Glossop Old 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 local brass band who, like all the other brass bands/musical groups etc, rely on performing to an audience to survive. 2020 has been hard on all of us but without financial support we won't survive. Christmas is our most profitable time of the year but Covid restrictions are thwarting our efforts.
About us - Glossop Old Band
Glossop Old Band has a long and proud history in brass banding dating back to the early 1830's.
In March of 2020, we became Runners – up, in the 2nd Section Contest at the Midlands Area Brass Band Championships and in doing so, secured promotion to the 1st Section.
Then Corona Virus Disease hit the country.
Due to the pandemic, our chance to compete in The National Finals in Cheltenham was cancelled, and shortly afterwards, we also heard that the Midlands Regional Championships for 2021 was cancelled.
The Glossop Old Band understand completely the need to take all steps necessary to kerb to spread of this virus and, as a result, all rehearsals and Band room activities have had to be cancelled, until it is safe to do so. Our playing members are therefore individually practicing in their homes, in preparation for our return in the future to full rehearsals for the re-arranged National Finals Cheltenham in September 2021.
We fully intend to play the best performance possible in an effort to win the National title of 2nd Section Champions of Great Britain. However, to get there will require significant funds, and because of Coronavirus, we have not been able to perform at all Concerts, Remembrance weekend and at present we will be unable to raise funds this year, playing Christmas Carols or our many Christmas Concerts.
Please help us get there!
Why are we crowdfunding?
We are currently raising funds, in the main, to simply help us survive. We have an ever growing list of what we need financial support for, from making our old building Covid-19 Safe to allow us to rehearse (AND reopen to both supporters and visiting bands of our matinee concert series with the infamous bucket collection helping other bands raise funds) to some major building works! But lets keep this simple - our hope and desire is to put ourselves back in the heart of the our local and banding communities.
In addition to basic survival, we have a need to also find the funding to get us to the National finals. Due to the global pandemic, we have not been able to perform in public during 2020 and therefore have lost our main sources of income. Christmas tends to be the most profitable time of year for brass bands, setting them up for the year ahead. This year, there won't be many carols played and heard and who doesn't love the sound of live brass band Christmas carols? This is where you, the public come in - if you normally chuck a quid in the bucket of a carolling band, please consider donating through here this year.
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.