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The York RI Golden Rail Band is a non-contesting, 4th-section equivalent brass band, based in central 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 (see right hand column).

For the most up-to date pictures & videos - please visit our Facebook page.

Join the band!

York RI Golden Rail Band is looking to fill a number of seats, including:

  • Principal/solo cornets
  • Tenor trombone
  • Eb bass
  • Flugelhorn

Golden Rail is a home-from-home band, so if you are new to York, joining us is a great way to get to know people. Students from undergrads to postgraduates are very welcome. We have our own bandroom in Queen Street, just around the corner from the York RI building, and it's easy to get to by bus, train or on foot. There is plentiful parking nearby at Nunnery Lane car park.

Contact Caroline Tucker using the details in the right column. 

Music Director - position available from January 2022

See Musical Directors page for details. Closing date for applications is 14 November 2021.

York RI Development Band

York RI Golden Rail Band has a sister band for beginners and less experienced players that meets on Wednesday evenings. The York RI Development Band starts players on their musical journey with the aim of players progressing to the Golden Rail Band once they are confident playing band pieces.

The Development Band also has an "Absolute Beginners' Session" aimed at any newcomer that would like to learn a brass instrument, aimed at teaching basic brass playing skills in a friendly and relaxed manner. The session is open to all beginners and we are especially keen to invite more young players (and their parents) to come down and have a go! The sessions take place on Wednesdays in the hour before the Development Band rehearsal commences at 7.00pm.

The Development Band is conducted by Kyle Sherwin, who is a peripatetic brass tutor.

Please contact Development Band secretary Pauline Johnson for more details

Photo gallery

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Our last concert before lockdown in early 2020 - we played a glorious concert with the York Philharmonic Male Voice Choir at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre in York.

Leading the children's sports day parade in Poppleton, York

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Bandstands are a popular summer engagement for us.

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Playing for a Victorian fayre in North Yorkshire.
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The bandstand at Burnby Hall Gardens - one of our absolute favourites!
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Above: Golden Rail playing at Knaresborough Castle.

Below: The Development Band performing at York's National Centre for Early Music.

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