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.
Young trombonist joins National Youth Orchestra.
Hawes Silver Band's bass trombonist, Simon Chorley of Thornton Rust, Wensleydale, has been made Youth Ambassador for what Andrew Lloyd Webber has described as "the best youth musical theatre in the world". And as Simon prepared to travel to London to receive the honour, he heard that he has been selected to play bass trombone with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. As a member of the orchestra, Simon will play at many famous venues including the Royal Festival Hall and the Barbican in London. Applicants for the orchestra have to have Grade 8 with distinction in their instrument and Simon was selected from 700 applicants after two auditions.
Concerts & Events
Songs of Praise
The Institute, Aysgarth.
11 June 2017, 6:30 pm
Everyone is welcome to this service with hymns accompanied by the band.
Bainbridge Village Green
26 June 2017, 7:30 pm
The band adds to the evening's fun.
Gayle Camp Service.
Gayle Chapel or outdoors nearby.
2 July 2017, 2:03 pm
The band accompanies the hymns for this traditional service.
Hawes Band's Summer Concert with The Young Voices.
Hawes Market Hall.
9 July 2017, 7:30 pm
An evening of melody from the band enhanced by the contribution of the Young Voices Choir conducted by Barbara Roocroft.
30 July 2017, 2:15 pm
An afternoon of country fun including stalls, teas, a dog show and a fell run - plus, of course, music from Hawes Silver Band.
Ecumenical Open Air Service.
27 August 2017, 3:00 pm
A unique open air service in a beautiful location with the band accompanying the hymns. Approach from nearby Countersett.
Bainbridge Open Air Concert.
Bainbridge Village Green
27 August 2017, 1:30 pm
Many people think brass band music sounds its best in the open air. Visit lovely Bainbridge on August Bank Holiday Sunday and enjoy the music.
Aysgarth, between Hawes and Leyburn.
28 August 2017, 2:45 pm
The band adds colour and atmosphere to a fun afternoon.
Hawes Open Air Concert.
Hawes Park, at the West side of the town.
28 August 2017, 1:00 pm
Another chance to hear the band out of doors. Hawes Park is on the left as you approach the town from the East on A684.
Moorcock, West of Hawes.
3 September 2017, 1:00 pm
A friendly local agricultural show in a beautiful setting. The band plays between 1pm and 2.30. The show opens at 10.30am.
Hawes Parish Church
17 September 2017, 6:30 pm
A non denominational service for this traditional and colourful celebration with the band accompanying the hymns.
Tennants Garden Rooms, Leyburn
27 October 2017, 7:30 pm
HAWES SILVER BAND WITH THE AYSGARTH SINGERS AND THE
YOUNG VOICES. The band and choirs' first concert in the spectacular
Garden Rooms at Tennants, was a big success with an audience of 300 and many favourable comments. We look forward eagerly to this year's
concert with a new selection of tuneful music.
Remembrance Day Service
Hawes Parish Church.
12 November 2017, 10:15 am
Brian Woof, our principal cornet player, plays the Last Post and the band accompanies the hymns.
Christmas Lights Switch on.
Hawes Market Place.
2 December 2017, 4:00 pm
Hawes is rightly proud of its cheerful Christmas lights and the band enjoys getting the Christmas festivities off to a melodious and seasonal start.
Hawes Christmas Charity Concert.
The Market Hall, Hawes.
22 December 2017, 7:30 pm
Hawes Silver Band has a long tradition of playing a Christmas concert for charity. Last year's concert raised over £2200 for Marie Curie Nurses. This year's charity will be announced later.
This year, the band will be joined by the Aysgarth Singers for a varied and enjoyable joint concert. 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. Anne Johnson.
First baritone horn. Abbie Rhodes.
Second baritone horn. Amy Swales.
Second baritone horn. Sylvia Crookes.
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. Simon Greenslade.
Tuned Percussion. Barara 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