PCB ‘A Grand Day Out’ at Beamish Museum

Thank you to Beamish Museum for inviting us to play at the old Hetton Silver Band Hall on Sunday.

Based in the Pit Village this historic old building was one of the few purpose built band halls in the country.

With the sun shining for once we had a lovely afternoon playing for an enthusiastic audience relaxing on the lawn outside.

They were well up for a bit of audience participation in the Sailors Hornpipe. Faster clapping means faster playing!

We are now having a summer break until we resume rehearsals in September so look forward to seeing any new players who might like to join us then.

PCB at Prudhoe Music By The Riverside

Well we managed to huddle together close enough to keep out of the rain and keep warm playing at this fantastic day of local entertainment hosted by Prudhoe Community Partnership.

Thanks to Moira Woodridge for taking some more fantastic photos.

It was nice to welcome Angie Scott Prudhoes new Mayor

We are lucky to have such a lovely natural amphitheatre down by the Tyne.

PCB at the Grainger Market

Back at the Grainger Market in the heart of Newcastle City Centre to play for a great crowd of customers . Bit warmer than our Xmas Market gig last year and a fantastic venue acoustically.

Thanks to everyone who donated towards band funds which helps keep PCB up and running.

Thanks to Paul and Nick from Tyne Valley Big Band who came to the rescue Trombone wise, some nifty sight reading chaps!

We hope to be back at Xmas to play some Festive tunes.

PCB at Beamish Museum

Phew! We made it despite the dire forecast we managed to dodge the thunderstorms predicted my Mr Mooney and had a lovely time playing on the bandstand in the Old Town.

It was tight fitting us in around our ever expanding percussion section but we made it!

We are back again on Sunday 21st July as we like playing at Beamish so much!

2023 slips by and a new start for 2024

We had a very successful 2023 playing in some fantastic venues around the region including:

Northumberland County Show,

Beamish in the Sumner and Beamish at Xmas (Not much difference in the weather)!

Tanfield Railway

Music by the Riverside (Tyne)

Grainger Market at Xmas.

Newcastle Central Station

Charity concert with Bedlington Salvation Army Choir for ‘Daft as a Brush’

Hexham Xmas Lights turn on.

Thanks to everyone who came to see us and supported us with donations which help to keep us afloat.

We have just started a new team and are currently rehearsing in the Methodist Church Hall Prudhoe as our usual rehearsal space is no longer available. Watch the calendar for rehearsal details. New members always welcome.

Joint Concert at Ponteland Community High School

We were privileged to be part of this fantastic evening of music making at Ponteland Community High School as guest of Phil Rosier Head of Music and conducting Ponteland High School Wind Band.

The evening drew to a close with a joint rendition of How to Train Your Dragon with the massed players of Whittonstall, Prudhoe and Ponteland Community Bands joining the Hosts.

Our MD managed to watch for once whilst Phil Rosier conducted.

‘What an amazing night of fine music! Whittonstall, Prudhoe and Ponteland Community Bands and the fab Ponteland High School Wind Bands all with brilliant performances showcasing the best of Northumberland Music.

Then the biggest band you will ever see with a joint rendition of’How to train your dragon’ under the fine conducting of Phil Rosier. It was a privilege to sit back and listen’.

Joint Concert with Prudhoe Community Choir

What a lovely evening we had playing with our friends Prudhoe Community Choir.

The evening got off to a rousing start with a joint rendition of Mr Blue Sky, one of our favourite tunes.

One of the highlights of the evening must be hearing our very talented Trombonist Ben Haslam playing the 2nd and 3rd movements of Concerto for Trombone and band by Rimsky-korsakov. Was an amazing performance played all from memory. It was tricky keeping up with him!

Ben is also the principal trombonist with the national Youth Orchestra and the Hallé Youth Orchestra and is destined to go far in his musical career. It was a privilege for the band to accompany him. Good luck Ben.

We ended the evening with a Grand Finale of ‘Selections from Mary Poppins’

Thanks to everyone who supported the concert, we are always keen to attract new players so come and joint us for more ‘musical mayhem’.

Summer 2022

Phew what a scorcher! We were lucky with the weather this year with one of the hottest, driest summers on record. An unintended beneficial consequence of global warming?

Our MD Mr Hignett went even redder than usual with the merest glimpse of the sun.

We had a busy start to our summer fundraising campaign with some lovely gigs at Beamish, the Northumberland County Show and Bywell Hall to celebrate the Queens Jubilee.

We had the honour of opening the very first ‘Music by the Riverside’ event playing down by the River Tyne at Prudhoe Riverside Park.

Sadly Mr Blue Skies himself, Mr Mooney couldn’t be present as hoped but at least he ordered up a lovely sunny day.

Organised by Prudhoe Community Partnership this day of music was a great success and will hopefully become an annual event.

Many thanks to Moira Woolridge for taking some fantastic photos of the band.

We are due to restart rehearsals in September so it’s a good time to welcome any new members. If anyone is out there who fancies playing in a lovely friendly band, dust off that instrument and come along.

Dates and venues or all on the website calendar.