Silver band’s cracking Christmas concert


Alford Silver Band’s free Christmas concert in the town proved to be a real cracker.

The start of the concert had to be delayed so that more chairs could be fetched to accommodate the crowds who attended the performance in St Wilfrid’s Church.

The hall was full to capacity and at one stage, the band wondered whether it would indeed be able to accommodate everyone. Fortunately, the audience managed to squeeze in with enough room left to tap their feet.

Band chairman Martin Briggs said: “We promised that anyone who wanted to come would be accommodated. We thought that we might get a good crowd, but the attendance exceeded our expectations. Fortunately, the hall is not far from our rehearsal centre, so a number of the players ran across and fetched our own chairs from there. It lends a new meaning to the role of being the chairman.”

The performance was led by assistant conductor Richard Walker who stepped in at the last minute after musical director Steve Walker had to pull out for family reasons.

The band played a varied programme of Christmas pieces, starting off with a lively number entitled ‘Tis the Season’ arranged by Darryl Barry that included elements of numerous well known carols. Solo performances were given by Mike Green (flugel horn) who played the David Essex hit, ‘A Winter’s Tale’ and Richard Tagg (bass trombone) who played Richard Walker’s own arrangement of the Jona Lewie hit ‘Stop the Cavalry’ and also featured strongly in a calypso version of ‘Mary’s Boy Child.’

The band’s youthful training section also played three pieces under the baton of principal cornet Andrew Taylor, including a ‘boogie’ version of ‘Jingle Bells.’

Favourites such as ‘The Christmas Song’ and ‘White Christmas’ added to the delight of the audience. And the band rounded off with Richard’s very lively version of ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas.’

Further information about the band’s Christmas and New Year programme can be obtained from the band secretary, Jane Taylor on 01507 466330, email or visit