Conductor Vacancy

Kinneil Band (Scottish Championship Section) are seeking applications for the position of Resident Conductor/Musical Director (dependent on experience and ability).
We are an enthusiastic, friendly and hard working group of musicians with a strong community focus. Rehearsals are on a Monday and Thursday evening (7.30 – 9.30pm), based in Bo’ness in central Scotland which is in close proximity to the M9 and M8 motorways. We also have a thriving Youth Band section.
The band participate in the majority of the Scottish brass band contests (and the Spring Festival in Blackpool) as well as a number of concerts throughout the year and also local engagements.
If you think you might be the person to take the band forward and are interested in the position please apply in strict confidence to Robert Doherty (Band Secretary) with a resume detailing your musical background and your conducting experience to date. Robert’s email address is or contact 07843 421826.
Closing date for applications – Friday 17 March 2017

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Brass in the Kirk

The Unison Kinneil Band  are presenting ‘Brass in the Kirk’ on Thursday 18 August at 7.30pm in the wonderful setting of Bo’ness Old Kirk.

Tickets are £5 (proceeds towards the work of the church) and are available via the Old Kirk, Lyons Hardware or on the door on the evening of the concert.

We’re delighted to be presenting such a great evening of music in a wonderful church and hope to see you all there –help us spread the word!

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The Best Day of the Year

UNISON Kinneil Band rounded off the 2015-2016 season by performing at this year’s Bo’ness Fair. Luckily we missed most of the rain and it was great to see all our friends out supporting the band and the children on the ‘Best Day of the Year’. As tradition dictates, the band announces our Player and Bandsperson of the Year Awards on the Fair ‘Een.

The Player of the Year Award goes to the player who has performed at the highest of standards not only on the contest stage but in the band hall over the course of the year. The award was chosen by the bands Musical Director, Craig Anderson, and the UNISON Kinneil Band Player of the year is Lauren Robb. Lauren is the band’s Principal Cornet player and has led his section with some outstanding solo and sectional performances throughout the year.

The Bandsperson of the year was set up to recognise the member of the band whose efforts outwith playing have benefited the band most. The award is voted for by the members of the band and this year’s winner is Billie-Jane Skene.

Thanks to all our supports, friends, players and committee members for a fantastic year – we look forward to seeing you all at our Brass in the Kirk Concert held in Bo’ness Old Kirk on Thuesday 18th August.

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UNISON Kinneil Band is delighted to welcome the wonderfully talented Bo’ness Belles choir to our eagerly anticipated Annual Concert which is being held in Bo’ness Town Hall on Friday 3rd June.

The Bo’ness Belles are a volunteer group of singers and were founded in 2013. The Belles visit care homes, sheltered housing establishments and local community groups to sing and raise valuable funds for local charities and have raised thousands of pounds over the last three years.

The Annual Concert will also feature the exceptionally talented children of the Kinneil Youth Band who continue to grow in numbers and have enjoyed another busy but successful season. UNISON Kinneil Band have enjoyed an incredibly successful year on the contest stage which culminated in securing a top 5 finish at the First Section National Finals of Great Britain in September and safeguarding Championship Section status at the recent Scottish Championship competition which was held in March.

This jam-packed evening of music making promises something for everyone. Tickets are on-sale now priced at only £8!

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Have a Kinneil Christmas this Year!

UNISON Kinneil Band will be hosting a spectacular Christmas concert event that is being held in the beautiful setting of Bo’ness Old Kirk at 7:30pm on Thursday 17th December.

We are going to be joined by the wonderful children of Kinneil Primary School Choir who will be performing some classic Christmas numbers that we are sure everyone will be dying to join in with. Our very own Youth Band will be making an appearance on the evening too!

Tickets for the Christmas spectacular concert are priced at only £5 and we are sure you will leave the night full of Kinneil Christmas spirit! Call Brian Holmes on 01506 822388 or Kinneil Primary School on 01506 778360 to secure your tickets.

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10th at the Scottish Open

Kinneil finished their last competitive engagement of the year with a solid 10th place finish at the Scottish Open Championship which was held in Perth on Saturday 29th November. The band, under the Musical Direction of Craig Anderson, was given a late invite to play in the Championship standard event.

Kinneil were drawn to play number 12 from a strong line up of 14 bands from across the UK. The band gave an accomplished reading of the extremely difficult test piece ‘Gallery’ from the pen of distinguished soloist, conductor, adjudicator and composer Howard Snell.

Kinneil were fortunate enough to call on some new found friends who reside in The Netherlands and play with Soli Brass from the Leeuwarden area of the country. Christiaan Broekema helped out on Eb Bass while Meindert De Koning and Martin Schruba gave a hand to our percussion team. Martin’s performance was so full of quality he walked away with the 4Barsrest Best Instrumentalist Award for his astounding musical interpretation on the Vibraphone! Overall the band secured a 10th place finish at the contest with Adjudicators Howard Snell and Alan Fernie placing the band 11th and Philip Sprake placing the band 6th in his opinion.

