Celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, the Flowers Band (Gloucester) was formed as a result of the
disbandment of the Royal Gloucester Hussars (Territorial Army) Brass Band.
After negotiation with the Ministry of Defence, the instruments were purchased and most of the former bandsmen
and a few others, formed the City of Gloucester Band.
Since then the band has had a variety of sponsors including Whitbread and Flowers Brewery.
In 1998 the Flowers brewery closed, but the band kept the name it has become synonymous with.
It has enjoyed much success in the contest field and currently holds the 2018 Butlinís Mineworkers Championship and Entertainment Trophies, a title it has won on six previous occasions. In March, it also regained the title of 2018 West of England Regional Champion.
In recent years, Flowers has reached new heights with a third place at the British Open Championships in 2014, 4th place at the National Championships of Great Britain in 2015, and a French Open victory in 2016, all of which have led it to be firmly placed in the top 10 of the World Brass Band rankings.
With an enviable reputation for showcasing new music, entertainment and innovation on the concert stage, the band has regularly toured Europe, and also appeared at the prestigious Cheltenham Music Festival. It recently launched its latest CD "Celebrate! - 50 years of The Flowers Band".
Nethra Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) is an academy conducting Indian performing arts - Bharatanatyam (Classical Dance),
Carnatic Vocal (Music), Mirudagam (Instrument) and Bollywood Dance.
The main ethos of the academy is to raise the profile of Indian performing arts and to help individual connect with the
Indian culture which has a rich history and tradition in dance and music.
NAPAís gurus and volunteers are professionals like Computer Engineer, Banker and Architect, it is their interest and
passion in the Art form that made them come together to start this academy and provide a quality education and training
to local community at an affordable fee.
Its main objectives are to mentor and coach the current and future generations in matters of education career and
personal goals in the performing arts, bring communities together for the betterment of all, and involve communities
and individuals of all ethnic background, culture and religion.
NAPA is a very young organization that started its journey in January 2018 from just handful of students and now we have more than 25 students learning dance and music.
NAPA is organising various events in Gloucester/Cheltenham to create a platform for their students and other local artists to show their talent to the wider communities and to build up their confidence to learn the art forms.
NAPA classes are held every Saturday at Gloucestershire Academy of Music in Gloucester. The class timings are structured in a way to allow the students to attend as many classes as they want.
- Bollywood for Adults and children (above 10): 17:00 - 18:00
- Bharatanatyam for children (under 10): 17:00 - 18:00
- Bharatanatyam for children (above 10) and Adults: - 18:00 - 19:00
- Mirudagam: 18:00 - 19:00
- Carnatic Vocal: 19:00 - 20:00
To enrol or for more details, please contact:
Mrs. Ramya Ravishankar - 07912965308
Mrs. Gayathiri Gowri Shankar - 07554004795