We are happy to welcome players of any brass band instrument but particular vacancies exist for solo cornet and Bb bass.  If you would like to be a part of this welcoming and hard-working band please call the band secretary, Helen Pierce, on  07790557572, send an email to or use the contact form on this website.

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All-Comers' Band (May 2012)

We are now seeking musicians and ANYONE is welcome, whatever instrument you play!

The music starts at a standard of about Grade 2 to Grade 5, so perhaps you have a child learning an instrument, maybe you have a neglected instrument in the attic, or maybe you would like an outlet for a second instrument. If so, the Pangbourne All-Comers' Band could be for you.

We meet every Wednesday during school terms, at 6:30 for a 6:45 start, finishing at 7:45. Pangbourne Village Hall Station Road Pangbourne RG8 7AN

Contact us via the band secretary, Edmund Pike on (0118) 9724249
Or via email:


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All-Comers' Band (March 2012)

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February 2012

In Thomas Hardy's novel, Under the Greenwood Tree, the village band and choir of Mellstock set off on Christmas Eve, 140 years ago, to serenade the villagers, but had a rather mixed reception. Likewise, our Band, duly licensed,  played carols door-to-door on the 19th and 21st December and in local pubs on Christmas Eve. The weather was kind and it was a great pleasure to meet people, who gave us good wishes, reminiscences of the Band in the past and requests, such as, "Old Mrs ... is in her nineties, can't leave the house and would love you to play for her", or, " Come in and play, we're having a party." We are most grateful for all your generosity, as we collected over six hundred pounds, which will go a long way towards meeting our running costs and keeping us blowing for your pleasure through the year. We were also hosted by the Old Boot Inn at Stanford Dingley on 22nd - not a spare inch of room, real ale and a real fire in the grate. Then on the 24th, a four-hour stint at Sainsburys, Calcot, where the foyer has the best acoustics for miles around.

Our first engagement of the New Year was as the guests of Pangbourne Rotary Club on 4 February at their Party Time for senior citizens in the Rosewood Hall of the Working Mens' Club. This is an annual pleasure for us and, welcomed by Master of Ceremonies, Rotarian Marius Hopley, we took our usual trip down memory lane (in reverse time travel for half the Band). In the first half, we played nostalgic tunes, such as Georgia on my mind, soloed by our Principal Cornet, Ania Koscia, Singin' in the rain and My way. In the second half we led a lusty sing-song to tunes fromThe Sound of Music, Elvis Presley, the Black and White Minstrels and Vera Lynn. As soon as everyone was safely home (having been cautioned not to frighten the teenagers on the way), it started snowing.

Our newly-launched Pangbourne All-Comers' Band, which meets between 6.30 and 7.45 pm on Wednesdays of Term Time in the Village Hall, gave its first concert at the Pangbourne Hall of Sound event on 16 December. It is open to beginners and reborn musicians of all ages on brass and woodwind for a termly subscription of ten pounds. In many cases, we can loan a suitable instrument.

In 2003, like many amateur music groups, we were concerned that provisions in the Licensing Bill before Parliament, would have put undue restraints on the availability of venues for performances of live music and so we petitioned the then Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and local MPs. We are pleased to learn that a private Member's bill, The Live Music Bill, is now ready for Royal Assent. This will remove much of the bureaucracy created by the Licensing Act of 2003 for small performances of live music.

Our next events will be a weekend workshop for brass players, led by the renowned composer, Derek Broadbent, on 14-15 April and our entry for the annual own choice contest of the Southern Counties Amateur Bands' Association at The Hawth, Crawley on 29 April, at which we will play Wilfred Heaton's Celestial Prospect.

Our Golden Jubilee year, 2012, will be celebrated with a grand concert and reunion evening in Bradfield College's concert hall on Saturday, 27 October. We shall be writing to invite all past players and supporters. Meanwhile, watch this space for details and do not hesitate to contact us for more information.

