Band marks 20th birthday

Alnwick Playhouse Concert Band.
Alnwick Playhouse Concert Band.

Alnwick Playhouse Concert Band is celebrating 20 years of musical memories at the town’s Playhouse next weekend.

This special event will feature members from the group, past and present, performing a selection of favourites from the last two decades.

The Saturday concert should be a memorable affair, as the band has forged a fine reputation for itself since forming.

It was founded in 1994 by Ray Thompson and Glen Hogg who, having previously been members of the disbanded North Northumberland Orchestra, decided to create the concert band.

The inaugural rehearsal, at the Playhouse on November 2 of that year, attracted 24 musicians. This higher-than-expected level of interest provided the necessary assurance that a concert band in Alnwick was a viable proposition.

Having made successful grant applications to local arts and charitable organisations to purchase more music, the band began preparing for its concert premiere. This came on March 18, 1995, in the Playhouse and to a near sell-out audience and to great critical acclaim.

The band has not looked back and is now an established musical group of repute within the town.

Other highlights over the last two decades have included the group’s first performance overseas. Members made the trip to France in 1999. The musicians come from throughout Northumberland and members represent a broad age range.

The band’s semi-quaver logo was designed by Glen Hogg. It features the red and yellow vertical interlocking bars of the Northumberland County flag and the Percy lion.

Welcome drink and entertainment from 6pm (free to ticket holders). Concert commences at 7pm. Dress in your glad rags. Tickets are £10, £9 conc. Call 01665 510785.