole weekend, in the beautiful setting of the Lake District, was incredible to be part of and it was an honour to be involved in such an extraordinary event. A huge thank you to everyone who played, helped with the organisation and made this event happen.
Members of CBBB joined forces with members from University bands, Staffordshire Band and others to form a scratch band for this year’s Whit Friday contest.
With some singing rehearsals and marching instructions on the coach we were ready to start the day.
Registering at Staleybridge we performed our first rendition of Sweet Caroline and Punchinello to a small crowd. The scratch band then moved on to Heyrod, Mossley, Friezland, Uppermill and Delph to finish. As the evening went on the crowds got bigger and the streets were lined with people singing along!
It was fantastic to be part of this event after Covid halted proceedings over the last couple of years and to see so many bands coming together for such a fun occasion.
Thanks to everyone who joined the scratch band and for making it a day to remember.
To mark the Queen’s 70 years on the throne, the city of Birmingham provided 4 days of entertainment.
On Saturday, CBBB took to the stage for two sets of popular music including film music, songs and a rousing performance of Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance which had the audience singing along. Despite the drizzle a large audience were ready to be entertained in Victoria Square.
The performance was part of a huge programme of artists and bands across the weekend. We’re delighted to have been part of this national celebration in the city.
As the Queen celebrates her platinum jubilee for 70 years on the throne, communities and organisations are hosting a number of events to mark this very special occasion.
City of Birmingham Brass Band will be joining activities over the Bank Holiday weekend so there are plenty of opportunities to get involved with.
Thursday 2nd June – Beacon Lighting
We have been invited to play as the Beacon is lit on the Barr Beacon, Wallsall. This is one of more than 1,500 Beacons lit across the country and will be seen from miles around. The Beacon will be lit at the War Memorial 9:45pm and the band will be performing a variety of pieces from around 8:45pm.
Saturday 4th June – Birmingham Jubilee Celebrations
On Saturday we will be performing in the centre of the City from 12-12:20pm and 2-2:45pm. You’ll find us in Victoria Square (near the Council House) providing some afternoon entertainment.
We had a great time playing songs from the shows, marches, and some brass band classics. Well done to our solo horn player Phil who performed a beautiful solo of ‘You’re always there’. A rousing rendition of Pomp and Circumstance (with plenty of flag waving and singing) finished the afternoon with gusto!
Thank you to Admaston Methodist Church for hosting us, for the cream teas, and for being a fantastic audience.