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!
The recordings of our various interviews, captured as part of our Brass Roots project, can be played below:
As part of our Brass Roots history project we are putting together a timeline of places in Royston where the band has rehearsed.
We have good records for the current bandroom and the bandroom that used to stand behind the Manor House, but wondered if any of you have photos or information of where the band practiced before that?
Places we know of are… one of C Hinkins’ premises, a room above CT Cooper and Sons’ shop, the auctioneers at the top of fish hill, an estate agent at market hill, the old fire station, the priory park cafe.
Here is a great letter from the archive giving the band notice on Coopers’ rooms because we were being too rowdy after rehearsals!