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  • Sadness at death of former long- serving Band Secretary, Lionel Endean (Helston Concert band, Helston Town Band, Helston Town Junior Band)
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  •  Date Posted: Sun, 26 Jun 2022

    Members of Helston Town Band and Committee are saddened to hear of the passing of a man who, despite having never played an instrument, became an indispensable part of the organisation from the early 1990s.

    Lionel Endean, who has died aged 81, worked tirelessly as Band Secretary, from 1993 until 2014. A highlight of his tenure was helping the Band to facilitate the move to new premises, in Church Street.

    Helston born, Lionel spent many years in the Army and met his wife, Hilda, whilst serving in Germany. When they returned to civilian life, Lionel and Hilda bought a house in Four Lanes.

    Having become acquainted with the Band through his work as Steward at the Royal British Legion Club, Lionel soon became a key part of all that the Band did and demonstrated that he was a great administrator and a tireless worker. He was present at all practices, band engagements and trips.



    Lionel was known by all those who attended Helston’s Solo and Quartet Contests, as he also took on the job of Contest Secretary and made the role his own.

    Despite stepping away from the day-to-day life of the Band, Lionel remained a Life Member and Trustee.

    He will always be fondly remembered as a true character and for his stalwart contribution to the success of Helston Town Band.

    The Band sends condolences to Hilda and all the family.

     

  • Platinum Jubilee Celebrations
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  •  Date Posted: Sat, 4 Jun 2022
    Helston Town Band has a busy weekend ahead taking part in the Platinum Jubilee celebrations to mark the Queen’s incredible 70 years on the throne.  On Friday 3rd, the band was delighted to play at Poldhu Residential Home to celebrate with the residents and their families playing in the sunshine in what must surely be one of the most stunning backdrops ever.  Like the Queen, whilst the residents may no longer be physically as able as they were, we were honoured to celebrate the occasion with those who may remember the Queen’s coronation 70 years ago. 



    On the morning of Sunday 5th, the band will perform at the Central Methodist Church’s special Platinum Jubilee Service, and in the afternoon, will perform at Helston’s Jubilee Party at the Coronation Park. 
  • Helston Town Band Launch New Website! (Helston Concert band, Helston Town Band, Helston Town Junior Band)
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, 25 May 2022
    Helston Town Band are pleased to launch their new website, powered by HarmonySite (https://www.harmonysite.com/).  As well as providing the public facing Internet site, there is also a fully configurable Members area that allows the band to manage all aspects of the running of the organisation, including its Engagements, Music catalogue and Instrument stock.


    Ian Nicholls, who led on the deployment of the new site said, ‘It really couldn’t be easier!  Building out the web site was really straight forward, even for someone without website building experience like me.  Using the instructions provided by the company I quickly added up to date content and built the Instrument database.  The support from the company has also been first class whenever I have needed it.  We haven’t scratched the surface of the functionality available.  There is more to come with the site being expanded to include functionality to sell merchandise and receive donations as well as manage the band’s stock of uniform.’


    Chairman, Ben Curnow, said ‘I think the new site is really fantastic and I and other band members can’t wait to start using it as it looks so easy to use.  It is going to make the managing the whole organisation consisting of 3 bands and committee much more efficient and I am surprised at just how cost effective the solution is’.
    Come and check it out!

     
  • Are Helston Band Moving Home? (Helston Concert band, Helston Town Band, Helston Town Junior Band)
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 20 May 2022
    Are Helston Band Moving Home?

    After a long search, HTB may well be able to move into a new home - in the empty Bugdens Building in the Trengrouse way car park!  It is hoped that the band can share the multi-use space as it is being redeveloped, moving out of the existing band room in Church Street which increasingly becoming not fit for purpose.
    Band Chairman, Ben Curnow, said of the proposal, "We are very excited about being part of such a fantastic facility and still being in the town.
    For more information, please see the link to the Packet newspaper below.

