Coppergate Carolling Success

12th April 2016

Every year the bands of the Shepherd Group club together and spend a weekend in December carolling to raise funds for the band.

Sweet chiming bells.


This year was no exception and on the weekend of the 12th and 13th December members of all the Shepherds bands braved the winter elements for a weekend of carolling and managed to raise a whopping £1,000 and even the weather turned out to be in our favour! 

This is a great total and will be put towards new instruments for our future generation of players!

Massive thank you to all those who turned out and it was great to see so many of our young players giving up their weekend to help the band. 

Another Christmas Sell Out

Another Christmas Sell-Out!

12th April 2016

Every year the four bands of the Shepherd Group put on a Gala Christmas Concert at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre in York, and every year the concert is a huge success!

Time to join in….

This year audiences were treated to some beautiful festive music played by musicians of all ages, they experienced Mike Pratt’s dancing and even witnessed a flashmob! But it’s safe to say it all went down a treat.

Our sponsor Mr Patrick Shepherd had this to say:

“Each year each of the bands gets better but this year we were struck by how good the Academy band is now, but the Brass Band was exceptional, particularly its playing of ‘Fire in the Blood’ that was really moving. It is a great pleasure that the group is associated with such a successful enterprise, it has achieved so much over the last 10 or so years.”

Our Christmas concerts at Joseph Rowntree are proving to be so successful that we are even in talks with the theatre about putting on a third night next year – so keep an eye out!

Tickets for our summer concert, which is taking place on 4th June at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre are now on sale and are selling fast!

All Four One – CD Recording

12th April 2016

Ever since Richard Wilton joined the organisation back in 2010 it has been his aim to do a big CD recording featuring all of the bands. Well, almost six years on his wish has been granted, when all four of the Shepherd Group Brass Bands took to the recording studio at the end of January for a weekend of CD recording!

Senior Band Front Row Cornets

Senior Band Back Row Cornets

Each band recorded a few tracks each, which for many was a totally new experience. This is the first time that the Concert Band, Youth Band and Academy Brass have ever been in a recording environment and everyone handled the pressure brilliantl

Jess working with Academy Brass

The CD was recorded by KMJ recordings, who go around the country recording some of the best bands in the country including the Brighouse and Rastrick Band, Black Dyke Band and the Grimethorpe Colliery Band. The bandroom literally became transformed into a fully fledged recording studio and the fabulous Jess Tredrea guided everyone through the recording process with the upmost professionalism and musicality. She really was an absolute pleasure to work with.

Concert Band Recording Session

Richard says:
“This has been something that I have always wanted to do, I’m absolutely over the moon at how well it has gone and I literally can’t wait to listen to it!”

The CD, which has been aptly named “All Four One” is due to launch at our upcoming concert at the Joseph Rowntree theatre in York on 4th June. This evening is always hugely popular and always sells out.

Area Contest 2016

As many of you will now be aware the band competed at the North of England Area contest this March in Durham. The band had an absolutely excellent day out in Durham and our end performance of Cambridge Variations is something that we are hugely proud of. 

En route to Durham

Unfortunately, despite the band working hard and playing really well the result didn’t go in our favour. Naturally everyone in the band is really disappointed, but we’re all feeling positive and are very much looking forward to competing at the All English International Masters competition in May! We would like to thank all of our lovely supporters and all of those who wished us luck. In particular we owe a huge thanks to our Musical Director Mr Richard Wilton, whose tireless commitment and enthusiasm is the backbone of the band – we really couldn’t do it without him. Onwards and upwards!

We would also like to offer a huge congratulations to the Reg Vardy Band and EYMS and wish luck to both bands at the Royal Albert Hall! Also massive congratulations to all our friends at the Railway Institute Band – a fantastic and well deserved result!