Alford’s Christmas curtain raiser

Principal cornet Andrew Taylor leads Alford Silver Band in concert at Chapel St Leonards
Principal cornet Andrew Taylor leads Alford Silver Band in concert at Chapel St Leonards

The run up to Christmas will start in Alford on Saturday (November 29) when the ever popular Alford Silver Band gives a free Christmas concert in St Wilfrid’s Church Hall.

The band, which recently played to a capacity audience for the Remembrance concert at Chapel St Leonards, is renowned for the excellence of its music.

Although musicians are unpaid, the band plays to a very professional standard and is fortunate to have two very gifted conductors.

Musical director Steve Walker is one of the country’s leading professional trumpet players and in demand with some of the biggest names in the music industry. He is well supported by assistant conductor Richard Walker, a former Army musician and virtuoso trombonist in his own right. Between them, they work extremely hard to get the very best performances from the band.

Many of the musicians also play for other bands, some on a semi-professional basis, and the players travel from as far away as Woodhall Spa to perform with the band.

A cameo performance will also be given by the band’s young training section who will demonstrate their emerging talent.

Band chairman Martin Briggs said: “This is our way of saying thank you to everyone who follows us so loyally and of getting everyone into the right spirit for Christmas,

“There are no advance ticket sales and no charge for admission. With no pre-reservation of seats, I recommend an early attendance to ensure the best seats. But we guarantee to squeeze in everyone who wants to get the festive season off to a good start.”

The Church Hall is next to St Wilfrid’s Church, in the centre of Alford, with ample, free parking space in the car park opposite.

Although there is no entrance charge, refreshments will be provided, and the band will be holding a raffle and a retiring collection to offset its costs and supplement band funds. The performance will start at 7.30 pm.

Further information about the band can be obtained from the band secretary, Jane Taylor on 01507 466330, email secretary@alfordsilverband.co.uk or visit www.alfordsilverband.co.uk