Waterbeach Brass

A fun and friendly second section band in Cambridgeshire

2023 In Review

2023 has been another great year for the band. Our Summer programme took us around all the usual places, kicking off with Paxton Dog Show in July and finishing with the Histon Beer Festival in September. We were delighted to be invited to perform on the pitch at the Abbey Stadium at kick off for Cambridge United in August, a new addition for us this year, with our rousing rendition of I’m Still Standing spurring the U’s onto a cracking win.

The band took a second trip to Cambridge United in December to accompany their Carols at the Abbey event, although thankfully no footballs were involved this time. This concluded another busy Christmas period bringing festive joy to those around Cambridge, as well as raising money for the band and local charities.

Perhaps the highlight of the year for several members of the band, our second consecutive year up at the Whit Friday marches in Saddleworth proved to be a great night with excellent weather, and even better music (I Will Survive proving a hit with the people lining the streets)!

Of course among all these events, the band has its roots in Waterbeach, and we enjoyed playing at the Waterbeach Feast again this year. Sadly the usual Christmas concert with the choir at Waterbeach Primary School didn’t happen this year, however members of the band could be found out on the village green providing music for the local Scout group’s Santa’s Grotto.

Finally, back in May the band had the privilege of performing in a joint concert at Ely Cathedral with the London Welsh Male Voice Choir. Originally planned to take place several years ago but delayed by Covid, it was a special occasion for several reasons. The choir were incredible, and you can find some of our joint pieces over on our YouTube. The Cathedral also provided a stunning setting for the world premiere of Beach by Steve Robson - a piece that had been specially composed for the band reflecting the history of Waterbeach. The full recording of the piece can be enjoyed here.

Heading into 2024, a quiet start will give the band a chance to hunker down and get to grips with this year’s test piece, whilst exciting plans are being made for a variety of engagements throughout the year, including a pre-contest concert in March and Whit Friday in May - watch this space!