Helston Town Band are pleased to extend a warm welcome to Mr David Johnson who will take the band to Torquay for the first time in March.
Born and raised in Sennen Cove near Lands End in Cornwall, David began his playing career on baritone with Penzance Silver Band before moving to Solo Euphonium at Lanner and District Silver Band, playing until he joined the Royal Marines Band Service in 1990. During his 24 years as a professional musician in the Royal Marines, his career has taken him all over the world, performing as a soloist in the USA, Canada, Russia, Ethiopia, Japan and Australia.
In addition to his talents as a performer, David is also prolific arranger for wind and brass bands. For the past nine years his music has been featured at the Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall and his more recent works include arrangements performed at the world premiere of the James Bond film ‘Skyfall’ and for Classic FM chart-topping saxophonist, Amy Dixon. In recognition of his achievements in this area, in 2013 he was awarded the prestigious Herbert Lott Award for Innovation and Invention in Orchestration.
David started his conducting career with Torbay Brass and in 2006 moved to Verwood Concert Brass where, over the course of three years, the band was promoted from Third to First Section. In 2010 David took up the position of Musical Director at Aldbourne Band and in 2011 steered the band to victories at the West of England First Section Regional Championships, Senior Trophy at the Spring Festival and the National Finals in Cheltenham. As recognition of his achievements with the band, he was nominated as ‘Conductor of the Year’ in the 4BarsRest Awards in 2011. Since Aldbourne’s meteoric rise to the Championship Section, David has achieved 3rd placings with the band at the Regional Championships in 2013 and 2014 respectively. These successes were also mirrored at the Spring Festival with promotion into the British Open’s Grand Shield in 2013.
Having spent most of 2014 in the euphonium section of Cory Band, ranked number one in the world, David has picked up his baton once again and is returning to his home-county to work with Helston Town Band in their preparations for the West of England Regionals in March.
We are looking forward to success at Torquay under his directorship.
If you would like to hear the band play under David's leadership, they will be holding an rehearsal at the Masonic Hall, Cross Street, Helston on Wednesday March 11th at 7:45pm.
Helston Town Band are delighted to again present their annual Christmas Concert.
This year being held on Sunday 14th December at 7pm at St Michaels Church, the evening will feature festive performances from HTB as well as the Concert and Student bands.
The band are delighted to welcome their guest singers, the ROAST Choir and also to welcome back Bruce Taylor as compere.
Entry just £5 on the door.
This year marked a very special Lismore Proms for Helston Town Band.
Not only did the band perform another evening of top entertainment, in what is one of its most popular events of the year, but also paid tribute to its longest - serving member, veteran Cornet player, Russell Harvey.
Former Postal Officer Russell, 79, is marking his 70th year as a loyal member of Helston Town Band, having joined towards the end of the war, in 1944. In recognition of this unparalleled achievement, he was presented with certificates and medals by the Chairman of Cornwall Brass Band Association, Trevor Bedding. He also received a special recognition from Brass Bands England.
The band itself also paid tribute to Russell, with long- serving former Musical Director, Edward Ashton, himself first associated with the band in the 1940s, speaking about his lifelong professional and personal relationship with Russell, who is a shining example to all bandsmen.
The band presented Russell with a silver salver and former playing colleague, Debbie Retallick, also made a welcome appearance, presenting Russell with a framed picture of him leading the band during the 7 o'clock dance on this year's Flora Day.
In recognition of the whole family’s support, Russell’s wife, Veronica was presented with a bouquet. For the Harvey family, Helston Town Band has become part of their life. Their son, Ian, is also a lifelong band member and was Principal Cornet for over 30 years, whilst his brother Malcolm is a former player. Russell’s brother, John, was a loyal band member for 40 years.
HTB played at perhaps it's most important engagement of the year over the weekend - the wedding of Solo Horn Lisa Johns and her now-husband Matt.
The band were delighted to be involved in the ceremony for Lisa, who has been a member of HTB since childhood, and we wish them both every happiness in their life together.
Saturday 23rd August saw Helston Town Band present their 12th annual ‘Lismore Proms’ in the beautiful grounds of band president Michael Jay’s Lismore Gardens, and what a special evening it was.
The band began their performance with popular march Ravenswood, followed by the well-known Light Cavalry overture. HTB then featured rising star Sean Sjoholm playing the beautiful soprano solo L’inverno. A very special celebrity appearance by the nephew of operatic superstar Luciano Pavarotti - Garcalotti Pavarotti (Kevin Johns) performed the famous Nessum Dorma to huge applause by the 600 plus audience.
Mother and daughter singers Karen and Bromley Hurn were the band’s guest soloists this year and they delighted the crowds with a varied and entertaining programme. Compere for the evening was the ever-professional Bruce Taylor.
Helston also featured other ‘special guest’ soloists in the form of Tim (Jack Curnow) Jones (apparently the nephew of Tom Jones) playing and singing the hit song It’s Not Unusual, complete with goatee, loud shirt and hip thrusts. A blast from the past also made an appearance at the Proms, Laurel and Hardy (Paul Jenkins and Shawn Carter) took to the stage with a rousing rendition of Another Fine Mess.
A special highlight of the evening featured members of a local Pipe and Drum band performing the stirring Highland Cathedral along with the band.
The second half of the concert saw the band, joined by members of Helston Concert Brass, march through the beautiful gardens playing the Flora Dance.
The 2014 Proms was the first appearance of both new Principal Cornet Jasmine Ryder-Pollard and Musical Director Darren Hendy, who took over the baton in May and has made such an impact on the band with his drive, enthusiasm and determination.
A very special and truly unique moment in Cornish and English brass banding took place at this year’s Proms. Band veteran Russell Harvey, who joined the band in 1944, was presented with certificates and medals by the Cornish Brass Band Association and Brass Bands England in recognition of a truly incredible 70 years as a member of Helston Town Band. To put this in perspective, the next highest certificate that the CBBA have ever awarded is 63 years continuous service.
The band itself also paid tribute to Russell, with former MD Edward Ashton speaking about his professional and personal relationship with Russell. The band presented Russell with a silver salver and former band member Debbie Retallack also made a welcome appearance presenting Russell with a framed picture of him leading the band during the 7 o’clock dance of this year’s Flora Day and a bottle of Spingo!
The band would like to sincerely congratulate Russell on this incredible achievement… next target – 70 Flora Days?
The evening concluded with traditional Proms Anthems – Jerusalem, Fantasia on British Sea Songs, Pomp and Circumstance, and the Cornish anthem Trelawney, giving the audience the opportunity to wave their flags and sing their hearts out! The atmosphere was fantastic, with ‘Rule Britannia’ being heard across the night air on the other side of Helston.
To put on a night such as this requires a huge amount of work from a large number of people, and the band would like to thank everyone who contributed in any shape or form.