We were saddened to hear of the passing of Peter Woodhouse, a former member of Bilsdale Silver Band.
Although his principal instrument had been the violin, he had a dual existence with us: in addition to playing tenor trombone, he would conduct the Band when necessary! Click to enlarge...
Click here for an image of a very young Peter, already showing his conducting skills!
We are most grateful for the generous donation of his personal trombone to the Band...
In Memory of Raymond Wood
It is with sadness that we heard of the death of former band member Raymond Wood, aged 89 years, who passed away on 2nd March 2018.
Ray was a loyal player and supporter of Bilsdale Silver Band for over 70 years. He started with the band as a young lad, playing 2nd cornet, and moved around various instruments and positions before settling on Eb Bass.
In 2009 Ray was presented with a Long Service Award from Bilsdale Silver Band by the then-Director of Music, Richard 'Dick' Blackford. This recognised Ray's 70 years as a valued member of the Band.
Ray will be fondly remembered by Band Members and followers alike. A true gentleman and Bilsdale character....
Phew! 'What a Scorcher'...... Father's Day at Nunnington Hall
More than 700 people passed through the gates of Nunnington Hall to celebrate Father's Day. Croquet on the lawn of the magnificent gardens, a barbecue, and the hottest day of the year were topped off by music of all genres, played by Bilsdale Silver Band.
Bilsdale Silver Band Appoints New Musical Director
Christmas Carolling, Stokesley - 2016
The Band was pleased to be invited to play around the Christmas Tree at West Green Stokesley; there was a large, appreciative audience - and the weather was fine!
Our grateful thanks go to Paul D Hunter for the following, excellent set of images:
Click on the collage to launch flickr, where you can browse and page through each thumbnail (or click to enlarge).
Christmas Concert - 2015
Our 2015 Christmas Concert took place at Chop Gate Village Hall on Tuesday 8th December - and was attended by an enthusiastic audience. The mixture of music - including festive numbers, and carols sung by the audience - was well-received.
A highlight of the evening was a performance by youngsters from Bilsdale Midcable Chop Gate and Carlton and Faceby Confederated Schools, under the expert baton of their tutor Richard Walter. These were the children who, last year, benefited from The Les Featherstone Bequest; it is wonderful to see how they have progressed...
Thanks are due to Helen Robinson and Robin Atkinson for their catering and organising help during the evening - and to all those donating refreshments, and raffle items.
The sum of £100 from the proceeds of the evening will be donated to The Yorkshire Air Ambulance Charity.
Click here to download this poster to place in your window, school, place of work etc!
"Bilsdale Fantasia" - a New Composition for Brass Band
Kirkbymoorside Town Brass Band followed this with a great performance at their traditional Christmas Concert at Kirkbymoorside Memorial Hall on Sunday 21st December 2014.
After extensive discussions, it has now been agreed that the Band will sponsor brass tuition at Bilsdale Midcable Chop Gate and Carlton and Faceby Schools - in the belief that teaching local youngsters to play brass instruments is a valuable skill for life, and will ultimately help perpetuate Bilsdale Silver Band.
The Band would also like to involve these youngsters in our Chop Gate Christmas Concert, and - within a short time - would like to re-establish the Bilsdale Training Band at Chop Gate Village Hall in which they could regularly participate.
Easingwold Workshop for Young Brass Players
On Sunday 15th June 2014, Easingwold Town Band ran a 'Workshop for Young Brass Players' at the Galtres Centre, tutored by Richard Marshall, principal cornet of Black Dyke Band.
Emma attended on behalf of Bilsdale Silver Band; also present is the past Teacher / Conductor of our Training Band...
Damian Dunphy Takes a Final Bow with Bilsdale
Our concert at Saltburn Bandstand on Sunday 1st June 2014 was very successful - well-attended, and with splendid sunny weather; however, it marked our final concert under the direction of Damian Dunphy.
We have been fortunate to have Damian's expert guidance for the last six years and, during that time, the Band has improved in all aspects of its performance.
To express the thanks and appreciation of the Band, Damian was presented with a suitably-inscribed baton case.
We wish Damian every success in the future, and send our best wishes to his wife Laura, and son Harry.
What an Evening!
Tuesday 17th December saw our annual Christmas Concert at Chop Gate Village Hall; what an successful evening! The audience numbered more than 50, and they had a great time - singing carols, and enjoying the Band's festive music.
