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What People Say...

"Highly choreographed (with added lighting effects), confidently portrayed and expertly directed by Keith Leonard, Derwent’s intoxicating mix and match approach of styles and genres certainly lived up to their growing reputation for exploring the outer margins of progressive repertoire - from the opening ‘Los Hermanos de Bop’ to the closing ‘Nobody can’t do me like Jesus’.

However, it was Nordic inspired ‘The Return of the Samba Cows’, flugel solo ‘Domen (featuring the excellent Pam Davis) and ‘Tortuquero 6’ that set it apart - and made such a lasting impression on those present."

Iwan Fox. Review on Bolsover Brass Festival 2014

"Just a brief note to say a great big thank you to you and all your team. The band was fantastic, and the nostalgia of the moment brought tears to many an eye."

Mark Mellor. Private Wedding Ensemble Performance

“Derwent Brass thrilled us with stirring music that blew away the cobwebs. They are the kind of band that sends tingles down your spine as the first notes are played because they are just so amazingly passionate about their music and just so, so good.”

Jill Rogers. Barton Music and Arts Festival

"The way the band has absorbed and made it their own I found very impressive. Authoritative, committed playing of music that really matters."

Chris Thomas. Review on Bolsover Brass Festival 2013

“The workshop organised by Derwent Brass was a complete success and was a day that we would expect to be charged a great sum for, especially for the distinguished guests they arranged. Our thanks go to them for this exceptional day and we hope this may become part of their annual events.”

Spokesperson for Keele University

"I really enjoyed teaming up with Derwent Brass to help them celebrate their 20th anniversary.  I am so impressed by their organisation, planning and vision in putting together this special concert and the workshop which was enjoyed by so many. They are a great example of a band that has an excellent team spirit, a clear sense of direction and play very well indeed!

Steven Mead. International Euphonium Virtuoso

"One performance made the hairs on my neck stand and I’d like to congratulate Derwent Brass for being brave enough to take on this innovative project and present this amazing new piece today within your 20th year…. I enjoyed it very much and it will be a performance which will stay with me for a very long time. I can’t wait to hear it again!"

Phillip Harper. Musical Director Cory Band

"I was totally gripped from start to finish. An astonisgingly brave decision (the whole project) and utterly refreshing to hear. Thank you very much and good luck with future performances."

Phillip Harper. Musical Director Cory Band

"It’s a spirit of enterprise that deserves every word of recognition that comes its way."

Chris Thomas, 4BR

"On behalf of Winshill Methodist Church, we are writing to say a big Thank You for the concert last Saturday. You performed up to the usual high standard we have come to know and expect from Derwent Brass, be that the full band or the ensemble. The whole event was greatly enjoyed by all who attended and Derwent Brass made many new friends and admirers. Within minutes of the concert ending we were being asked when the next one would be and further conversations, emails and phone calls echoed those requests.... we hope you will be wiling to return on a similar basis either Christmas 2012 or in 2013. In the meantime, we wish you well during your 20th anniversary year.."

Mr & Mrs Beresford. Event organisers, Winshill MC

"The conductor let the music build naturally in a well-engineered performance. He clearly knows the strengths and weaknesses of his band very well, to the point where, in the slow music, he let the quartets and quintets play unconducted - just listening and responding to each other. It worked a treat."

British Bandsman. Midland Regionals 2012 Synopsis.

"A performance of extremes from Derwent in Bedworth. ....Inspired"

4barsrest.com. Midland Regionals 2012

"Derwent's music making was individual. Wistful Dana music caught the ear..."

British Bandsman. Midland Regionals 2012

"The event was fantastic – a thoroughly enjoyable evening. The standard of playing was high, but in particular Adam Rutter’s virtuosic playing in Bravura and Benedictus, supported wonderfully by Pam Davis on Flugel, is a highlight for me. The Swingle Singers were every bit as brilliant as I expected them to be. For me it clearly shows that Derwent Brass is the best band in Derbyshire and as a supporter of several bands in the area it delights me that I will be inviting them to perform alongside the Derby Salvation Army, and others, in a late summer 2012 event, again within the Great Hall of Derby Assembly Rooms”

Mike Richardson, Trustee of Friends of Derby Salvation Army / Patron of Black Dyke Band

"We loved being back in Derby again, it was such a wonderful and warm reception, and truly a pleasure to share the stage with such gifted musicians as Derwent Brass. The joint finale, Stevie Wonder's 'Superstition' , was a blast, and we loved the arrangement by their Director Keith Leonard - such a party feel!”

