Wellington Brass Band and Shawbury Wives Choir
October 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wellington (Telford) Brass Band was officially born in October 2000. Previous incarnations include “Telford Band” and “Dawley Band”. The band has grown over the years helped by sponsorship by Wellington Town Council. The Band plays regularly in and around Telford, appearing at the Remembrance Day Parade in Wellington, the annual Civic Carol Service, and other less formal events such as the switching on of Christmas lights, and carol playing just about anywhere.
The Band has competed annually in the Midland Regional Championships achieving great results particularly between 2005 and 2010 during which time the Band was promoted through the sections and qualifying each year for the National Finals winning the 3rd section in 2008 and gaining promotion to the first section in 2010. The band has been through a period of change and now sits comfortably in the 3rd section.
Musical Director Mark Parry has been with the band since 2015. Mark has a long history in Brass Banding having played in or conducted many bands most recently Porthywaen Silver Band. The focus is very much on entertainment and enjoyment for both players and audience alike, but Mark has his sights well and truly on the annual area competition as this is the key to player development and overall band improvement.
The band rehearses at the Arleston Community Centre in Wellington and welcomes brass players of any standard that want to join us to enjoy the varied music we play. If you are interested please contact us.
Shawbury Military Wives Choir was formed in February 2012 and is part of the Military Wives Choir Foundation (MWCF). The Shawbury MWC has participated in all 4 Albums recorded by the Foundation such as Stronger Together, In my Dreams, Home for Christmas, Remember. The MWCF has 75 choirs spread across the world and the choir at Shawbury has approximately 30 members.
No audition or ability to read music is necessary, just a willingness to have a go and enjoy.
We have been honored to have had some wonderful events over the last 7 years. In 2013 we were chosen as one of 7 choirs to support Sir Cliff Richard. We sang the National Anthem at The Grand National in 2014 and performed at the Anglican Cathedral Liverpool in aid of SSAFA in the same year. More recently the MWCF has been supporting Lulu’s tour which involved 43 choirs at 35 venues across the country and Shawbury joined Cosford MWC at Theatre Severn. These are just a small selection of some of the exciting opportunities we have had together over the years with many, many other wonderful local and national performances; however, the choir offers more than just these events.
The choir primarily offers friendship, support and a sense of belonging. A real chance to have some ‘me’ time. The ladies know that should they need any of us, we will be there for them.
It has been a very exciting year to date with live performances at Shrewsbury Carers’ Week and Cosford Food Festival.
The Military Wives Choir Shawbury are excited to be returning to Wellington again this year to support the Festival. We look forward to performing many of songs from our albums on the night.