Hawes Silver Band

On%20the%20green%202 2
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 twenty years has combined with the Aysgarth Voices directed by Stan Roocroft and the Young Voices 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.

Though no longer a competition band, the Hawes Band were 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.

Simon Chorley
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.

Approaching the end of his first year at the Guildhall School of Music, Simon writes:
Guildhall is great! I seem to be kept nice and busy by the lack of other bass trombonists - there are only 4 in the whole school and I'm the only one in both first and second years. Whereas in my year alone there are 9 tenor players. My average week consists of an orchestral repertoire class, an instrumental lesson (both individual and group), professional studies, harmony and aural classes, chamber rehearsals, and around 3-4 hours practice a day. I’m even getting to do some jazz department gigs in big band which is fun. Aside from all the official stuff I'm also part of a trombone quartet and octet, brass quintet and dectet, and a pop/jazz orchestra! Everyone down here is great to be around, and all my teachers are so inspiring. I’m also really enjoying being right in the centre of London but I do miss being able to sleep without some loud siren whizzing past my window!

Dales musical couple's amazing charity record..

Jackie Tiplady of Barclays Bank, Barbara Roocroft, Jane Bradshaw of St Teresa's Hospice and Stan Roocroft.
Jackie Tiplady of Barclays Bank, Barbara Roocroft, Jane Bradshaw of St Teresa's Hospice and Stan Roocroft.

The 60 year musical partnership of Stan and Barbara Roocroft is is known and celebrated throughout the Dales and beyond.

What may be less trumpeted is that through a single event, the annual Christmas Charity Concert in their home town of Hawes, they have with the support of the community raised more than £50,000 for a host of good causes, the music being provided by Hawes Silver Band and the Aysgarth Singers, both conducted by Stan, and the Young Voices choir conducted by Barbara.

The concerts started 30 years ago by the Roocrofts have supported both local and national charities and 2017 was the turn of St Teresa's Hospice, Darlington who benefited to the tune of to the tune of £2442 with match-funding provided by Barclays Bank as part of their community commitment.

Photo and article courtesy of 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, as well as Hawes Silver Band. He was also conductor of the Wensleydale Philharmonic Orchestra for many years. He has been an adjudicator at music and band festivals for over 45 years within the British and International Federation of Festivals and has adjudicated and tutored for the National Chamber Music Competition for Schools Trust.

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.

Stan%20roocroft%201 1
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. Melanie Geldeart.

Second tenor horn. Anne Johnson.

First baritone horn. Abbie Rhodes.

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. Tony Playfoot.

Second Eb bass Gerald Hodgson.

Bb bass. Ron Snaith.

Percussion. Simon Greenslade.

Tuned Percussion. Barbara Greenslade.


Dales Music

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