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  Hurworth Concert Band

About Us

The Concert Band is made up of brass, woodwind and percussion. The history of the band is quite long since it was founded on the 16 th of October 1986. From small beginnings it has grown to over 30 regular players who work under the direction of Bob Howe, who is an accomplished musician himself.

Bob has an extensive military musical background as a warrant officer,WO2, in the Light Infantry of the Burma Band where he worked for 15 years as a Band Sergeant Major. His responsibilities included, conducting, orchestration and performance. His skill and experience are entirely responsible for the increasingly high standard of performance the band achieves today.

Our aim is to make a significant contribution in the community for players and non-players. Musicians of all standards are welcome and will soon find their skills growing, being fostered by the creative and supportive environment of the band.

Bob has created a well-organised and extensive library enabling him to provide a wide range of music. This includes classical, pop, film, dance etc. both recent or not - the best arrangements are guaranteed. Musical variety is fabulous and ensures there’s something for everyone.

The band rehearses every Wednesday evening between 7.30 and 9.30 at Hurworth Grange which is about 4 miles from Darlington. New players are always appreciated!

At the moment we have particular vacancies for a drummer/percussionist and tuba.

If you play any band instrument and enjoy music then please don’t hesitate – give us a call – all ages and abilities will be given a warm welcome. There is no charge to join the band but many members have chosen to join a weekly £1 draw, which goes towards hall fees etc. Rehearsals are conducted in the comfort of Hadwin hall, Hurworth Grange. There is good parking and a great little bar.

Contact Carolyn or Gill to engage the band.

All requests will be considered and the rates found to be very reasonable. Performances are tailored to meet the needs of the group or gathering making the booking.
We have performed for private parties, for corporate and fundraising events using a variety of venues from village and church halls, concert halls and also out of doors often on a bandstand.

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Latest News

Our recent AGM has led to some major changes to the committee.

After many years and innumerable hours of service the chairman, Keith Sandick and secretary Gary Bridge have both stepped down.   Saying thank you barely reflects the immense appreciation we feel for all their work over what must be ‘teens’ of years.   Their contributions have made a huge difference to the running of the band. So once again many thanks.

The good news is that we’re not loosing their support.   We trust they will be able to enjoy future playing free from responsibilities.

Thanks and good luck to our new chairperson Caroline Smiles and secretary Gill Chapple.

Contact Us

Carolyn Smiles      07717 244579

Gill Chapple      07870 388521

Colin Yates (Band Treasurer)      01609 881304

Hurworth Grange Community Centre
41 Hurworth Road
Hurworth Place
County Durham
Telephone 01325 720840