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Bands in the Park - Nottingham Arboretum 2022

Waverley Street, NOTTINGHAM, Nottinghamshire, NG7 4HF

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Bands in the Park  - Nottingham Arboretum(Free event)
Sun 17th July to Sunday 18th December
2.00pm - 4.00pm


Join us in this Green Flag award winning park this summer 2022 for a series of free concerts. 

A historic, beautifully maintained park that is home to an important collection of over 800 trees, some of which are from the original collection planted in the 19th century, award winning Nottingham Arboretum is Nottingham's oldest public park and the closest park to the city centre, opened on 11 May 1852. 

The layout and design of Nottingham Arboretum was performed under the supervision of Samuel Curtis, a botanist and horticultural publicist in 1850. Samuel had previously been involved with the layout of Victoria Park in the East End of London in 1842.

Easily accessible from the city centre and the wider community via the tram network that runs alongside, this park plays a vital role for the local community and is the site for many organised events.

Although never confirmed, Nottingham Arboretum has widely been said to have been the inspiration for J.M Barrie’s Neverland. J.M Barrie did indeed live in Nottingham before he wrote Peter Pan, so it’s definitely a possibility. Visitors can see for themselves from where the inspiration came from and decide if Neverland did plant its magical roots in Nottingham. 

Make sure to enjoy the Tree Trail and Heritage Trail when at the Arboretum to fully appreciate the park’s rich history (see PDFs on right hand side).

Watch out for other Bands in the park concerts at the Victoria Embankment

Audiences are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs or cushions or simply sit on the amphitheatre steps. Unfortunately, we can no longer provide seating for these concerts.

All dates:

Sunday 17 July                Cool Jazz

Sunday 14 August           Matlock Band

Sunday 4 September      Nottingham Concert Band

Sunday 18 December     Carlton Male Voice Choir

 

Cool Jazz
Cool Jazz is a quintet playing swing and Latin from the 1930s to the 90s. Relax to vocal and instrumental music featuring tenor sax, guitar, keyboard, bass and drums.   

Matlock Band
The history of the Matlock Band is one of ups and downs. The band recorded its earliest successes in the Belle Vue contests of the 1860s, under the guidance of bandmaster John Naylor, competing against the likes of the celebrated Black Dyke Mills Band. Despite losing players at the turn of the twentieth century to the lure of a rival band offering employment in a local quarry, the existing players regrouped and rebuilt the band, training players themselves. The band once more became a successful competing band, winning many prizes between 1910 and 1914.

In 2003, Roger Jepson became the Musical Director and once again saw the band enter a highly successfull period. Together the band won 14 contests and saw promotion from the 4th to the 2nd section. Geoff Hawley joined the band in April 2009 and continued Matlock's prize winning ways with 3 runners up spots in the 2nd section to close 2009 in fine style. 2010 saw Matlock Band celebrate 150 years of music making in the Derbyshire Dales.

Nottingham Concert Band
Part of the musical landscape of the East Midlands since 1991, Nottingham Concert Band is an independent community wind band based in West Bridgford, South Nottingham.

The band draws on a diversity of musical styles, from classical transcriptions to contemporary compositions and from film and show compilations to big band favourites, and an extensive repertoire ensures a different programme for each performance.

Since 1993, the band has been led by Conductor & Music Director Robert Parker. A Graduate and Fellow of Trinity College London, where he studied horn and piano, Robert performs professionally in a wide diversity of contexts. He also teaches brass privately and is the Local Area Representative in Nottingham for Trinity College London’s music examinations. Robert is assisted by Associate Conductor Ashley Parnell, who occasionally leads rehearsals and concerts in Robert’s absence.

Under Robert’s baton, Nottingham Concert Band has established a year-round programme of formal evening concerts, plus a busy Summer season of outdoor engagements, ranging from Summer Proms and community fund-raisers to private functions and, of course, our ‘Christmas specials’.

Other activities have included the production of the ‘Sunrise’ CD and the development of the ‘Playday’ concept. Both have provided opportunities for the intense rehearsal of challenging pieces.

Band membership stands currently at over 70 musicians, who come from all across the East Midlands and who range in age from 17 to 80-plus. 

Carlton Male Voice Choir
One of the only choirs in the region with an original record deal, Nottingham’s Carlton Male Voice Choir maintains a large and varied ‘progressive’ repertoire from sacred to secular (non church music), spirituals to show songs, classical to pop, serious to light-hearted, ancient to modern music, jazz to sea shanties all designed to suit wide variety of tastes and a flexible concert requirement. Each year the choir renews its repertoire completely, rejuvenating its sound and keeping our audiences constantly thrilled.

With a profile of around 65 singing members of all ages the choir attracts new members safeguarding its future and ensuring its ongoing longevity. The choir is over 100 years old (having started in 1908) and boasts an outstanding history. The choir has four sections: First Tenor, Second Tenor, Baritone and Bass (TTBB).

The choir prides itself on performing a wide range of repertoire at a high quality level consistently, continually challenging its own standards with professional management which embraces change, being supportive and inclusive to singers from all walks of life and backgrounds whilst thriving on a solid social culture for all its members.

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Opening Times

Matlock Band (14 Aug 2022)
DayTimes
Sunday14:00
Nottingham Concert Band (4 Sep 2022)
DayTimes
Sunday14:00
Carlton Male Voice Choir (18 Dec 2022)
DayTimes
Sunday14:00

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