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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 (see right hand column).

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

New Music Director appointed

Nicholas Eastwood has been appointed as the new Music Director of the York RI Golden Rail Band. 

Read the full announcement on the Musical Directors page.

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Join York RI Golden Rail Band!

York RI Golden Rail Band is pleased to announce it has recently recruited new players and the band's future is looking healthy. However, we are still looking to fill a few seats, specifically: 

  • Principal cornet
  • Second trombone
  • Additional back row 

Golden Rail is a home-from-home brass 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 are a subscription-based band and 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; evening parking is free with an annual Minster Pass.

Contact Caroline Tucker using the details in the right column. 

York RI Development Band Crowdfunder campaign

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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.

The Development Band offers free tuition to absolute beginners of all ages along with free loan of a brass instrument - however, recent times have adversely affected the band's income flow. Now it has launched a fundraising appeal to cover the cost of providing brass music lessons and to plug the financial gap created by COVID-19. It is part of Brass Band England's #BrassBandsAtChristmas campaign with Crowdfunder.

The band is seeking to raise £2,000 through the Crowdfunder campaign. Find out more and donate on its Crowdfunder page. More information about the band and the appeal is on the York RI Development Band Facebook page.

The Development Band is conducted by Kyle Sherwin, who is a peripatetic brass tutor. Contact the Development Band's Secretary Pauline Johnson (see right-hand column) for more details.

Photo gallery

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Back in Tadcaster again today (28 November 2021) but inside this time for the Christmas Fayre at the Riley-Smith Hall. Picture: Keith Meadley Photography.

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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.

Leading the children's sports day parade in Poppleton, York
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The bandstand at Burnby Hall Gardens - one of our absolute favourites!

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