Abbey Brass is part of a national initiative launched by Brass Bands England to save the many UK brass bands who are struggling to survive through the COVID-19 pandemic. Brass bands are a core of their local community, and many risk disappearing altogether without your help.
Like many other bands, the pandemic has meant that we've been unable to perform and so our usual income has dropped significantly. As well as coping with that, our band hut in central Abingdon has become damaged and is now unusable. We are in the process of moving to a temporary location to begin rehearsals again, but now have an additional expenditure that we need to cover in order to continue performing for the people of Abingdon and teaching children & adults to learn and play music, as we have done for over 40 years. We've been fundraising to replace our building already, but are at risk of needing to spend that money on rent instead of on a replacement building.
Why are we crowdfunding?
Your donations will be used to cover the rent of our temporary home and also help us to develop a new building.
About Abbey Brass
We are a traditional British brass band from Abingdon-on-Thames, in the Vale of White Horse, South Oxfordshire. We formed in 1977.
As a registered charity, our aim is to provide education and training for young people and adults in the playing of brass instruments, to promote the appreciation and understanding of brass band music and stimulate interest in the art of brass band playing.
Within the Abbey Brass organisation, there are two full brass bands (Main Band and Training Band) and a learners group.
About Save Our Brass Bands
Brass bands exist in every corner of the UK, with over 30,000 people of all ages and standards taking part in weekly activity – rehearsing, performing and providing entertainment for their local community.
But we risk losing this forever.
Brass Bands saw their main source of income disappear in an instant when they ceased being able to perform in March in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Months later, we still don’t know when normal performances will be able to take place. A significant loss in income over the Summer months, paired with necessary expenditure needed to make rehearsal spaces Covid compliant means that many Brass Bands are in a perilous financial situation.
Without urgent support, we could lose our nation’s amazing Brass Bands. Please help us to make sure they survive this crisis and will be there to be enjoyed by future generations.
Please donate, share this page widely and do what you can to help us to make sure our Brass Bands survive this crisis.