Phoenix play Bluewater

This is the last week for rehearsal before we play Bluewater on the 27th November. Please attend if you can! We will be playing in the Lower Guildhall outside Ted Baker. A map is available on the Member’s Area page.  Arrival time is at 6.00pm (in DVYM shirts) so that we can set up ready to play at 6.30pm.  This is a great opportunity to perform to a wider audience, to show how great you are and maybe even collect some new musicians along the way – enjoy!

Enterprise and Minims Perform at Otford Primary School Fair

Otford MinimsOn Saturday 5th July Enterprise and Minims band joined forces with pupils from OTFORD PRIMARY SCHOOL to perform at the school’s summer fete. The occasion was a great opportunity for the DVYM bands and Otford school pupils to come together and share the pleasures of making music, performing and entertaining …and may hopefully generate a few new recruits for DVYM. Congratulations to Otford pupils for doing such a great job! You can see images of the bands playing on the website of the SEVENOAKS CHRONICLE.

Phoenix and Improv Perform at ARPS School Fete

ARPS PhoenixOn Saturday 21st June Phoenix Jazz Band and Improv Band performed at the ANTHONY ROPER SCHOOL fete. Despite a number of player absences, the bands played a wide-ranging selection of pieces that were well-received and even encouraged some spontaneous dancing!

JAMES DRAKE has kindly created a DVYM YouTube account on which to post recordings of DVYM performances. Click HERE to see videos of our performances at the fete -and our mystery dancer!

Easter Concert -Sunday 6th April 2014

DVYM will be holding its EASTER CONCERT at ANTHONY ROPER PRIMARY SCHOOL, Eynsford on Sunday 6th April 2014 from 3.00pm – 5.00pm. The concert will feature a wide variety of pieces from Percy Grainger’s “Country Gardens” to “James Bond Returns“, from Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” to a medley of the music from “The Lion King” (Elton John). For more information, please CONTACT US. We look forward to seeing you there!

DVYM Quiz Night -Sat 1st March 2014

Please come along and support the next DVYM quiz night, which will be held from 6.30pm-10pm on Saturday 1st March 2014 in the village hall at Eynsford.

You don’t need to be a “know-it-all” to take part; there’ll be something in it for everyone with questions covering a wide variety of topics testing all areas of knowledge from the simple to the tricky with a lot of “I really ought to know that” teasers thrown in for good measure. The quiz will be suitable for adults and children aged 12+. You can CLICK HERE to see a sample round of questions from a previous quiz.

The more contestants, the better the competition and the more lively the atmosphere. Just bring along a plentiful supply of wine, nibbles ….and a healthy dose of good-spirited competitive enthusiasm! For further information or to reserve your place, please speak to Sandra or Russell or CONTACT US. Entry is £5 per adult, £3 per child (18yrs or under); maximum persons per team is six.  We look forward to seeing you!

8th Dec -Christmas Concert -3pm-5pm at St Martin’s Church

DVYM will be holding its annual CHRISTMAS CONCERT at ST MARTINS CHURCH, Eynsford on Sunday 8th December from 3pm-5.00pm. This year, we are delighted to announce that Phoenix Jazz Band as well as the newly reformed Minims will be performing in addition to Enterprise Band & Concert Band. The wide ranging repertoire of Christmas festive favourites and popular “hand-clappers” will provide an afternoon of festive delight and jollification.

A warm and hearty welcome awaits all who attend to enjoy the music …and the traditional seasonal refreshments. We look forward to seeing you there.

29th Nov -Phoenix Jazz at Sevenoaks Christmas Lights Illumination

On 29th November, Phoenix Jazz Band will be once again be providing music at the Sevenoaks Christmas Lights Illumination in Sevenoaks High Street playing an extensive programme of jazz, easy listening and popular music including among many others: Strike Up The Band (Gershwin) – Vehicle (Ford) – Theme From Shaft (Hayes) – Back to Black (Winehouse) – Beggin (Franki Valli) – Skyfall (Adele) – St Louis Blues (Handy) – New York New York (Sinatra) – Forget You (Cee Lo Green) – Summertime (Gerschwin) – The A Train (Strayhorn) – The Girl from Ipanema (Sinatra) – Don’t Make Me Over (Bacharach) – Stone Cold Sober (Paloma Faith).