The band has learned a great deal from the experience at this contest and we have also managed to make some wonderful friends from The Netherlands in the process too! We hope they enjoyed the Scottish Open experience as much as we did! Next up for the band before we take a couple of weeks off between Christmas and New Year is our Christmas concerts being held on 3rd and 17th December.

Test Piece: Gallery (Howard Snell)
Adjudicators: Howard Snell, Philip Sparke, Alan Fernie

Snell/Sparke/Fernie = Total

1. Whitburn (Prof Nicholas Childs): 1/1/2 = 4
2. Co-operative Funeralcare Band (Bryan Allen): 2/4/1 = 7
3. Dalmellington (Richard Evans): 5/3/4 = 12
4. Bon Accord Silver (Stephen Malcolm): 3/7/5 = 15
5. Kirkintilloch (Raymond Tennant): 10/2/3 = 15
6. Fishburn (Joseph Cook): 6/5/10 = 21
7. Kingdom Brass (Allan Ramsay): 7/8/7 = 22
8. Blackburn & Darwen (Huw Thomas): 8/12/6 = 26
9. Rainford (Gareth Brindle): 4/11/12 = 27
10. Unison Kinneil (Craig Anderson): 11/6/11 = 28
11. NASUWT Riverside (Stephen Malcolm): 9/13/8 = 30
12. Kirkintilloch Kelvin Brass (Charles Keenan): 14/10/9 = 33
13. Marsden Silver (John Hinckley): 12/9/13 = 34
14. Yorkshire Imperial Urquhart Travel (Stig Maersk): 13/14/14 = 41

4BR Best Instrumentalist: Martin Schruba (vibraphone) – Unison Kinneil

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5th Place at the National Finals

After many long months of fundraising, preparation and extra rehearsals UNISON Kinneil Band travelled down South to Cheltenham to compete in the First Section National Championships of Great Britain on Sunday 20th September 2015.

The band qualified for the national finals for the third year in a row, this time as runners-up at the Scottish Championships that were held back in March. The test piece was the technically challenging Kenneth Hesketh composition – ‘The Alchymist’s Journal’ .

Under the direction of Musical Director Craig Anderson, we were drawn, an unlucky for some, number 13 slot in the playing proceedings from a field of 17 Championship winning bands from all over the country.   The band gave an exciting and musically astute performance of this difficult set piece with some outstanding individual contributions from our ‘end chair’ players. Once the results were collated it was revealed that Kinneil achieved a very credible 5th place. Although the band felt slightly disappointed not to have gained a podium place we took many positives and a fabulous weekend of happy memories back up the long road to Bo’ness!


Sunday 20th September
Test Piece: ‘The Alchymist’s Journal’ (Kenneth Hesketh)
Adjudicators: Paul Holland and Dr Roger Webster

1. Goodwick (Matthew Jenkins)
2. City of Cardiff (Melingriffith) (Nigel Seaman)
3. Roberts Bakery (Simon Stonehouse)
4. Newtongrange Silver (Lee Skipsey)
5. Unison Kinneil (Craig Anderson)
6. Haverhill (Mark Ager)
7. Unite the Union (City of Sheffield) (David Hirst)
8. Roche Brass (Tom Davoren)
9. Westoe (Huw Thomas)
10. Freckleton (Paul Dalton)
11. Kirkbymoorside Town (John Woodward)
12. Gresley Colliery (Simon Jones)
13. Shirley Band (David Bishop-Rowe)
14. Jackfield Elcock Reisen (Simon Platford)
15. Fulham (John Ward)
16. Strata Brass (Derek Renshaw)
17. Yeovil Town (David Hayward)

Best Instrumentalist: Luke Jenkins (Principal Cornet) – Goodwick Brass

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A night at the movies

We are holding a concert to help raise funds for our trip to represent Scotland at the National Championships that take place in Cheltenham in September.
The concert takes place in Fisons on Friday 21st August starting at 7:30pm. We are having a movie theme for the concert with popcorn and hotdogs available and tickets will cost only £5!
Please come along and support the band!

Fundraising Concert – 21st August

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Kinneil Youth Band Annual Concert

Following an appearance at the recent UNISON Kinneil Band Annual Concert Kinneil Youth Band look forward to its own Annual Concert on Friday 12th June.

The concert, as in previous years, will highlight the hard work that is being put in by all the members. Featuring its own soloists and a variety of music to suit all tastes the concert promises to be very entertaining. The Youth Band continues to provide free tuition and instruments to all ages and looks forward to welcoming new members who would like to take up Brass or percussion. The concert, in Kinneil Bowling Club, commences at 7.30pm with tickets priced at £3.00. Please contact any member of Kinneil Youth Band to book your tickets. As this is normally a very popular event please book early to avoid disappointment.

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