Monthly Archives: July 2020

Some early brass band contests pictured

A huge crowd at the Raith contest – 19th August 1905 – Raith Park, Kirkcaldy. Attracted 17 bands, test piece Tam O’Shanter (Harry Round), adjudicator W.M. Short, won by Polton Mills Band. The Glastonbury Band Contest – 1st September 1906, … Continue reading

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Richard Taylor (1867-1943) – bandmaster and trainer

Richard Taylor was a bandmaster and band trainer in the north-east of England. Having had a successful musical career in the UK he emigrated with his family to Australia in 1926 to establish a further series of musical endeavours. Thanks … Continue reading

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Alton Towers – 1930’s, not a rollercoaster in sight

Alton Towers – before it became a theme park. After the Earl of Shrewsbury died in 1921, the Countess eventually sold the estate to some businessmen who kept the gardens open and parts of the house, for visitors. Band concerts … Continue reading

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Wheatley Hill Colliery Band – the case of the altered photograph

There are two photographs of the band in 1910. In the first, with the band posed for a usual formal picture, there is a man, not in uniform, sitting on the right of the conductor. In the second photograph, which … Continue reading

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Scunthorpe Borough Boys’ Juvenile Band

The Scunthorpe Borough Boys’ Juvenile Band was formed in May 1944 following a meeting between William Richards and Mr. D.J.K. Quibell, M.P., where it was agreed to establish a junior band in the town. Instruments were provided by the generosity … Continue reading

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