Christmas is just around the corner, and for many of us, that means the return of festive traditions like caroling, decorating the tree, and of course, the return of the classic British brass band.
This year, one of the UK’s most beloved Royston-based brass bands, Royston Town Band, are preparing for a busy schedule of Christmas engagements, and we’re here to give you a sneak peek at what’s in store.
The band will be performing at a number of locations in the local are over the coming weeks.
Street collection Saturdays at Angel Pavement in Royston from 10am to midday
Heydon Church on Saturday 17 December at 3.30pm
Tesco Extra, Royston, on Tuesday 20 December at 6pm
The highlight of our Christmas season is our annual Christmas Concert which will be held at King James Academy Senior Site on Sunday 18 December from 7pm – 9pm.
In 2017 we were very grateful to be awarded £10,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and £1,750 from the Brian Leslie Racher Charitable Trust for our band history project ‘Brass Roots‘. Since then we have delved into record books from the 1920s, created a new oral history from past and present members, reconnected with old friends, been reunited with our band mascot and much more! We hope that you will enjoy these discoveries as much as we have…
Owen Simons came across this fascinating article in the 1959 Crow. A clue to our rehearsal venue timeline!
“The present band room at Market Hill would be due for demolition sometime in the near future… a bandroom should be built in the Priory Memorial Gardens with sliding glass panels partly of wood which could then be opened to any desired position… when the panels were closed the stand would afford the band a practice room and the instruments could be stored below the floor”
Would be so interesting to know what happened to this proposal!