Leyland Band 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.
Why are we crowdfunding?
Due to the restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the band has been unable to perform publicly or even rehearse since March 2020. The band relies on income from public performance for its survival.
Your donations will be used to help fund the band and pay rental on our rehearsal facilities until we are able to perform once more and ensure our survival.
About Leyland Band
Founded in 1946 in the heart of industrial Lancashire, Leyland Band is one of the pre-eminent brass bands in the world. For over 70 years, the band has forged a reputation for quality performance, with innovative and engaging repertoire. This is reinforced by an impressive list of contest successes including British Open Champions, National Champions of Great Britain, five times winner of the Brass in Concert Championships and three time All England Masters Champions; all achieved since emerging onto the national contesting scene in the early 1980s. The band has also proudly represented England at the European Brass Band Championships twice since the turn of the millennium.
One of the most sought after brass ensembles on the concert platform, Leyland Band regularly performs in all parts of the United Kingdom including world famous venues, from the Royal Albert Hall, London to The Waterfront Hall, Belfast. The band’s international reputation is equally impressive, with groundbreaking tours to Japan, Korea and the United States of America, as well as many appearances in Europe. In July 2015 the band performed to over two thousand people at the renowned Innsbruck Promenade Concert Series in Austria, the first English brass band to be asked to play there. The band returned to perform again in 2017, to much critical acclaim.
From traditional music to contemporary new commissions, the band is known for providing a wide spectrum of programming to suit any audience. Leyland Band is proud to be ambassadors for its home town and the United Kingdom through its musical excellence and professional presentation wherever they perform.
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.