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Christmas Concert

UNISON Kinneil Band look forward to getting together with the Youth Band on Friday 9th December for a joint Christmas Concert. The evening promises to get everyone into that Christmas spirit. Kicking the evening off will be the award winning Kinneil Youth Band starting at 7:30pm in Kinneil Bowling Club.

Tickets priced at ONLY £5 are selling very fast but there are some still available from Kinneil Bowling Club, Brian Holmes on 822388, Ruth Kelly on 828721 or from any other Band Member. We hope to see all our friends and supporters on the night!

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Kinneil Youth Band Summer Concert

Kinneil Youth Band is holding their Summer Concert in Kinneil Bowling Club on Friday 3rd June 2011. The evening begins at 7:30pm and promises to deliver an exciting mix of modern and traditional music from the talented kids all aged between 8 to 16 years old.

Tickets priced at only £3, are available to buy from Kinneil Bowling Club (Tel – 01506 823895), Christopher Hamilton or Scott Gardner (Tel – 01506 823461). Anyone wishing to attend the concert is advised to buy their tickets as soon as possible because there are only a limited number remaining.

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UNISON Kinneil Band Annual Concert is a Huge Success

We held our 2011 Annual Concert on 1st April in Bo’ness Town and played to a near capacity audience under the direction of the talented conductor and composer Paul Drury. Douglas Sneddon, the compere for the evening, introduced the band and the first item on the programme was William Rimmer’s rousing march “The Australasian”. “The Holberg Suite” written by the Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg provided a suitable prelude to the first of Kinneil’s three soloists. Lauren Robb gave a stunning performance of the famous Dolly Parton hit “I Will Always Love You” or to give the piece its elegant title “L’amore Sei Tu”. Lauren’s grandfather was a long time member of Kinneil Band and must have been very proud of her performance and the audience reaction that followed. The golden oldie “Born Free” came next and was played as a tribute to the late great English composer John Barry who passed away earlier this year. Stepping away from traditional band concerts Paul Drury introduced Kirsty Fleming, our guest vocal soloist for the evening and she delighted the audience on her first appearance of the night singing Julie Gold’s classic “From a Distance”. The last soloist of the first half was Flugel Horn Soloist Tommy Harrower who gave a wonderfully jazzy rendition of “Georgia on my Mind”. The final number before the interval was “Broadway Showstoppers” written by Alan Fernie, featuring famous melodies from a selection of shows and musicals.

It has become a tradition over the last few years that the start of the second half of our concert features Kinneil Youth Band. This year they performed “The A-Team”, “Big Spender” – featuring Flugel Horn soloist Calum Middleton, “Singing’ In the Rain” and “Highland Cathedral”. Youth Development is a key priority at UNISON Kinneil Band and it was great to see the youngsters performing with so much class and maturity on the main stage in the Town Hall. The Youth Band is proud to announce another promotion to the Senior Band – Calum Middleton joins the other fourteen players in the current band who have come through our Youth Band system.

UNISON Kinneil started their second half with Paul Drury’s arrangement of the sixties hit “Everlasting Love”. This was followed by the beautifully haunting “From Earth’s Confusion”. The last of Kinneil’s own soloists, principal cornet player Keith Johnston, gave a storming performance of Peter Grahams “Whirlwind”. Kirsty Fleming was welcomed back onto the stage and gave a beautiful rendition of the Bob Dylan classic “Make you Feel my Love” before delighting the audience with her final number, the upbeat “Get Happy!”. Kirsty was presented with a bouquet of flowers from the band as a thank you for her contribution to a wonderful evening. The presentation was appropriately made by Kirsty’s fiancé, Andrew Meikle the band’s second Euphonium player. The finale for the evening was Paul Drury’s own arrangement of the evocative “Mansions of the Lord” from the motion picture We Were Soldiers.
Of course the audience demanded an encore and what else could it have been other than the band’s signature march “Kinneil Colliery”.

UNISON Kinneil Band would like to thank all of the audience and the following local organisations and  businesses for helping to make this year’s Annual Concert such a huge success:

Welso Housing Association
Thomas Cuthell & Sons – Funeral Directors
T.I. Alexander – Insurance Brokers
Scotmid Co-Operative
ASDA Distribution – Grangemouth
INEOS – Grangemouth
Thomas Burns & Sons Butcher – Bo’ness
Lyons Hardware – Bo’ness
Farmfoods –Bo’ness
Falkirk Council

We would also like to thank UNISON for their continued support of the band.

