The Guardians of Martock Church

Future Events and Programme

The Guardians of Martock Church were set up as a Charitable Trust in 1996 with the
sole purpose of paying for the refurbishment and enhancement of the structure of All
Saints Church. They have recently paid for a completely new Security System for the building and its roof and they will shortly be funding a new Audio-Visual sound system and a more efficient heating system.

"Between 2002 and the end of 2018, the Guardians staged 125 concerts or talks that were attended by 18,000 people and raised some £80,000 towards refurbishment of the church building."

 

 

 

Thursday 14th March 2019 at 7.30pm

Wessex Big Band

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The band was started back in 1976 by Alan Brown, BEM, but only took its present name in 1986. His enthusiasm and drive inspired countless local musicians of all abilities to take part and perform with the band. He remained in charge until 2016 when the leadership was taken over by the professional musician Paul Chousmer.
 
The band is now 24-strong and comprises a brass section of 6 trumpets & 3 trombones and a saxophone section of 4 alto, 5 tenor & one baritone, with 2 bass and one rhythm guitar plus keyboard, drums & a lady vocalist. They rehearse weekly and perform concerts 4 to 6 times per year, the shortage of large venues being the limiting factor. They have toured the USA twice and Europe twice and have performed at the Bude Jazz Festival

The band plays melodies made famous by the bands of Benny Goodman, Bob Crosby, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Count Basie and Glenn Miller in the pre-war period as well as by post-war bands such as Stan Kenton, Ted Heath and James Last. The tunes they will play are as follows

Wessex Big Band Tune List
Woodchoppers Ball                                                                Woody Herman
Summertime                                                                           Gershwin
Don’t make my Brown Eyes                                                  Leigh
Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White                                 Guglielmi
Bossa Nova USA                                                                    Dave Brubeck
Over the Rainbow                                                                   Harburg |& Arlen
Moondance                                                                             Van Morrison
Flying Home                                                                           Benny Goodman
Blue Skies                                                                               Irving Berlin
Autumn Leaves                                                                       Johnny Mercer
Sing, Sing, Sing                                                                      Louis Prima

Jumping at the Woodside                                                       Count Basie
Nice ‘n Easy                                                                           Lew Spence
Cry me a River                                                                       Arthur Hamilyon
Don’t get Around Much Anymore                                         Duke Ellington
Killer Joe                                                                                Benny Golson
That ole Devil                                                                         Roberts & Doris Fisher
Guaglione                                                                               Fancuilli
A Night in Tunisia                                                                  Dizzy Gillespie
It’s only a Paper Moon                                                           Rose, Harburg & Arlen
Lullaby of Birdland                                                                George Shearing
Big Noise from Winnetka                                                       Bob Haggart & Ray Bauduc

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"Tickets will be £9 on the door or £8 in advance from Martock News , Martock Gallery or by phoning "Evie" on 01835 829 576. Accompanied Children under 16 admitted free

Saturday 27th April 2019 at 7.30pm

Yeovil Concert Band

The Band was formed in 1999 with just eight members but has had around 36 members for many years, between them playing 15 different types of instrument, making it suitable for performing a wide range of music, with 16 brass and 19 woodwind instrumentalists plus a percussionist. Coming previously in 2012 and 2013, they last came to Martock in April 2017 and were then conducted by Band Sergeant Tom Griffin. He had also conducted the Yeovilton Military band here two months earlier. The universal opinion of the audience was that the Concert Band’s performance was better than the Military Band’s.
 
Tom Griffin has now been posted elsewhere. The Concert Band’s Musical Director is Jim Bennett who studied trumpet at the RCM and has played in 3 Symphony orchestras and as a soloist with another. He also leads the Sherborne Youth Band and Gillingham Silver Band and teaches music at Bedford School and several others in Somerset. He also plays jazz in his own group, with residencies at London venues and plays with three local jazz bands.

The Concert Band will play a wide range of music, including songs from stage shows and films, marches, folk music, classical suites, tributes to classical and popular composers, famous singers or musicians. Their selections on previous visits to Martock have been universally pleasing and expertly performed.

"Tickets will be £9 on the door or £8 in advance from Martock News , Martock Gallery or by phoning "Evie" on 01835 829 576. Accompanied Children under 16 admitted free

Thursday 30th May 2019 at 7.30pm

Black Cat Jazz

This 6 piece jazz band includes 3 musicians from South Wales and 3 from Somerset including Steve Graham on trumpet. They play tunes that were featured in the Dance Halls of New Orleans in the last Century. Their performance here in 2016 was enthusiastically received by our audience.

"Tickets will be £9 on the door or £8 in advance from Martock News , Martock Gallery or by phoning "Evie" on 01835 829 576. Accompanied Children under 16 admitted free

Saturday 29th June 2019 at 7.30pm

Bath Gilbert and Sullivan Society

"Pirates of Penzance"

performance of "Trial by Jury" two years ago attracted a huge and appreciative audience. They return to perform a fully-costumed "Pirates of Penzance" with some narration to keep the performance down to some 90 minutes,

"Tickets will be £12 on the door or £10 in advance from Martock News , Martock Gallery or by phoning "Evie" on 01835 829 576. Accompanied Children under 16 admitted free

 

Thursday 24th October 2019 at 7.30pm

Spikes Five and Dime Jazz Band

Spikes Five and Dimes comes from South Wales and they feature the tunes that were made famous & recorded by small bands in New York during the 1925-35 period, before the Swing Era. Spike Kennedy (bass) and Sarah Thatcher (guitar & banjo) also play in Black Cat Jazz and sometimes deputise in the Sunset Cafe Stompers.

"Tickets will be £9 on the door or £8 in advance from Martock News , Martock Gallery or by phoning "Evie" on 01835 829 576. Accompanied Children under 16 admitted free

Satarday 30th November 2019 at 7.30pm

Cwmbach Male Voice Choir

 

The Cwmbach Male Voice Choir delighted a huge audience when they came in 2017 and we welcome their return.

 "Tickets will be £10 on the door or £9 in advance from Martock News , Martock Gallery or by phoning "Evie" on 01835 829 576. Accompanied Children under 16 admitted free