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Horwich RMI Band - News - 2016


COUNCIL GRANT AWARDED TO BAND

Posted  on 12TH November 2016


 








Band Manager Andrea Moss and Trustee Stuart Clewlow were proud to represent the Band at a meeting with Horwich on 14th November. Held in the ornately decorated Council Chamber of the Public Hall, the Band was presented with a cheque from the Mayor of Horwich Councillor Jim Bullock, who said he was pleased that Horwich could claim to have its own brass band once more.
Andrea said, “I am really pleased that Horwich Council have awarded us this generous grant. It will allow us to fund promoting the activities of the band whilst our own self raised funds can be held back for the purchasing and maintenance of instruments. We are over the moon with the support that we have been given so far from Horwich Town Council.”
Following a successful application process, the grant was awarded to assist the Band with publicity and promotional costs, inherent with any new venture. Additional outlay will include display banners, promotional literature, website development, etc.
On the night other local groups that were awarded grants included Horwich Widows, Horwich Morris Men and Horwich Bowling Club. In addition, a worthy benefactor was Horwich Heritage Centre who supported the re-launch of Horwich RMI Band from the onset and helped to provide a lot of information about the original 1912 incarnation.
With regards to the heritage of the Band Stuart was keen to point out that when the groups gathered for the obligatory group photo, they were stood underneath a picture and engine plate of locomotive 1008. This was the first loco completed at Horwich and the engine plate formed the inspiration for the Bands current logo.









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Horwich RMI Band - News - 2016


REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

Posted  on 13th November 2016


 








Horwich RMI Band is acutely aware of the heritage associated with the name and in particular, being crowned 1922 Champions of Great Britain. However, at this time of the year, the Band reflected more upon their association with the employees of the Horwich Loco Works and its involvement during the two World Wars.


Although Horwich was famous for its locomotive production, a lesser known fact was how it adapted to aid the war effort. During World War One, the factories produced weapons such as Howitzer guns and eventually had an artillery shell production rate of 2,000 a week. During World War Two, the site was reconfigured to once again produce artillery shells as well as tanks, and parts for aeroplanes. Poignantly, Horwich RMI Band rehearses at the Horwich RMI Social Club and every week the members pass by the War Memorial which stands opposite and was erected by employees of Horwich Locomotive Works. The memorial honours those associated with the site that served and died during the two world wars. It is not known at this time if Horwich RMI Band lost any of its members during the wars but they would almost certainly have had members who either saw active service or played their part at the Horwich Loco Works.

Band Manager Andrea Moss represented Horwich RMI Band and paid a fitting tribute by sounding the Last Post at the war memorial at 11am on Armistice Day itself.
Although not in Horwich, the Band led the march at Standish Remembrance Sunday Parade attracting a tremendous amount of positive feedback from the residents and organisers and the Band not only did themselves proud, but also honoured the memory of the band members that came before them.​




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Horwich RMI Band - News - 2016


CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AT MIDDLEBROOK

Posted  on 12th November 2016


 








The Band began what was to be a busy weekend of contrasting emotions with the 'Christmas Lights Switch On' at Middlebrook Retail Park. The following day would see them leading a Remembrance Sunday Parade but first the Band would be on hand to get the people of Bolton in the festive mood.
As part of the Christmas Lights Switch On event, Horwich RMI Band took to the stage to warm the crowds up with traditional tunes and carols. Although the weather was overcast, it didn’t dampen the Christmas spirit and the band was keen to play requests. Such was the response, the band set up again later in the afternoon and played next to Santa’s Grotto during the lead up to the lights switch on.
Once the band had left everyone whistling and humming “Jingle Bells” and “We Wish you a Merry Christmas”, the stage was taken over by Disney’s Elsa and Arna from Frozen, Batman, India Jones, and culminated with a performance from X-Factor’s Olivia Garcia.
It was the Bands first of many Christmas events which will include performances at Manchester Christmas Markets and the Corn Exchange before the Bands very own Christmas Concert at Horwich RMI Social Club on 16th December.​




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Horwich RMI Band - News - 2016


OFFICIAL CONTEST GRADING

Posted  on 08th November 2016


 



 


Following a recent meeting of the North West Regional Brass Bands Championships Committee, Horwich RMI Band are now officially graded as a Second Section Band for the 2017 season. The decision was taken with consideration to players previous registrations and the committee also sent an official to a band rehearsal to listen to the performance standard. The band were not able to influence this independent adjudication and fully accept the ruling  by the committee.