Oliver Griffiths -  The Swingle Singers

"A Powerful Approach"

4barsrest.com - Spring Festival 2011

"Had a stamp of classy authority"

4barsrest.com - Midland Regionals 2010

"A ‘Paganini’ of distinguished merit... A Triumphant Result."

4barsrest.com - Midland Regionals 2010

"We were the fortunate nominees for this charity concert by Derwent Brass held at Landau Forte college in Derby. And what a wonderful evening it turned out to be. There was a full house due to the many fans who turned out to hear the musical talents of the band. Their repertoire is vast, and they played a wide variety of different styles of music so that no matter what genre you liked, there would be plenty to enjoy.  It was obvious that the band really enjoy the challenge, and every member needed to be on top form. The soloists were amazing and a delight to listen to, really quite incredible that they played such intricate and difficult pieces so well. 

It really was an evening to savour, and all we heard from the audience was enthusiastic acclaim and a determination to attend future performances. Wonderful, then, that all this was done to raise money for us. Our sincere thanks." 

Spokesperson for Multiple Sclerosis Society

"You were fantastic! It was all perfect. Thank you so much, you gave our wedding an extra little twist and everyone loved it."

Mandy. Review of the ensemble at her wedding.

"Saturday 6th November saw the second concert between the best band in Derbyshire, Derwent Brass, and the world famous Treorchy Male Choir.  A sell out audience were treated to an excellent programme by both band and choir. Among the audience were the Trustees of the Friends of Derby Salvation Army together with their brass playing and songster friends.  The Welsh choir were in particular good voice and delighted the audience with many favourites including a medley from the stage musical, Les Miserables.  The band also enhanced their reputation with a well balanced programme which gave ample opportunity for the band’s soloists to show their skills.  Martyn Johnson and Dave Neville earned many new admirers but it was the spectacular playing of euphonium soloist Adam Rutter which stole the show for our particular group.  We look forward with eagerness and enthusiasm to a return of this popular event."

Mike Richardson. Trustee of the Friends of Derby Salvation Army

"We celebrate these worthy winners to thank them for the tremendous work they are doing and for the great lengths they go to"

Councillor Andrew Lewer, Leader of the Derbyshire County Council

“Derwent Brass were so well received and the crowd were shouting for more at the end of the show. It was a super sound and brought families together to enjoy wonderful summer music with a fantastic back drop. We hope to book Derwent Brass again for next summer. Customer feed back was that it had really enhanced their visit and so unexpected a treat."

John Coulson Marketing & Events Manager

“What I witnessed yesterday was well played. Not just played well but smooth, with subtlety, emphasised at moments, lighter at others, crowned by a beautifully played piece featuring a young lady on Flugel Horn. I thoroughly enjoyed listening for the short while I was there, the band did you and themselves great credit…I appreciated the skill, liked the music and wished to send you my compliments, best wishes and good luck for the future.”

Mike Blurton

"Please pass on our sincere thanks to Keith and the rest of the Derwent Brass Ensemble that played at Abby and Rob’s wedding yesterday. To say that it made the service is an understatement  - the ‘Orfeo’ was particularly spectacular! Perhaps we could request it at the friends concert in the summer! Again, many, many thanks, your performance made the amazing day even more unforgettable."

Dave & Trudy Kennedy - Wedding Review

“Good opening and there is real detail to be heard in a persuasive approach by the MD. There is a nice hint of restraint with this - neatly played with a flow of musicality…. a fine deep sound on display and good dynamics too. Neat and tidy with a degree of self control that has been absent in too many today. Skillfully managed ending. Highly enjoyable stuff.”

4barsrest.com - National Finals Review 2010

"Thank you so much for playing at our wedding. We had so many comments from our guests saying how wonderful you sounded, both in the church and later at our reception. You were very much appreciated and thanks once again"

Mr & Mrs Redshaw

"On behalf of the choir may I take this opportunity to thank you for the invite for the choir to perform with Derwent Brass at The Assembly Rooms, Derby on the 12th April 2008. It was a wonderful event and we were very impressed with bands standard of playing and the music chosen for the concert. Will you please pass on our thanks to everyone in the band for the fantastic performances, both their own and with the joint items”.   

Frederick O’Brien, Secretary Treorchy Male Choir

"I just wanted to say a big thank you to you and all at Derwent Brass for a most enjoyable evening on Saturday.  As I said in the night, I was most honoured to be invited to be compere and thought the concert was just fantastic”.

