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Monday, 01 September 2008 21:54

Kellswater Flute Band have returned from a five day tour of Gibraltar where they were  warmly welcomed  and had an official Civic Reception afforded to them by the Deputy Mayor.

This was the band’s major event during a year of 60th Anniversary Celebrations. Included in the party of sixty two who made the trip was founder member Jack Mc Kee who still plays with the band!

In Gibraltar the band was kindly allowed to rehearse at the Gibraltar Army Band’s barracks and parade ground, which was a short distance away from their accommodation, high up on the famous rock.

Radio Gibraltar and Gibraltar TV carried out various interviews with band members, helping promote the Concert carried out by the band which was the final evening of the popular Summer Nights Concerts organized by the Ministry of Culture, at Casemates Square, the centre of the lively tourist scene.

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Kellswater set to ‘Rock’ Gibraltar PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 01 July 2008 21:57

BALLYMENA'S links with Gibraltar are set to be further strengthened next month, thanks to the efforts of a popular local band.

Kellswater Flute Band will embark on a six-day trip to the 'Rock' on August 12 as part of the band's 60th anniversary celebrations.

There, the band will march and play concerts, while at the same time cementing the formal twinning link between Ballymena and Gibraltar, which has been in place since 2006.

“We felt we would do something special to celebrate the band’s 60th anniversary and this trip has been two years in the planning,” bandmaster Alistair McDonald told the Times. “We felt Gibraltar would be a good location because of its links with Ballymena and also because our conductor Glen Houston has a lot of contacts out there.”

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KELLSWATER TRIO OF AWARDS PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 13 March 2008 00:00

It was a double hat trick at the Flute Band Association Own Choice Contest for local band Kellswater, as they came out top in the Grade 2 Section for the third year in succession and won a trio of prizes on the day.

In addition to Grade 2 Overall Winners, Kellswater picked up the Percussion and Conductor prizes performing Aria Cantabile and Slavonic Rhapsody No. 2 in front of a large audience at The Island Civic Centre, Lisburn.

Melody and Grade 4 Section awards both went to Ballycoan Flute, Grade 3 Winners were Ballywillan and the Senior Grade 1 Section was won by Ballygowan Flute Band.

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KELLSWATER FLUTE AT F.B.A. CONTEST PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 02 March 2008 00:00

Kellswater Flute Band performed recently at the Flute Band Association’s 48th Annual Contest in Lisburn. The band secured First Place in the keenly contested Grade 2 Section and was also awarded Best Percussion.  The Conductor’s prize went to Kellswater’s Glen Houston.

Overall, seventeen flute bands from Northern Ireland and Scotland, comprising around 350 amateur musicians, performed throughout the day, showing an increase on the 2007 numbers.

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KELLSWATER FLUTE BAND FUNDRAISE FOR LOCAL ALZHEIMER CHARITY PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 13 December 2007 00:00

Kellswater Flute Band will perform at the Tower Centre on Thursday 20th December from 8.00pm to 9.00pm in aid of the Ballymena and Antrim Branch of the Alzheimer’s Society. It is  hoped that the generosity of the Ballymena public will come to the fore at this festive time, as the band  perform a selection of Christmas Carols, Marches and Concert pieces.

This is the ninth year that Kellswater Flute Band has been involved with local Charities, helping raise over £3500 for various worthy causes, including Radio Cracker and Macmillan Cancer Care.

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