Whittlesey Concert Band was launched in September 2012 as Whittlesey Wind Ensemble by conductor and musician Barry Strickle with the aim to establish a quality community wind ensemble in the Whittlesey and Peterborough area. In June 2014 Barry Strickle retired and the group welcomed Colin Radford as their new Conductor until February 2016 when Stefen Dicks joined the band. In 2018 we welcome Kevin Mackie as Conductor and re-brand to Whittlesey Concert Band to reflect the growth and development of the band.
Whittlesey Concert Band is completely independent and is run by its members and committee. Members meet every Thursday evening from 7.45 – 9.15 pm at the Methodist Reformed Church, Whittlesey. The group is geared towards musicians who are at least grade 4 standard and is composed of musicians of all ages and backgrounds including school students, business professionals and local music teachers.
The band has developed a diverse repertoire to appeal to all age groups and has a reputation for a high standard of performance. The music is light - mainly themes from films and shows with the occasional popular classic and military march. The group is the first high quality ensemble to be based in Whittlesey allowing local musicians the chance to pursue their musical interest close to home. The group performs around four concerts each year. Just as we welcome young people in the band, we also welcome families and young people, and their friends in our audience.
Whittlesey Concert Band are available to play light music for dinners, receptions and festivals. Please email for any enquires.
Kevin Mackie - Musical Director
Kevin has been playing brass since the age of 8 and graduated to the euphonium soon thereafter. He has played at the highest level with several championship section brass bands, most notably the Jaguar Land Rover and Ratby Cooperative bands.
Kevin started conducting in the early 1990s and has been MD for Staines Brass Band and First City Brass, both top section brass bands. He has been involved with military bands since 1990 and was Vice Chair of the RAF Voluntary Band Association for 20 years before his retirement from the RAF five years ago.
As well as being appointed as the Musical Director for Whittlesey Concert Band, he is also deputy Bandmaster and principal euphonium for the RAF Wyton Area Voluntary Band and an established soloist and performer.
Kevin is looking forward to helping the Whittlesey Concert Band develop a wide repertoire that he hopes will establish an enjoyable outlet for musicians of all ages and abilities and to entertain audiences throughout the region.
Lydia Mack - Chairman & Website Manager
Sarah Barnsley - Secretary
Rachael Loades – Treasurer
Marina Arnold - Librarian & Assistant Treasurer
Whittlesey Concert Band would like to thank the Burnthouse Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund.