The following information was emailed to parents by Steve Pannifer, but in case anyone missed it.....

Rehearsal on 7th May (Auditions for Conductor!)

On 7th May auditions are to take place for the senior band conductor (i.e. Mike's replacement). Each of the applicants will conduct the senior band and be observed by Surrey Arts staff. There are 4 applicants (you will know some of them!) and each will be given 30 minutes. We therefore need to extend the senior rehearsal slightly. The arrangements will be as follows:

  • Junior band will rehearse as normal but in the school gym
  • Senior band will rehearse from 10am until 12.30 - to allow for 4 auditions plus some breaks. Please would all players arrive by 9.45am at the latest to ensure that the auditions can start promptly. If you have any issues with this please let me know.

Please could I also request that parents do not sit in this rehearsal. This will not be helpful to the process. If you would like to stay at the school during the morning we'll be able to open up one of the classrooms.



A note from Mike Fielder

Once again our trip to Eastbourne was a triumph. My thanks and congratulations to the entire band for an exceptional performance, especially in such difficult (windy) conditions. All of the soloists played beautifully and the band gave a really professional show. It made be very proud to be up on the bandstand conducting you all. We also had so many lovely comments from the audience afterwards.

I also want to thank the parents and tutors who helped lift, carry, load/unload, and without whom the day would be very much harder.

Thank you all.


  • 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!