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All-Comers' Band (December Newsletter)

The All-Comers' Band has been running for nearly a term now and it is looking promising in that we are already looking forward to and working towards a couple of performances before Christmas, after having been together as a group for only a few months.

Thursday 8 December: Pangbourne Cub Scouts (7pm)
Friday 16 December: Pangbourne Hall of Sound (7.30pm)

The last Wednesday evening rehearsal will take place on Wednesday 14 December and after we have played for the Hall of Sound we will finish for the Christmas break.

The first rehearsal of the New Year will take place on Wednesday 11 January 2012. We will most likely be involved in another Hall of Sound evening and I am looking forward to starting work on new music in January.

Finally, this terms subscription of 10 pounds is due on or before Wednesday 14 December.

Thanks very much for your enthusiasm and for your playing over the past couple of months and we look forward to much more of the same.

Stewart Lewins

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October 2011

A full band of 29 players, together with Musical Director, Stewart Lewins, and supporters, left Pangbourne at 6.15 am on 26 August to begin its Parisian Concert Tour: the first time the Band had been abroad since the East German tour in August 2005. The next day, we visited Disneyland and played to a large crowd in the Videopolis Concert Hall as part of the Magic Music Days series. Sunday, the 28th, saw a tour of central Paris, with a bateau mouche trip along the Seine, or individual trips, such as to the Cathedral of Notre-Dame to take part in the annual celebration Mass for the Liberation of Paris in 1944. In the afternoon, we gave an outdoor concert in the fin de siecle bandstand of the Jardin du Luxembourg, with its superb acoustics, to several hundred people, as the conkers began falling from the chestnut trees. 

Then we had a communal dinner in a nearby restaurant and a trip up the Eiffel Tower as dusk fell. For a few minutes, we saw the whole of Paris bathed in the rays of the setting sun. On our last full day, we were the guests of the Twinning Association of Houdan. We were met by their Chairman, Jaques Pflieger and his Committee, who treated us to a guided tour of the castle keep, the ancient houses (including a coaching inn, which boasted probably the world's first "drive-in takeaway window") and the Church of Ss John and Christopher, with its beautiful stained glass windows and Cliquot organ of 1739 - the oldest in France. We played to the residents of the Hospital in the afternoon and were then treated to a joint concert in the Salle des Fetes with the wind band of Houdan's Ecole de Musique and a party with delicious local food and drink. Then, regretfully, a bientot, because we had to leave the next morning to return to Pangbourne.

Our engagements for the rest of the summer included playing and manning a stall at Pangbourne Village Fete (11 June) - thank you all for supporting us. Then "Music for a Summer Sunday" in the garden of the Old Boot, Stanford Dingley (26 June), our summer showcase concert in the Forbury Gardens, Reading (10 July), the delightful setting of Sulham Fete(6 August) and playing in Victoria Park, Newbury (7 August). Our Autumn and winter programme is still tentative as I write, but we can confirm playing carols in Reading town centre on 14 December, at the Old Boot, Stanford Dingley on 22 December and in the foyer of Sainsbury's, Calcot from noon until 4 pm on Christmas Eve. We hope to see you in the Square and streets of Pangbourne just before Christmas. On 18 October, we have been invited to play at the annual event organised by the Greenham Common Trust, who have supported us generously with grants over the years.

The Band will hold its annual workshop for brass players at Englefield School on the weekend, 29-30 October, under the guidance of the renowned brass tutor and composer, Derek Broadbent.

Our Golden Jubilee year, 2012, will be celebrated with a grand concert and reunion evening in a local school, most probably on Saturday, 27 October. We shall be writing to invite all past players and supporters. Meanwhile, watch this space for details and do not hesitate to contact us for more information.

We have relaunched the Pangbourne Youth Band to cater for all who would like to make music - any age, ability or instrument and restyled it as The Pangbourne All-Comers' Band. It is meeting in the Village Hall on Wednesdays at 6.30 pm. Just turn up with your instrument or ask us to loan you a brass instrument.

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