Taking ‘doux’ around the world

Issue 5961

BB meets cornet virtuoso Harmen Vanhoorne

2017 - the year banding was turned on its head

John Henry Iles - the man who created a dynasty

Black Dyke to visit Portsmouth

Sunday 10 December, 2017

PGS Brass is part of a thriving music department at The Portsmouth Grammar School. The band is the Senior Brass Band in the school directed by Head of Brass, Graham Brown. As well as the Senior Brass Band there is also a Middle School Brass Band and Junior School Brass Band, which help feed the Senior Band.

The bands are kept busy performing at about 45 events throughout the year, from concerts within school, to concerts in the local community. They have been featured on BBC South Today and ITV Meridian, as well as performing on BBC Radio and Wave 105. They have performed in St. John’s, Smith Square London, both Portsmouth Cathedrals, Romsey Abbey, Portsmouth Guildhall, Portsmouth Dockyard for their Victorian Festival and the International Festival of The Sea.

PGS Brass has, in the past, performed with prominent brass players including the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra brass section, London Mozart Players, The Wallace Collection, Steve Sykes (tuba), Black Dyke Band and the Royal Marines. It has organised many charity concerts raising thousands of pounds for local charities.

Every two years the school brass bands travel to Europe on a concert tour, the most recent being this summer when it visited Prague and the surrounding area to perform in three concerts. 2019 will see it visiting Switzerland, performing in and around Geneva. Previous tours have seen the bands performing in Belgium, Italy, Disneyland Paris, Austria, Bavaria and Spain.

 Due to the success of a brass day in 2014 given by the Black Dyke Band, on 7 July 2018 members of  the band will be coming to PGS with Professor Nicholas Childs to hold masterclasses with the junior and senior bands, ending with the Black Dyke Band performing a concert it St Mary’s Church Fratton at 19:30.