BOOK THE BAND
Chapel-en-le-Frith Town Band can provide music to suit most occasions – for example, a summer afternoon with familiar tunes providing a pleasant background, a Bavarian Evening which will get your customers on their feet as they “schunkeln” the night away.
The band is available to play at fetes, garden parties, formal concerts, weddings, birthdays and many more. Space is not a problem – we can provide groups from as few as four players to virtually a whole band of twenty, depending on the event.
A live brass band can enhance most events so why not drop us a message, either click the Contact Us (see below). We look forward to hearing from you
Rehearsals 19:30 – 21:00 at the band station. Everyone is welcome and we are always looking for new players band.
THE BAND STATION
Chapel-en-le-Frith Town Band has managed to secure the old station masters house for use as there band room on a peppercorn rate but it is an appalling state and needs a complete refurbishment. We have used band funds to get 1 room in a usable condition but now we have run out of funds.
The project will run in phases.
Phase 1 – £1000 – This money will be used to clean up all rooms in the station building. Plaster any walls that need plastering and giving all walls a good paint. Put locks on all doors and just generally tidy up the place.
Phase 2 – sort out the plumbing in the men’s toilets (only ladies working at the moment). New external doors. New lights in some of the rooms.
Phase 3 – Make the practice room bigger and more usable. More plans and updates to come.
A little about Us
The early years
Chapel-en-le-Frith Town Band was formed in 1882. Consequently, it has become a cultural part of life in Chapel-en-le-Frith and has been so for at least 150 years.
The popularity of brass bands in the early 20th century was huge! It’s thought that there were approximately 40,000 in existence in Britain around this time. There were bands in Castleton Chinley and Bugsworth, as well as Whaley Bridge, Peak Dale, Dove Holes and Fairfield. Chapel-en-le-Frith Parish Church released their brass players in 1882 to be replaced by the latest trend ‘the organ’. So, the band was formed!
In later years, the brass band movement swept across the British Isles and eventually to many countries around the world. It still it thrives today.
In the early part of the 20th century, a number of bands were active in and around Chapel-en-le-Frith, including the Town Band and the Volunteer Band, and there were also bands in Castleton, Chinley and Bugsworth, as well as Whaley Bridge, Dove Holes, Peak Dale and Fairfield.
There was a great rivalry between the bands and there are stories of competitions between them, which involved playing while marching up the steep cobbled incline of Church Brow.
By the end of the Second World War only the Chapel-en-le-Frith Town Band survived in the township and at that time it entered one of the most successful periods of its history.
In the late 1940s, the Town Band gained Championship status at various competitions in the North of England and competed at the prestigious Belle Vue Championships, Manchester, against the cream of the country’s brass bands, under the direction of Mr Frank Moss, a local musician.
For major competitions, the band was frequently coached by some of the country’s leading band conductors, including the members of the legendary Mortimer family, including Fred Mortimer, conductor of the famous Foden’s Motor Works Band, and two of his sons, Harry and Alex.
Post War Years
In the early 1950s, Mr Moss and a number of players left the Town band to form the Ferodo Works Band, based in the town, where, for several years, they were generously supported by the company.
The Ferodo Band became one of the country’s top bands, winning the Belle Vue Championships in 1955 under the direction of George Hespe. But the Town Band, recovering from the loss of players to Ferodo, itself attained a high standard winning the National Championship of Great Britain (Second Section) in London in the same year, under the direction of Mr Joe Cooke, another local musician
After a period of several years, the Ferodo company withdrew its sponsorship and the works band folded. For the past 50 years, the Town Band has fulfilled engagements throughout the district and competed in competitions throughout the country, providing entertainment for audiences, introducing many young people to the joys of music-making and helping to raise many thousands of pounds for various charitable causes within the locality.
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