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Barnsley Town Concert Band

help raise money for

Barnsley Hospice

Barnsley Town Concert Band, together with Barnsley Baptist Church raised £220 for Barnsley Hospice after performing a carol concert "Sing Christmas" in December. The concert, held at Barnsley Baptist Church on Sheffield Road, was well attended and enjoyed by all.


This photo shows members of the Barnsley Town Concert Band, with Alan Toon (vice-Chairman of Barnsley Wind Bands Committe), and Pastor Kenneth Jefferson of Barnsley Baptist Church presenting a cheque to Sarah Hattersley from Barnsley Hospice.

Barnsley Wind Bands Members Had a Fabulous Experience at Kingswood - Peak Venture!

From Friday March 31st to Sunday 2nd April, Band Members from Barnsley Junior Band, Penistone Junior Band, and Barnsley Intermediate Band spent a fabulous weekend at Kingswood, Peak Venture in Penistone.

Friday night they arrived, fresh from school, and tucked into some tea, followed by a sing-song around the campfire! Toasted marshmallows for everyone!

Saturday morning saw the kids wake up bright and early for breakfast and then followed a few hours of band practise. All the bands learning some new pieces and perfecting older pieces.

Then came the real fun part - the afternoon was spent on scary and adventurous outdoor activities! Kids were leaping from the top of high towers in the Leap of Faith, walked blindfolded through the woods and over obstacles in the NightLine, shooting each other with lasers in the LaserTag game, and testing their powers of deduction and reasoning in the Problem Solving Tasks. Everyone took part and they all enjoyed it immensely! It seems even the tutors took part - I have it on good authority thet Mr. Dodd did the Leap of Faith, AND he caught the bar! Well done, Mr. Dodd!

After all the fun, they settled down to tea again, and then hit the dancefloor in the disco for the remainder of the evening.

Sunday morning dawned, and after breakfast the band members took part in another rehearsal session, once again, perfecting those pieces! After a break, some Junior Band members joined Intermediate Band to play a few numbers with them. Raising their asperations - these kids will probably move up to Intermediate Band in the future!

Then it was time for the parents to come and collect the tired, but still exited, kids to take them home for a warm bath and some sleep!

And the tutors breathe a sigh of relief, and head off home to do the same!


Barnsley Junior Band

win BBC 10 Pieces

at Barnsley Youth Music & Drama Festival

Barnsley Junior Band took part in this year's Barnsley Youth Music and Drama Festival, playing one of the BBC Ten Pieces.


They started the playing very professionally with a tune-up, and then launched into an up-tempo 'introduction' piece called "Hello Everyone".


Then followed the main piece of their performance, Bach's "Toccata", played with precision and gusto, ably accompanied by Barnsley Music Service's John Ingman.


The feedback from the adjudicator was fabulous, praising the performance, the professionalism and the accurate pitching and good sound that these young players were able to demonstrate.


A fabulous night! Well done, Barnsley Junior Band!

Barnsley Young Musicians make their way to The Royal Albert Hall

Around 120 children from Barnsley performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Monday night. 

About 90 children from three Barnsley primary schools sang in a 400-strong choir, and 28 young musicians (including several from Barnsley Wind Bands) from the borough joined about 200 young musicians in the South Yorkshire Jazz Collective at the Music For Youth Proms concert. Together they performed a new piece called Jazz Journey, a 15-minute work in four movements written by jazz musicians Dennis Rollins and Chris Noble. 

The youngsters have been rehearsing for months supported by Barnsley Music Service and the Barnsley Music Education Hub, along with other music hubs across South Yorkshire. 

Alex Francis, of Barnsley Music Service, said: “To have 120 youngsters representing the town at the Royal Albert Hall is a really wonderful thing for Barnsley, and it’s an absolute once in a lifetime opportunity.”

A Great Concert at Junior BandFest 2017

It was fabulous to see and hear some of Barnsley's WondBands, and Barnsley Percussion Ensemble at Junior bandfest this year.


The venue was, as always, the Emmanuel Church on Huddersfield Road, where we experienced a warm welcome as is always the case there.


The evening started with Banrnsley Junior Band, under the direction of Alex Francis and Helen Caudwell. We were very impressed with their playing, which belied the fact that they are a Junior band with several brand new players! Well done to them!


Second up was the Penistone Junior Band, who have recently had a change of director with Penny Yates joining the team. Despite this, and the fact that PJB are a very small outfit, they performed admirably!


Following the Junior Bands were the Barnsley Percussion Ensemble, led by Matt Townsend. A fabulous set, with African and South American influences throughout! A fabulous sound from these youngsters, who thoroughly enjoyed every minute. 


Following the interval, Barnsley Intermediate Band took to the stage. This band is going places! Chomping at the heels of Barnsley Town Concert Band and Barnsley Met Band, BIB gave it their all. Renditions of favourites such as "Beauty and the Beast", "Chariots of Fire", and my favourite, "The Phantom of the Opera" went down incredibly well! Well done, BIB!


The evening came to a conclusion with a set from Barnsley Metropolotan Band. And what a band this was. Under the guidance of Alex francis, the sound was superb, the timing and delivery was fabulous. Something for all the other bands to aspire to. With a couple of soloists added into the mix, it was a truly memorable performance. 


Well done to all involved, and thank you to The Emmanuel Church for their hospitality.