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News from Aldbourne Band

2013 has seen Aldbourne Band commemorate its 153-year history with a lottery sponsored ‘Heritage Project’, collating stories, photographs, programmes and other memorabilia of the band to document its illustrious history.

As a finale, the Band is holding a Heritage Concert on Saturday 28th September in Holy Cross Church, Ramsbury starting at 7:30pm. Music to be played includes Resurgam, Labour and Love, Year of the Dragon, excerpts from Pageantry, Moorside Suite and Epic Symphony. MD David Johnstone will be holding the baton – The Training Band will also be performing under Conductor Janet Roe.

Band President Harry Sheppard said, “The Band is currently playing fantastically well. They have just spent the whole weekend recording a new CD which will provide a record for future generations of what standards can be achieved by amateur musicians. This CD is a collection of Christmas music and will be available for pre-ordering at the Concert on Saturday”

The Friends of the Band have organised a Raffle which will be drawn on the night.

Anyone with artefacts or information about this Championship section Band should contact Gavin Dixon and come along to the Concert to enjoy a great evening of quality music. Tickets are Adults £10, Under 16’s £1 and the ticket price includes a drink in the interval. Tickets are available from Aldbourne and Ramsbury Post offices, from Alan Watson or on the door.

For other information please visit the Band’s website or contact Deborah Sheppard. All contact details are shown below.

The photo below shows Harry Sheppard holding a ceremonial conducting baton, presented to Conductor Albert Stacey on 27th July 1910 from the Reverend W.A. Butler as a ‘token of appreciation for the Aldbourne Prize Band’. Albert was conductor of the Band, and is also the great grandfather of James Sheppard – the current Chairman.

Posted by: RB on 24th September 2013