Naturally, as a music society, putting on concerts is the most important thing we do. We perform in one major concert per term, but we also try to find other opportunities to play - for example, we traditionally go charity busking in Durham city in December. Our showpiece concerts - usually in December and March - are the climax of our hard work throughout the year. These events are always really good fun, and that's before we head out on the obligatory post-concert social!
Concerts for 12/13
Epiphany Concert, St Oswald's Church 13/3/2013
This concert will feature this term's repertoire from the Concert Band and will begin at 7.30PM, with £4 general admission, £3 for students and concessions and £2.50 for DUMS members.
Joint Concert with the DU Brass Band,St Oswald's Church 7/12/2012
The band worked very hard for this concert with a band full of new members. Eliot, our associate conductor kicked off the concert and impressed the large audience with his professionalism and attention to detail. The performance of the English Folk Song Suite was very notable. Tam started his half with an impressive performance of the Incredibles. The brass band then gave an impressive set including a piece called 'I Love Christmas', a combination of Christmas songs and love songs, arranged by their conductor Dave Collins. There was a good social in Varsity afterwards, with members then going to 24s, Jimmy As, Klute, Fabios and many other places.
Concerts for 11/12
Joint concert with the DU Brass Band, St Oswald's Church, 13/12/2011
Weeks of hard work and publicity from both bands culminated in a sensational concert. With Concert Band performing as a whole on Palace Green and the Brass Band splitting into small groups to busk around Durham to publicise it, a large audience turned up to watch it. Concert Band opened the concert and the Brass Band ended the concert with a brilliant arrangement called Christmas Pastiche, arranged by their conductor Dave Collins and horn player Nick Betts. A joint social followed...
'A Right Royal Concert', St Oswald's Church, 07/03/2012
A very fitting theme and a respectable turnout made this one of the best concerts the Concert Band have ever played. All the pieces had some loose link to royalty, such as the Lion King! The concert provided a fitting send off for the President, Phil Erskine and the Principal Conductor, Jenny Laahs as well as other members of the band who had been in it for many years. As usual a lively social followed.
Summer Concert, Botanic Garden, 12/06/2012
This concert had months of planning and the forecasts beforehand didn't look good, and a downpour could've put the whole concert in jeopardy. However as the band arrived the Sun came out to complement the band's brightly coloured clothes. Highlights of the repertoire from the past two years were performed to their biggest ever outdoor audience and the staff at the garden were very helpful in publicising the event and putting out chairs! It was also the first Concert Band concert to be publicised by video as you can see below. The following social involved walking round the Botanic Garden and getting lost in the woods there.
Concerts for 10/11
Concert at the Christmas Festival in Durham City Centre, 5/12/2010
This was a first for DUCB and we were all very excited to get into the Christmas mood whilst playing for students and locals alike!
Joint concert with DU Brass Band, St Oswald's Church, 7/12/2010
Our usual showpiece concert with the amazing Brass Band was in the tranquil setting of St Oswald's Church.
Concerts for 09/10
Joint concert with DU Brass Band, St Oswald's Church, 11/12/2009
Joint concert with DU Voices, St Oswald's Church, 07/12/2009
Concerts for 08/09
Joint concert with DU Brass Band, St Oswald's Church, 09/12/2008
Joint concert with DU Voices, St Oswald's Church, 02/12/2008
Concerts for 07/08
Concert Band Epiphany Term concert, St. Oswald's Church, 11/03/2008
As the biggest concert of the year, concert band pays a visit to St. Oswald's church again, armed with three specially arranged pieces by the conductors. This concert included one of the widest ranging programme for the past few years, from the Bizet's Carmen Suite to Katchiturian's Sabre Dance, Japanese game music and film music, with a special guest appearance from The Stripper herself! Of course, the post-concert social still became the highlight of the evening...
Busking, Durham City, December
Concert Band went Busking again this year in Durham town centre, with the president as guest conductor. We raised over a hundred pounds for St. Cuthbert's Hospice!
Concert Band + Voices joint concert, St. Oswald's Church, 10/12/2007
An improvised re-mix of My Fair Lady crossed with The Snowman started the concert band contribution to the concert to the amused audience. After gorging oneself with mince pies and mulled wine, concert band joined forces with DU Voices with Julian's arrangement of Rhythm of Life, Les Miserables, and Leroy's Anderson's Christmas Festival with the choir. Another humourous fact of this concert is that Julian's name appeared about 200 times on the programme itself...
Joint Concert with Brass Band, Grey Dining Hall, 03/12/2007
"One,two...?????" Started the concert band half off, much to the amusement of the band (not so much to the confused audience). Mishaps did not deter the band at all and there were moments of impressive recoveries made during the pieces. Many thanks to the guest players from the brass band. Brass band challenged the concert band on a pseudo drink-off; of course concert band was never going to back down, and a joint social followed.
This year we actually managed to play thanks to the weather! A small dedicated force turned up and fun was had by all. The picnic was a great way to round off all our hard work and the weather stayed put until we finished which was nice. A lunatic was seem walking around with a flowerpot on his head; if you see said person, please be aware this person may not be sane.