photos: Burnham and Highbridge Band celebrates 70th anniversary
celebratory concert was held on Sunday night (September 27th)
to mark the 70th anniversary of the formation of Burnham and Highbridge
and Highbridge's Mayor and Mayoress, Cllrs Michael and Maria Clarke,
were the special guests at the celebration, held in front of a
capacity audience at The Princess Theatre.
Stephen Sykes, pictured with the Mayor and Mayoress, said it was
a big milestone for the long-running group.
band was formed in 1945, mostly from ex-servicemen who formed
an ad-hoc group playing a variety of instruments but mostly pipes
and drums. As a result of keen interest shown by local people
and businessmen the band rapidly expanded and by 1947 had become
a full brass ensemble, when it was given official status by the
then Urban District Council.
band has continued to provide music for the people of Burnham
and Highbridge and indeed to a much wider audience continuously
since. From 1952 until the beginning of the 2000s the band was
involved in the brass band contesting scene with a variety of
results, of some of which the band can be justly proud.
is now a well-respected concert band, well known in the area for
its Princess Theatre Sunday evening concerts, church concerts
and background music at a number of local shows during the summer
last year the band lost its long-standing Musical Director, David
Fisher, but the baton was passed to up-and-coming young brass
specialist Steven Sykes, above. Stephen was twice the British
Open Solo Champion for his trombone playing and was also BBC Young
Brass Soloist Of The Year. He is an ex-Principal Trombone of the
National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and has performed with
the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, BBC National
Orchestra of Wales, Welsh National Opera and the BBC Concert Orchestra.
Sunday's wide-ranging concert saw performances of Death Or Glory,
The Impressario, Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair, Happy, Pastorale,
Chorale and Rock Out, American Trilogy, Amparito Roca, I Dreamed
A Dream, 2nd Movement Concerto De Aranjuez, Born Free, Love Changes
Everything, Singing In The Rain, and Breezin Down Broadway.