After last year's fantastic night at St. John Rigby College in Wigan, the GMP Big Band were delighted to be back at St John Rigby college. A huge thanks to the music department and everyone involved for having us along.
The GMP Big Band performed at the Winter Wonderland spectacular at Event City on Saturday 17 December.
Here's a short clip of Chief Inspector Clara Williams, together with Andy Fenton, Clare Prior, Carol Rogers and Sarah Kent performing 'Santa Baby'
Thank you to the organisers for inviting us to be part of your amazing event.
Last year the GMP Big Band were invited to play at the opening night of Winter Wonderland. It was a brilliant experience and the band had a lot of fun playing…and we also got to enjoy the rides and festive atmosphere! So when the organisers asked us back this year, we said a big, jazzy YES!
We will be performing on Saturday 17 December on the main stage from 1:30pm
Why not get your tickets and bring the family to experience all the ride and attractions on offer, and listen to the band at the same time‽
You can also meet Father Christmas, watch a mini panto and see the Basil Brush show!
Winter Wonderland is the largest event of its type in the UK - it is at Event City near the Trafford Centre. Visit the website to find out more about it and buy your tickets in advance. It's a very popular event and tickets are limited to time slots - check the website for details.
The GMP wind band were joined by a choir of local school children for an evening of carols and festive music at St. Luke's Church in Benchill on Thursday 8 December.
Chief Inspector Hemingway welcomed everyone to the packed church, who sang along to traditional carols such as Once in Royal David's City and Silent Night.
Michael Thomas conducted the band for the performance: he also plays French Horn with us. He said of the service:
"it was lovely to be welcomed to this division for such a special Christmas event. It was a pleasure to be part of so many people's festive season and it was great to hear such fine singing voices from the choir and congregation!"
The school children of Baguley Hall Primary School, Newall Green Primary School and Benchill Primary School gave fabulous performances.
Thanks to the organisers for inviting us and putting on such a lovely carol service. We hope to see you again next year.
The sax quartet performed at Intu Trafford Centre on Saturday 26 November. It was a pleasure to have been invited to perform to help raise money for the charity Breast Cancer Care.
Heather Murphy, Community Fundraiser for North and Midlands Brest Cancer Care said:
"the GMP quartet really got everyone in the festive spirit and I hope you enjoyed the opportunity to perform as much as the public enjoyed your performance! Breast Cancer Care are so grateful for your support and your performance will have made a massive difference to the lives of local people impacted by breast cancer."
The charity were delighted that the whole event raise an incredible £1,188.10
We hope to be able to support future breast cancer care events and look forward to working with the charity again in the future.
Find out more about the breast cancer care charity on their website: breastcancercare.org.uk
The saxophone quartet performed at the attestation of 101 new police officers last night. These new officers were sworn in at Droylsden Academy, before two local Magistrates, in the presence of Chief Constable Ian Hopkins and PCC Jim Battle.
The new officers will replace those who are about to retire.
We were proud to be part of the proceedings and wish the officers the very best in their new careers.
The various GMP Band ensembles play a lot of concerts over the festive season, and it's a delight to be part of so many people's Christmas celebrations. The Wind Band particularly enjoy playing divisional carol concerts, which draw in packed crowds for a hearty sing-song, and usually a mince pie!
Here's where you can join in the seasonal spirit and sing along with classic carols. Please join the band and your local police officers…get ready to belt out 'Hark the Herald'!
- Hidden Gem Church, Manchester - 7 Dec at 7:30pm
- St. Luke's Church, Wythenshawe - 8 Dec at 7pm
- Manchester Cathedral Force Christmas Concert - 12 Dec at 7:30pm
- St Herbert's RC Church, Chadderton - 13 Dec at 7pm
- Salford Cathedral - 14 Dec at 7:30pm
- St. Mary's Church, Moston - 15 Dec at 7:30pm
- Holy Trinity Church, Stalybridge - 20 Dec at 7pm
- Bury Parish Church - 22 Dec at 7:30pm
For most of these concerts, there is no need to get a ticket in advance. Simply turn up on the evening.
Tickets for the Force Concert at the Cathedral are in high demand and are usually allocated before the event. Please contact GMP Communications team to see if there are any left, if you'd like to attend.
Our other ensembles will also be playing during the festive season, so check back for details of big band gigs, sax quartet performances and fanfare trumpets.
On Friday 14 October Greater Manchester Police held the Chief Constable's STARS awards to recognise the exceptional work that takes place on a daily basis across the Force.
The ceremony was presented by television actress Jennie McAlpine, also known as Fiz from Coronation Street, and was held at the Imperial War Museum. The GMP Big Band were invited to perform after the awards ceremony.
The awards recognise colleagues and volunteers who have gone above and beyond, by providing someone with life-enhancing customer care or support, helping to enhance the reputation of the force or their work has had an impact at a national level.
Colleagues nominated one another, including teams, volunteers and office staff for the STARS awards (STARS stands for Safety, Teamwork, Action, Respect and Service). Chief Constable Ian Hopkins, with the help of a panel of colleagues from across the force decided on the final winners of the awards.
Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: “All the nominations for the STARS Awards were incredibly strong; it’s great to see the commitment and dedication our colleagues and volunteers have to GMP and the public we serve.
“The judges had a really tough job to narrow down all the nominations, which just shows us the final winners are extra special; they have gone that step further to make sure they really make a positive difference.
“I want to congratulate everyone who was nominated and of course all the winners and thank you all for your hard work and continued commitment to the force. I would also like to thank Jennie McAlpine for giving up her time for free to support GMP in this way.”
The GMP Big Band were delighted to be part of the evening's entertainment and pleased to see people singing along and dancing away at the end of the night.
On the night, over £1500 was raised in the raffle for Mood Swings - a mental health charity supported by Jennie McAlpine.
The GMP Wind Band performed at:
St Mary with St Peter - Oldham Parish Church
on Saturday 15 October 2016 at 7:30pm
The packed programme featured well-known songs and a 'last night of the proms' style finale!
The GMP Big Band were live on stage at the Intu Trafford Centre on Thursday 4 August.
As part of this year's Emergency Services Day, the band performed a huge range of music to entertain the crowds in the Orient food court, at the Trafford Centre. With swing classics from Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra, to disco hits such as Never Can Say Goodbye, there was something for everyone to enjoy.
We keep coming back year after year, as it's such a great day out for all the family and we love performing on the stage at the Orient. You can find out more about Emergency Services Day on the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service website, or the Intu Trafford Centre website
You can also follow #999day on Twitter for updates from Greater Manchester and other Emergency Services days across the country.