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Summer tour to Montreuil-Sur-Mer, France

Our first tour to France since 2008 was a huge success and will long be remembered by those who took part. Having visited Montreuil twice in the past en route to other parts it seemed an ideal venue for a tour, being an historic and beautiful hilltop town only 70km from Calais and, as we discovered, the home of a vibrant music school and concert band. It is no longer "sur mer" but retains the name and is well worth a visit in any circumstances. The band stayed for 3 nights at the pretty Hauts de Montreuil Hotel right in the centre of town where we performed two open air concerts to enthusiastic audiences, the whole visit being organised by our wonderful hosts Harmonie de Montreuil-sur-Mer with whom we jointly performed the first concert. This concert ended with the two bands performing The Lion King together (see video below), unrehearsed and under Martin's baton!

Our host Raphael - President of Harmonie de Montreuil-Sur-Mer


Here are a couple of clips from our French tour with thanks to Richard Masson.

Players needed

Second Wind Concert Band has been established now for 21 years, and we get together every Friday to rehearse, socialise and generally enjoy our music. The band is looking hard for new players, especially of brass instruments and in particular trumpets. Although we do currently have a full trombone section, the lack of trumpet, euphonium and horn players is a serious deficiency, especially when these instruments are often irreplaceable as solo or lead parts. Ideally we would wish to have at least three trumpets, a euphonium, two french horns, four trombones and a tuba. And we would always welcome additional players as gaps for absences always need filling.

The band possesses a set of timpani and additional percussion. These instruments greatly enhance our overall sound but we have been unable to make full use of them owing to the lack of regular percussionists, both on drums and timpani.

Our other sections, flutes, clarinets and saxophones have enough regular players but we will always welcome enquiries from any wind musician or percussionist looking for a band to play in.

So if you are a visitor to this website and want to play or know someone who does, do please get in touch with one of our contacts or come and try us out at one of our rehearsals at Underriver Village Hall near Sevenoaks, TN15 0SB at 7.15pm on a Friday evening. We guarantee you a warm welcome.