We’re sad to announce that Lisa King is stepping down as the conductor of our fabulous Development Band due to other commitments.
Lisa has conducted the band since it started two years ago and her energy and enthusiasm have inspired many new and returning players – thank you Lisa!
This means we are recruiting for a new volunteer to lead this successful beginner band. If you would like to take up the challenge, please contact Charmian Flowerday using our contact form by Monday 2nd October.
For the full story of the what the role entails, take a look at the job description.
For the uninitiated, brass band contesting can seem crazy – and it is a bit. You spend about 4 months (on and off) practising one piece of music which culminates in 10 minutes of performance on stage to a pair of judges in a curtained cubicle.
On the plus side, it gives a band the chance to really get under the skin of a piece and to concentrate on technique. It brings the band together and puts a bit of pressure on us to perform – and it’s also a good day out!
This year – After a last rehearsal in the morning of Sunday 19th March – we made our pilgrimage to the Gordon Craig theatre in Stevenage. The fourth section is quite big (18 bands) so it’s split in two and we were in the first half of the draw. We had a little time before going on which can be spent listening to other bands, catching up with friends or looking at shiny new instruments for sale (and trying to resist the temptation to purchase). We went on stage as prepared as we could be and I was genuinely excited. We played. We waited.. and in the early evening we heard: 6th place!
The result was a good one for the band, and it’s a nice reflection that the band is secure in its new bandroom; we have a healthy number of regular members and an experienced conductor. Who knows what we could achieve next year, but for now bring on the summer programme!
It’s that time of year again that Royston Town Band are inviting townsfolk along to their annual Christmas concert at Royston Town Hall on Sunday 18th December at 7:00pm.
The concert has been a regular feature in the build up to Christmas for over 20 years. It has proven to be enduringly popular with audiences over that time giving them the chance to join in and sing a number of their favourite carols and also enjoy many much loved Christmas classic tunes. A visit from Father Christmas with his sack of goodies has also proven a delight for younger members of the audience.
The band will again be joined by ‘Singing Aloud’, a local choir, who will be performing a number of songs and helping with the traditional carols.
There will also be a raffle with Christmas Hampers to be won.
Do come along and support the Royston Town Band, ticket prices are £7 for adults and £3 for children, and are available in advance from Stationery Cupboard with any remaining available on the door.