The Shirley Band began their concert season in style on Saturday 9th April with the second half of the Sutton Coldfield Soroptimists Charity Concert entitled "England, Our England". Beneficiaries of the concert were St Giles Hospice and EMBO, Durban, SA; for whom some £2,000 was raised. Playing to a 300 strong capacity audience at Bishop Walsh Catholic School, the band played the traditional patriotic favourites (Fantasia on British Sea Songs etc) plus Gaelforce, Pastime with Good Company and MD David Bishop-Rowe's splendid arrangement of Scarborough Fair amongst other audience pleasers. Solos featured the Flugel Horn of Robin Mills and Principal Cornet Rob Green. An interesting development of the concert is the booking of the band for the 150th Anniversary celebrations of a local church, which was helped in it's foundation by the Foster family, of the John Foster Black Dyke Mills fame. Appaently, Black Dyke were approached, but unable to carry out the engagement.