Alnwick Playhouse Concert Band
Alnwick Playhouse Concert Band was founded in 1994 and on the 18th March 1995 in the Playhouse, to a near sell-out audience and to great critical acclaim, the Band performed its first ever concert. Since then the Band has gone from strength to strength and is now an established musical group of repute within the town.
The Band takes its name from its adopted home, Alnwick Playhouse, where rehearsals take place on a weekly basis and where the Band performs its main concerts. The Band is very fortunate to have such an excellent venue as its base and is grateful for the continuous support it receives from the management and staff of the Playhouse.
The Band members, whose ages range from 12 to 60 plus, come from throughout Northumberland. None of them receive remuneration for playing in the Band. They play because they enjoy music making with likeminded people in a friendly environment.
The Band is funded from proceeds it receives from concert performances, from donations and grants from charitable organisations and from members’ subscriptions, all of which go to meet the continuous expenditure on music and instrument maintenance.
In 1995 the Duchess of Northumberland agreed to become the Band’s Patron. The Band members are grateful that Her Grace wishes to be associated with the Band in this way.
As well as performing its main concert in the Playhouse in the spring of each year, the Band has played at many other venues including churches, village halls, parks, schools and village fairs at locations throughout the North East of England.