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!
One of the highlights of the year for us – as a voluntary group – is to be able to share some of the money we raise at Christmas with other local good causes that provide essential services in Royston.
Last week we were immensely proud to be able to present a cheque for £700 to Royston Day Centre which provides a friendly atmosphere where up to 25 older less able-bodied or housebound clients can meet and socialise each day. This will directly benefit the various groups who use the centre, including Royston Community Transport, Stroke Support and Speech Therapy, and Royston Homestart.
Sharon Redrup from Royston Day Centre said that the money would be put towards projects such as outings for clients and a new sound system. A fitting purpose! Perhaps they’ll play some band music on their new sound system! (Ed: or perhaps not!)
Our thanks goes out to everyone who supported the band over Christmas; you have made a difference to not just one, but two good causes!
If you’d like to hear more from the band we’d be delighted if you would join us for our next concert at the Parish Church on the 27th May at 7.30pm.
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.