Fans of the popular Alford Silver Band will get the chance to hear the band play for free on Saturday 21st April when it performs in the newly refurbished Corn Exchange in Alford’s Market Place, the concert starting at 7.30 pm.
Musical director David Boorer has brought all of his extensive experience from the Royal Marine Band Service in preparing the band to deliver an exciting and varied programme of music.
“I’ve really tried to stretch the band musically since taking over as musical director,” he explained, “and the players have responded well. They have put in a lot of hard work – and have put up with my demands for excellence. It doesn’t matter that we are not paid, professional musicians. Our audiences expect a high standard, and that’s what we intend to deliver.
“The concert will start with something quite different, the like of which Alford has never seen before. And there is something for everyone in the programme, from the classics to pop and movie themes. And a lot more besides.”
David himself will feature as a soloist for one piece accompanied by the band – though he will not be playing a traditional brass band instrument!
The band’s emerging musicians, Brass Tracks will also join the band for one number, as well as demonstrating their emerging talents with a short programme of their own.
Entrance to the Corn Exchange will be free, though there will be a raffle and a retiring collection for those who wish to make a donation to the band’s funds. Pre-booking is not required; but early attendance is recommended as the best seats will quickly be taken.
“We aim both to achieve a high standard of musical performance and to entertain our audiences,” said band chairman Martin Briggs. “This programme will undoubtedly do that. And there will be the usual light-hearted banter that is sure to make everyone laugh.”
He added that “Free admission is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to our regular supporters. We get a great deal of support from audiences, not just in Alford but throughout the area. This concert will be a special treat for them.”
Anyone wanting to find out more about the band, including details of its forthcoming performances, or how to hire the band, or anyone who is interested in auditioning for the band, or learning about its training programme should contact band secretary Jane Taylor on 01507 466330, or via firstname.lastname@example.org