The Stratford Concert Band performs in and around the town of Stratford-upon-Avon, in beautiful Warwickshire.
Our repertoire covers selections from popular films and musicals, light classical arrangements and original works for concert band.
Stratford Concert Band is the primary concert band in Warwickshire and consists of some forty players. The instrumentation is that of a typical concert band – woodwind consisting of flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons and saxophones; brass including trumpets, trombones, horns, tuba and Sousaphone; and percussion.
Stratford Concert Band have origins which stretch back to 1973 when it was the South Warwickshire Schools Wind Band but in 1977, when the economic axe fell on music in schools, Stratford Concert Band was formed and the band became independent.
The band’s activities centre on the town of Stratford-upon-Avon and the surrounding villages with a range of formal concerts and outdoor appearances such as bandstands and fetes. The band supports both fundraising by local charities and civic occasions playing each year for the carol service in the centre of Stratford-upon-Avon, at the Remembrance Gardens on Remembrance Sunday and have been part of the Shakespeare Birthday celebrations in April. The band has been invited to play on several occasions when Royalty visited Stratford-upon-Avon.
Our repertoire consists of all types of music arranged or written specifically for concert band. A typical programme consists of selections from current and memorable films and stage musicals, familiar marches, light classical arrangements and original works for concert bands.
Jonathan Earle has been our superb Musical Director for ten years, celebrating his decade of leading us on the 27th April 2017.
Jonathan started playing the flute at the age of eight and joined the Stratford Concert Orchestra
(now Stratford Symphony Orchestra) two years later of which he is still a member. When he went to
King Edward VI school in Stratford he joined the South Warwickshire Schools Wind Band which, as a
result of educational cuts, in 1977 became the Stratford upon Avon Wind Bands Association
(SAWBA), the organisation that now boasts Stratford Concert Band as it’s performing band.
Jonathan comes from a musical family and at one stage both his parents and two brothers were also members of the wind band. As well as the wind band and orchestra, he has also played for other groups such as orchestras for amateur dramatics performances in Worcester, Redditch and Stratford.
After many years as the principle flute in the band, Jonathan took on the role of Assistant Musical Director and then, in 2006, became its Musical Director. He believes that music is a wonderful way of bringing people together and in his own words; “Making music is a celebration and a way of communicating and sharing emotions. Playing and listening to music together is a mutual experience and I am firmly of the belief that the audience is as much a part of the concert as the players themselves.”
Our rehearsal venue is currently Stratford Grammar School for Girls, Shottery, Stratford upon Avon.
We pride ourselves on being a friendly bunch of like minded musicians and welcome new players.
Come along and see what we do, you will be most welcome!