19 May 2021

We're Back!

After a crazy 14 months off, the band met for the first time last night since March 2020!

It was great to be back making music as a band, even if we were sat a little further away from each other than normal.

Thanks to long time band friend Craig Ratcliffe for leading us in our first rehearsal back.


May 2020

Shepherds' Farewell

In May this year we said farewell to our Chairman, James Shepherd, and our Librarian, his wife Jennifer. They were the latest in a series of American players to have joined the band over the years, usually arriving courtesy of their placement at RAF Menwith Hill. James held the band's Repiano Cornet position during his stay with us, from 2015. Jennifer, who is an accomplished flautist, and tuned percussionist, joined the band in 2016 and became a valuable member of our percussion section. Both have contributed a huge amount to the running of the Band over the last five years and their departure, back to the USA, was a sad occasion, especially as the band could not get together to celebrate their time with us and wish them farewell in person. They are in our thoughts, however, and they take with them our grateful thanks for all they achieved on behalf of the Band.

15 March 2020

North of England Championships

After two months of preparation for this event, with many rehearsals and a good contest performance at Warrington in January, the band were eager to compete with the other North of England Championship Section bands at the Gala Theatre, Durham. Just as we were making our final preparations, the Covid pandemic took hold and the lockdown across Britain began.

Late and conflicting advice from various bodies from the government downwards, made our decision to withdraw, at the last minute, very difficult. However, we felt that the safety of our band members and their families, particularly the older ones, was more important, despite the valiant efforts of the organisers to adjust to a more Covid-secure event. Harrogate Band were not the only group to withdraw from the contest, and the subsequent London & South East contest was totally abandoned.

We have since heard, that despite attracting maximum points as a penalty for our withdrawal, we will still be able to compete in the Championship Section in 2021, albeit at the bottom of the grading table.

8 February 2020

Concert - Starbeck Methodist Church

Our annual concert at Starbeck Methodist Church, as part of their concert series, was an opportunity for the Band to play the Area test piece, "A Tale As Yet Untold" in a concert setting. The audience, as always, thoroughly enjoyed the Band's programme:
Come Follow the Band, First Light, Nordic Polska, Demelza, A Tale As Yet Untold, March Lorraine, My Little Eye, Body and Soul, In Memoriam (Royal Parks), Blue Rondo a la Turk, Softly As I Leave You, Polotsvian Dances.
It also was a sad occasion - the last concert that Spencer Newland played with the Band. He had been a stalwart member of the cornet section for over five years and had been a great help in the band in addition to his musical talents.

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