Support Pendennis Brass this Christmas

by Hebe Carmichael in Cornwall, United Kingdom

Support Pendennis Brass this Christmas

£395

raised so far

20

supporters

Pendennis Brass is raising money this Christmas to ensure the future of the band and keep brass band traditions alive within Cornwall.

by Hebe Carmichael in Cornwall, United Kingdom

Pendennis Brass is part of a national initiative launched by Brass Bands England to help support UK brass bands this festive season following the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as providing a chance for more people to enjoy brass bands this Christmas. #BrassBandsAtChristmas

Pendennis Brass is a local community brass band based in the beautiful town of Falmouth, Cornwall. 

We are currently raising funds to help the band survive and thrive following a tough couple of years due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

In normal years the band earns almost all of its income from performing at parades, concerts and a range of summer and Christmas events within and around Falmouth. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, we have performed at just three engagements since the pandemic began, meaning our revenue has been close to zero. 

Your support this Christmas will enable the band to continue making music and bringing joy to the local community. 

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Image: Pendennis Brass playing at the Sea Sunday Parade in Falmouth, September 2021

Why are we crowdfunding?

Following a long period of nearly zero income for the band, with outgoing costs such as insurance continuing throughout the pandemic, Pendennis Brass is now raising funds to help enable our band to not only stay afloat, but to flourish into the future.

Normal running expenses alone cost the band over £4000 per year including rehearsal venue hire, MD fees, insurance and instrument repairs. As restrictions are lifting the band is beginning to look forward to an exciting calendar of events in 2022, including the Regional Championships based in Torquay. However, travel and entry costs to events such as these soon add up. We hope that with your support the band can continue to bring joy to the local community through our various events, providing benefits for audiences and players alike. 

Any money raised above our target will go towards setting up a training band. This is something that we are very keen to pursue, as Pendennis Brass constantly needs new players to ensure its survival into the future. Furthermore, this will provide an opportunity for children to be offered free music tuition, an instrument to learn on while they are with the band and a great social experience. Playing music is shown to greatly enhance a child’s academic abilities and with a lack of Government funding for the arts, it is up to community groups like us to pick up the slack.

How can you help?

The band will be delighted with your support, whether that be making a financial donation or buying a reward. Big or small, each donation will be received most gratefully.

Rewards: Wanting to get into the Christmas spirit? Why not have Pendennis Brass come and play your favourite Christmas carols on your doorstep or street to spread the Christmas cheer? See our rewards section for more information.

You could also offer an item or service that we can add to our reward page offering to raise money for the band. 

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Image: Pendennis Brass at Penryn Remembrance Parade, November 2021

About Pendennis Brass

Pendennis Brass was formed by Glyn Thomas, a former Royal Marine Musician, in 1980.  We have been entertaining audiences in and around the area ever since. The band have also provided free music tuition and inspiration for local people, both young and old, with many youngsters who learned brass or percussion with Pendennis Brass going on to pursue careers in music. This includes our new Musical Director, Ben Elliott, who played with the band in his youth, leaving in 2014 for a career in the Royal Marines Band Service. Still a member of the Royal Marines, he is bringing back experience and enthusiasm to nurture the next generation of musicians. 

We are always welcoming new members to our organisation, so please feel free to get in contact with us if you are interested in getting involved.

History

Falmouth, with its magnificent harbour and bay attracts 1000s of visitors each summer and over the years these holidaymakers have also enjoyed many brass concerts in the superb Gyllyndune Gardens on a Sunday afternoon. 

Before the second world war, Falmouth Town Band (now Pendennis Brass) enjoyed a successful period playing at the national championships at the famous Crystal Palace in London and this continued well after hostilities when they qualified to play at the Royal Albert Hall. To crown that achievement the band were also invited to play in the evening concert with four other bands, one of which was the famous Black Dyke Mills band. 

The early sixties saw the band struggle and eventually disband. The town was without its own band then until 1980 when former Royal Marine bandsman Glyn Thomas took over a local hostelry and decided to reform the band. Hard work began with fund raising to get instruments, music and uniforms together and after a relatively short time the new Falmouth Town Band were up and running. Sponsorship from well-known entrepreneur Peter de Savary enabled the band to change its name to Pendennis Brass, its current title. 

Under the baton of Glyn Thomas, Pendennis Brass made their mark on the contest stage with many successes at the local CBBA contests and West of England Bandsmen's Festival at Bugle in Cornwall and they also reached the national finals at Wembley, Cardiff, Preston and Torquay. 

When Glyn finally hung up his baton, further success came under the stewardship of Steve Thomas with further national appearances at Harrogate and twice at current venue, Cheltenham. Another event the band enjoys and has been very successful is the SWBBA Entertainment contest at Exmouth in Devon, where their excellent choreographed programme has been widely anticipated.

For over 30 years the band have been popular participants in the annual RNLI Christmas concert, and another popular festive event is the annual 200 club shindig, although this remains on hold at the moment due to the pandemic.

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Image: Members of the band enjoying socially-distanced carols in Falmouth, December 2020

Pendennis Youth Band

In 1998 Glyn and Arthur Allen began Pendennis Youth Band, with Glyn teaching music theory and Arthur taking over as conductor. As the youth band progressed, members were fortunate to have Shaun Thomas, acclaimed euphonium player with the Sun Life Band, return to his roots in Cornwall where he began offering one to one lessons to the youth band members. By 2000 many of the members had progressed into the senior band, taking part in National Final visits. Sadly, Shaun Thomas passed away in March 2005, leaving his students (now grade 8 standard) deeply upset. 

One of the band’s main goals looking forwards is to re-instate our youth/ training band and allow the next generation of youngsters to have access to this fantastic resource.

 

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