14 Aug 2012 Charity Status Awarded

We have pleasure in confirming that the band is now officially recognised as a Charity after acceptance from the Charities Commission of Great Britain.Our Registered Charity No. is 1147722.

Thanks must go to Liz Barham and the Charity sub committee for their dedication through the challenges of aligning the organisation to the requirements of the Commission.

14 Aug 2012 Exciting New Opportunities For Co-op Players

Following the recent successes that the band has achieved over the last few years with promotion to the First Section and attendance at the 2011 National Finals, several of the key players through this period have decided to stretch their wings and move on to pastures new .

Chris, Laura and Bethan Brown have taken the challenge of accepting an invitation to join the Forresters Brass 2000 band for the upcoming National Finals in September.

Whilst Chloe Hagger has decided to move on to new challenges.

The members thank them for the long service and commitment and wish them luck for the new ventures.

We look forward to them perhaps returning in the future.

Whilst we have replaced some of the vacancies, we would welcome any cornet players who might be interested in joining the band.

01 Jul 2012 Leicester Co-op Take a Scoop of Prizes at Coventry

Several Co-op players attended the 3rd Annual City of Coventry and Warwickshire Brass Festival on Saturday 30th June 2012 and came away with 5 top places.

Bethan Brown came 1st in the slow melody for 11 to 14 years in a strong field of 18 competitors.

Bethan was then joined by Harry Lear in the Duet/Trio section for 14 years and under and they were awarded a 1st place in a field of 4 competitors.

Harry came 1st in the sight reading for 15 years and under section, with Bethan coming a close 2nd. This was in a field of 29 competitors.

Finally the quartet team of Richard Capstack, Sheila Dixon, Richard Shaw and Steve Barham were awarded 1st place by adjudicator Trevor Jones, playing Phillip Sparke's Divertimento. This was a great result considering they had strong competition in the form of a quartet from the Aveley and Newham band, an Essex based Championship Section band.

10 Apr 2012 - L.B.B.A. Spring Festival - Groby Slow Melody Contest

It was surely a record entry for the band at the Leicestershire Brass Band Association's Spring Festival on Sunday 1st April 2012, with 18 individual competitors and 23 seperate performances.

It was another busy and long day for the players and supporters alike, with several players playing several sections back to back.

The prize winners included:

Junior Slow Melody (Ages 11 - 14) - 1st Place - Harry Lear

Junior Air Varie (18 years and under) - Joint 3rd Place - Bethan Brown

Open Duets - 2nd Place - Shiela Dixon and Jo Priestley (Jo plays with the Newhall Band)

Junior Quartet Hymn Tune (14 years and Under) - 3rd Place - Leics Coop Quartet 'B' (Hannah Capstack, Frances Gallimore, Eve Gallimore, Abigail Barham)

Junior Quartet (18 years and Under) - 1st Place - Leics Coop Quartet 'A' (Harry Lear, Marina Slee, Chloe Hudson, Bethan Brown)

Open Quartet - 3rd Place - Leics Coop Quartet 'B'. (Richard Capstack, Chris Brown, Richard Shaw and Steve Barham)

A report can be viewed at 4Barsrest.

The full results can be viewed from the LBBA Website.

11 Mar 2012 Midlands Area Contest

Saturday 10th March 2012 saw the band compete in it's inaugural First Section Midlands Area contest at the Civic Hall, Bedworth . Whilst the band played stylishly and with great confidence from 3rd in a field of 18 bands, unfortunately the adjudicators, Derek Broadbent & Peter Bassano, only placed us in 14th position.

Although the disappointment was clear to see on a lot of the players faces come the results, the fact that the band delivered the performance with minimal errors and following the requested direction orchestrated by our musical director, shows the overall improvement and can only put us in a stronger position for future competitions.

The 14th place secures First Section status for the 2013 contest season.

Good luck to our fellow Co-op sponsored band , the Ratby Co-Operative band, who came in 1st place and will represent the Midlands area at the National Finals at Cheltenham. They will also be promoted to the Championship Section in 2013.

For the 4BarsRest report see here

20 Feb 2012 NEMBBA Contest Win!

On Sunday 19th February the band took first prize in the NEMBBA contest in South Normanton.

This contest is organised as a run-out for the Area test piece which this year is Mountain Views by Bertrand Moren.

Although the entry is small, the band were pleased to win and hope this means they are on course for the Area in March

In addition to taking first prize, the band were also awarded four other cups for the "Best of the Day" awards for the following people and sections.

Best Euphonium - Steve Barham

Best Trombone - Liz Barham

Best Percussion - Jake, Joe and Sam

Best Basses - Brian, Ron, Steve B and Steve R

The "Best of the Day" awards are judged across all the performances of the day, not just the section in which the band were entered. Many thanks to NEMMBA for the chance to run out the test piece and to Kevin Wadsworth for some sensible advice to all the bands.

For the 4BarsRest report see here

02 Nov 2011 Annual Awards Presented to Shiela Dixon, Iain Mcdonald and Steve Barham

The Annual Awards were presented at the band's 40th Birthday Celebration Dinner, held at La Torre Restuarant on Thursday 27th October 2011.

Musical Director, Graham Jacklin, awarded the accolade of most improved player to Flugel Horn star, Shiela Dixon.

In summing up the reasons for making the award, Graham commented that 'Whilst it has been clear to everyone of the improvement Shiela has made to the band since joining, the clinching factor for me was whilst listening to her recent performance at the Groby Slow Melody contest where the note production was of the highest quality.'

Well done Shiela.

The second award of the evening was for the Bandsman of the Year, as voted by the players of the band.

This year, the voting produced a tie for the award, with Iain McDonald and Steve Barham being the joint recipients.

In particular, Iain, as contest secretary (Ably assisted by his wife, Michelle) organised the finals trip expertly and all arrangements ran like clockwork, even with the exceptional No. 1 draw thrown in for good measure.

Well done Iain (and Michelle)

Whilst Steve was useful in making sure all instruments were available for all engagements throughout the year. (Ably assisted by Liz and Gary Ball + Van)

30 Oct 2011 Videos from the 40th Year Celebration Concert with David Thornton

Here are some links to video clips from the 40th Celebration Concert with David Thornton.

Richard Phillip's - 'In Christ Alone'.

Peter Graham's - 'The Great Race'.

Peter Meechan's - 'Floating Dreams'.

De Vita arr. Catherall's - 'Softly As I Leave You'.

27 Oct 2011 Leicester Co-op Enter World Ranking Top 200 for First Time in its History

Following our recent progression in the contesting field including Midlands 2nd Section Champion Band and securing 2nd place at the National Finals this year, the band has entered the Brass Band World Rankings for the first time in it's history, ranked at 161.

The Rankings can be viewed on 4Barsrest.

23 Oct 2011 40th Year Celebration Concert with Guest Soloist David Thornton

A full capacity audience at the Palace Theatre in Ibstock, were treated to a fantastic concert featuring the world renowned Euphonium Soloist, David Thornton, as part of our 40 year celebrations.

A full article on the concert, held on Saturday 8th October, can be read on 4Barsrest.

A video clip of one of the pieces, Softly As I Leave You, featuring David Thornton and Steve Barham can be viewed on David Thornton's Website.

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