June saw the revival of our Celtic themed concerts at the new venue (and much enjoyed!) Dorothy Winstone Theatre at Auckland Girls Grammar School.
We were joined by a number of young dancers from The Doyle Academy of Irish Dance who wowed the audience with fancy footwork and accompanied the band through the thrilling Finale from Riverdance.
Highlights were plenty and included major work The Hymn of the Highlands and Principal Trombone Mike Ashton’s performance of The Blue Bells Scotland. I’m sure many people did not know a trombone could play so many notes! Ken Cant performed a wonderful duet with the harp on his euphonium.
The crowd was extremely enthusiastic and our dancers found the energy to reprise Riverdance once more as an encore. Look forward to this concert back again in 2015!
Where: Hawkins Theatre, Ray Small Drive, Papakura
When: Monday 7th July, 8:00pm – approx 9:30pm
Refreshments after: Dalewool Bandroom – 98 Captain Springs Road, Onehunga
On Monday 7th July Dalewool Auckland Brass is proud to present a free showcase of our music for the National Brass Band Championships, this year held in Invercargill later that week.
Like previous years, this is your chance to hear the band at its very best. MD Nigel Weeks has worked the players extremely hard to get one better than last year’s 2nd place.
You will have the opportunity to listen to our two major works, the sacred item and a few other bits and pieces. Nigel Weeks will talk about each piece in detail and show you how the tricky parts are rehearsed.
This is an informal event with free entry. There is lots of free parking at the venue. While no refreshments are available at the venue all of our supporters are invited back to the bandroom afterwards to mingle with the band and join us for a glass of wine/beer/juice.
We look forward to seeing you there!
A few years ago we started our Anzac themed concerts and they are going from strength to strength with the audience at both venues (Onehunga and Orewa) steadily growing. Combining this with the Anzac Day parade and service and we have a very busy weekend!
This year we assembled at the parade start looking up at dull grey skies, hoping the rain would hold off. Drying a brass instrument is a big job! Led by Mike Chesnutt (NZ Army Band) we guided Onehunga’s veterans and community groups to the RSA, the skies opening just as we stepped inside.
The service itself was extremely well attended and Ross Gerritsen took the band and audience through the hymns while Nigel Weeks enjoyed a well-deserved holiday overseas. The scariest moment for brass players on Anzac Day is always the last post. It’s not easy to play something so simple, all on your own with so many eyes on you! Rhys McDonnell didn’t let anybody down though with a perfect rendition.
On the Saturday and Sunday we performed our concerts with guest Musical Director David Chaulk. David is an excellent brass conductor with a slightly different approach to Nigel, the experience is interesting for the band and audience alike. The music chosen was mostly from the world war eras, Glen Miller, other popular music and marches. ‘Mars, The Bringer Of War’ from ‘The Planets’ by Gustav Holst was a major, more serious offering that gave the audience something to think about and pushed the players to extremes of technique and volume.
These concerts are written in blood in our calendar now, we look forwards to seeing you there in 2015!
Where: Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna, Auckland
When: Sunday 30th March 2:00pm
Cost: Adults $30, Seniors $20, Students $10
The first concert of the year for Dalewool Auckland Brass will see us together with the Greater Auckland Chorus, a nationally renowned choir of 80+ singers in the Bruce Mason Centre in Takapuna. Come early and get a spot of lunch before we start!
The Greater Auckland Chorus is led by Master Director, Melody Lowe, supported by Associate Director, Jocosa Bruce, and consists of 80+ members from the Greater Auckland district, and beyond – as far north as the Bay Of Islands and as far south as Ngaruawahia.
In 2013, GAC represented New Zealand at the Sweet Adelines International convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, after winning a 2012 wild card entry by being one of the top five second place choruses in the world during the regional round of competitions. The chorus has now competed seven times at international level and is ranked in the top 30 choruses world-wide, each time it competes.
Three other award-winning vocal groups will also be performing – Macapella, Molto! Quartet and Bakers Dozen.
Sorry, due to restrictions at the venue we are not able to offer our ticket reservation service.
Tickets available from ticketmaster or at the door.
Preparations are in full-swing for our most popular concert of the year, as well as the favourites we have a number of great pieces that we haven’t played before.
Following feedback from previous years we have arranged to open the venue just after 6pm so our audience members can arrive at a leisurely time with no rush to beat the traffic or find a parking space etc.
Drinks will be available, talented local artist Alex Ward will be playing some jazz piano and you will be free to relax, socialise and wander around this beautiful cathedral.
See you at Christmas Magic, Cathedral of The Holy Trinity in Parnell, Saturday 7th December.
Where: Centrestage Theatre, Orewa, Auckland When: Sunday 15th September 2013, 2:30pm Cost: Adults $25, Concessions $20
Our annual concert in Orewa is always a pleasure – a great local crowd and a chance to tip our hat to Peter McDermott, our principal supporter.
Our programme for this concert will be light and varied, including elements from our performance at the Auckland Brass Band Championships.
Tickets are available on the door or via the theatre box office on (09) 426 7282.
You may also reserve tickets for this event to be collected and paid for (cash only) at the venue just before the event. Just complete the form below. The band reserves the right to offer reserved tickets for public sale if not collected 10 minutes before the event starts.
Where: Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Parnell, Auckland
When: Saturday 7th December 2013, 7:30pm
Cost: Adults $30, Concessions $25, Students $10, Children FREE
Dalewool Auckland Brass and The Graduate Choir New Zealand are both recognised nationally as being the very best in their genre and are well respected internationally. The annual Christmas concert in Parnell Cathedral hardly needs an introduction; there are few sounds more moving at this time of year than brass and voice, and this occasion brings the elite of both together in a stunning venue.
Be sure to bring your own voice too and join in as we perform your favourite Christmas carols and songs.
Visit our shopping page to hear audio samples of the band and choir in action.
Buy/reserve tickets for our most popular concert of the year now!
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What: 2013 NZ Championships Informal Open Rehearsal
Where: Onehunga RSA
When: Monday 15th July starting 8:00pm
On Monday 15th July Dalewool Auckland Brass is delighted to invite you to a free open rehearsal at Onehunga RSA in advance of the 2013 New Zealand Brass Band Championships held in New Plymouth starting at the end of that week.
Entry is completely free! Just head to the RSA bar before 8:00pm and we’ll come to collect you when we’re ready to start.
We will be rehearsing parts of and performing in-full two major works, our hymn tune and street march. This is the band at its strongest, not to be missed.
A night of championship-standard music without spending a cent!
This is an informal event – bring along your drinks from the bar.
Afterwards we will be heading back to the bandroom (2 mins drive), our supporters are welcome to join us for a drink and a chat.
See you there!