Waltham St. Lawrence Silver Band has been making music in the local community since 1886, and hopes to go on doing so in the future. That's why we have joined in with the Brass Bands England national campaign to ensure a safe and sustainable future for our band, and for brass bands across England.
Brass bands exist in every corner of the country, with over 30,000 people of all ages and standards taking part in weekly activity – rehearsing, performing and providing entertainment for their local community. Without urgent support, we risk losing this forever.
You'd usually see us at the village fete, on parade on Remembrance Sunday, or at events such as Littlewick Show or bandstand concerts in Henley, the Forbury or Windsor. Perhaps you've been to one of the concerts we aim to put on in Twyford in spring, autumn and at Christmas. You may look forward to hearing us carolling house to house, or joining us at Carols Round the Pound. Maybe you or a relative join us for our concert and afternoon tea for local pensioners at the Neville Hall in early summer.
We couldn't do any of that in 2020, and have had very little opportunity to play in public in 2021. That means we've been without a large proportion of our normal income. Expenses such as hall hire for rehearsals, insurance and instrument maintenance have to be paid out regardless, eating into our reserves. A set of sheet music typically costs £35 to £50, and a new uniform at least £250. We've also had to purchase extra items to protect ourselves and others from Covid. We need to plug the funding gap to ensure our future.
We're a community band, open to people of all ages to come together for the joy of making music and sharing it with the public. We don't go in for contests, but we do aim to continually improve our standard of performance. The better we sound, the more enjoyment for ourselves and our audience. We hope you can help us keep going!
A taste of what we do
Below are some shots of the band in action. You can see more photos and information on our website at www.walthamband.com.
Remembrance Day parade in WSL
The band regularly leads the Remembrance Day procession in Waltham St. Lawrence, then after the service goes straight on to participate in ceremonies in Bray and Holyport.
Senior citizens' tea party
The band stages an annual afternoon tea for senior citizens of the parish at the Neville Hall, its usual rehearsal venue, and presents a concert for them.
Autumn concert, 2018
We aim to put on several concerts every year in spring, autumn and for Christmas. Often these are staged at Loddon Hall in Twyford; above is from the 2018 concert at Waingels College, Woodley, on the centenary of the armistice.
WSL parish fete
A typical summer weekend engagement sees us playing at the Waltham St. Lawrence & Shurlock Row parish fete throughout the afternoon.
On the bandstand in Windsor Alexandra Gardens
Waltham Band has played several times on the new bandstand near Windsor Castle, including a fundraiser for Thames Hospice and a joint concert with Musikverein Friesheim in 2019.
Joint concert with MVF in Urfeld, near Bonn
The band maintains exchange visits with Musikverein Friesheim, a German wind ensemble based near Cologne. Covid and other factors permitting, we hope to visit them next in June 2022.
Carolling at Sainsbury's, Maidenhead
For many years the band has joined with Maidenhead Rotary's Christmas choir to entertain shoppers at local supermarkets and collect for charities.