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2020 – Rehearsals begin again after the Lockdown

Summerbridge & Dacre Silver Band would like to express our sympathy to everyone affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic.

It has been a challenging year for the band so far with all rehearsals and concerts since March having been cancelled. It’s now the end of June and the band has just been able to start rehearsing again, albeit in groups of six.  This last week (Thursday 25th June 2020) our first get together was hosted in three locations across Nidderdale on a beautiful summer’s evening.


Once the situation improves the band will have a lot of work to recover lost earnings and generate money to cover band room and insurance costs. We are hoping that outdoor concerts, at least, can resume soon.

2019 – First Brass Band Contest in Nearly 90 Years


For the first time nearly 90 years, the band took part in the Ripon Entertainments contest at Ripon Cathedral.  The last  time the band played in a contest was in 1930 at the Royal Hall in Harrogate, winning first prize and the Championship shield and in then at a Ripon contest ,winning 1st prize for the main section. 

Despite not winning any prizes this year, the band played really well and we hope to take part in future contests.

Ripon Cathedral – Entertainments contest

2018 – Appearance on the BBC News

It’s been another great year with appearances at most of the rural shows in the area, Ripon Races, the Pateley Bridge 1940s weekend and concerts in St Cuthbert’s, Kirkstall Abbey (Leeds), Grantley Village Hall and Pateley Bridge Memorial Hall. We also briefly featured on the BBC during the Tour De Yorkshire when we entertained the crowds at the bottom of Pateley Bridge High Street.



2017 – Almost a Full Band

Another great year finishing with a fantastic Christmas Concert in the Pateley Bridge Memorial Hall.  Having started with 6 players in 2013 we now have almost a complete band. We are just looking for a Bb bass player and percussionists to complete the line up.

The band played for the Tour De Yorkshire which came down through Pateley Bridge

2016 – A Night at the Movies

The annual summer concert was well attended and with a theme of  “A Night at the Movies”, it was an opportunity to show off our beginner group, our soloists and put on a  programme of film music. The band also played at the annual 1940’s event in Pateley Bridge.

1940’s weekend

Our Junior Band 2016

2015 – A New Beginners Group

A beginners group has been formed to encourage children and adults in the dale to take up a brass instrument and learn to play in the band. A group of 5 players came along to the first session. Lessons are free and the hope is that after a year they will be able to move into the main band. 

A 2015 became a very successful year with the band gaining a number of new players in key positions. The Junior Band was a big success with some youngsters and other youths moving into the main band. Thank you to everyone who came to our concerts, booked the bands for weddings and other events.  A big thank you to Harrogate Council for providing the band with a grant to pay for music, percussion instruments and repairing instruments for our beginners to use. Thank you also for all the kind comments that the band has received throughout the year on FaceBook, email and at concerts.

2014 – The Band Grows in Numbers

It’s been a busy year. The band has grown over the last 12 months as several new players have joined us. Other players have moved around a little to fill out the remaining missing parts. As a result we have recently had six successful engagements in parks, churches, shows and private events, with more planned over Christmas.

2013 – A New Start

The band can formally announce the arrival of a new Musical Director, Mr Charles Hindmarsh. As a result the band has now begun regular rehearsals on Thursday nights at the Darley Methodist Church from 7:30 until 9:30pm. The band is preparing a programme of music for future concerts and would welcome back past players and new players to build up the band. For further information please contact the Musical Director on 07979 686675.

Charles Hindmarsh

2012 – Sad News

It was with great sadness that  Mr. Arthur Leslie Layfield, the Musical Director of the band, died at the age of 74. He was a much loved and highly respected conductor. Born in Darley, Arthur joined Darley’s Junior Band at the age of nine. When this band folded in 1959, he joined the Summerbridge and Dacre Silver Prize Band, remaining with it for the rest of his life. He became musical director  in 1989.       


Mr. Arthur Leslie Layfield 1938-2012

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