Sad Loss of a Band Member, June 2020
The band is sad to announce the death of band member, Ken Smith.
Ken joined Slaidburn in 2001 on Eb Bass and was still playing with us, having moved on to cornet a couple of years ago, at our final concert in March of this year, before the lockdown curtailed our activities. He died at the age of 87 in Airedale Hospital on Thursday 4th June.
Ken had played for most of his life in a number of bands around the area. He regarded his time with Slaidburn as amongst some of the happiest of his banding life. His chats with members at rehearsals were much enjoyed when he told of his banding experiences and the many famous players, conductors and composers he had met during his musical activities.
Ken was a very loyal and committed member of the band and will be sadly missed.
An Anniversary Postponed, May 2020
During this summer the band should have been giving its 25th Anniversary series of ‘Brass at the Bounty’ concerts, beginning on 28th May. Unfortunately, Coronavirus and the ensuing restrictions have prevented this.
Ribble Valley Music Makers visited the Hark to Bounty at Slaidburn on 26th June 2014, and made a film of one of the concerts. It was published in 2017. This is available to view on YouTube, and can be accessed by clicking here.
9th and 30th April 2020
Four members of Slaidburn Silver Band, who live close to one another, gave impromptu public performances in support of Clap for Carers, to say Thank You to the NHS and all critical and key workers, on behalf of the band. These were performed after the 8pm ‘Clap’. The performances can be seen by clicking here and here.
20th March 2020
Donation to Band
Local company, Dunbia, have kindly given a donation of £200 to the band from their charity fund. This is good news for the band, during this difficult and trying time for everyone. Many thanks to Dunbia. The picture shows conductor John Cowking receiving the donation from Charlotte Hall, Dunbia’s charity co-ordinator.
17th March 2020
As a result of Government advice, regarding group activities, band rehearsals have been cancelled with immediate effect until further notice. It is expected that forthcoming engagements will also be affected. Please visit the Engagements page for up to date details.
The band is sad to announce the death of Audrey Barrett, a retired member of the band, who died on the 28th January 2020.
Audrey played tenor horn for several years and had retired from the band due to declining health. She was a dedicated member and will be sadly missed.
On Sunday 15th March 2020 the band gave a charity concert at St Michael and St John’s Parish Centre in Clitheroe. Despite concerns about the current Coronavirus situation, the concert was well attended. The band performed a variety of musical items with connections from around the world.
Profits from the concert were in aid of ‘Mary’s Meals’, a charity providing children with one good meal a day in places of learning in developing countries.
As spring is a quiet time for the band the members made a decision to provide a free concert to support a locally supported charity. Conductor, John Cowking, invited applications for next years charitable concert.
15th March 2020
Spring Charity Concert