CSD says farewell to MD David Sait

After a very dedicated few years with the band, our esteemed Musical Director David Sait has decided to move on to adventures new, and we are grateful to him for his conscientiousness and commitment to the band. This is an exciting time for CSD – we have a number of gigs lined up for the summer and for Christmas and are about to embark on a major project to reinvigorate the band following the disruption caused by the pandemic.

A New Chapter

We have been delighted to be back together in the welcoming surroundings of Arbury Community Centre, Campkin Road, since the beginning of September. We have welcomed several new members and are buoyed up by the feeling of hope and growth as we look towards the future. We are planning several events this Christmas, so do sign up to our mailing list to stay informed!

CSD is back!

We are delighted to have been together rehearsing for the last few weeks, albeit still outdoors for now! From September we expect to be meeting regularly together indoors again to make music, and we would be delighted to hear from you if you are looking for a Cambridge-based, non-contesting, friendly band to join. It’s an exciting time for the band as we work out our recovery plan and we welcome enquiries from any brass or percussion instrumentalists, even if you are considering coming back to music-making after not having played for a while!

Alternatively, come listen to us at Swaffham Bulbeck fair on Saturday 14th August!

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update Monday 16th March 2020

Following advice from the British government and Brass Bands England (https://www.bbe.org.uk/news/16032020-1755/bbe-statement-the-covid-19-pandemic), and in common with other local bands, CSD Brass has ceased all activities indefinitely.

We will be making efforts to stay in touch socially, and if you have an interest in joining us, please still get in touch. It would be great to get to know you so we can hit the ground running when we do reconvene after the pandemic.

If you are interested in booking the band, we would gladly hear from you, especially for carolling jobs in December, when we expect to be fully back to normal again.

A CSD Christmas!

Fresh from our exhilarating performance at Arbury’s Church of the Good Shepherd, we are enjoying preparations for Christmas. You can hear us carolling merrily away at:

  • Milton Road Primary School PTA Christmas Fair, 6th December;
  • Scotsdales Great Shelford 12pm-2pm Sunday 8th December;
  • St Andrew’s Church Chesterton Carol Service, Thursday 19th December;
  • Bourn Village carol event, Saturday 21st December;

As Cambridge’s only non-contesting community brass band, we immensely value the honorary president of the band, distinguished composer and musician Rodney Newton. We are looking forward to premiering his Cambridge Variations, a new piece commissioned by the band. Watch this space for opportunities to hear us play it next year!

CSD Presents: The Four Elements

4pm, Saturday 16th November – Church of the Good Shepherd, Mansel Way, Arbury, CB4 2ET

Revel in the splendour of the universe this Autumn as CSD Brass present a musical exposition of Aristotle’s four elements – Earth, Air, Water and Fire!

Featuring:

Earth: Appalachian Mountain Folk Song Suite, Norwegian Wood

Air: With Wings Like Eagles, Mr Blue Sky

Fire: Torch of Freedom, Lux Aeterna

Water: Carnival of Venice, Fantasia on Yellow Submarine

And much more!

Doors open at 3.30pm for a 4pm start.

Free entry with a retiring collection.

Refreshments available during the interval.

Contact csdbrass@gmail.com or via Facebook or Twitter for more information.

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