Swintons #BrassBandsAtChristmas

by Alice Tasane in Malton, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom


raised so far

+ est. £733.50 Gift Aid



Swinton Band is aiming to spread Christmas cheer and raise money for essential works and workshops for our beginners and training bands

by Alice Tasane in Malton, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 12th January 2022 we'd raised £11,000 with 71 supporters in 56 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

New stretch target


Swinton band is a family band, formed in 1936 by a group of ex-bandsmen who lived in the village and wished to resume their musical activities. Since then the band has grown and progressed hugely throughout the last 85 years! We currently have around 30 members in our main band, as well as 20 plus training band members. 

The ages in our band range from 7-80. The band offers free lessons and instrument loan, so our only income is from concerts, Christmas and donations.


To be able to continue to offer free tuition and provide instruments to all who wish to join us in learning.  We strongly believe that every child should be given the opportunity to enjoy playing in a band and have pride in their achievements of learning a new skill and the thrill of performing live in front of an audience.

The money raised this year from our Crowdfunding will go towards some work that needs to be carried out to maintain the Bandroom, we’d also like to organise a series of workshops for the band and our training band and to encourage more children and young people into music.

After the success with our crowdfunding last year we have decided to approach our Christmas Carolling season in the same way, so that we can spread Christmas Cheer and joy to the people who need it the most.

We are delighted to have been selected for match funding which means that as long as we get 25 individual donations between the 17th November and the 15th December they will be match funded up to the value of £250 per donation (only the first donation per person will be match funded). Our aim with this funding is to take our training band out to entertain the residents of the local care homes who have missed out so much over lockdown so please be generous, the more donations we receive the more care homes we can cover.


Our newest recruit is Maisie, she started just two weeks ago and is very keen has a great sound already with the 3 notes that she has learnt on the cornet so we have high hopes for her.


Amy joined us just before the start of the first lockdown, here she is having a 1 to 1 lesson with Catherine one of our training band volunteers. Amy will hopefully be making her first performance with the training band this Christmas along with quite a few others from our beginner group.



Once again this year due to the ongoing pandemic and reduction of arts performances we have had limited income from what would normally be one of our busiest periods throughout the summer. Here we are at a performance we were able to do at Burnby Hall in Pocklington


Here is the band performing at another of our performances over the summer


After our successful fundraising last year, we decided we would give the training band their own identity and purchase their own band banners, here is our finished product...



We have also invested in a state of the art ventilation system for our rehearsal room here in Swinton costing £8,000, a lot of money for a small organisation like ours. We feel it is a small price to pay for the safety of our members.  This has enabled us to be able to restart rehearsals in our own band room in a safe environment.

We would like to thank the wider community for their support and contributions and hope to see you over the festive period. 


Postal entries for the draw to be sent to Swinton Prize draw c/o 7 The Chase, Norton, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 9AS to arrive by Friday 17th December 


This project offered rewards

£3 or more

Local Christmas Prize Draw

Each £3 you donate in this award gives you 1 entry to the prize draw!! To be drawn Sunday 19th December at 7pm There are a variety of prizes including vouchers, family pass, hampers! Over 10 prizes available

£5 or more

Don't come play outside my house!!

A small price to pay if you don't want us to play outside your house this Christmas...

£40 or more

Buy some Music for our Beginners/Training Groups

New Music is always welcome to our Beginners Group and Training Band to add variety and give them new challenging. Each set costs approximately £40. If you chose this reward we will notify what we have purchased and send you a recording of the group performing the piece.

£250 or more

Platinum Jubilee concert

A concert from the TRAINING band over the Jubilee bank holiday weekend. Please contact us to confirm availability before booking this reward [email protected]

£500 or more

Platinum Jubilee concert

A concert from the MAIN band over the Jubilee bank holiday weekend. Please contact us to confirm availability before booking this reward [email protected]

£3,000 or more

Sponsor Music for a year

This pledge would enable us to purchase approx 35 plastic instruments to enable us to go into a local primary school and provide weekly lessons for the whole class. Steve and Tracey two of our training band volunteers will each give an hour a week to facilitate this. Once the instruments have been purchased we will coordinate with a local school and keep you updated on the progress made by the students.

£30 or more

15 minute carolling

We will come and play a 15 minute carolling session outside your house or business within 10 mile radius of Malton. We will contact you to arrange a suitable date and time.

£40 or more

Christmas Cake

Why not select a homemade10 inch Spice Cake soaked with Irish Whiskey, decorated with marzipan and fondant icing. We can deliver locally (Kindly made and donated by one of our members Jayne)

£50 or more

30 minute Carolling

We will come and play a 30 minute carolling session outside your house or business within 10 mile radius of Malton. We will contact you to arrange a suitable date and time.

£150 or more

Christmas eve special

Enjoy a small group to entertain you for 30minutes at your venue of choice on Christmas Eve evening within a 15 mile radius of Malton. Please enquire about times

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