Hanger Farm Concert and Awards

The Woodfalls Band launched their 150th anniversary year this weekend with an exceptional concert at the Hanger Farm Arts Centre in Totton, Southampton. The varied program showcased music from George Michael, Nina Simone, and the 1970’s jazz fusion band Weather Report, alongside more traditional and contemporary brass band pieces by Edward Gregson and Paul Lovatt-Cooper.

Alongside the entertainment, the concert also included presentations to the band’s annual award winners from resident Musical Director Ben Halstead.

Scott Stewart was awarded Player of the Year for his superb contributions on both the concert and contest stage as Principal Trombone. Rhys Dear received Bandsman of the Year, chosen by Chairman Paul Street in recognition of his overall commitment to the band, excellent cornet playing, and dedicated support as Treasurer.

The coveted Players’ Player of the Year, voted for by fellow band members, was presented to Louise Franks for her tireless work behind the scenes as Secretary, coupled with an outstanding level of musicianship.

Looking ahead, the band is thrilled to be working under the direction of Russell Gray, one of the world’s premier brass band conductors, as they prepare for the upcoming West of England Regional Championships on the 10th of March at the Riviera International Centre in Torquay.