EYNSFORD CONCERT BAND is a symphonic wind ensemble that has been based in the small Kentish village of Eynsford since 1972.
The band has 50 playing members from all over the South East of England that aspire to attain the highest standards of musicianship within a social and friendly environment. Eynsford Concert Band has gained an international reputation having toured Austria, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ireland, Netherlands, Malta, Spain and Belgium as well as playing aboard cruise ships in the Fjords of Norway and the Mediterranean where we provided the on-board entertainment.
The band enjoys performing a wide range of concert band repertoire from popular music arrangements and orchestral transcriptions to classic and modern wind band works. We have recorded three CDs, proudly releasing Heritage in January 2010, featuring a Suite by Nigel Clarke written especially for the band.
In July 2014 the band had the honour of being crowned National Champion Concert Band following their performance at the National Concert Band Symposium (NCBS) held in Canterbury. This was followed up by accepting an invitation to guest at the 2015 NCBS Gala Concert.
The band is firmly rooted in its community and every year raises substantial amounts for local charities, recently helping raise raise much needed funds for both SSAFA (the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association) and King's College Hospital Critical Care Unit.
Eynsford Concert Band is delighted to have Michael Smith as our Musical Director. Michael Smith BA(Mus) LRSM was born in Warwickshire and joined the Army as a clarinettist, serving in England, Northern Ireland and Cyprus before being selected to attend the three year Bandmaster Course at The Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall. He graduated in 1996 winning the Commandant’s Prize and the coveted Worshipful Company of Musician’s Medal for best all-round Student Bandmaster of the year whilst completing his Bachelor of Arts Degree and gaining his Licentiate of the Royal School of Music in Conducting.
In April 2008 Michael was selected for a commission into the Corps of Army Music and was appointed Director of Music the Band of The Royal Irish Regiment (TA) based in Holywood, Northern Ireland.
In October 2010 he was appointed Director of Music The Band of the Corps of Royal Engineers in Chatham, Kent. After just 8 months with the Engineers Band he was asked to take up the much coveted appointment of Director of Music the Band of the Grenadier Guards in June 2011. It was at this time that he also took up the Musical Directorship of Eynsford Concert Band, in their 40th Anniversary year.
In July 2013 Michael left the Band of the Grenadier Guards to return to Headquarters Corps of Army Music in a staff officer post and also taking on the role of Corps Secretary, Corps of Army Music. In April 2015 he was appointed Chief Instructor at The Royal Military School of Music where he is responsible for the training of Army Bandmasters and Musicians.
Cerebral Vortex - Øyvind Moe
Scarlet & Gold - Rob Wiffin
La Mezquita de Córdoba - Julie Giroux
Perthshire Majesty - Samuel R. Hazo
A 'Silent-Movie' Suite - Martin Ellerby
Third Symphony, Op. 89 (IV Finale) - James Barnes
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Eynsford Concert Band playing at Pamoja Hall 2013. (Click to enlarge)