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Christmas Bells 125


Sun 11 Dec 2016, 3:00pm–5:00pm

Where: Charles Luney Auditorium, St Margaret's College, 12 Winchester Street, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $20.00
  • Senior Citizen: $15.00
  • Student/Unwaged: $15.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Adult + 1 Child: $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: caroline128

Christmas Bells 125 will feature The Woolston Family in Concert; Woolston Brass, Woolston Concert Brass and Woolston Junior Band. Each band will showcase their musical talent and Christmas spirit. The final numbers will unite all three bands to perform Christmas favourites such as Joy to the World, Jingle Bells and Snoopy's Christmas.

You are sure to be impressed by the magical sounds of Woolston Brass and their Academy this Christmas time. A concert the whole family of any age will enjoy.

Music Directors:
- Jill Pears - Woolston Junior Band
- Nick Johnson - Woolston Concert Brass
- Tyme Marsters - Woolston Brass

Tickets available at the door (Eftpos or Cash) or purchase tickets online via Dash Tickets. All concert tickets are General Admission. A variety of CDs will also be available to purchase.

About Woolston Brass Celebrating 125 Years:
Since its formation in 1891 as The Woolston Band this now iconic performing arts organisation has maintained a playing strength of around forty musicians, with members drawn from all walks of life brought together by a creative talent for making music. The band has remained true to the ideal expressed in its Maori motto, Tohea kia kaha (Persevere, so there is Strength).

Woolston Brass' 125-year history records an abundance of championship success, overseas expeditions and colourful characters, whom many have been selected for current and past National and Youth Bands of New Zealand. Milestones include winning the Edinburgh Festival Contest; gaining fifth place in the 1975 British Open Championships; and achieving four-in-a-row at the national contest in 2012.

At the Napier National Brass Band Championships this year, newly appointed Tyme Marsters maintained the band's reputation with success in the solo and party events. Seven soloists won their respective instrument sections, two whom took out the top two places in the Champion of Champions event. In the band events this year, Woolston Brass won the Street March and Champion Drum Major award, and also gained 2nd place in the A Grade Championship.

The archives also tell of events not directly related to, but nevertheless impacting upon the band. It is recalled that our band forebears were affected by the great depression, two world wars and other catastrophic events. More recently the Christchurch earthquake, the effects of which are still unresolved at the band's Dampier Street premises, will undoubtedly come part of its recorded history. The Management Committee is currently procuring a section in the Woolston area where a new purpose-built band room will host Woolston Brass and its Academy (watch this space!).

Woolston Brass takes great pride in its pioneering education programme. From its inception to the early 1990s as The Woolston Auxiliary Band to its rebirth in the 1990s as The Woolston Brass Academy, the programme has grown to include a learners' group, and two training bands; Woolston Junior Band and Woolston Concert Brass. Each of these groups caters for a specific level of ability and meets each Tuesday night of the school term.

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