I would like to thank everyone who came to our Leaver's Concert last night. After 32 years it was also time for me to receive my leaving certificate (!), and I'm so grateful for the warm reception that I received from you all. I've also never received a standing ovation before, so to receive two in one night was wonderful and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

The speeches by my team of tutors were the icing on the cake. Will, Helen, Mike and Lin, thank you very much for all of your hard work and support over the years.

I would like to stay in touch with all of my SWSCB friends, so please do feel free to drop in for a chat and a glass of something nice if you're passing!

Finally, it's goes without saying that both bands played beautifully. The standard of the musicianship is always so high across the entire band. On top of that we had two fantastic soloists (Delilah and Amber), well done to you both. Last night was a night to remember for all of us.

We've not quite finished yet though. Remember we have the BBQ and rounders on the 9th July and on the 16th we have a rehearsal only for band members who are going on tour. On 23rd July we leave for a week in Austria!



The new photos taken at the leavers concert are here!


Mike was interviewed on BBC Radio Surrey, the result being broadcast on the 15th and 16th of June.

The interviews are on BBC iPlayer until 14th July. Links below:

PART 1: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03wx8fg (from 52.30)
PART 2: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03wxcdp (from 50.22)

  • Rehearsal schedule

    Junior Band: 8.45am – 10.15am Senior Band: 10.30am – 12.15pm


The SWSCB is made up of brass, woodwind, and percussion players with ages ranging from about 7 to 18. Between them the Senior and Junior Bands have a total membership of around 100, and new players are always welcome. There is no minimum playing experience required for entry to the Junior Band and prospective players are invited to attend rehearsals on a trial basis before deciding whether they would like to join. Players normally begin with the Junior Band and can progress to the Senior Band, depending on playing ability and availability of places. South West Surrey Concert Band is a Surrey Arts Ensemble.

Rehearsals: Queen Eleanor's School, Onslow Village, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7SD Junior Band: 8.45 - 10.15 Senior Band: 10.30 - 12.15 Every Saturday during term time. Hope you can come!