SMSG Church Band
We play concerts throughout the year in our Parish Church together with other events such as Calverton Fete, Potterspury UR Church Christmas Concert, Tea Dances in St Mary and St Giles CE Junior School as well as occasionally playing for Sunday worship. We are called a ‘Band’, not because of the particular instruments we play, but simply because we do not fit into the usual categories for a group of people playing together! We are a band of happy people from 11 – 80+years who enjoy sharing our music with each other and our audiences. We have string, brass, wind, and piano players and although the Band was started by SMSG Church members, over the years many from the locality have come to join us.
Our fundraising concerts are usually for the Pipe Organ Fund and the Church Restoration Fund. Our concerts are listed on this website. However, we are happy to help with fundraising and events further afield either by giving a concert or being 'background music' for fetes, open days and bazaars. We have also played for several Eucharist services in the Parish Church when an organist wasn't available and in St James Church, Hanslope for occasional 6pm Sunday services. We do not charge for membership or performing, but we always welcome donations towards the restoration of the church and its organ.
The Band always welcomes new members of about Grade 3 or above. We practise on Wednesday evenings from 7.15 to 8.30pm in our Church School. Want to join in and have a go? Want to find out more? Please complete the contact form or contact Lesley Salter 01908 567404
Background to the band
St Mary and St Giles Church Band was founded in 2000 from a small group of enthusiastic mostly adult players in the parish who were inspired by the parish children playing their instruments at the annual Autumn Concert, and had its debut at the Autumn Concert of 2001. It draws its origins from our Nativity Plays in the early 1990’s when the children accompanied the carols sung by the congregation. Some of those ‘children’ continue to be part of our band today.
It is an enthusiastic amateur group, which has grown from the original small gathering of instrumentalists to the ensemble it is today and has built up quite a wide repertoire of music. We are called a 'band' simply because we do not fit into any particular category and are a 'happy band of players'!
Our membership ranges in age from 11 to 80+. Gradually more young people have joined, together with adults, giving us a full age range and a 'family' quality. We are delighted that we can learn from each other and have people with us who have returned to playing their instrument after a break of many years.
We are fortunate to have many musically talented people both in our Parish Family and in the wider community who enjoy playing in the band. We come together because we enjoy making music together, both sacred and secular. There is a great emphasis on fun and sharing our music for the enjoyment of others.