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Band back to full strength after pandemic


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.

New player vacancies


Our brilliant flugelhorn player, Tom Durrant has moved up to our sister band, York RI Band, to play tenor horn (but he's playing horn with us too - hooray!) so we are looking for a flugel player to take his place.
The flugelhorn gets lots of lovely solo passages and pieces so if you are a confident player with a beautiful sound and want to come and play with us, do get in touch with our MD Nicholas Eastwood via the Band Secretary ( If you don't have a flugelhorn, there is a band instrument you can borrow.
UPDATE: this position has now been filled.

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.