Timpani for Southampton Concert Wind Band

by Southampton Concert Wind Band in Southampton, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 28th February 2020 we successfully raised £4,150 with 96 supporters in 28 days

Help us buy some very big drums! Our aim is to purchase a set of timpani for our wind orchestra

by Southampton Concert Wind Band in Southampton, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Our target of £3500 would get us two timpani - a fantastic and necessary addition to our music making. We would then build on that and save and fundraise for another two timpani. The first two is a minimum. Four is our ultimate goal.

Southampton Concert Wind Band is a symphonic wind band that needs your help! We are an ambitious community ensemble that is currently missing one fundamental piece of the musical jigsaw – a set of timpani. Through this campaign we hope to attract sufficient pledges to be able to buy our own.

SCWB was founded 25 years ago, growing from a small group of enthusiasts to its current membership of over 50 musicians of all ages and backgrounds. What unites them is a desire to perform to a high standard, a preparedness to occasionally push musical boundaries and pride in being a member of a great team. 

In recent years SCWB has participated in National Concert Band Festivals, achieving a Platinum Award (the highest possible) on no fewer than 4 occasions. In 2015 we recorded what has proved to be a very successful CD. On the concert stage, the band has also accompanied guest soloists of international renown including Les Neish (tuba), Brett Baker (trombone), Gerard McChrystal (saxophone), Steven Mead (euphonium) and Emma Halnan (flute). 

In 2018 we were one of 6 ensembles to be selected from over 100 applicants to participate in Making Music’s 'Adopt a Composer' scheme. This culminated in our world-premiere performance in May 2019 of a 15-minute composition by Rob Laidlow which was recorded live and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in January 2020.

Highlights in the past year alone included:

· ‘Banding Together’, an annual event organised by SCWB where locally-based players of wind, brass and percussion instruments combine with SCWB for the day to play the music of a prominent composer under the direction of that composer. Our guest composer/conductor in February 2019 was Rob Wiffin.

· A joyful concert in March, sharing the stage with Wyvern Community Choir from Fair Oak and the Citizens of the World Choir from London.

· Celebrating our Silver Jubilee with a concert in which SCWB’s four MDs since 1994 all conducted. This concert took place in the recently renovated Chapel at the Royal Victoria Country Park.

· A first for the band, performing a concert created specifically for people living with dementia. It was a huge success and we aim to arrange a similar concert before too long.

· A wonderful Christmas concert featuring the very young but hugely energetic choir from St John’s Primary and Nursery School in Southampton.

All of the above hopefully demonstrates that, while keen to develop and explore musically, SCWB will never overlook our responsibilities to our community. In late 2019 SCWB moved to a new rehearsal venue at Itchen College, offering long-term stability and very much better facilities. We are now in a position to look to the future and confidently plan the next stages of the band’s development. 

If successful, this campaign will allow SCWB to purchase timpani that will be introduced to the public in our concert in Turner Sims, Southampton, on 28th March 2020.  Our guest soloist will once again be the superb Brett Baker, Principal Trombone of the world renowned Black Dyke Band. Please help us to meet our target.  


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£25 or more

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SCWB's CD - Mission Accomplished

SCWB's CD, entitled 'Mission Accomplished' contains a wide variety of music, ranging from Holst's 'Suite in F' to Lauridsen's 'O Magnum Mysterium' and 'Midway March' by John Williams.

£25 or more

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Free place in Banding Together 2021

Get out your wind or brass instrument (or your percussion beaters) and join us for SCWB's annual community music making event lead by a composer/conductor taking us through their own music. This year was lead by Adam Gorb. It should take place on a Sunday in Feb 2021. ARBSM Grade 6 and over 18 years old.

£50 or more

2 tickets for one concert before May 2021

You will receive two free tickets to the concert of your choice, before May 2021.

£150 or more

2 tickets - all concerts before May 2021

2 free concert tickets for every concert performed by SCWB before 1st May 2021.

£500 or more

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Concert performance by SCWB

SCWB will give a full concert at an agreed time and date at a venue arranged by you. Any proceeds will go to your preferred charity.

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