Steven Blakeley - Actor

“It was a pleasure to work with Derwent Brass, I'm glad that the concert was such a success in both musical and monetary terms.”      

Dr Alwyn Humphreys MBE

 

“Sarah and I enjoyed the event immensely and could not fault any aspect of organisation  or performance.  It was a credit to you.  Excellent choir, excellent band, excellent soloists and excellently put together”

Graham Jacklin. Musical Director Leicestershire Coop Band

 

My wife and I would like to thank Derwent Brass for such a fantastic evening of music and singing it was just superb, exciting and thrilling”

Malcolm Neaum

 

“What a fabulous evening, I could have listened all night”

Fiona Howell

 

“We regularly perform with other bands, but the choristers were shocked and delighted at the concert programme you had to offer. So very varied, enjoyable and light-hearted, which made such a welcome change!..We’d be interested in another joint performance without question !!….”

Dean Powell, Treorchy Male Choir

 

“Just a few lines of thanks.. What a spectacular evening it was. The whole concert would have graced any professional stage…”-    

Paul Sheward  Chairman Dalesman MVC

 

 “We thought we would either love or hate it  Having never heard a band or male voice choir live before, and not sure what to expect … We loved it... Haley (the lady of the house) was in tears twice, laughter with Laurel & Hardy and emotion with Gladiator. Great night’s entertainment - Thanks”  -

Julian Goodier-Page

 

Derwent Brass .....the band's performance, was clean, polished and contained lots of sublime musicality

4BR retrospective of the Midland Area contest March 2007

 

Derwent Brass chose Bourgeois dramatic 'Blitz', a rarely played piece nowadays and they certainly went for it with good dynamic effects and some fine all round ensemble playing. It was no surprise when they were awarded third place for a real top notch effort

4BR retrospective of the Buxton Brass Festival May 2006

 

We raised  £**** which has been sent to the Treetops Hospice. It was such a great evening and everyone enjoyed the concert very much - Derwent Brass being brilliant as usual!  Please thank Keith and all the members of the Band for a wonderful evening's entertainment. We do hope to be able to ask you to come again very soon

Mary Neville  Our Lady of Lourdes Church

 

The Christmas Carol Concert in Emmanuel Church Loughborough was great night thanks to Derwent Brass, please pass on my thanks to all members of the band, and Keith. Of course the Snowman was the star!. Several people say that the carol concert is the start of their Christmas. Once again thanks for great event - it's always fun working with you

Alistair Cook  Rotary Club of Loughborough

 

Please convey my sincere gratitude to Mr Keith Leonard and all the members of Derwent Brass for yet another excellent concert. We are truly grateful for all the hard work and effort which you obviously put in to perform concerts of such a very high standard. You may be interested to know that over £400 was raised for Erewash Victim Support                                         

Joy Thurman Chatsworth Centre, Long Eaton

 

It is with the greatest pleasure I write to thank you for treating us to a night to remember, the Summer Proms concert. You are still being lauded, and never before have I received so many fan letters. In every respect it has to be the top of all my garden events.  With greatest respect to you all

Mrs Nancy Bird  Quarndon Hall

 

On behalf of the Derby Hospitals Choir Commitee I would like to thank Derwent Brass for your involvement in the 2002 Christmas Concert. The band were brilliant and Frosty the Snowman was appreciated by young and old!  From the comments I have heard the whole concert was much enjoyed. Julie Acred, Chief Executive of the SDAH NHS Trust says "It just gets better each year"  - we have a lot to live up to............

Dr Rosemary Guy  Chairman  Derby Hospitals Choir

 

Once again the band performed an absolutely super concert and I wish to congratulate Mr Keith Leonard and the members of the band for giving us such a wonderful evening of entertainment. You may be interested to know that £600 was raised towards Erewash Victim Support. Please accept my very best wishes to all the members of Derwent Brass in all your future endeavours.

Joy Thurman  Chatsworth Centre, Long Eaton

 

I am writing on behalf of the Rotary Club of Worksop Dukeries to thank you and the musicians of Derwent Brass for an excellent performance. The evening's entertainment was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone and the concert raised in excess of £2000!  Once again we extend our thanks to the members of Derwent Brass for making the evening such a memorable success

Janet Burrows  Secretary  Rotary Club of Worksop Dukeries

 

The performance by principal guests 'Derwent Brass' was an absolute delight. Such was the professionalism of the performance under the leadership of their Musical Director Keith Leonard that it would be difficult to single out any one item as the selection catered for all tastes. 

