Alnwick Playhouse Concert Band was founded in 1994 by Ray Thompson and Glen Hogg and on the 18th March 1995 in the Playhouse the Band performed its first ever concert to great acclaim. Since then the Band has gone from strength to strength and is now an established musical group of considerable repute within the town.
In 1995 the Duchess of Northumberland kindly agreed to be the Band’s Patron, the members are grateful that Her Grace wishes to continue her association with the Band.
The Band takes its name from its adopted home, The Alnwick Playhouse, where rehearsals take place on a weekly basis and where the Band performs its main concerts. The Band is very fortunate to have such an excellent venue as its base and is grateful for the continuous support it receives from the management, staff and trustees of the Playhouse.
Alnwick Playhouse Concert Band is committed to spreading opportunities for all to hear great music and, in addition to regular concerts at The Playhouse, it plays at various locations throughout Northumberland and the North East including churches, museums, village halls, parks, schools and village fairs.
Membership of the Band can fluctuate a little but usually numbers at around forty. The ages of our Band members range from 12 to 60+. Members come from throughout Northumberland with some travelling considerable distances in order to play together. None of them receive remuneration for playing in the Band. They play because they enjoy music making with likeminded people in a friendly environment.
The Band is non-profit making and is funded from proceeds it receives from ticket sales, from donations and from members’ weekly subscriptions. All monies received are used to purchase music and instruments; the rental of rehearsal rooms and to pay for instrument maintenance.
The Band rehearses on the Playhouse main stage on Monday evenings 7.30-9.30pm during school term time.
We would be delighted to hear from anyone of Grade 4 standard or above who is interested in joining the band.
Those interested should contact the secretary in the first instance, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information please visit the Band’s website: www.alnwickplayhouseconcertband.org.uk