UNISON Kinneil Band in action at the 2011 Annual Concert

Click below to watch UNISON Kinneil Band performing Edvard Grieg’s “The Holberg Suite” at the 2011 Annual Concert.

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Local Singing Star to Appear at Annual Concert

Kinneil Band is delighted to announce that this year’s Annual Concert will feature a very special local solo singer. Kirsty Fleming is delighted to have been asked to perform with the Band in Bo’ness Town Hall on Friday 1st April 2011.

Kirsty’s fiancée Andrew Meikle will also be performing on the evening as he is the Band’s First Euphonium player. Kirsty’s first solo singing experience was in primary 4 at Deanburn where she sang “As Long as he Needs me” at a concert and she hasn’t stopped singing since then!!

Having performed in many shows with Bo’ness Academy, Falkirk Childrens Theatre and Falkirk Youth Theatre, Kirsty is now a member of both the Falkirk Bohemians and Larbert Operatic Society. Kirsty has played many leading roles over the years such as Maria in West Side Story with Bo’ness Academy, Polly in Crazy for You with Falkirk Youth theatre and Fiona in Brigadoon with the Bohemians. Kirsty appeared on Granada TV’s “Stars in their Eyes” in 1999 as “Louise” which was an amazing experience.

Kirsty also sang at Douglas park on the fair day two years in a row with Jennifer and Kirsten Raeburn as part of a “girl band” called J2K!! Kirsty has also taken part in many talent competitions such as Linlithgow Rose Club and Motherwell Miners Club reaching the finals on a few occasions. Kirsty is aged 32, lives in Bo’ness and works as a senior staff nurse practitioner in Stirling A&E.

Tickets are priced at £5 (£4 concessions) this year and are ON SALE NOW. Tickets are available from Lyons Hardware,South Street, Bo’ness, any Band Member or phone Brian on 01506 822388 to secure your ticket.

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Annual Concert 2011

Unison Kinneil Band is holding their eagerly awaited 2011 Annual Concert on Friday 1st April in Bo’ness Town Hall. Beginning at 7:30pm, the evening promises to be another brilliantly entertaining event where the talented and popular Paul Drury will be conducting the band. The Annual Concert will also feature the Kinneil Youth Band and local singing sensation Kirsty Fleming.

Tickets are priced at £5 (£4 concessions) this year and are ON SALE NOW. Tickets are available from Lyons Hardware (South Street, Bo’ness), from any band member, by calling Brian Holmes on 01506 822388 or at the door on the evening.

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Concert Boosts Youth Band Funds by over £1000

Kinneil Youth Band held their inaugural concert in Kinneil Bowling Club on Friday 28th May. The bowling club committee had to dust off the ‘House Full’ signs after 120 guests packed out the venue on a perfect summer evening. The band was introduced by compere, David Frame, who is also Director of Youth Development and were conducted by Scott Gardner.

The youth band has featured in many senior band concerts, but this was the first time that the youngsters have performed a full concert programme on their own accord.

The Dave King Trio welcomed the audience while they took their seats, and entertained them until the Kinneil Youth Band took to the stage. The first half contained some well known numbers such as Slaidburn, The Beatles Medley, Londonderry Air, Hava Nigilah, Kalinka and The Great Movie Adventure.

Billy Archibald was invited to showcase some of his world famous snare drumming skills. Billy is the reigning World Corps Champion, the North American Snare Drum Champion, The British and European Drum Champion and Cowal Drum Winner. He was placed joint 1st in the Solo Drumming Championship and Billy thrilled the audience with some very impressive snare drumming throughout the evening.

After a short interval the band returned and played Grease, Boston Bounce, Frere Jacques, Beauty and the Beast, Queen and the William Tell Overture. A quartet featuring some of the older players performed Where is Love from the musical Oliver. This piece went down a storm with the audience and it was arranged by the bands, Christopher Hamilton, who is only Fourteen years old.

The crowd sang along with the final number, the Bo’ness Fair Song; ‘Our Festal Day’. The concert raised over £1000 on the evening, which will go along way to helping improve the musical education of the children. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped make this evening magical.

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Annual Concert Review

Unison Kinneil Band held their annual concert on Friday 16th April to a near capacity audience at Bo’ness Town Hall. The band was introduced by compere Douglas Sneddon and the evening kicked off in traditional style with the march “The Melody Shop”. Following the brass band tradition the second item was an overture and the piece selected by the band’s conductor Paul Drury, was the famous “Italian Girl in Algiers” by Rossini.

