Homecoming for Bookham’s Hornblowers!

bandtempThe Mole Valley Silver Band returns to its roots this summer with a concert at Bookham’s Barn Hall. The concert, on June 20th is the latest of a series going back over many years as a fixture of Bookham Village Week.  The concert will be a varied programme of music to suit all tastes and the band is delighted to be part of the community’s activities and fund raising efforts for the Barn Hall.

The Band can trace its history back to the late 1800s when it was known as the Leatherhead Town Band and at one point was the Bookham and District Silver Band after WWII. The band took its current name in 1974.

Today’s players come from all walks of life and include teachers, engineers and schoolchildren. This year Mole Valley Silver Band formed a training band for novice players of any age at Grade 3 or above. This group is run by three experienced brass players, two of them qualified teachers to help the newbies play marches, film and TV themes, classical arrangements and popular melodies. All you need is bags of enthusiasm – if you are interested please contact us.

Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings with the training band from 5.50pm until 7.00pm and the main band from 7.45pm until 9.45pm.

Earlier this year the band started the playing season with an open air concert at the Swan Centre in Leatherhead as part of the Easter celebrations being organised by Churches Together. Several other engagements are in the diary and the band is looking forward to playing around the area over the summer months.

For more information about tickets for the Barn Hall Concert or how to become a member of the training band or main band please contact the Secretary, Sarah Kent on 01372 456176 or via the website molevalleysilverband.org.uk.

The Mole Valley Silver Band pictured here attributed to Eddie Hyde Photography at the Dorking Halls will play popular and classical pieces at the Old Barn Hall on Monday June 20.  The concert begins at 7:30pm. More information from Mole Valley Silver Band’s Sarah Kent on 01372 456176.

Sarah Kent

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