Support Blackley Brass Band

by Blackley Band in Manchester, England, United Kingdom

Total raised £3,641

raised so far



Blackley Band is fundraising to keep us alive after a very difficult 2020. We want to continue to bring music to Manchester and beyond.

by Blackley Band in Manchester, England, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 19th December 2020 we'd raised £2,873 with 86 supporters in 32 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

We were planning on attending the Norwegian Open in 2021, we've rescheduled this to 2022 but we're 12 months behind on fundraising. Anything above our target will be put towards fundraising for Norway.

Blackley 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. 

We are a Manchester based brass band who regularly perform 30-40 concerts a year. This year we have managed 1 concert, 1 contest and a number of socially distanced videos. We are crowdfunding to ensure that when we return to the band room we can continue to rehearse and perform safely whilst doing what we love. We would be grateful for any donations no matter how small to help us get back out in to the community and bring music and joy back to the churches, parks and halls around North Manchester. We will be offering some rewards for donations and if any of our friends and followers have anything they wish to offer for a donation to the band we will be eternally grateful. 

Blackley Band at Manchester Cathedral 2019


Why are we crowdfunding?

We are a 4th section band who prides ourselves on performing excellent, entertaining and unique concerts throughout the year. On an average year we perform across the North West in 30-40 concerts every year before Covid-19. So far in 2020 we have performed 1 concert and at 1 contest. We have been lucky enough to create some socially distanced performances and release a number of videos across our social platforms. However we are desperate to get back together and play as a band and perform to the community. 

We are crowdfunding to raise funds to survive, without the concerts this year every band has taken a hit, we are no different. The funds we raise through this campaign will go towards helping us survive, paying our room rent, MD fees, insurances etc that we have commitments to. We also want to offer the community something to look forward which is why early in the lockdown process we decided to do a free concert for all as soon as we could once we were back as a full band. As we have been away so long we need to make that concert even more special so we are looking to make a larger event and bring something amazing to Manchester. We have had very little opportunity to raise any money this year so anything we raise will be a massive help and bonus. 

We also want to get back to rehearsing in person, to do this we want to purchase some 'covid secure' products that will help us do this. From hand sanitiser to music stands we are reviewing everything to make it as safe as possible. 

 The Last Post - played by Paul at the VJ Day Remembrance Service

About Blackley Band

Founded as a Home Guard Band during World War 2 the Blackley Band has served North Manchester for over 75 years. With a rich and successful history we have performed across the North West and even visiting the Royal Albert Hall on a couple of occasions. In recent years we have moved with the times and started to share our music making and entertainment values across Europe with performances in France and Germany. 

Under the musical direction of Adie Smith we have transitioned quickly in to the online world during this pandemic with videos being produced since the start of lockdown. We took part in the virtual Manchester VE Day service with our first distanced video of Abide With Me, since then our confidence and skills have evolved and we recently placed 5th in the Cory Online Entertainments Contest with a 10 minute programme of lockdown inspired music. We have grown our presence on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter which has allowed us to continue to feel part of the community but we can't wait to be back together and performing as a band. 

 Attending the National Finals 2000

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.



This project offered rewards

£25 or more

A Curly Blow Dry

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£1 or more

£1 or more!! Thank You!

Donate £1 or more to our Crowdfunder and we will add you to our wall of thanks on the website. Let us know if you don't want to be featured.

£10 or more

Choose a piece for a concert + 1 ticket

Work with our MD to pick your favourite piece for a concert at the bandroom! The reward includes a ticket so you can see it played

£10 or more

Pack of 5 handmade Christmas Cards

We can post you a hand made pack of 5 Christmas Cards immediately to share amongst your friends and family.

£10 or more

Happy Birthday from Blackley Band

Receive a personalised video of one of our players playing Happy Birthday.

£10 or more

Dedicate a Christmas Carol video

Pick from a list of 25 Christmas Carols and we will send you a personalised video to send as a gift. A favourite or not, the choice is yours!!!

£20 or more

Conduct a piece at a concert + 2 tickets

Join us at the Higher Blackley Community Centre when we can get back to performing live and YOU can conduct a piece. The reward includes 2 tickets for you and a friend.

£20 or more

A recording of your favourite hymn

We will produce an individual audio recording of your favourite hymn and send it just to you! A unique gift for a friend or family member.

£50 or more

Carols on your street

30 minutes of Christmas carols on your street (restrictions permitting). Within 10 miles of Blackley. A group of 4-6 players and you can pick your favourite carol.

£350 or more

A full band concert

Book us to play at an event you're hosting (availability to be discussed) for a 2 hour full band concert.

£5 or more

Join our Live Christmas Concert

Anyone donating £5 or more will be sent a link to our live broadcast for our Christmas concert on Dec 12th at 7pm. You’ll also receive exclusive access to the concert tracks on YouTube for 1 week to rewatch as you desire.

£20 or more

Limited Edition Christmas Wreath

A handmade Christmas Wreath, delivered safely to your door within a 20 mile radius of Blackley.

£25 or more

New Christmas Wreath

The early bird Christmas wreath was snapped up, one of our lovely band mums has donated another 3. These are handmade and can be delivered with 20 miles of Blackley.

£40 or more

Oil painted Mountain Range - Limited!

A hand painted mountain range by our talented percussionist Elysia. This will be on canvas and delivered to your door safely, hand delivery within 30 miles of Blackley is included. If you want this posted please donate £45 or more.

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