Phillip McCann, the world famous cornet soloist, was the band’s guest soloist for the evening and his first piece “Russian Grand Fantasia” went down a storm with the Town Hall audience. Phillip, a native of Bo’ness and a product of Kinneil Band, has toured the world in his role as a soloist, conductor, adjudicator and brass instructor.

The band went on to perform two big band numbers, “There’s No Business like Show Business” and “Deep River” before Phillip completed his first half performance with the two beautiful melodies “All That I Am” and Brahms “Lullaby”. The first half concluded with the festival arrangement “Credo” by Lorne Barry.

The second half was opened by Kinneil Youth Band.  The 17 youngsters played “Gonna Fly Now”, “Super Trouper” and “Can- Can” to a delighted audience.  On completion of their three pieces the Youth Band was presented with three instruments, a cornet, horn and trombone donated by Weslo Housing Management which will go a long way towards ensuring we have enough quality instruments to satisfy the ever expanding numbers in our Youth Band.

Unison Kinneil retook the stage and started off with “Jubilee Prelude” by Philip Sparke then the comedy number “The Muppets Show”. Phillip McCann then produced another world class performance this time featuring his echo cornet in “Sing Vogelchen Aus Dem Thüringer-Wald”.   The band followed this with “All in the April Evening” and “Miss Otis Regrets” before Phillip McCann wrapped up his solo spots with the gorgeous “The Prayer”.  Of course, he was not allowed to leave the stage until the audience heard the traditional “Post Horn Galop” played on the post horn he was given by his grandfather many years ago. Phillip was invited to join the band as they performed their finale “Slaughter on 10th Avenue” from the musical ‘On your Toes’. The applause from the audience was loud and long and of course the band had an encore piece ready.  The band’s signature march “Kinneil Colliery” rounded off a wonderful evening.

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Unison Kinneil Band Annual Concert

UNISON Kinneil Band will hold its Annual Concert on Friday 16th April in Bo’ness Town Hall at 7:30pm. Our very special guest for the evening will be the world famous cornet soloist Phillip McCann.  He has captivated audiences wherever he has played with his unique sound and masterful playing and we are proud to be able to welcome him back once again to play with his “own band”.

Tickets costing £7 (£5 concessions) are available from Lyons Hardware (South Street, Bo’ness), from any band member, by calling Brian Holmes on 01506 822388 or at the door on the evening.

The address for the Town Hall is as follows :

Stewart Avenue
Bo’ness
EH51 9NJ

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Unison Kinneil Band Annual Christmas Concert

Unison Kinneil Band will hold its annual concert in Bo’ness Old Kirk on Thursday 17th December. This year’s guests will be Kinneil Primary School Choir which sees the link the band shares with school on the Bo’ness Fair Day extended. The concert will start at 7:30pm and will also feature Kinneil Youth Band.

Tickets priced £5 (£3 cons.) are available from Lyons Hardware (South Street Bo’ness), Kinneil Primary School, any band member or at the door on the evening.

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Annual Concert Review

The band held its annual concert on Saturday night in Bo’ness Town Hall. The evening started with Paul Lovatt-Cooper’s blazing opener “Walking with Heroes”. A nautical theme was introduced with “Songs of the Quay” by Goff Richards and then Principal Cornet player, Keith Johnston gave a rousing performance of the famous “Carnival of Venice”.

Youth development is critical for the future of the band and we were delighted to welcome Kinneil Youth Band to play at the annual concert. Their programme of “Super Trooper”, “The Best of Queen”, “The Rocky Theme Tune” and “Farandole” went down a treat with the audience.

The first half was brought to a finish with the big band number “It Don’t Mean a Thing” and Paul Drury’s “A Bo’ness Odyssey” – a piece which celebrates the town of Bo’ness. This piece was commissioned for the bands 150th anniversary.

The second half was started with the classic march “Simoraine”. The audience were treated by the next number “Pirates of the Caribbean”. The score was created from Disney’s first Pirates of the Caribbean film: Curse of The Black Pearl by Paul Drury. Trombone soloist Chris Mansfield performed the popular “Autumn Leaves” which was followed by Gilbert Vinter’s upbeat “Portuguese Party”. Tommy Harrower on Flugel Horn provided a bluesy feel to the evening with the deep-south number “Sometimes I Feel like a Motherless Child”. China and the Far East was the next destination of choice for the Band with the oriental “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” entertaining the audience. The band wrapped up the concert with “Gaelforce” and the bands signature march “Kinneil Colliery”.

The band would like to thank everyone involved in making the contest such a success, particularly the guest players and the audience.

Kinneil Band Annual Concert 2009

Kinneil Band Annual Concert 2009

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