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Horwich RMI Band - News - 2016


OFFICIAL CONTEST GRADING

Posted  on 08th November 2016


 



 




Horwich RMI Band was proud to perform their first ticket event in Horwich, since their reforming in July, at Holy Trinity Church on 28th October.
Not only did the night mean a lot to the band as it was their first formal home performance, it was made extra special for them and the audience as a whole, with the special guest involvement of cornet player Mark Wilkinson of Foden’s Band.
The evening began with a surprise for the audition with the playing of an original 1920`s recording of the original Horwich RMI Band. In a symbolic gesture, heralding the return of the band, the Church suddenly resounded with Eventide by the 2016 ensemble. It was a fantastic opening of the Grand Autumn Concert and was greatly received by the audience.
The brass movement in itself is based upon tradition, community and has its origins amongst the varied local industries of the 19th century. The Band of today quite rightly acknowledges its own heritage, specifically with the RMI name and the connection with the now defunct rail industry. To mark this association, a slideshow of old local and railway themed photographs were displayed on a large screen as the band played.
MD Matt Ryan was in fine form and it is clear for all to see that he has already developed a great rapport with the band and the audience. The first half included a soprano solo from Eddie Hill, Kate Turner on Tenor Horn and Mark Wilkinsons first solo of the evening with Tico Tico. The second half included a solo from Andy Wyatt on Eb Bass, Daniel Ashton on Bass Trombone and Mark Wilkinson gave another excellent performance with Spring Song.
The concert at Horwich Parish Church proved to be very popular with the audience and it was clear that the town had regained a brass band to be proud of. The band showed that it had the ability to develop and go onto great things. The evening was brought to a close with Ticket to Ride, which is quickly becoming recognised as the bands signature tune. To close the evening the band performed an energetic arrangement of Riverdance with solo parts from Mark Wilkinson and Andrea Moss on Flugel Horn.

After the concert, special guest soloist Mark Wilkinson commented, “It has been an absolute pleasure to perform tonight with Horwich RMI Band. It is a credit to everyone involved just how well rehearsed and turned out they are after only reforming so recently. I have really enjoyed being a part of this concert and I hope I can be involved with them again sometime.”
Spring Song was arranged by Matt Eden and was in fact originally composed for the Foden's Composer Contest in 2014 where the composition was shortlisted to the final 6 from over 60 compositions. Following the conclusion of the Composer Contest Mark asked Matt if he would arrange the composition for him as a Cornet solo which he duly did. Matt is now a compositional student at the RNCM.
Band Manager Andrea Moss praised the band for another great evening and added, “we are already developing a great reputation and I still find it hard to believe that we are only 15 weeks old. Our audience and support is quickly growing and it certainly keeps us focused knowing that our members expect good performances. Tonight has been really good for us as a band and we are really grateful to Mark for making it extra special. In addition, on behalf of the band I would like to thank Holy Trinity Church and everyone behind the scenes for their hospitality and we were pleased to have the Mayor of Horwich and other Town Council members amongst the audience.”
Horwich RMI Band is already rehearsing for a Christmas Concert which will be held at Horwich RMI Social Club on Friday 16th December. In addition, for the first two weekends of December, the band has been commissioned to perform in the Atrium of the Corn Exchange in Manchester.
The band can be followed on Facebook (Horwich RMI Band), Twitter (@HorwichRMIBand) or for up to date news and information, visit www.horwichrmiband.co.uk




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Horwich RMI Band - News - 2016


HORWICH RMI SIGNALS CHRISTMAS TIME

Posted  on 24th November 2016


 