Mention must be made of flugel horn soloist Ruth Fenner for her brilliant interpretation of Hoagy Carmichael's 'Georgia on My Mind'; and Daniel Cheadle's euphonium solo 'Grandfather's Clock' was absolutely amazing. 

Melbourne Newspaper

 

On behalf of the church and myself I must express our most sicere thanks for the tremendous contribution made by derwent brass to our recent Jubilee Last Night of the Proms evening. It was certainly a wonderful night through which the band has generated a great deal of interest and support from the people of the Melbourne area. The audience were very receptive and responsive which I felt showed in the band's performance, as I detected that they tood were having a very good evening. It is always unfair from a performance such as this to single out individuals but the two soloists were of a very high calibre, a standard I am sure could have been demonstrated by many of the other musicians given the same opportunity. Please convery our warmest thanks to all your members for giving us a night to remember that will be talked about for a long time to come, and we wish you all the success that you deserve in your forthcoming competitions. With very best wishes and looking forward to a return.

Malcolm Robey Melbourne United Reform Church

 

Derwent Brass hail from Derbyshire and were formed in 1992 by a small group of brass players who shared the determination to try and bring first class banding to the area. Ten years later and after a period of upward progression that has seen them win their way to the National Finals on more than a few occasions as well as win their fair share of local contests, the band is now firmly ensconced in the First Section in the Midlands Area and where in March 2002 they qualified for another stab at the National title when they came third and booked their place in the sun of Torquay later in the year.  As with many bands who have enjoyed success in a short period of time, Derwent have a strong contingent of family ties  a glance on the band personnel confirms the fact and much of its success must come from this close knit band having plenty of talented players, commitment and an MD who has been a little inspirational. The results are plain to hear on this their debut release. 13 tracks built into concert programme format are of the easy listening variety, musically pleasant to the ear with plenty of chance for the personnel to showcase their technical abilities to good effect. Nothing too strenuous and outlandish, but plenty to admire as the band produce a well balanced rounded sound, plenty of sparkle where necessary and are well directed with sensible approaches to both tempo and style. The result is a well thought out, neatly constructed and well produced release that serves as a reminder to others that playing good stuff well rather then hard stuff adequately is always a recipe for success.The soloists in particular are on good form throughout, with Principal Cornet David Neville a player who could grace bands in the top tier with ease and style, whilst all the others are more than musically and technically secure.

A neat bit of playing in the march "The President" is followed by a robust and clear account of "La Forza Del Destino", whilst David Neville steps up and gives a very accomplished account of "The Paragon". "Lightwalk" and "Amazing Grace" are well handled, as is the Gershwin "It Don't Mean a Thing". The Jack Peberdy arrangement of "Fidgety Feet" is playful and upbeat, before the suite by Peter Graham, "Cry of the Celts" provides the bands best playing. Great stuff from the five soloists on show and plenty of drive, verve and brio from the trio on the percussion section..  Ruth Fenner and Adrian Drewitt are on good form on "Carrickfergus" and "Georgia on my Mind" and there is some foot tapping stuff in the form of "Hot Toddy", "Spiritual Sounds" and the finale from "A Celtic Suite"  "Men of Harlech" by Philip Sparke. Making a CD can be a daunting business even for the very best of bands  choosing repertoire for instance can be minefield and making a release that is both musically consistent as well as technically secure means lots of hard work prior to the recording day. This is a good example of a band that has done its homework and reaped the rewards. If they continue to show this type of form on the contest stage come Torquay, then the start of the next ten years of Derwent Brass could well be as rewarding as the last decade.

4barsrest.com

 

It is virtually impossible to accurately capture the atmosphere in words of Saturday nights Last Night of the Proms performance. Held at Melbourne URC it can only be likened to the scene outside Buckingham Palace on Jubilee Tuesday when thousands of people dressed in all manner of red white and blue attire waved their flags enthusiastically to the sound of the choir as it poured out the strained of 'Land of Hope and Glory'. The first of the audience started to arrive a good hour before the concert was due to commence and were greeted with a church resplendent in red white and blue decor and flags in abundance.  The performance by principal guests 'Derwent Brass' was an absolute delight. Such was the professionalism of the performance under the leadership of their Musical Director Keith Leonard that it would be difficult to single out any one item as the selection catered for all tastes.  Mention must be made of flugel horn soloist Ruth Fenner for her brilliant interpretation of Hoagy Carmichael's 'Georgia on My Mind'; and Daniel Cheadle's euphonium solo 'Grandfather's Clock' was absolutely amazing.....................The grand finale was of course the proms favourites for which the band donned union jack bowlers and when a St George flag appeared out of a swinging bass during Land of Hope and Glory it typified the whole evening as the patriotic audience were sunk beneath a sea of waving flags.   It was a wonderful evening led by superb musicianship.

