Support York R I Band

by York Railway Institute Band in York, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 24th January 2021 we successfully raised £2,855 with 49 supporters in 55 days

Please help us raise £5000 so we can represent the North of England at the National Finals in Cheltenham on the 18th & 19th September 2021.

by York Railway Institute Band in York, England, United Kingdom

York R I 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?

In March 2020 the band qualified to represent the North of England at the National Brass Band Finals in September. Because of Covid the finals have been rescheduled to September 2021. The band has lost all its engagement and donation income through 2020 and our opportunity to raise income through concerts and other fundraising will very likely continue to be severely impacted by Covid government restrictions through 2021 which puts at risk the band being able to attend the National Finals.



If the National Finals is postponed again in 2021 because of Covid monies raised from this appeal will be used for the benefit of the York Railway Institute Band Section as a whole for other running costs such as insurance, bandroom rental, instrument maintenance and new music making the organisation sustainable for the long term.

About York R I Band

York Railway Institute Band was established in 1883 by Noah Bruce and is York's oldest and most successful brass band. Originally named Chaucer Street Mission Band and later known as York and District Mission and Temperance Band, York Excelsior Brass Band, York Home Guard Band and Ebor Excelsior Silver Band, it took on the name of York Railway Institute Band after allying itself to York Railway Institute in 1952 - the majority of members being railwaymen at that time.


York R I Band is part of a family of bands with York R I Golden Rail and York R I Development Bands. The three bands comprise of almost eighty members offering opportunities from complete beginners to more seasoned players to perform music together and for the enjoyment of the people of York and the surrounding areas.


The band does not receive any financial support from the national railway companies but is mainly funded by performing concerts  and through public donations in particular carol playing sessions. Because of Covid restrictions the band's income has dried up as we are unable to do any of these activities.


The Band enjoys an excellent reputation for entertaining audiences and has played live on BBC Radio 1 with Lulu, performed concerts with Ken Dodd and was once conducted by Alan Titchmarsh in a rousing rendition of On Ilkley Moor Bar t'at live on Radio 2! The band is particularly proud of its association with the City of York and its participation in annual Act of Remembrance Parades.


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 offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£10 or more

Wall of Thanks

With your agreement your name will appear on the band website "Wall of Thanks" in recognition of your support.

£15 or more

Musical Happy Birthday Video Greeting

Want to send a unique Happy Birthday message to a family member or friend? Members of the band will record an exclusive rendition of Happy Birthday with a personal message from you conveyed to your chosen recipient from the band. This lovely musical gesture can be arranged for any date to the end of 2021.

£20 or more

3 of 15 claimed

Personalised Christmas Carol Greeting

Treat a member of your family or a friend to an exclusive video recording of a carol of your choice performed by members of York R I Band with a personal message from you conveyed to your chosen recipient from the band.

£50 or more

1 of 5 claimed

A Concert Piece Of Music Of Your Choice

An opportunity to work with our Musical Director to choose a piece of music from the band's library that you'd like to hear or as a surprise for a loved one. During the concert our MD can, if you wish, dedicate the performance to someone. You will also receive two complimentary tickets to the concert.

£75 or more

3 of 6 claimed

Live Christmas Carol Playing

Why not treat your family, neighbours or friends to some festive cheer? A small group of York R I players will perform carols outside your home or nominated location on an agreed date and time up to the 23rd December for 30 minutes. Subject to their explicit agreement, this could also be outside a care home or business. The location must be within a 5-mile radius of the York boundary and will be subject to prevailing Covid restrictions.

£100 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Conduct The Band!

Ever fancied the unique experience of conducting a Brass Band? York R I will give you the opportunity to conduct a piece of music at one of our exclusive band concerts during the 2021 season. In preparation for your big day you will be invited to attend a band rehearsal to perfect your technique with expert guidance from Dr David Lancaster the band's Musical Director. You will also receive two complimentary tickets to the concert.

£500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Corporate Event Performance

Why not add a sparkle to your corporate event by having the band perform up to 1.5 hours either as background entertainment or as a main feature to your event at a heavily discounted cost to the band's normal fee? (Subject to the band's diary availability, the time of your event and the event being within a 35 mile radius of York).

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