Eynsford Scouts Fete -Sat 13th June 2013

Scouts Motto
Scouts Motto

Saturday 13th June 2013Eynsford Scout Fete at Harrow Meadow, Eynsford, Kent (1.00pm until 5.00pm)

Phoenix Jazz Band and Improv Band

Programme: Phoenix Jazz Band and Improv Band are delighted to accept an invitation from First Eynsford & Farningham Scout Group to perform at their Scout Fete. It is our pleasure to support this thriving local group who provide a social focus offering local youngsters aged 8yrs-18yrs a varied, exciting and educational programme of activities, especially outdoor pursuits and adventure. Last year the group was proud to celebrate a long and rich history at its 100th anniversary! For more information on the musical programme to be provided by Phoenix Jazz & Improv Band, please click HERE. We look forward to seeing you there.

Anthony Roper Primary School Fete -Sat 22nd June 2013

ID-10016095022nd June 2013 –12 noon -3pm Anthony Roper Primary School Fete, Eynsford

Enterprise Band & Concert Band

Programme: Ride of the Valkyries (Wagner) – My Fair Lady (Loewe) – Superman (Williams) – Meadowlands (Traditional) – Sousa Palooza (Souza) – Jamaican Rhumba (Benjamin) – Radetzky March (Strauss) – The Best of George M Cohan (Cohan) – Plus many other popular songs and  themes from the stage and screen

For directions to Anthony Roper School, click here. For more information or any other general enquiries about the event, please contact Anthony Roper Primary School or visit our Contact page.

An Evening with Phoenix Jazz Band -Friday 24th May 2013

JazzFriday 24th May 2013 -An Evening with Phoenix Jazz Band at Farningham Village Hall, Farningham, Kent (7.30pm until 10.00pm)

Admission free (donations welcome). For directions to Farningham Village Hall, click here. For more information or any other general enquiries about the event, please visit our Contact page.

Programme: An informal rehearsal evening to which all members of the public are invited, particularly anyone interested in joining the bands.   Pieces will include (among others):  Theme from Shaft  (Hayes) –  Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Fats Waller)  –  December 63 (Franki Valli)  –  Skyfall (Adele) –  Caravan  (from Sophisticated Ladies) (Tizol)  – Back to Black (Winehouse) – Born to be Wild (Steppenwolf) – Route 66 (Troup)  – St Louis Blues (Handy) – Don’t Stop Me Now (Mercury) – I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor) – Baker Street (Rafferty) – Birdland (Pastourius) – Summertime (Gerschwin) – The A Train (Strayhorn) – The Girl from Ipanema (Sinatra) – It’s Not Unusual (Jones) – Yardbird Suite (Parker) – Young Hearts Run Free (Staton) – Fly Me to the Moon (Sinatra) …and many more!

Musicathon Success

Zimbabwean Flag

An enormous thank you to all at Darent Valley Youth Music for the outstanding effort that went into making a very cold Murumbinda Musicathon such a huge success. Our considerable thanks to:

  • all who struggled through the snow and rain to play so cheerfully throughout the night (although the audiences were minimal the solos and duets were so very special);
  • all who played in the freezing conditions under the lychgate;
  • our more senior players and guest players who kept the music going for an hour from 9am, many of whom also performed for an hour at 5.30pm and then played in the Messiah later that evening.
  • the youngsters who performed solos in church in the afternoon during the non-programmed breaks.

The combined efforts of these willing and capable DVYM volunteers who gladly entertained the good folk of Eynsford for fully 24 hours, helped raise over £4000 for Murambinda Hospital. Not only did the event raise much-needed revenue for a worthy charity but it was much enjoyed by so many, many people. Congratulations and “Thank You”.

Margaret Newbold (Chairman)