Melbourne News

 

What can I say that's different about the concert last as against that which I have said before about all the previous concerts you have performed for the Friends of the Nightingale MacMillan. It was another marvellous evening, notonly for us as 'the Friends' but for the audience as well, from all the remarks I have received from those I spoke to. The Mayor and Mayoress certainly enjoyed the evening and I hope there is some support that they can give the band at the time of the National Band Contest at Torquay. Please pass on the thanks of 'the Friends' to everyone in Derwent Brass

Roy Poole, Chairman  Friends of the Nightingale MacMillan Unit

 

On behalf of all our members I wojld like to say a very special thank you to you and the band for the very professional way in which they performed in the concert on 6th March. The event was agreat success and it could not have been possible without your considerable talents.

Peter Wood, Hon Secretary  Church Wilne Rotary Club 

 

On behalf of the Derby Hospitals Choir I want to thank you and Derwent Brass for the contribution the 2001 Christmas concert in the Assembly Rooms. PLease convey my thanks to each member of the band. The concert was a great success - many feel the best ever.

Dr Rosemary Guy, Chairman  Derby Hospitals Choir 

 

It has been my very great pleasure to work with Derwent Brass, culminating ina great concert in Burton on Trent. They are a dedicated and talented group of musicians with absolutely superb enthusiasm for playing music for people. The band has fine principal players who lead the band with authority. They have a great mix of young and older players who seem to thrive on the challenges of playing in a brass band. They are entertaining too with real touches of originality in their concert programmes. I can recommend this band to everyone and hope you will get the chance to hear them perform soon

Steven Mead  International Euphonium Soloist

 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the part you and Derwent Brass played in the concert last Saturday. Not only did you do a great job but you also made a lasting impression with the audience, many of whom have contacted me expressing their delight.. Both Jackie and I enjoyed the evening and felt proud to be associated with Derwent Brass and the fine standard of music they produce.

Trevor Hathaway 

 

Just a line to thank everyone at Derwent Brass for their part in making last Friday evening's concert such a memorable occasion. I don't think I need to tell you how thrilled Chief Constable Newing was and what an emotional time it turned out to be - he was full of praise for both band and choir. As you may be aware the evening was a sell out, once again thanks to all.

Len Briddon  Derbys Constabulary Male Voice Choir

 

The annual concert of the Melbourne Male Voice Choir was the first under the direction of Greg Maskalick. ......... There was variety in the playing of the guest brass band - Derwent Brass. They ranged from the vibrant Kraken and James Bond Collection to the amazing control and virtuosity of the solo performance of David Neville playing El Cumbanchero. I also enjoyed the novelty of 'The Flower Duet' played with all the sensitivity the cornets can muster by Dai Roberts and David Neville

Derby Evening Telegraph 

 

Just a short note to thank you for all your help with the planning and delivery of the entertainment for the Association of Chief  Police Officers summer conference banquet in July. The banquet was the highlight of our summer conference and was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended. I have no doubt that one of the main ingredients to this successful evening was the excellent performance by the members of Derwent Brass. I should be grateful if you would pass on my thanks to all concerned.

John Newing, CBE  QPM  BA(Hons)
Chief Constable Derbyshire Constabulary
President Association of Chief Police Officers of England & Wales

 On behalf of the Friends of Nightingale MacMillan, thank you once again for a terrific evening. I don't know how we can keep saying it - it was excellent in 97, and 98, and here we are saying it again. It was really great, I have met many people since and received phone calls saying how much they enjoyed the evening. Your programme was great, it is obvious why Derwent Brass is in the 1st section of the Brass Band World. Every one was great but I would like to mention David Neville - his solo numbers to me were out of this world. The 'Last Night of the Proms' finale really was the icing on the cake.

Roy Poole,  Chairman   Friends of the Nightingale MacMillan Unit

 

Dear Keith, may I congratulate you and the band on the excellent concert last Saturday; the playing was superb, the programme content excellent and to suit all tastes, soloists great (Eric gets better) the deportment of the band first class and your compering so good, please keep up the good work. It is a long time since Derby had a good band but I am sure that Derwent Brass can now fill that position.

