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Are you interested in joining a fun local non-contesting band?

We currently have vacancies for front row cornet, basses (Eb and Bb) and percussion. However, if you play any brass instrument and are looking for a friendly band to play with, get in touch and we will work something out!

Please contact us if you would like to know more.

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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CSD Brass Presents: Rolling Thunder!

4pm, Saturday 11th May – St Luke’s Church, Victoria Road, Cambridge, CB4 3DZ

Get carried away this Spring by the magnificent energy of our trombone section starring in Henry Fillmore’s ‘screamer’ march – Rolling Thunder! The rest of our programme will showcase the versatility and range of writing for brass band, from Philip Sparke’s evocative soundscape in A Tameside Overture to the Queen classic Don’t Stop Me Now! There truly will be something for every musical taste.

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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Programme:

First half

Star Lake Eric Ball
A Tameside Overture Philip Sparke
Cry Me a River Arthur Hamilton, arr. Alan Morrison
Circle of Life Elton John arr. Frank Bernaerts
Meditation on Saint Bees John Bacchus Dykes arr. Lloyd Scott
Don’t Stop Me Now Freddie Mercury arr. Frank Bernaerts

Second half

Men of Harlech trad., arr. Gordon Langford
Mary Poppins the Sherman brothers arr. Denis Wright
Under the Boardwalk Kenny Young and Arthur Resnick arr. Philip Harper
Swedish Folk Song Traditional, arr. Peter Graham
The Bare Necessities Terry Gilkyson, arr. Leigh Baker
Rolling Thunder! Henry Fillmore arr. Keith Wilkinson

CSD Brass presents: A Tour of Europe

7pm, Saturday 13 October – Wesley Methodist Church, Christ’s Pieces, Cambridge CB1 1LG

Join CSD Brass this October for their Tour of Europe concert, in which we will be celebrating brass band music from across the continent. On our journey we will be exploring the finale from Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony no. 3, the Carnival of Venice by Arban, Janáček’s Sokol Fanfare, and many other popular works.

Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

Tickets £8 (under 16s free); please book online.

Refreshments available during the interval.

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

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Programme:

First half

Mercury Jan van der Roost
Carnival of Venice Jean-Baptiste Arban
Partita, 3rd movt. Philip Wilby
Diogenes Jacob de Haan
Light as Air arr. Goff Richards
Cantilena from Organ Sonata no. 11 J. Rheinberger
Irish Blessing Joyce Eilers Bacak
Abba Gold arr. Ron Sebregts

Second half

Sokol Fanfare Leos Janacek, arr. Tom Yates
Morceau Symphonique Alexandre Guilmant
Jamie’s Patrol Sidney Dacre
Swedish Folk Song Traditional
Men of Harlech Traditional
Finale from Organ Symphony no. 3 Camille Saint-Saëns

 

CSD Brass presents: Pictures and Postcards

7pm, 21st April – St. Philip’s Church Centre, 185 Mill Road, Cambridge CB1 3AN

Picture this: a spectacular evening of brass band music with CSD Brass, in which every piece tells a story. Our theme will be Pictures and Postcards, and the concert will include the European premiere of Rodney Newton’s Pictures from Yosemite, with Partita for Band (Postcards from Home) by Philip Wilby, and excerpts from Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

Doors open at 6:30pm for a 7pm start.

Tickets £8 (under 16s free); please book online.

Refreshments available during the interval.

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

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Programme:

First half

Star Lake Eric Ball
Whitburn Robert Schramm
Pictures at an Exhibition extracts, Modeste Mussorgsky, arr. Rob Hume
The Cuckoo in the Depths of the Woods Camille Saint-Saëns, arr. Tom Yates
Pictures from Yosemite European premiere, Rodney Newton
 

Second half

Slaidburn William Rimmer
Song of the Seashore Traditional Japanese, arr. Ray Woodfield
Jamie’s Patrol Sidney Dacre
Partita for Band (Postcards from Home) Philip Wilby
The Dark Side of the Moon finale, Paul Lovatt-Cooper

CSD Brass Presents: From Darkness Into Light

7pm, 18th November – Histon Baptist Church, Station Road, Histon, Cambridge, CB24 9LN

It’s better to light a candle than curse the darkness…

As the nights draw in, join CSD Brass for an illuminating performance this November 18th. We will be playing a variety of pieces exploring the themes of light and dark, including Peter Graham’s “Shine as the Light”, Paul Lovatt-Cooper’s “Dark Side of the Moon” and an arrangement of “Danse Macabre” by Saint-Saëns.

Doors open at 6:30pm for a 7pm start.

Refreshments available during the interval.

Tickets £8 (under 16s free); please book online.

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

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Programme:

Darkness
Black Knight William Rimmer
All in the April Evening Hugh Stevenson Roberton, arr. Eric Ball
Danse Macabre Camille Saint-Saëns, arr. Andy Norman
Stella By Starlight  Victor Young, arr Bill Geldard (bass trombone soloist Chris Ashford)
The Dark Side of the Moon Paul Lovatt-Cooper
 
Light
Star Lake Eric Ball
Light Walk Barrie Gott
Light as Air Goff Richards
Mr Blue Sky Jeff Lynne, arr. Christopher Wormald
I See the Light Alan Menkin, arr. Darrol Barry
Shine as the Light Peter Graham