A community band in the Moorlands is set to be back in full swing this weekend. Following a long break due to the pandemic, members of the Cheadle Community Band will be back rehearsing together from Saturday (July 31).
A community band in the Moorlands is set to be back in full swing this weekend.
Following a long break due to the pandemic, members of the Cheadle Community Band will be back rehearsing together from Saturday, July 31.
Rob Ellis, who runs the music band, said: “Cheadle Community Band rehearsals will relaunch this coming Saturday at Gravelly Bank Farm in Hollington.
“Rehearsals are from 10am to noon, and we will be playing in a well-ventilated barn to help reduce the risks of Covid.
“There are no auditions and players of all ages (18 plus) and abilities are welcome to come along.
“The first session will be absolutely free and from thereon in, £2 per session.
“Music and teaching will be provided and we’re very much a social group who strive to play pieces to the best of our abilities.”
The Cheadle Community Band has previously played at charity events raising money for the Donna Louise Trust and the Dougie Mac and they can be regularly heard at local events such as Oakamoor Hill Climb, Cheadle Party in the Park, Alton Garden Festival and the Ipstones Show.
Rob added: “We’re massively keen to recruit new members. It’s a real boon to have such a great orchestra in the town and people come from as far afield as Newcastle, Waterhouses and Tutbury to attend rehearsals.
“We’re going to go back to basics with the music as many people won’t have been playing much over the last 18 months. Now is a great time to join as the music will be straightforward and new to us all so we’re all in the same boat.
“Ability and experience are no barriers to coming along. Why not give it go?”
New members are welcome to pop along to Gravelly Bank Farm on Saturday morning or they can contact Rob directly on 07527 255911 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cheadle Community Band was formed in 2015 from the former ‘Open Band’ which was created by Chris Latham.
Their aim and vision was very much akin to his – a band for people of all abilities to come together, learn music and have a great time.
Under the baton of Rob Ellis, the band has steadily grown in numbers and has an enviable repertoire spanning all genres of music from Classical, Jazz, Contemporary and Big Band.
They have, over the years, played Christmas Carols at the children’s ward at Royal Stoke University Hospital and also run several Songs Of Praise events, and they have performed alongside the Cheadle Choral Society as well as the Wetley Rocks Male Voice Choir.
To keep up to date with the Cheadle Community Band, go online to: www.facebook.com/cheadlecommunityband.
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