Please help save St Austell Town Band

by Adam G Pearson in St. Austell, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 30th December 2020 we successfully raised £1,895 with 38 supporters in 28 days

St Austell Town Band and Youth Band need your help to keep playing. Check out our musical rewards - great gift ideas! #saveourbrassbands

by Adam G Pearson in St. Austell, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Extra funds will enable us to do more work with video and audio, opening up more options for playing together, collaborating with other bands and players, and reaching wider audiences.


Please help save St Austell Town Band and Youth Band

Brass bands are a core of local community life throughout the country. They are brilliant for players and audiences alike, and many risk disappearing altogether. You can help.

We are a 1st Section band based in St Austell, Cornwall. In a normal year we perform 50-60 engagements, from carnivals to concerts to playing carols for care homes. This year we have done 3. Our revenue this year has been close to zero. Our insurance alone costs over £1000.

St Austell has a particularly active and successful youth band, providing a vital community and development path for young people, many of whom go on to play at the highest levels.

Your support will enable the band to survive. Donations are appreciated, or by pledging on a reward you will also be giving the players an opportunity to play, in small groups at least, with all of the vital benefits that brings, for players and audience alike.

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Why are we crowdfunding?

Britain's brass band risks collapsing because our revenues can no longer cover our costs. Your donations will be used to pay for vital overheads such as insurance and instrument maintenance, as well as supporting tutors and guest conductors who provide their considerable expertise, often at very low rates.

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About St Austell Town Band and Youth Band

The St Austell bands are a vital, recognised and very much appreciated part of the local community. As well as providing a community for about 100 people and their extended families the band provides very high quality music for both entertainment and ceremonial events in and around the town, including Remembrance Day services, summer carnivals and church services and festivals. In a normal Summer we often play 3 or 4 engagements in one weekend.

The band continues a rich part of music history in Cornwall and the UK, as well as creating a future for music making at the highest standards.

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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.

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.

#SaveOurBrassBands

Please donate, share this page widely and do what you can to help us to make sure our Brass Bands survive this crisis.

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£25 or more

2 of 3 claimed

Happy Birthday from St Austell Town Band - quintet

Receive a personalised video of a quintet playing Happy Birthday.

£1 or more

Wall of Thanks / donation

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.

£5 or more

1 of 7 claimed

Hand-made enamel accessories with Band insignia

Band Keyring x1; Band Bottle opener keyrings x2; Treble clef beaded bookmark x2; Cornet beaded bookmark x2; photos to follow

£7 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Hand-made enamel jewellery with Band insignia

Band Stud earrings x 2 pairs; Band Cuff links x 2 pairs; Band Handbag hanger x 1; photos to follow

£10 or more

Dedicate a Carol - solo

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.

£10 or more

Happy Birthday - lucky dip solo

Receive a personalised video of a player from the band playing Happy Birthday. All players, ages and instruments will be taking part ... prepare to be surprised!!

£15 or more

0 of 2 claimed

30-minute online brass lesson

Online lesson with our professional brass teacher and Youth Band Musical Director. To be arranged for early in 2021. This could be on any brass instrument, although due to restrictions instrument is not provided.

£20 or more

0 of 5 claimed

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.

£20 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Conduct a piece at a concert + 2 tickets

Join us when we can get back to performing live and YOU can conduct a piece in front of a public audience! The reward includes 2 tickets for you and a friend.

£20 or more

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Dedicate a Carol video - Hannah x4

Pick a favourite Carol and Hannah Hawken our Principal Cornet player will record a multitrack, personalised video recording for you or a loved one. Perfect for a gift.

£200 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Personalised Quintet video performance

A quintet performance for you, personalised to a brief agreed with our creative team. We will work with you to choose a piece and videograph the performance, to make it a completely unique work of performance art. Ideal for a special occasion or gift and a reward you and your loved ones will never forget.

£350 or more

Full band live concert

Book us to play at an event you're hosting (dates, programme and availability to be discussed) and we'll prepare a 1.5 hour full band concert. Funk, Disney, Big band - you name it, we'll play it.

£400 or more

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Personalised, full-band video performance

We will perform and produce a full-band video for you, personalised and created just for you to virtually any brief (within reason!). Our creative team will work with you to choose a piece and videograph the performance, to make it a completely unique work of performance art. Ideal for a special occasion or gift. A reward you and your loved ones will never forget.

£25 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Dedicate a Carol - quintet

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.

£50 or more

6 of 6 claimed

Carols on your Street

30 minutes of carols on your street, within 20 miles of St Austell. A group of 4-6 players and you can pick your favourite carols.

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