Concerts & Events

Reading places second at Challenging Brass

Reading Spring Gardens Brass Band pictured with Musical Director, David Ruel and Band President, Wendy Watkins at 'Challenging Brass 2017'

The Reading Spring Gardens Brass Band is very pleased to have been awarded second place at ‘Challenging Brass 2017’. Congratulations to the winners ‘Staines Lammas’ and to them, ‘Amersham Community’ and ‘Pangbourne’ brass bands; and of course our audience for the many kind words and support shown to the band – it is very much appreciated.

Band President Wendy Watkins said of the band’s performance:

What an amazing and memorable day!  It was with utter pride I went to watch the Reading Spring Gardens Brass Band compete for the first time in 30 years. They were just wonderful and the sound was unbelievable. My heart was pounding at the end of their pieces after a wonderful euphonium solo, as well as great principal cornet and soprano solos as well.  The band were beaten into second place by only two points – 87 – 85, so close.  The band members themselves were immaculately dressed, and while setting up the stage, their matching mutes were in place as was their music, a sight for sore eyes to see such order, which was reflected in their fantastic playing.  So many memories of band contests in the past with the ‘Watkins’ family came flooding back, but this current band only has great things to look forward to.  Congratulations to all of you!

– Wendy Watkins, Band President

The band now looks forward to performing for the first time at the invitation of Reading Borough Council on Remembrance Sunday at the civic ceremony held at the Forbury War Memorial.