Newsletter Summer 2019

Aug. 1, 2019

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New Musical Director for Hathern Band

June 1, 2019

Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Barnwell BBCM, psm

Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Barnwell was born in Nottingham and played the trumpet with the City Wind Band and Orchestra, and the bugle in the local Boys’ Brigade (44th Clifton Methodist Company), winning the Nottingham Battalion Silver Bugle Competition three times in a row.

He joined the Army in 1975 as a trumpet player and his career began with two years’ initial training in the Junior Musicians’ Troop, Royal Artillery, at Woolwich, where he took up the viola as a second study instrument. In January 1985 he was selected for the three-year Student Bandmaster course at Kneller Hall. He graduated in December 1987 having gained the highest marks in the Ministry of Defence examinations for Bandmasters in that year. His first appointment as Bandmaster was with The Band of The Queen’s Lancashire Regiment.

Following the reorganisation of Army music in 1994 he briefly (for a period of three months) became Bandmaster of the Band of the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers before taking up the appointment of Bandmaster with the Band of the Irish Guards. On 1st May 1996 he was commissioned and posted to Kneller Hall for two years as the Deputy Chief Instructor before being appointed Director of Music of The Band of The Prince of Wales Division (Clive) in June 1998. He was deployed with them in March 2003 on Operation Telic (to Iraq) in support of 34 Field Hospital.

He returned to the Band of the Irish Guards in June 2005 to take up the appointment as the Director of Music and in November 2008 he exchanged shamrock for leek, rearranged his buttons and stepped through the connecting door to the adjacent office as Director of Music of the Welsh Guards. The band formed part of the Guard of Honour at Buckingham Palace for the Marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton.

He became Senior Director of Music Household Division in November 2011 and was soon facing the challenges of the following year with The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympic Games. Very much respected by the musicians across all five bands for his integrity, Lieutenant Colonel Barnwell retired from the Army on Sunday 10th November 2013 after conducting the Massed Bands at the Cenotaph and the Band of the Welsh Guards at the Regimental Memorial Sunday in the afternoon.

Stephen will be relocating from London to his house in Leicestershire in 2020 and until that time will be working with David and taking Contests and as many Concerts as possible until his relocation.

Notable engagements include:

  • The Guard of Honour Band at Buckingham Palace for the marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton.
  • Barack Obama’s address to Parliament.
  • The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Service of Commemoration at St Paul’s Cathedral.
  • The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert on the Mall.
  • The Closing Ceremony of the London Olympic Games.
  • The Funeral of Baroness Thatcher.
  • The 60th Anniversary Service of The Queen’s Coronation at Westminster Abbey.

Regular Engagements:

  • Trooping the Colour – The Queen’s Birthday Parade.
  • The State Opening of Parliament.
  • State Visits.
  • Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.
  • Investitures at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle
  • Buckingham Palace Garden Parties.
  • The National Act of Remembrance at the Cenotaph.
  • The Royal British Legion’s Annual Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall.

Newsletter Spring 2019

May 19, 2019

Our spring newsletter is now available: click here

Hathern Church Concert

April 6, 2019

Hathern Band giving a concert in Hathern Church with all the proceeds going to the Church, with grateful thanks from the Band to the Church for all their support and the ongoing use of their lovely building for Band events.

As this will probably be his last ‘official’ engagement conducting the Senior Band we decided we wanted the Band photo taken with David Newman still in charge. He is the one smiling in the centre of the photo!! and we thought as his brother Geoff was helping us out it would be nice to see them sitting together, Geoff is the younger one to the left of Dave!

Thank you Colin for coming along to take the phot’s and lovely to see Marion.

When we do appoint a new MD thankfully Dave won’t be going far as he will continue to conduct and teach the Training and Youth Bands, putting many hours in for the future of the Band. He is of course the Hathern Band President and you may see him playing from time to time. He may even be the new Band Librarian, but has yet to have an audition.

Quilted Banner

Jan. 26, 2019

Hathern 2018 was a series of events to commemorate the visit of King Edward II to the village in 1318, the casting of the oldest church bell in 1618 and the end of World War One in 1918. One of the activities during the year was the production of a quilted banner with 33 panels illustrating organisations and places in Hathern. Many crafters were involved in the project and the impressive Hathern Band panel was made by patron Liz Persse. The banner is permanently hung in Hathern Community Library and was unveiled by the Mayor of Charnwood, Cllr. Christine Harris at the celebration of the library’s third birthday on 26 January.