We have been very humbled by the response to our latest Joseph Rowntree concerts, which we have been told were “our best yet!”. Every year the bands of the Shepherd Group put on Gala Christmas Concerts at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre in York, and every year they are very successful and always sell out.
This was also the very first performance of our latest ensemble and absolute beginners, Brass Roots, who played as the audience were arriving. Brass Roots has been founded to accommodate absolute beginners in their first few months of learning and teach them the basics of notation and playing in a small-ensemble setting before entering the Academy Band.
MD Richard Wilton commented:
“I had a five year plan for when I joined the band as to where I saw the organisation going, and it has been completely blown out of the water! We now have over 150 members, 5 bands and some of the most passionate and dedicated brass players around.”
Every year we conclude our concerts with a massed bands finale and every year these are getting more and more elaborate. This year we concluded with the bands playing the “Hallelujah Chorus” accompanied by the “Silent Monks of Tang Hall”….. Please check out our full video of the finale, which went down a storm with the croud!
The funds raised from these concerts are so important for the band, as they allow us to carry on progressing our youth programme, purchase new instruments, pay for extra tutors and keep our music library up-to-date. However, we are so lucky as a band that we are in such a stable financial position and we have therefore decided to donate our retiring collection to charity. Across the two nights our audiences donated a total of £516, which will be split between York Against Cancer and Brass for Africa.
We have a busy schedule for concerts for 2017, which will be available, so keep checking our Events page.
The Concert Band are appearing at The Light up a Life service at St Helen’s Square at York at 6pm. This is a big event in the York calender as it’s the annual switching on of the York Christmas lights.
We have an exciting opportunity for a Principal Cornet to complete our cornet line-up.
What we have to offer a top-man (or woman):
– Great concert-contest balance
– Fun contemporary arrangements and a large music budget
– Some of the best rehearsal facilities in the country
– One of the largest banding organisations around, as recently featured in the British Bandsman
– A busy and lively social scene
– Competitive expenses
Our Cornet Section – 2016 Regionals
The band practices on Tuesday and Friday nights in Huntington, York. However, our members travel from all over Yorkshire so lifts could most likely be arranged.
For any more information or an informal, confidential chat about the position please contact Samantha Woodman on 07590 517966 or email the band at email@example.com