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 Kevin Mackie joined as Conductor and led the band for 4 years. The group re-branded to Whittlesey Concert Band to reflect the growth and development of the band. In October 2022 the band welcomed Steve Ingham as Conductor.
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 email@example.com for any enquires.
Musical Director - Steve Ingham
Chairman – Mikala Bromley Critchell
Sarah Barnsley - Secretary
Rachael Loades – Treasurer
Marina Arnold - Librarian & Assistant Treasurer
Website Manager - Lydia Mack
Musical Director - Steve Ingham
Steve learned to play the Cornet at the age of 10 in his local brass band in Morecambe, Lancashire. As his playing ability progressed, he also played Flugel Horn and Trumpet, which he played in a local dance band. In 1973, Steve qualified to study brass on a newly created specialist brass course at The Isle Of Ely College in Wisbech. Leaving college and keeping music as a hobby, Steve played with King’s Lynn Town Band and other small groups around the area, as well as performing in pit orchestras for Amateur Dramatics and Gilbert & Sullivan productions until a serious illness prevented him continuing. Following a full recovery, Steve moved onto Tenor Horn playing for March Railway Band and Stamford Town Band.
In 1981, Steve took up conducting with The Spalding RBL Band, a post he held for 21 years building the band into a formidable outfit winning competitions and rising from 4th section to 3rd section nationally. During 2002, Steve left Spalding RBL and became MD at Banovallum Brass, which he held for 20 years and during 2003, he was also offered the post of MD to King’s Lynn Town Band, which he still holds. Steve was The Director of South Lincs Music School in Spalding, where he taught Brass, Keyboard and Music Theory, until its closure in 2020. Taking up the baton with Whittlesey Concert Band in September 2022 presents a new challenge which hopefully will continue for many years to come.
Whittlesey Concert Band would like to thank the Burnthouse Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund.