New chance to make music in Uckfield

James Barclay -  ( Centre ) "The Station Pub" Manager  Presenting cheque for �124.00 from the Christmas quiz. to Jeremy Beesley - Chairman  and  Dave Sawyers - Assistant Directorof the newly formed Uckfield Performance Ensemble
James Barclay - ( Centre ) "The Station Pub" Manager Presenting cheque for �124.00 from the Christmas quiz. to Jeremy Beesley - Chairman and Dave Sawyers - Assistant Directorof the newly formed Uckfield Performance Ensemble

An exciting new opportunity for young people in the Uckfield area has just appeared on the horizon.

The Uckfield Performance Ensemble has just launched a youth based project and is looking for new members from the ages of six to 25. It is predominantly a marching band and performing arts organisation. If you play an instrument, percussion or brass, or want to learn then contact the organisers at: chairman@uckfieldpe.org or ring: 07591 767886.

The band has come about after the closure of the Fourth Uckfield Scout Band. At the time bandmaster Sharon Beesley said she was very sad that the band had to stop citing a ‘difference of opinion with the new Group Scout Leader.’ The band was hugely successful, becoming BYBA National Champions Division Three last year. She said: “This was not an easy decision for any us.”

But the new band now has instructors and members from the former Scout Band.

Sharon went on: “Whilst we are essentially a new band, we are also very proud of our past achievements as the Fourth Uckfield Scout Band and these will be very much part of our future. Therefore following on from the success of 2012 for the Scout Band. Uckfield Performance Ensemble members will begin their journey in Division Two of the British Youth Band Association League.

“The support we have had in our new and challenging venture, as we started with nothing, has been amazing. I would like to thank The Sixth Hove Scout Group from the Brighton area for loaning instruments to get us started, and rehearsals have been in full swing since Christmas at our new indoor rehearsal venue.”

The new band is having a successful start.

On Sunday, January 13 James Barclay, manager of The Station pub in New Town presented a cheque for £124 from the Christmas quiz to the newly-formed ensemble.

And The Station pub plans to hold monthly quiz nights with all the money raised going to the Uckfield Performance Ensemble. The next quiz night is on Sunday, January 27 from 7pm and everyone is welcome to go along. In order to maintain high standards, Sharon realises that competition is the key.

She explained: “We are looking to enter competitions across the country and also take part in local fetes, carnivals, bonfire parades and other performance opportunities locally and nationwide.”

And she plans to hold a Performance Ensemble taster day on Sunday, January 27 from 9.30am until 1.30pm where people can go along and see what the band can do. They are also invited to have a go and see how they get on. This event will be held at The Source Youth Club, Luxford’s Car Park, Uckfield.