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Concert raises over £1000 for Ukraine


A huge thank you to everyone who came to listen to our concert on 11 March 2022 with York RI Band and who generously donated £921.30 for the British Red Cross Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. With further donations and Gift Aid it made over £1000!
Thank you also to Stephen Roberts for his splendid arrangement of the Ukraine National Anthem which was played at the concert.
After an enjoyable performance of test piece Spectrum, York R I are now looking forward with excitement to the upcoming North of England Brass Band Championships of Great Britain on Saturday 19th March.
We wish them lots of luck from the Golden Rail Band!

Band's first outing with new MD!


York RI Golden Rail Band is pleased to announce that we will be joining sister band, York RI Band, for a concert at Heworth Christ Church in York on Friday 11 March at 7.30pm.
The concert is an opportunity for York RI Band to give First Section Areas contest piece Spectrum a public performance prior to taking part in the North of England regional brass band championships.
Golden Rail will be supporting the band with a 30-minute set of entertaining music under the baton of new MD Nicholas Eastwood, who joined the band on 1 January 2022.
The concert is free and a collection in aid of the British Red Cross Ukraine Appeal will take place at the end.

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.

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 very healthy. We still have a vacancy for an additional third cornet player, so if you fancy joining us, do get in touch.
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


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.