WELCOME TO YORK RI GOLDEN RAIL BAND

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York RI Golden Rail Band is a non-contesting, 4th-section equivalent brass band, based in York, adjacent to York Station. 

We are a versatile brass band and play a wide range of engagements, from outdoor concerts in the grounds of stately homes and beautiful parks and gardens to marching for Remembrance Day and memorial concerts. We play on bandstands from Pocklington to Goole and have played prestigious venues including York Minster and the National Centre for Early Music (NCEM). We love playing community concerts, whether it's a village Christmas carol concert or to boost your local fete or fayre. 

If you would like to book the band, please contact the Golden Rail Band secretary, Caroline Tucker (see right hand column).

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For the latest news about the Golden Rail Band, please go to our News area.

Band back to full strength after pandemic 

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We are delighted to share that York RI Golden Rail Band is now back at full strength, following a loss of players during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The band has recently seen two new players join us, and with some familiar faces returned all seats are now occupied and the bandroom is bursting at the seams!
The outstanding position of flugelhorn player has been filled by the talented Becky Lund, who has moved from solo cornet.
Golden Rail is looking forward to starting the summer season with a weekend of Jubilee-themed engagements, with Poppleton Children's Sports Day on Friday 3 June and a food and craft market in Tadcaster on 5 June. These will be followed by a private engagement at York's Merchant Adventurers Hall on 12 June and York's popular West Bank Park Summer Fair on 26 June.
Music Director Nicholas Eastwood said: The pandemic has affected everyone in so many different ways, so it was expected to be a challenge restarting rehearsals after such a long absence. However, it’s so heartening to see such a positive return return to rehearsals. 
"It speaks volumes about how much music-making means to people, and ultimately the positive way in which we manifest it at the Golden Rail Band. I’m very excited to see what the organisation's next steps will entail and I look forward to the upcoming concert season."

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Photo gallery

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Marching at Poppleton, leading the Childrens Sports Day parade (3 June 2022)

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Our first outing under the baton of new MD Nicholas Eastwood was on 11 March 2022 at Christ Church Heworth, York, at the invitation of the York RI Band. 

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Back in Tadcaster (28 November 2021) but inside this time for the Christmas Fayre at the Riley-Smith Hall, with interim conductor James Lolley. 

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York RI Golden Rail Band (with deps from Shepherd Group Brass Band and Leeds University Brass Band) played the Remembrance Day Parade in Tadcaster on 14 November 2021.

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Our bass section  at the annual memorial service at Duncombe Place in York (5 November 2021)

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Our last concert before lockdown in February 2020 - we played a glorious concert with the York Philharmonic Male Voice Choir at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre in York. The band was conducted by MD Iain Fell.

York RI Golden Rail Band, and York RI Development Band are constituent parts of York RI - a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, registration number 1165513