Wandle Concert Band was founded in October 2012. The name was chosen to reflect the area that most of our musicians come from: the River Wandle flows from Carshalton, through Morden, Wimbledon and Wandsworth to the Thames. We rehearse at Martin Way Methodist Church in Morden and perform around the area.
Our conductor is Norma Whitson, Musical Director of a number of bands at Merton Music Foundation. The concert band grew out of a brass and wind ensemble that was formed in 2007.
We have 27 regular players and a few more who join us when they can. We have a good mix of instruments, but are always willing to welcome new players aged 18+ where there are vacancies, especially in the brass section. We would also love to welcome a new drummer, with own drum kit.
Our standard varies from Grade 3 to Grade 8 and above, but the key requirement is enthusiasm! It doesn’t matter if you are a bit rusty - a few of us had a break of 30 years before picking up our instruments again.
We are a very versatile band with a wide repertoire: jazz, show tunes, film and TV themes, pop and rock songs and even a little bit of classical.
We aim for up to six concerts/performances a year. These can be at church fairs, park festivals, charity events or joint concerts with a local orchestra or other music group. We welcome any new opportunities to play!