Horwich RMI Band are already out and about getting people into the festive spirit and have just announced details for their Horwich Christmas Concert.
Only the other week, members of the Band were on stage before X-Factors Olivia Garcia, at the Christmas Lights Switch On at Middlebrook Retail Park. Such was the mood on the day, the band set up again inside the Vue Cinema complex and continued to play traditional tunes and carols for the crowds.
In addition, the Band has a series of performances booked at Manchester Christmas Markets and has even been commissioned to play in the Atrium of the popular Manchester Corn Exchange.
Its going to be a very busy first Christmas season for the band which is still only 6 months old but has already grown in strength and popularity. So much so that recently the band was officially approved by Horwich Town Council and was given 2nd Section status by the North West Area Brass Band Association, ahead of the contest season in the new year of 2017.
Band Manager Andrea Moss commented, "I am so proud of what we have achieved in such a short space of time. It is a credit to everyone and we are grateful for the support from Horwich Town Council and Miller Metcalfe."
"We are heading into an extremely busy period playing around the county but it will all culminate in a fantastic, festive concert back home in Horwich."
The Christmas Concert will be held at Horwich RMI Social Club on Friday 16th December. The Social Club will be open but the concert will begin at 7.30pm and tickets cost only £5. There will be a raffle and supper available. For more information visit the Horwich RMI Band website www.horwichrmiband.co.uk






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Horwich RMI Band - News - 2016


END OF YEAR REPORT - HORWICH RMI ON TACK

Posted  on 31st December 2016


 




Still only 6 months old, the Band saw 2016 out in style with a series of Christmas concerts, and Carol performances, leaving the audience with beaming festive smiles, and leaving the players with cold but festive rosey cheeks!
Having already been a part of the Christmas lights launch at Middlebrook, the band also made over half a dozen appearances around the Manchester Christmas Markets as well as being commissioned to perform inside the Atrium of the Manchester Corn Exchange. The year was then brought to an end with a couple more special appearances around Horwich and finally the Christmas Concert at the Horwich RMI Social Club.
The band have had great success since the launch back in July 2016 and participated in a Contest, held two of their own Concerts and featured in a number of charity fundraising events around the Bolton borough. In addition, the Band has benefitted from a couple of grants and received the official approval of Horwich Town Council.
Band Manager Andrea said, “I couldn’t be happier with the way things have worked out for us. We have all gelled together so well, it’s as if we have been together for years. We have a diverse range of characters and have so much fun doing what we all love.”
When asked what this year had in store Andrea said, “Now that we have been designated a Second Section Band we are already preparing for Area Contests and I’m sure we will make our presence known and have an impact on placings. We have great ambitions and with a highly motivated group of players and supporters I’m looking forward to even greater success in 2017. We will have a number of Concerts and Contests to take part in and we are already planning a number of community events.”
Andrea was keen to express her sincere thanks to Miller Metcalfe, Horwich RMI Social Club, Horwich Town Council, MD Matt Ryan, the musicians (and their families), all those working behind the scenes and of course, all the supporters of the band and their music.





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Horwich RMI Band - News - 2017


TROPHY AWARDED AT BLACKPOOL





It’s been a long time coming but after a wait of 85 years, at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, Horwich RMI Band once again lifted a Contest Trophy. It may not have been first prize but the members of the 7 month old reincarnated ensemble, felt like winners on the day.
Their success at the North West Area Contest followed an intense rehearsal schedule whereby each member had been constructively scrutinised and honed by their MD. It may have been hard going at times, but their efforts were justly rewarded. Many in the banding community had queried Horwich RMI’s placement in the Second Section but on the day the band justified their position leaving everyone with little doubt of their capability. And more importantly the other Bands were left with the realisation that Horwich RMI’s great ambitions and self-belief were well founded.
On the day of the Contest, Horwich RMI had an ideal draw at number 10 and would perform 3 movements of Rhapsody in Brass. It was interesting that having observed four other bands earlier in the day, the audience was at about three quarters capacity. At the time that Horwich RMI was announced, the room was full to the point of people having to stand. Such was the interest created by the new kids on the block, the vast array of band uniforms sat amongst the audience was noticeable.
Horwich RMI played at around 1.30pm and it was a tense wait until the results at about 5. Nerves gave way to excitement when the Band was announced as being placed 6th and thus earning an engraved glass trophy.
MD Matt Ryan commented after the award presentation, “Playing to an audience bigger than I’ve ever seen at a Regionals, and under stacks of pressure, we roared back into competitiveness. This is just the beginning and I’m pleased as punch.”
Band Manager Andrea Moss, who was beaming with delight upon collecting the trophy on behalf of the band commented, “Wow, I couldn’t be more proud. What we have achieved today sends out a very clear signal to everyone that we are here for the long haul and have big ambitions for the future. We have rehearsed so hard and put so much effort into this, I’m pleased for everyone in the band that their efforts have been rewarded. We have performed against 20 other well established and talented bands and to come 6th is very satisfying. This result gives us real encouragement going forward and we have well and truly re-established ourselves on the scene. I’d like to thank everyone involved in helping us get to where we are today and in light of our performance at the Winter Gardens, I must thank our MD for the hard work and dedication he has shown.”
The Band was straight back into rehearsals at the Horwich RMI Social Club the day after their success at Blackpool. Everyone is keen to build on their success  and are putting their efforts into preparing for the Buxton Contest on 9th May, but firstly, the local concert at Horwich RMI Cricket club (who celebrate 125 with an afternoon of celebrations).


 An exciting year ahead !!

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Horwich RMI Band - News - 2017


Horwich RMI Cricket Club - 125 Year Cricket Club Celebrations
Sunday 23rd April 2017

On a sunny but cool spring afternoon Horwich RMI Band were invited to perform at their Home Ground during the 125th  anniversary match  between  Horwich RMI  and Denton Cricket Clubs.


A large crowd of supporters were entertained to an afternoon of Cricket , Music  and a family BBQ  -  raising much deserved funding for The Christie, Manchester and the Brain Tumour Society.


The Band had prime position on the edge of the pitch ready to catch any sixes that inadvertently came their way. At one point, they were accompanied by the local ice cream man who decided broadcast  an impromptu rendition of 'Sole Mio' . Obviously a Cornet Solo.


Horwich RMI Band  opened with the fast and  breezy 'Birdland',  swiftly followed by a family favourite 'Theme to the muppet show'. As the wickets started to tumble the band continued with the 'Cossack' and  'Florentiner' Marches, finishing the afternoon performance  with the ever popular 'Floral Dance' (made famous by the Brighouse and Rastrick band and the late, great  Terry Wogan back in 1978).


St Georges Day would never be complete without a rousing rendition of 'Jerusalem' and the band rounded off the final innings with 'Pomp and Circumstance' ('Land of Hope and Glory').


A great afternoon was had by the entire band who were joined by their many family members and supporters,  with a guest appearance from 
John  Fletcher (Miller Metcalfe) and his wife Jan Fletcher - our principal supporters and good friends.

           The Result? ...    A Win for St George.


         ( Horwich RMI won by 187 runs too )

Report by Olivia Lee
Trustee
 




Horwich RMI Band now “Approved” by Horwich Town Council

From  January 2017

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 Re-established 2016

 Champions of  Great Britain 1922​

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Horwich RMI Band - News - 2016


ON THE 'CREST' OF A WAVE

Posted  on 08th November 2016


 



 






Horwich RMI Band is proud to now be able to promote that they are officially approved by the local Town Council and permitted to display the coat of arms.
The honour came following a Town Council Meeting in October 2016 and just in time for the Grand Autumn Concert at Horwich Parish Church, which was attended by the Mayor of Horwich Councillor Jim Bullock and Clerk of the Council, Carol Hutchinson.
Upon hearing of the news Band Manager Andrea Moss commented, “This is great news for the Band. In such a short time we have made a big impression and thrown ourselves wholeheartedly into the venture. It is something every member should be proud of and we hope to continue to build a great relationship with Horwich Town Council.”
The Horwich Coat of Arms was granted to the Horwich Town Council as a Successor Parish Council by the Earl Marshal on 6th December 1974, signed by the Kings of Arms of the College Arms on 1st September 1975, and presented to the Town Council in March 1976..
It features a deer and huntsman - reminders of Horwich as a Royal hunting forest in the middle ages, two red Lancashire roses separated by a pair of black railway lines depicting the railway industry of Horwich and the Cross of the Pilkington family. Bishop Pilkington was a founder of the nearby Rivington Grammar School.
The motto "Copia est Labor" roughly translates to "Industry brings Prosperity".

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