The Band's thanks go to all the audience, those donating prizes to the raffle, our willing team of lady helpers (we know who you are - for next year :-) - and to our Musical Director who has worked so hard.
From the proceeds of the Concert, the Band is making a donation of £140 to Alzheimer's Society.
Welcome to Bilsdale Silver Band!
The Band is delighted to welcome two new Members to its ranks: Tim Hampshire returns to playing tenor trombone after a lengthy break, accompanied by daughter, Emma, on cornet.
Emma has already achieved Grade 3 on trumpet - congratulations! Here they are both seen at a recent Concert...
** STOP PRESS: July 2014 - Emma has now achieved Grade 4 on cornet. Well done, Emma!
Amongst others, the Band now also includes sixteen Members from seven different families!
Can you help us increase these numbers? If you would like to play with a friendly, non-competing band - we still have vacancies for established or returning musicians - or confident beginners!
See here for more details!
From its Trading Surplus for the year Sept 2011 - August 2012, Bilsdale Silver Band has made charitable donations totalling £530 to seven different oranisations, including The Great Northern Air Ambulance, Asthma UK, and Macmillan Cancer Support.
We are grateful to "our customers" who have engaged, booked and supported us over the year - and who have made this possible...
George Ainsley (1929 - 2012) &
Bilsdale Silver Band was saddened to hear of the passing of both William George Ainsley and his wife Marjorie (Madge), with four weeks of each other...
For sixty-odd years, William was also Secretary of Spout House Cricket Club - famed for its vertiginous pitch. A splendid tribute - "William draws stumps" - has appeared in The Northern Echo.
The Band has always been heartily welcomed - and enjoyed - its sessions at Spout House; a most memorable occasion - in 2007 - was the celebration of William and Madge's 50th wedding anniversary. This photo is how many of us will remember Madge and William, outside The Sun Inn...
An excellent page on the genealogy of the Ainsleys - dedicated to the memory of William and Madge Ainsley of the Sun Inn - appears here...
Why not take a look at this video of Bilsdale Silver Band playing carols at Rievaulx Abbey last year! With grateful thanks to Dr Kajetan Erdinger...
The event was Number One in the Guardian list of Carol Services a few years ago...
The video is 46 minutes long - we suggest you get a beer, sit back and get singing...
Cricket Match, and Joint Concert with The Shepherd Group Concert Band
Sunday 4th July 2010 saw Bilsdale Silver Band beat The Shepherd Group Concert Band at the Cricket Match, held at The Sun Inn, Spout House, Bilsdale; no expense has been spared to bring you this report from our Cricket Correspondent:
Click here to see how cricket-playing Band Members looked in 1896....
In the evening, 37 Members of the two Bands gave a lively concert, the proceeds (£67) from which went to Chop Gate Village Hall funds.
Our thanks to all our colleagues at Shepherd's - and particularly to Mike Pratt for his enthusiastic conducting!
Sesquicentenary of a Notable Performance by Bilsdale Band!
Welcome to The Williams Family!
Bilsdale Silver Band welcomes four members of the Williams family who live at Castleton - a village on the North York Moors located between Danby and Westerdale.
Jonathan commutes to Teesside University, and is in the second year of a Law degree. His brother Matthew travels to Whitby 6th Form College, and amongst his subjects are Law and Psychology.
Susan retired from British Telecom when the boys were born, and now works part-time in the village Co-operative store where she is the in-store baker. Andrew is a manager with Corus, and lives in Lincoln during the week.
The family has a passion for brass banding, and are established players. They enjoy the music and the new friendships found at Bilsdale, and are looking forward to supporting the Band for many years to come.
Bilsdale Silver Band Appoints Musical Director
Bilsdale Silver Band wins Grants
In December 2006, the Bilsdale Silver Band gained an Award of £10,000 from Awards for All (adminstered by the Big Lottery Fund). This Award is being used to encourage more people of all generations to play a brass instrument and to join the Band. This has involved purchasing more brass instruments, introducing a training band, and publicising the Band.
A second grant for £6,770 was received from the Local Network Fund of York and North Yorkshire Community Council (a Department of Education Grant).
In addition, in October 2006 we received an Award of £2,500 from the Ryedale Community Investment Panel to extend our activities to the local community.