Music in the Park Sunday 16 July 2017

It’s almost time for our annual shindig in the sun, free to attend, no ticket needed, just £3 to park if you come by car. This year we will be hosting five local brass bands:

  • Raunds Temperance
  • Rushden Town
  • Stamford Town
  • Thrapston Town
  • Yarwell & Nassington Britannia

Each band will play a 50 minute selection of their own choice. They will feature their Junior /Training bands too. Following positive feedback from last year, we will again ask at least one band to introduce their instruments to the audience and share their secrets on how to play really well.

The grand finale of the event is a Massed Band performance. Last year, with only four brass bands, the performance could be heard in Oundle. Perhaps, with five, the titanic sound will be heard as far as Barnwell this time.

This year, a new piece of music has been specially composed for the Massed Bands section. The composer is a young rising star, Christian Overhead.  Help funding the work was generously given by Mr Steve Driver. Appropriately, the title is Driver’s Walk. Before it’s played, Christian will say what it’s like to compose a piece of music or, if Christian can’t make it in time, since he is performing a premier of a euphonium concerto in Holland, Christian’s talk will be read.

In keeping with the Friends commitment “Embracing Our Community”, this year we have adopted the Peterborough Special Olympics Swimming Group. PSOSG strives to create a better world by fostering the acceptance and inclusion of all people. Each band has been asked to dedicate one piece to PSOSG and will be asked to explain why they have made the choice.

There will be there will be something for all ages: bungee, climbing wall, BBQ, artisan stalls, face painting and plenty of liquid refreshment, with the welcome return of Digfield Ales from Lilford as well as a Pimms tent to celebrate summer.  The Kingfisher Café will be open.  Kick off is at 10:30am and the event will end somewhere in the early evening.

The Friends of Barnwell Country Park, organisers of this event, express heartfelt thanks to our sponsors:

  • The Roe Group, one of the largest independent steel fabricators in the UK
  • Persimmon Homes, named for the horse that won the 1896 St Leger for the Prince of Wales (who knew?)
  • Oundle School Community Action
  • Private Individuals – who prefer to remain anonymous but we know who you are and we thank you