Audley Brass recently held its annual Friends and Awards Concert at the Central Methodist Church Hall in Bignall End. Playing to a sell out audience the band performed tunes
from stage and screen both large and small with items as diverse as the theme from the film Jurassic Park to the
theme from the television series Clayhanger which was based in the Potteries.
During the evening there were a number of awards made as follows: MD’s Award – Steve Oldham, Young player – Callum Hill, Outstanding Contribution – Sarah Turner, Players Player – Callum Hill and Bandsman of the Year (The Presidents Cup) – Neil Johnson (third year in a row that Neil has received this award!) It has become a tradition at this event that a life member is installed and 2014 it was no different! A life membership is conferred in recognition of a person’s longstanding commitment and support of the band and this year the recipient was Mrs. Lyn Harrison. Lyn has been connected to the band for more than thirty years and has filled many roles as well as being a player for most of that time. Lyn and her husband Bryan have always given generously of their time to the band and indeed Bryan is also the band’s Vice President. They have both been hugely supportive to the band and we are extremely grateful for their time and energy they continue to invest in us.
The band has been extremely fortunate this year. Early in the spring we received a grant from the Community Chest, through Councillor Ann Beech, to help us purchase new
Brass Cases. A new BBb Bass can cost in the order of £8000 so you will understand that it is important that they are protected when being transported. We are
very grateful to Ann for her support.
We also received a legacy from the will of the late Mrs. Thorley Platt. The legacy was a substantial £3000 which meant we were able to invest in a new Rath trombone for the solo seat player and also some new stands and very smart banners which we used at the concert. The banners are a smart red and black, embroidered with the crest of Lord Audley and each one embroidered on the back “In memory of Mrs. Thorley Platt”. They will be a lasting reminder of Mrs. Thorley Platt’s legacy.
The band is currently on the look out for players, particularly cornet and bass players, so if you are a player or ex player or you know someone who would like to be part of this 112 year old organisation, make contact with us via the website: www.audleybrass.org or come along to the band room any Wednesday or Sunday between 7.15 and 9.15pm. You will be made very welcome.
We will look forward to seeing you at various events in and around the village during the remainder of the year and thank you for your continued support of your village band