Pill’s Own Concert Orchestra
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Pill Festival Band accepts invitations to perform at any local public or private event. The band has performed at birthday parties, village commemorative events, local festivals, fetes and of course at the ever popular Pill Rag
The band meets up every Monday evening (term time) at Pill Memorial Club.
The rehearsal timings are:
For anyone who has taken up a new instrument and is taking lessons. The beginners band provides an environment to play along with others and to perform to an appreciative audience.
Pill Festival Band is open to any player of an orchestral instrument. And we can accommodate most levels of experience. Currently the band has the following sections (note that some orchestral instruments are not listed, we would welcome these vacancies being filled).
Strings - violin, viola, cello, electric bass guitar
Aimed at improvers and those who abandoned any formal musical training once they were old enough to stand up to their parents, but - who now see the light.
Those of grade 5 and above who want to enjoy the social contact of practicing in a group and who want to perform as part of a group in public.
Since its formation in 2010 the band has grown continually, and currently stands at around 35 players. Due to the dedication and enthusiasm of our current Conductor - Rachel Woollatt, the band have achieved a wide repertoire of concert music from which to provide their entertaining performances.
Additionally the band is subsidising local school children in learning to play thus guaranteeing the health of the band for the future.
“Bringing people together through the magical melodic medium of music”
In 2010 Pill held its own music festival. Villagers were encouraged to take part in that festival by our own folk and shanty singer Chris Roach. His enthusiasm and organisational skills not only provided a focus for local groups, but also led to the formation of a concert band, named in sake for the music festival in Pill.
Woodwind - Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute
Brass - Trumpet, Cornet, Baritone
Pill Festival Band was originally set up as part of Pill Music Festival (See panel left), whose aim was to encourage live music in the village of Pill. Now independent of the Music Festival, its objective is to provide an encouraging environment for local musicians at any age and at any standard of play.
Additionally, using money collected at our performances and other donations, we both subsidise teaching local children to learn musical instruments, and provide a venue and a conductor for our Monday rehearsal and practice sessions.