Hawes Silver Band
Hawes Silver Band, which was formed around 1865, fulfils many engagements in Wensleydale every year, including the Hawes Gala, Semerwater Lakeside Service, village community events in Wensleydale, and for the last nineteen years has combined with the Aysgarth Singers, East Witton Male Voice Choir and the Young Singers Choir, directed by Barbara Roocroft to present the Annual Christmas Charity Concert to support national, regional and local charity organisations.
The band members travel from places far away as Sedbergh, Pateley Bridge and Leyburn to rehearse on Sunday evenings in the Market House in Hawes. It is a typical brass band full of friendly people of all ages. The music is varied and the emphasis is always on everyone enjoying music-making.
The Hawes Band were the instigators of the now very famous Hardraw Scar Band Contest. They gathered together local business men from the town and organised the first contest in 1880. Whole families were involved on the contest day, providing refreshments and transporting visitors from Hawes to the beautiful landscaped grounds of Hardraw Scar, lent by the Earl of Wharnecliffe. The bandsmen played marches as they paraded through Hawes and then continued marching on to Hardraw. The school log books record that children were absent from school to help with the preparations so it was truly a community effort.
Concerts & Events
Bainbridge Open Air Concert.
Bainbridge Village Green, Wensleydale.
28 August 2016, 1:30 pm
Many people think brass band music sounds its best in the open air. Visit lovely Bainbridge on August Bank Holiday Sunday to see what you think.
Ecumenical Sevice, Semerwater.
The shore of Lake Semerwater, Wensleydale.
28 August 2016, 3:00 pm
A unique open air service in a beautiful location with the band accompanying the hymns. Approach from nearby Countersett.
Aysgarth Village Green, Wensleydale.
29 August 2016, 2:45 pm
The band adds colour and atmosphere to a fun afternoon.
Open Air Concert
29 August 2016, 1:00 pm
Another chance to hear the band out of doors. Hawes Park is on the left as you approach Hawes on the A684 from the east. .
30 August 2016, 10:30 am
Kilnsey is one of the major one day agricultural shows in the Yorkshire calendar in a spectacular location below Kilnsey Crag. Lots to see, do and, of course, hear with Hawes Silver Band teamed up with the Lofthouse and Middlesmoor Band from Nidderdale.
Near the Moorcok Inn, West of Hawes.
4 September 2016, 12:00 pm
A friendly local agricultural show with in a beautiful setting. The band plays for an hour from 12 noon.
Harvest Festival Service.
The Market House, Hawes
18 September 2016, 6:30 pm
A non-denominational service for this traditional and colourful celebration. The band accompanies the hymns.
Gayle Harvest Festival
The Chapel, Gayle, Hawes.
25 September 2016, 2:00 pm
A colourful harvest celebration. All welcome.
Hawes Silver Band's Autumn Concert with the Aysgarth Singers
Tennants Salerooms and Events Centre, Leyburn.
7 October 2016, 7:30 pm
Tennant's spectacular new events centre is the setting for this special concert with the Aysgarth Singers.
Remembrance Day Service.
St Margaret's Church, Hawes.
13 November 2016, 10:15 am
Brian Woof, our principal cornet player, plays the Last Post and the band accompanies the hymns.
Christmas Lights Switch on, Hawes
The Market Place, Hawes.
3 December 2016, 4:00 pm
Hawes is proud of its excellent Christmas lights and the band enjoys getting the festivities off to a melodious and seasonal start.
Christmas Charity Concert
The Market House, Hawes.
16 December 2016, 7:30 pm
Hawes Silver Band's Christmas concert is traditionally for a worthy charity. This year's beneficiary will be announced later. This event is a great way to start your Christmas celebrations.
Stanley Roocroft MBE, LTCL, ACP, CERT Ed.
Hawes Silver Band’s distinguished conductor, Stan Roocroft, was a choral scholar of Blackburn Cathedral and a chorister at the Queen’s Coronation. After education and teacher training, his first appointment was as Head of Music at the Cathedral School in Wakefield. Many achievements in this period of Stan’s career included conducting the annual Schools Music Festival, founding Wakefield Youth Band and conducting the Yorkshire Youth Band. He was also involved in choral and operatic music and was appointed Head of Music Services for the City of Sheffield Education department. He has been an adjudicator at music festivals for over 35 years.
Stan is currently conductor of the Wensleydale Chorus, Aysgarth Singers, Wensleydale Philarmonic Orchestra as well as Hawes Silver Band.
Stan Roocroft was awarded the MBE in 2005 for service to the community in North Yorkshire. He lives in Gayle, near Hawes, with his wife Barbara who, together with several of their children and grandchildren, is also involved in the musical life of Wensleydale.
Meet the Band.
The instrumentalists with Hawes Silver Band are:-
Principal cornet. Brian Woof.
Solo cornet. Alan Woof.
Soprano cornet. James Yeadon.
Second cornet. Rev. Janet Park.
Third cornet. Jenny Guy.
Third cornet. Joy Baggaley.
Flugel horn. Sue Woof.
Principal tenor horn. Julie Greenslade.
First tenor horn. Mabel Parker.
Second tenor horn. Melanie Geldeart.
Third Tenor Horn. Emma Claughton.
First baritone horn. Abbie Rhodes.
Second baritone horn. Amy Swales.
Principal tenor trombone. Tom Hobson.
Tenor trombone/baritone horn. John Ransom.
Bass trombone. Simon Chorley.
Principal euphonium. Roger Iveson.
First euphonium. Jack Dewhirst.
First euphonium. Christine Mutter.
First Eb bass. Ian Fowler.
Second Eb bass Gerald Hodgson.
Bb bass. Ron Snaith.
Percussion. Barbara Greenslade.
Percussion. Luke Greenslade.
The band always welcome anyone to attend rehearsals, particularly if visitors come along with their band instruments to join in a rehearsal. The band has spare instruments for all sections. If you played a brass instrument before and wish to take it up again, or if you are a complete beginner of any age, we will be pleased to assist.
To find out more about the band, or to come and join us, please contact the secretary
- Mrs. Sue Woof
Ghyll House, Syle Killington, Sedburgh, Cumbria. LA10 5EH
- 07968 089645