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  Hurworth Concert Band

About Us

The Concert Band is made up of brass, woodwind and percussion. The history of the band is quite long since it was founded on the 16 th of October 1986. From small beginnings it has grown to over 30 regular players who work under the direction of Bob Howe, who is an accomplished musician himself.

Bob has an extensive military musical background as a warrant officer,WO2, in the Light Infantry of the Burma Band where he worked for 15 years as a Band Sergeant Major. His responsibilities included, conducting, orchestration and performance. His skill and experience are entirely responsible for the increasingly high standard of performance the band achieves today.

Our aim is to make a significant contribution in the community for players and non-players. Musicians of all standards are welcome and will soon find their skills growing, being fostered by the creative and supportive environment of the band.

Bob has created a well-organised and extensive library enabling him to provide a wide range of music. This includes classical, pop, film, dance etc. both recent or not - the best arrangements are guaranteed. Musical variety is fabulous and ensures there’s something for everyone.

The band rehearses every Wednesday evening between 7.30 and 9.30 at Hurworth Grange which is about 4 miles from Darlington. New players are always appreciated!

At the moment we have particular vacancies for a drummer/percussionist and tuba.

If you play any band instrument and enjoy music then please don’t hesitate – give us a call – all ages and abilities will be given a warm welcome. There is no charge to join the band but many members have chosen to join a weekly £1 draw, which goes towards hall fees etc. Rehearsals are conducted in the comfort of Hadwin hall, Hurworth Grange. There is good parking and a great little bar.

Contact Carolyn or Gill to engage the band.

All requests will be considered and the rates found to be very reasonable. Performances are tailored to meet the needs of the group or gathering making the booking.
We have performed for private parties, for corporate and fundraising events using a variety of venues from village and church halls, concert halls and also out of doors often on a bandstand.

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Latest News

The Band is Busy A group of band members played at a private party last weekend at the birthday girls local pub. It proved to be the start of a great night.

The Picnic in the Park at Ingleton is coming up soon followed by a few regular bookings.

It’s also great to get a new booking in a different venue – See the Town Hall at Spennymoor in October.

The band is busy and so is bob, giving us lots of great new music to get our teeth into.

Picnic in the park comes to Ingleton

Ingleton Playing Fields
Saturday 30th June 4:30 - 10:30pm

Featuring:     Hurworth Concert Band, DVD (blues), Heavily Brothers (60's), finishing with DVD (rock).
Tickets are £5 each, under 16's are free if accompanied by an adult.
Bring your own food and drink, chairs, blankets, gazebos, etc.

For tickets please contact: 01325 730092 / 07746 083205 / 01325 73066 (Ingleton School Office)  

Contact Us

Carolyn Smiles      07717 244579

Gill Chapple      07870 388521

Colin Yates (Band Treasurer)      01609 881304

Hurworth Grange Community Centre
41 Hurworth Road
Hurworth Place
County Durham
Telephone 01325 720840