Woolston Brass

Woolston Brass 125th Anniversary CD Recording

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Founded in 1891, Woolston Brass is one of Christchurch's most enduring music institutions and has a proud and distinguished history of 125 years. As part of Woolston Brass' 125th Anniversary celebrations, the band is recording a CD entitled 'The Woolstonian' to commemorate and document this special occasion in history. Play a part in its creation and support this iconic music organisation by donating today to their Boosted Campaign.

Woolston Brass is one of New Zealand's most successful contesting bands; under the music direction of Tyme Marsters the band will be recorded by Michael Bell and his team at Orange Studio, based at Ferrymead in Christchurch.

The Woolstonian CD will feature two new compositions; a March entitled 'The Woolstonian' written by New Zealand composer Kenneth Young for Woolston Brass' 125th Anniversary and 'He is Starlight' written by New Zealand composer Anthony Ritchie. 'He is Starlight' was premiered by Woolston Brass in October 2015 at the UNESCO Starlight Festival and Ritchie dedicated the composition to his late father Professor John Ritchie; a former New Zealand composer, Patron of Woolston Brass and supporter of the Arts. Other works will include a selection of solo performances from talent within the band, marches, sacred and concert items.

The Woolstonian CD will reflect Woolston Brass of 2016 and its new era in history with Tyme Marsters who was appointed as Music Director in 2015.




  • WOOHOO! Celebration time!


    We are very excited and extremely grateful to have reached our target with only 4 hours to go! Thank you to all of our amazing donors for their support and everyone who helped to spread the word about our Boosted NZ Campaign.

    Thank you to the following recent generous donors; Kate Sanders, Sue Philpott, Matthew Toomata, Vince Pheloung, Julia Mallett, Steven MacKay and Caroline Blackmore.

    If you would still like to support this worthy project, you have until midnight tonight to donate.

    WOOHOO! Celebration time!
  • Getting excited! 5% to go in under 52 hours!


    We are getting super excited as we have reached 95% of our target, 52 hours to help us reach the final 5% by Sunday!

    Thank you to the following generous donors; Graeme Coomer, Sam Pinder, Leighton Roberts, Merton Tapp, Tony Lewis, The Dingley Dell Trust, Wayne & Phillipa Pinder, Tania MacKay, Lisa & Martin Bennettt, Steve Woodside, Ross & Vickie Ward (Ward Family), Mark Hodgkinson, Ron & Audrey Harris, Barrie & Valerie Hoy, Murray Shaw, Don Penniall, Leigh Martin, David Johnstone and Blair Clatworth.

  • **COUNTDOWN TO 12th JUNE**


    We need to raise $3,485 in under 4 days. Can you help us reach our target? Any contribution big or small will help us get there and will be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you to the following generous and supportive donors; Sara Daly, Ann Toomey, Georgia Turner, Jackson Turner, Janet Aldridge, James Sutherland, Brent Andrews, Jordan Van der Klei, and Ken & Helen Bain.

  • 7 Days Left: Countdown Has Begun!



    Calling all lovers of music, the arts, brass and brass bands, or simply anyone who wants to pay it forward or be part of something, something significant in history. Be part of Woolston Brass' 125 year history and donate today to our Boosted Campaign. Get in quick! We only have until 12 June to reach our target!

    Thank you to following generous donors that have bumped us up to 49%; Bronwyn Bijl (loyal supporter of the arts), Roseanna Dale (former Woolstonian), Richard Hogarth (current Bass Trombone), Anonymous, Martyn Smith (fellow bandsman), Byron Newton (former Woolstonian), Trevor Bremner (former Woolstonian), John and Ann Bartlett (current 3rd Cornet), Stu Lee (loyal supporter), Anonymous, Gary Pinker (former player and current President), Trish Wills (loyal supporter) and Ron & Audrey Harris (former Seat Patron and loyal supporter).

  • 12 days to go! Can you help us get there?


    Thank you to the following generous donors; Anonymous donor, former Woolstonian Paul van Uden, and Nick Pope. We are thrilled to reach 39% today but getting a little nervous as only 12 days left to reach our target. Can you help us get there? We would be very grateful!

  • Helps us to keep it moving - only 13 days left!


    Exciting recent movement for our Boosted Campaign. Thank you to the following generous donors; Neil Cording, Anthony Wright, Helen and Anthony Smith (our very own Principal Cornet), loyal brass bandies Kent and Sheryl Smith, loyal supporter Robin and Ralph Redpath, and Mark Van der Klei (our very own Euphonium Player and Chairman). We have hit 35%, help us to keep it moving by donating today! Only 13 days left to reach our target! 

  • Strong Supporter of Brass in Canterbury


    Thank you to generous donor Brass Factory Canterbury; a strong supporter of developing brass players in Canterbury and beyond including our very own Woolston Brass family. Now sitting at 26%, we need your help to reach our target in under 17 days! Can you help us reach it?

  • Reached nearly a quarter of our target!


    Very exciting to have a flurry of support! Thank you to the following generous donors; former player and supporter Akira Hirasawa, supporter Voices Co, composer and supporter Anthony Ritchie (his composition 'He is Starlight' will feature on the CD), former player and UK brass bandie David Thornton, loyal supporter Jenny May and an Anonymous donor. Reaching our target is becoming a reality but we still have 76% to go with only 19 days left. We can do it together!

  • 16% and only 21 days left!


    Thank you to recent generous donors and loyal supporters of Woolston Brass Neville and Julie Turner, and Peter and Tina Baldwin. We are one step closer to reaching our target, now at 16% but only 21 days left. Play a part in the band's 125 history and donate to this worthy cause, or help us spread the word. Any contribution is greatly appreciated!

  • We have hit 14% with only 26 days to go!


    We need your help to boost our Boosted Campaign. So far we have reached 14% of our target, we are very grateful to those who have generously donated to support Woolston Brass in its 125th year in history. We only have 26 days left to reach our target, otherwise we don't get a cent. Keep it coming you wonderful people!

  • Thank You Anonymous Donor


    Thank you to a generous anonymous donor today, we are humbled to have their support. We are on track to reaching our target if we keep this momentum. 

  • Gaining Momentum


    Wow! We are excited to have received two donations today from two generous donors; Dame Adrienne Stewart and Claire Evans. Special thanks to Dame Adrienne who is Woolston Brass' Band Patron, a loyal supporter of the band and the arts.  

  • Day Two - Banding Together


    Thank you to our second generous donor Grant Dempsey, a fellow and loyal Christchurch bandsman.

  • Thank you to our first generous donor!


    The race has begun and we are out of the starting blocks! Thank you to our first generous donor Hilary Walton for taking the plunge!