Hawes Silver Band

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Photo: Betsy Everett


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.

Photo: Nigel Chorley

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.

Betsy Everett.


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.

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Photo: Betsy Everett

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.


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Contact Us

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