May I on behalf of my band also offer  you all many congratulations on your performance at Harrogate (....National Finals, 2nd place) - on the Wednesday after the contest, John Maines visited me and he said that he really enjoyed your performance, he thought the first four bands played well,but the top two were excellent

Alan Salmon,  Secretary  Rolls Royce (Derby) Band 

 

I write to thank you for your brilliant performance at the NHS Thanksgiving Service at Derby Cathedral, You will be pleased to hear that we have received lots of complimentary reports from those who attended, especially praining the music. It was a pleasure to have a met and worked with you. I should be grateful if you would pass on my thanks to all those involved.

May Glover  Assistant Adminstrator, HQ Services

 

Members of the Derby based Derwent Brass under the baton of MD Keith Leonard, and the Grand Central Chorus, received a standing ovation at the end of a concert in Queens Hall Derby. The concert was held in aid of the Nightingale MacMillan and both MD's presented generous donation cheques to the charity at the end of the evening.  Both band and choir were in great spirits, the band having gained 3rd place at the regional contest and the choir having appeared in the Sainsbury Choir of the Year vent at Buxton. Trumpet Blues & Cantabile, and Peter Graham's Crimond were among the band's items

British Bandsman

 

I had the pleasure of attending a concert given by Friends of the Nightingale MacMillan at the Queens Hall, called Barber Shop 'n' Brass. I must say what an excellent night this was - the concert consisted of thee Grand Central Chorus and Derwent Brass and both groups of musicians were brilliant.

Mrs J Wood

 

A brass band from Derby scooped three top awards in a regional competition. Derwent Brass won the titles when they took part in the North East Midlands Brass Band Association contest at Kirkby in Ashfield. The band beat off competition from 5 other bands to take first prize, and they also took the prize for best trombone player which was awarded to Howard Else, and best conductor won by Keith Leonard

Derby Evening Telegraph

 

On behalf of all those who enjpyed the concert at St Helen's Church last Saturday, may I express our gratitude to you, to all the members of Derwent Brass and all those who provide back up. The excellent performance and varied programme by the band was enthusiastically received and I have had many favourable comments since last weekend. It was a happy and cheerful occasion and the friendliness of the band members contributed to make it a pleasant evening. Our thanks once more and we look forward to hearing the band again

Stewart Rayner, Rector

 

Belatedly I should like to thank you and Derwent Brass for the contribution to the Sounds LIke Christmas concert, I felt it was even more successful than last year. Your players impress me, not just because of their high standard of musicianship but also in their apparent enjoyment of the occasion - everything  was performed with real spirit, please pass on my thanks and those of the Derby Choral Union committee

David Fisher Musical Director Derby Choral Union

 

Musicians from a Derby based brass band are blowing their own trumpets after coming first in a prestigious competition.

Derwent Brass won the Pilkington Trophy and two members also collected individual prizes at last Sunday's contest in L:ancashire. All this despite having to dash up the M6 motorway in private cars when their coach failed to turn up! But it was all worthwhile when Musical Director Keith Leonard won the Fairfield Trophy as top conductor for the day. Cornet player Dave Neville scooped the Sherwood Trophy after being chosen as the best player of the instrument in the contest.

Derby Evening Telegraph

 

May I on behalf of the Derbys Constabulary Male Voice Choir congratulate Derwent Brass on the success in winning a prestigious prize. The choir has had the privilege to appear with the band on a number of occasions

Paul Wilkins

 

Yougsters from a Stapenhill junior school are getting in tune to link up with an award winning band. Pupils from Edge Hill Junior School are pictured rehearsing for Friday's concert when they will perform with top Derby based Derwent Brass

Burton on Trent News

I felt I must write to youto thank you for a most enjoyable concert last week, and particularly for granting my request for the euphonium solo by Eric Johnson. It is a very long time since I've herd Eric play and it is good to know that he is still in fine form. I was unable to thank you and Eric after the concert as I left immediately to return home to South Wales. I have to say that I was most impressed with the band, there are good players all round the band and I thought the tone colours and accuracy were first class. It was my first hearing, I hope it will not be the last.

John Wigley   Chepstow, Gwent

 

Thank you so much for all your hard work with the band before and during the Sounds Like Christmas concert, it was a successful occasion helped in no small way by the efforts of Derwent Brass. When I rehearsed them I was struck by their enthusiasm not only for playing but for their desire to give of their best at all times. They entered into the spirit of the event with gusto. That this came across clearly to the audience was quite apparent by the applause you all got, you were very much appreciated! I do hope you will consider making this the first of many occasions when we work together

David Fisher   Musical Director   Derby Choral Union

 

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