HCB is Recruiting

Harmonie Concert Band is seeking a new Musical Director to succeed Greg White who left us in October.

Harmonie Concert Band is a symphonic wind band based in south Essex which traces its origins back to 1976. We are a community band that welcomes musicians of all ages to come and make music, but we always strive for a high standard, and to broaden our musical knowledge, experience and abilities.

We currently have 40+ active members from all over Essex who meet on Wednesday evenings in Rayleigh. We play a wide music repertoire including classics, popular and light music, marches, music from films and shows, and more demanding works written or arranged specifically for wind band. We have an extensive music library to which we add new items every year.

We perform 6 to 8 concerts each year, including community events and formal concerts, some in collaboration with other music and performing arts organisations. We have played at venues throughout Essex, plus visits further afield including Eastbourne, London, and trips abroad to France and Belgium.

We hope to have the new MD in place by February 2024, but for the right person we would be willing to wait a little while longer. For more information about the band please see www.harmonie.org.uk, and to express an interest in the MD position please email enquiries@harmonie.org.uk

Harmonie plays it’s last concert under the leadership of Roy Dignum.

Sarah and Roy enjoying the arrangement of Roy’s favourite melodies played by the band over the years.

On Sunday 17th July we played our last concert at Windsor Castle under the leadership of Roy Dignum who had been our MD for almost 20 years. Together with his wife Sarah they had been a mainstay of the band and will be sadly missed.

The day started with a coach pickup in Rayleigh, our home venue at 9:00 AM, a brief stop at Thurrock Services to pick up more band members and finally arriving at Windsor just before midday.  The band then played 3 sets of music culminating in a farewell presentation to Roy and Sarah including an arrangement of Roy’s favourite tunes done by David our band chairman.

The picture on the right shows Sarah and Roy enjoying the arrangement of Roy’s favourite melodies played by the band over the years.