  • Promotion back to the First Section from January 2023!
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  •  Date Posted: Thu, 28 Apr 2022
    Promotion back to the First Section from January 2023!
    It is now confirmed on the WEBBA website (please see the link) that after the stunning victory in Cheltenham on 2 April 2022, Heslton have been promoted back to the First section from January 2023.  A great result! 
  • West of England 2nd Section Champions 2022!
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  •  Date Posted: Sat, 9 Apr 2022
    West of England 2nd Section Champions 2022!

    Members of Helston Town Band returned in high spirits on Saturday evening following the news that they had won the Second Section of the 2022 West of England Regional Championships.

    Under the baton of their professional conductor, John Berryman, and attending their first competition since the Covid outbreak, the band travelled to Cheltenham Racecourse, where adjudicators praised them for their performance of the late Cornish composer, Goff Richards’ The Aeronauts.

    The band was told: “An excellent performance all round. Well balanced, rhythmic detail and dynamic contrast a plenty. Well done all soloists and great control, musical director. Thank you.”

    It was a special day for the band, as it was their first competition since the outbreak of Covid, following a nervous return to outdoor rehearsals in the summer, after a considerable period without meeting.

    The win puts the band back in their rightful place as, having made the difficult decision to withdraw from the Regional Championships held in March 2020, for Covid safety reasons, the band had unfortunately been relegated to the National Second Section – making their latest success and promotion back up to the First Section even more richly deserved and fitting.
     

    Musical director Kevin Johns has worked hard to bring the band back up to a good standard, but has faced struggles. Just three weeks ago the band had to shut down for ten days, due to a Covid outbreak amongst its ranks, following a Sponsored Blow.

    It was only a couple of days before the contest that the band finally had a full rehearsal, where all players were present.

    Messaging the band following the win, a delighted Kevin said: “I can’t emphasise enough how proud it makes me feel to think how well we played today. Well done to everyone. Onwards and upwards.”

    Thanking Kevin and citing the band’s success as a testimony to his relentless hard work as musical director, the band’s chairman, Ben Curnow, said that he was still flying high after Saturday’s success, adding that it was one of the best days he could recall and a fantastic return to proper banding with the band family.

    The band now has an invitation to attend the National Finals, back at Cheltenham, in September.

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  • Helston Manage 'The clearest margin of victory', according to 4BarsRest
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  •  Date Posted: Sat, 9 Apr 2022
    4 Bars rest, in their round up of the 2022 West of England Regional Championships reported that HTB smashed it!  Iwan Fox wrote, 

    The clearest margin of victory on the weekend came from Helston Town.

    Directed by the experienced John Berryman, they gave a wonderful rendition of Goff Richards' 'The Aeronauts' to add to the title success claimed in 2018.

    Even in a contest dotted by performances of character and imagination, theirs rose highest in the sky. It left delightful musical vapour trails in its wake in evoking the twists and turns, dives and daring do of the squadron of aircraft the composer used to watch at the RAF base near to the Cornish home of his youth.

    Finest praise

    Perhaps the finest praise came not from the judges Gary Davies and Steve Pritchard-Jones, but by Goff's widow, Sue who said that it was "just what Goff had intended".

    The judges thought so too. "An excellent performance with good control and well organised sounds by the MD", wrote Steve, whilst Gary called it, "an excellent performance all round. Well balanced, rhythmic, detail and dynamic control aplenty. Well done all soloists and great control MD."

    No doubts then on a fully deserved success from a band that benefitted greatly for the musical nous and insight of an MD of remarkable vintage.

    John Berryman's insistence on building controlled vibrancy and lyrical phrasing on a foundation of solidly engineered basics evoked an era of early sleek lined jet-propelled acrobatics.

    Great stuff

    It was great stuff. You suspect there may be more to come when they return here in September.

    "I really enjoy things with Helston," John later told 4BR. "The attitude and approach is about enjoying the music making. The band came down a section in the Covid-19 break but it has been a good thing really.

    This was a great piece that they loved playing — and when you have that everything else is a bonus."

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