Welcome to our website
This is the website of the world famous Littlehampton Concert Band. We are a community focused concert band based in Littlehampton, West Sussex on the south coast of England.
The aim of our website is to provide all the background information you could ever need about the band as well as providing regular updates about forthcoming concerts and events.
You'll also find samples of the band, media cuttings and photos so there is plenty to see on the site. And if you have any feedback, feel free to get in touch.
Sponsor our Conductor for Movember
Our conductor, Bob Haselip, is getting all hairy in aid of Movember - the fundraising drive for men's health issues including testicular cancer and prostate cancer. Despite the itchy face, he will be growing a moustache throughout the month of Movember and is keen to raise sponsorship for this worthy cause.
The challenge set by our maestro is that the ultimate style of his 'tash' will be decided by whoever sponsors him the most money before 5pm on Friday 8th November 2013. This style will then be shaved into shape ready for the Nigel Dobinson Memorial Concert that evening.
Sponsorship is open all month so if you would like to contribute, please go to his page mobro.co/bobhaselip and click the 'Sponsor Me' link. Sponsoring him will make you feel all warm and fuzzy - just like his top lip!
Nigel Dobinson - Memorial Concert
As you know, Nigel Dobinson passed away in August after a battle with Myloma. He was such a loved person that the two bands which Nige performed with, names Littlehampton Concert Band and Bognor Regis Concert Band, are putting on a joint memorial concert in his name.
The evening will on Friday 8th November 2013 in St. Paul's Church, Chichester and will feature a wide variety of Nige's favourite pieces. It promises to be something different too as both bands will perform separately in the first half before combining forces for a show stopping second half.
Tickets are £8 each or £5 concessions and are available from either band or on the door. All money raised will go to the Myloma UK charity so please come along and support this great evening.
Last Night of the Proms - Massive Success
"Best Proms Ever" was the general consensus from the audience after our 2013 Last Night of the Proms. This year's concert celebrated our conductor Bob Haselip's 10th year with the band and the music was a selection of favourite proms moments from his time.
The sell-out crowd cheered, clapped and sang their way through such favourites as Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory. Plus the band performed Holst's Mars from the Planets, Orpheus in the Underworld by Offenbach, and a wonderfully descriptive piece called At Dawn They Slept by Bocook.
It was a superb evening made even better by the knowledge that the Windmill Theatre will be running until 2016 so now we can all look forward to next year's proms.
It is my sad duty to report that Nigel Dobinson has passed away. Nige played Alto saxophone with the band and was a really jolly, enthusiastic member of the band.
Nige had been battling the rare blood condition Myloma but he never let it get him down. He loved playing and was still rehearsing and performing right up until the end.
Nige died peacefully in his sleep on 5th August 2013 with his wife by his side. He was a great friend to everyone in the band and will be greatly missed.
Birthday Concert Update
After an amazing 25th Birthday Concert in Littlehampton, we now finally have a few pictures on our website.
Just go to the Birthday Concert page to see the great shots. Thanks to all the contributors of these great pictures.
Some like it hot - especially in west London!
A huge well done to the band for pulling out all the stops and putting on a great show in Hammersmith. The temperature was a balmy 31 degrees celcius yet we played on and put on a great show.
The organisers closed off the road and we played in the middle of a shady street which was a welcome relief from the sun for the audience and band alike. We then performed a range of music with more than a few associated with Broadway and the West End shows.
The concert was completely free and designed to raise money for St Simon's Church's chosen charity. The retiring collection raised several hundred pounds which was a fantastic result.
Birthday Spectacular - MASSIVE SUCCESS
Well we did it - the biggest and most spectacular concert we have ever attempted and it was FANTASTIC. Over the last 25 years, the Littlehampton Concert Band has gone from strength to strength and we wanted to mark this achievement in style - the result? A wonderful free concert in the heart of Littlehampton.
To help us celebrate, the Littlehampton Academy Steel Band were on hand to provide some entertainment who did so with such great spirit and fun that at one point, there was a conga line going round Caffyn's Field. Our other guest band was the mighty drums of Batala Portsmouth whose catchy Samba Reggae rhythms also had people dancing.
But of course, the reason for the show was the Littlehampton Concert Band who put on a brilliant performance and showed the hundreds of people in the crowd what their local band can really do. The audience were treated to a huge variety of music from swing, to pop, from film music to marches so the programme had something for everyone.
As with all great shows, the finale had to be something really special so we combined the thundering rhythms of Batala with the harmonies of the Concert Band to perform a popular Brazilian number called Ashansu. The crowd loved it, demanding an encore and got loads of people out of their seats dancing the night away. Everyone had a great night and we even managed to raise over £500 for the HomeLink Charity.
So I would like to say a massive THANK YOU to everyone involved - all three bands, everyone who helped organise the event, the people running the tombola, hog roast, ice cream tent and those collecting for the HomeLink Charity. And a special THANK YOU to the audience for making our birthday so special. Here's to the next 25 years.
Nigel Dobinson Memorial Concert
The Littlehampton Concert Band and Bognor Regis Concert Band are putting on a joint show in memorial of saxophonist Nigel Dobinson. The concert is a charity fund-raiser will all proceeds going to the Myloma Appeal. It's be a great selection of music, all of Nigel's favourites, so please join us for a great evening.
The concert is on Friday 8th November 2013 at 7:30pm in St. Pauls Church, Chichester. There is plenty of parking at the Festival Theatre car park next door. Tickets are £8 each (£5 concessions) available from either band or on the door.
Don't forget to check out the 2013 concerts page for our whole list of other great concerts.
Join The Littlehampton Concert Band
We're often approached by musicians asking if they can join the band and we welcome musicians of all ages and standards. Of course, we have to consider band size and balance so watch this space for details of any vacancies in the Littlehampton Concert Band.
The current vacancies we have are:-
1st & 2nd Bassoons
3rd & 4th French Horns
If you play one of these instruments and would like to join the Littlehampton Concert Band, please contact Bob Haselip on 01243 788527 or email email@example.com