Abbey Brass (Abingdon) are pleased to announce that following the move of Esther Villiers to Wantage Concert Brass that Ania Gobold has registered with the band and will take up the seat Esther has vacated on Solo Cornet, the band also welcome back Lucy Lyndon-Jones on 2nd Trombone. With Hannah Tompkins moving to the front row and new-recruit Achim Bosse Chitty coming in as bumper-upper the band look forward to the area contest with a full and strong front row. The return of Paul Heast from his travels fills the last vacant seat on the back row and the band also welcome Ann Fisher who has moved into the Main Band from the Training Band and is doing a great job on 2nd Horn.The band are also looking forward to contesting with a full Bass section following the arrival of Raymond Tellis in 2018.
MD Rob Tompkins said ‘We were sorry to lose Esther, but a move from a 4th section band to a 2nd section band is a great move for her and will help in her development as a focused and hard-working cornet player, bringing Ania into the band has given us back the strength we needed on the front row and the move of Hannah from Back Row to Front is a move that will push her and allow her to show her true potential. The band have been looking for a solid front row player to give our Principal Cornet the support he needs and Achim is just the right person, with plenty of technical ability and some well controlled power he has added an extra level of confidence into the cornet section and the band. Lucy’s return gives us a very strong Trombone Section and Ann’s move into the Main Band on 2nd Horn continues to show the rewards of the hard work that is done in our Training Band to prepare players for the move up. Having a full Bass section is a big help, we are a band that build from the bottom up, so having a solid platform is key, Ray is a very good player and helps to give us that much needed foundation’
Abbey Brass are looking forward to contesting at both the Oxford Winter Contest (ODBBA) and also the Area Qualifiers at Stevenage. Philip Harper will return to the bands riverside bandroom in February to put the band through it’s paces and to get the best from the band and from area test piece ‘The Saddleworth Suite’, Rob commented ‘Having Philip in the bandroom really lifts the band and the end result of his visit is that the test piece will be up a notch and he will also give me some pointers ahead of our final push before the contest in Stevenage. We have welcomed Philip for the last 3 years and the band really look forward to his visit each year and it has really helped to get the very best from the band and the music’.
We are a traditional British brass band from Abingdon-on-Thames, in the Vale of White Horse, South Oxfordshire.
As a registered charity, our aim is to provide education and training for young people and adults in the playing of brass instruments, to promote the appreciation and understanding of brass band music and stimulate interest in the art of brass band playing.
Within the Abbey Brass organisation, there are two full brass bands (Main Band and Training Band) and a learners group. We are currently on the lookout for people who want to learn how to read music and to play a brass instrument.
For only £75 a year, we can supply an instrument and weekly group tuition.
We are also interested to hear from those who can already play an instrument and are looking for a band to join. We rehearse in our own band room near Abingdon town centre – for more details, see our About Us page.