Thame Concert Band was formed in 1993 by a small group of local musicians. We pride ourselves on being a community band and regularly take part in some of the biggest events in Thame, including Remembrance Sunday and Christmas Carols around the tree.
We have a substantial and varied repertoire and perform several of our own concerts each year alongside events in Thame. This includes our Last Night Of The Proms concert which is always popular!
We have grown considerably since the formation of the band in 1993 and now boast around 30 regular members - although we are always keen to welcome new musicians!
Currently, we are supporting Thame Day Centre, a local charity.
Interested? Get in touch!
A community band based in Thame, Oxfordshire
"Waving the conductor's baton is a little like being in Harry Potter; except with music, the magic is very real" - Callum
An Alumnus of Trinity College of Music, The Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Denmark, and The Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen; Callum Rookes' musical journey all began at the age of fifteen when he first fell in love with the sound of the tuba. With the help and nurture of his first tuba teacher, Callum went on to become a principle tubist of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain and was accepted to study at Trinity College of Music under the tutorage of Ashley (George) Wall from the Royal Opera House, and Oren Marshall, jazz tubist and session artist of international repute.
At Trinity College of Music, Callum first found solo success, becoming a semi-finalist in the prestigious Gold Medal soloist competition. He also became the principal tubist of the World Youth Orchestra and appeared at the Lincoln Centre in New York as principle tubist of the Birmingham Symphonic Winds. He also made a comic appearance performing at the Royal Festival Hall dressed as a “Tuba terrorist”! Whilst at Trinity, he immersed himself in the rich musical environments of the Royal Opera House and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to increase his understanding of the orchestral repertoire.
Wanting to develop further, Callum was accepted to study at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt, Weimar, and the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus; of which he accepted a place at the latter. Callum would later be accepted to study with the International tuba soloist Jens-Bjorn Larsen at the Royal Danish Academy of Music as part of a master’s degree.
Callum’s time in Denmark saw him being invited to perform professionally with the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, Prinsens Musikkorp, Randers Kammer Orkester, and the famed Scandinavian big band “Blood, Sweat, Drum ‘n’ Bass”. He performed as a soloist at the international RAMA music festival in Aarhus Symphony Hall, performed as a guest soloist with the Remus Symphony orchestra in Hamburg, and was invited back to the UK to perform the Vaughan Williams Tuba Concerto at the Guildhall, Cambridge.
Conducting has always been important to Callum, ever since he first conducted a brass band in concert at the age of 16. It wasn’t until he arrived in Denmark that his conducting really flourished, taking on the reigns of the Vejle FDF Brass Band, and freelancing as a conductor.
The end of Callum’s journey in Denmark came with him taking up post with the world-famous Band of the Coldstream Guards, performing all over the world from Japan to Cyprus. Every state ceremonial event you see, you can bet Callum is out on parade. Highlights of his career in the Coldstream include his first engagement being a live BBC tv performance with the Coldstream brass dectet, being on the stage band for the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall, being a part of the massed bands for the national act of remembrance at the Cenotaph, Whitehall, and of course Trooping the Colour for Her Majesty’s birthday parade. In 2017 Callum came third in the Household Divison Musician of the Year solo competition, which is open to all musicians of the Foot Guards bands in London.
Alongside his full time career in the Coldstream Guards, Callum is also the Musical Director of the Thame Concert Band, Oxfordshire; Principal Conductor of the Enfield Film Orchestra, London; and the Highgate + Muswell Hill brass band. He’s actively freelancing, performing all manner of gigs from being a soloist for charity fundraisers, depping for orchestras throughout London, and giving masterclasses to ensembles of all shapes and sizes. He regularly returns to conduct and tutor the Cambridge Youth Wind Orchestra, and Cambridge Youth Orchestra – one of the first ensembles Callum played in as a young tuba player.
Visit www.callumrookes.com for more!
At Thame Concert Band we pride ourselves on being a community band. We perform regularly at Christchurch in Thame and also support local events.
Would you like us to provide the music for your event? Please do not hesitate to contact us!
We meet every Tuesday in Christchurch, Thame from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Do you play an instrument? Want to join the band? Pop us an email with your name and instrument of choice through the link above or get in touch through our social media! We'd love to hear from you but we do ask that you wait for a response before attending a rehearsal as there are waiting lists for certain instruments.
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