History

 

2014

This year Harmonie commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the start of World War 1.

July            Harmonie performs at Eastwood Baptist Church in aid of The Olive Tree charity.

June          Harmonie performs at Proms On the Vineyards in Fobbing.

Harmonie performs at Southend Bandstand in Priory Park.

January     Harmonie welcomed back Roy Dignum for his second term as MD.

2013

December                Two successful Christmas concerts raised more than £500 for charity.

September               After a successful year as MD, Rob Jones stood down. David Adlington was appointed as Interim MD.

2012

This year Harmonie put on their sports kit for an Olympic musical themed year taking part in a total of 12 concerts including two in France.

September               Rob Jones takes over as Musical Director.

July            Harmonie Concert Band travel abroad for the first time visiting Rouen and Le Havre 

March        The band present the Cultural Olympiad Concert Sporting Tracks concert

BBC Radio 3 broadcast of Dancing Rings recorded in July 2011.

2011

This year Harmonie head to the big top performing 13 concerts with a circus theme.

September               Harmonie perform at the Orsett Show for the first time and has since become a regular part of the concert programme.

July            Adopt-A-Composer Dancing Rings piece premiered at the Rayleigh Baptist Church, recorded and later broadcast by the BBC.

May            Harmonie once again present a joint concert with the Trillogy Singers at Crowstones Church, Westcliff-on-Sea.

April           Harmonie perform at St Mary’s Church, South Woodford for the Rotary Club of Redbridge.

March        Harmonie Concert Band take part in the London 2011 BASBWE event at Bromley

2010

This year Harmonie head West presenting music from America in a total of nine concerts.

October     Harmonie once again present a joint concert with the Julie Noble School of Dance and Eastwood Chorale at the Rayleigh Mill in aid of Havens Hospices and St Martins Residential Care.
David Kendall spends a day with the band.

June          Harmonie take part in Armed Forces day at Chalkwell Park, Southend.

April           Harmonie Concert Band and Lewisham Concert Band present a joint concert as part of the Leonard Bernstein Festival at the Royal Festival Hall

February   The band take part in a sponsored rehearsal in aid of Clic Sargent Cancer Charity and raise £459.

2009

This year’s musical theme is a trip closer to home around the British Isles with the band performing 10 concerts.

November                The band take part in the National Concert Band Regional Festival in Colchester presenting pieces Concert Prelude and 4 Norfolk Dances and are awarded a silver

October     Philip Sparke spends a day with the Band.

June          Harmonie Concert Band gain Charity Status

2008

This year Harmonie packed their musical bags for a trip around the world performing nine concerts.

November                Harmonie make their second appearance at the National Concert Band Regional Festival in Colchester.  The band are awarded a silver for pieces Charivari and Serenade.

October     Malcolm Binney spends a day with the Band.  Find out more about Malcolm here

July            Harmonie present a joint concert with the Julie Noble School of Dance and Eastwood Chorale at Rayleigh Mill in aid of Havens Hospices and St Martins Residential Care.

2007

This year’s musical theme is music from the Movies.

September               The band make their first appearance at the Essex Country Show held at Barleylands which becomes a staple of the concert programme.

June          Harmonie present a joint concert with Mosaic Choir at Hassenbrook School, Stanford-le-Hope.

April           Colin Touchin spends a day with the band.

2006

Harmonie Concert Band head East this year presenting a programme of Russian themed music.

September               Harmonie return to Theydon Bois Village Hall to perform another concert, once again in aid of St Clare Hospice.

June          Harmonie perform at Holy Trinity Church, Rayleigh.

March        Major Roger Swift spends a day with the Band.  Roger was an ex Musical Director for the Coldstream Guards and put Harmonie through their paces.  Roger also spent time helping some of the band members improve their conducting skills.

2005 

November                The band take part in the National Concert Band Regional Festival in Colchester performing Illyrian Dances and Pastime with Good Company and are awarded a silver.  This was the first time that Harmonie had entered such an event and t.he silver award reflected the hard work of band members to prepare

October     Harmonie perform a joint concert with Southend Youth Concert Band at St Mary’s Church in Prittlewell.

June          The band play at the VE/VJ Commemoration Evening organised by the Royal Artillery Association Shoeburyness Branch.

May            The Garden Shows at Southend, Brentwood and Billericay become a regular concert programme feature.

March        Guy Woolfenden spends a day with the Band, the first of a number of visits from esteemed windband Composers and Conductors.  Find out more about Guy here

2004  

November                The band perform at the Theydon Bois Village Hall in aid of St Clare Hospice.

June          Harmonie perform at a Reception at the Mayor Southend’s official residence, Porters.

March        The band hosts its first ‘Open Day’ encouraging instrumentalists to spend a day with the band culminating in a concert in the afternoon.

2003

The band move to their current rehearsal venue in Rayleigh

Harmonie record their first CD ‘The Voice of Harmonie’

December                The band present an evening of Christmas favourites at the Eastgate Centre in Basildon in aid of St Luke’s Hospice.

November                The band present an evening of Music from the Movies in aid of St Clare Hospice in Harlow.

June          Harmonie perform at Ford’s Dunton Technical Centre as part of the company’s centennial celebrations.

2002   

The band perform seven concerts this year including a joint concert with Leigh Orpheus Male Voice Choir at East Grinstead.

April           Roy Dignum takes over as Musical Director.

2001          The band perform eight concerts this year including three joint concerts with the Leigh Orpheus Male Voice Choir.

2000          The band perform at St James Park as part of the Royal Parks Summer Festival.

1999          The band perform at Regents Park.

1998          The band move their rehearsals to Leigh-on-Sea and change their name to Harmonie – The South Essex Symphonic Windband.

1993          David Clark takes over as Musical Director.

1992          The Band perform at the Greenwich Park Bandstand.

1976          Peter Stead forms the band as Basildon Concert Band
Stuart Machin takes over as Musical Director.

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