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Haverhill Silver Band marks Covid-delayed 200th anniversary with rousing concert alongside the Brighouse and Rastrick Band



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As part of its Covid-delayed bicentenary celebration Haverhill Silver Band joined forces with the world famous Brighouse and Rastrick Band for a concert.

Established in 1820, and one of the oldest bands in the country, 2020 plans to mark its 200th anniversary were halted by the pandemic.

Haverhill Brass Band as it was then, had already been making a name for itself locally by the time Brighouse and Rastrick - a three time national brass band champion - was formed in 1881.

Haverhill Silver Band and Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band in massed concert. Contributed picture
Haverhill Silver Band and Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band in massed concert. Contributed picture

Sunday’s concert at West Road Concert began with Haverhill Youth and Community Band, conducted by Di Pannell, playing informally to the audience as they took to their seats.

Richard Pannell, from Haverhill Silver Band, explained: “Brighouse took to the stage for an inspiring first half which showed just why they are one of the world’s top bands.

“Haverhill Silver started the second half and both bands combined for a rousing massed set to finish the concert.

Tim Pannell (left) Haverhill Silver Band's principal cornet and Chris Robertson, principal euphonium in Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band, played solos at the concert. Contributed picture
Tim Pannell (left) Haverhill Silver Band's principal cornet and Chris Robertson, principal euphonium in Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band, played solos at the concert. Contributed picture

“Haverhill’s principal cornet Tim Pannell and Brighouse’s principal euphonium Chris Robertson played solos accompanied by each other’s bands.

“Both soloists impressed with their dexterity and polished musical skills. Paul Filby, “Haverhill’s musical director, conducted and compared the whole concert with style and an easy-going manner which really engaged with the audience.

“Playing to over 300 people, both bands showcased their remarkable abilities, and received a standing ovation after the Floral Dance encore, the piece with which most people associate Brighouse and Rastrick."

Haverhill Silver Band will be playing in the National Brass Championships Final at the Royal Albert Hall for the first time in October, becoming the first brass band from Suffolk to achieve the feat.

It's celebration time for Haverhill Silver Band after its win in March at the London & Southern Counties regional competition. Submitted picture
It's celebration time for Haverhill Silver Band after its win in March at the London & Southern Counties regional competition. Submitted picture

Haverhill Veterans Brass, associated and supported by Haverhill Silver, will play its inaugural concert at St Mary’s Church, Haverhill on Thursday, June 2 at 3.30pm.

It is a ‘for fun’ band made up of players from a wide area who are free to rehearse during the day.

Veterans Brass was invited to play by the Friends of St Mary’s and tea and cakes will be available throughout, and the audience free to come and go.

There is no admission charge but the band hopes that the audience will support the Friends of St Mary’s via donations for refreshments and a retiring collection.