St Agnes Silver Band Centenary Celebrations

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  1. Liz Courts

    Liz Courts Active Member

    October 1907 saw the formation of St Agnes Town Band under their Bandmaster, John Paull. The Band made its first public appearance in February 1908, and held a Sports Day in the August of that year to raise money to pay off a debt incurred in the acquisition of instruments for the newly formed Band. The event was supported by almost a thousand people paying admission. The Band soon became established and the demands were many.

    Harry Robbins succeeded John Paull in 1911, who due to ill health was forced to stand down. The Band were disbanded for the First World War, and was reformed in 1919, again under the conductorship of Harry Robins.

    In 1924 Cecil Langford succeeded Harry Robins as Bandsmaster and held this post for the next eleven years, and success at contesting was achieved winning awards and prizes at Camborne, Redruth, Bugle and Falmouth contests.

    After again disbanding throughout the Second World War, Frank Moore was appointed Bandsmaster as the Band was reformed in 1945. Considerable successes were achieved under Frank Moore. The period 1949 to 1956 resulted in nine first prizes, ten second prizes and ten third prizes with the special award for the outstanding performance at the Mid Cornwall Festival in 1954. The Band competed at the Western Area Championships at Exeter in 1955 and winning second place qualified them to compete in the National Finals for the Third section in London. Unfortunately the cost of travelling and further losses to the National Services prevented the Band from competing.

    The Band’s finest hour was in March 1966 at Truro Contest when they, whilst still under the baton of Frank Moore, toppled the mighty St Dennis with St Agnes winning the Championship Section. Our current Musical Director, David Olds, played in that contest at the tender age of twelve.

    Frank Moore was followed by Edward Ely, then Graham Hall, Colin Hoare and Stanley Penhaligon.

    It was under the baton of Keith Anderson in 1980 that once again place the Band on the winners rostrum as Third Section Champions at Bugle Contest. Unfortunately that proved to be his final performance with St Agnes Town Band as he left the county a couple of weeks later to take up a new post as an advancement in his professional career.

    It was in 1990 that the Band reached its lowest ebb. There was just a handful of players, no conductor and no future or so it appeared.

    At the Band meeting in the autumn of 1990 it was thought that the band room door was to be closed for the very last time. The Band’s present musical Director, David Olds, however, took up the baton in 1990 and the few of us left pledged him our support. He made it clear the he was only acting as, "caretaker Bandsmaster," and when a Director of Music was found he would step down. It was decided to go out to local schools and find youngsters interested in brass music and train them ourselves.

    Twelve months later the Band and its Committee decided that David’s enthusiasm and newly found ability of conducting was what the Band was looking for in a Musical Director, and David was offered the full post of MD in 1991, which he accepted, his hard work soon leading to a full Band with some excellent and promising players, and a promising training band.

    An application to the Lottery Commission and the support of other organisations and the general public enabled the purchase of a full set of new instruments in 1997, which lead the win of our very first contest with these new instruments in March of 1998 at Truro, where we came away as Fourth Section Champions.

    Whilst David has been at the helm of the Band he has worked hard recruiting and training new players. The majority of players seen in the band today are due to that work.

    2007 is the centenary year of St Agnes Silver Band. To celebrate the anniversary a reunion and concert is planned towards the end of the year. The Secretary would like to hear from anyone connected with the Band in the past who wishes to be kept informed of developments and join in the celebrations.

    Please contact Anne Courts, Honorary Secretary:

    Telephone: 01872 560837
    E-mail: anne.courts@virgin.net
     
  2. markyboy

    markyboy Member

    Brilliant article that was very interesting to read !

    All the best for the Band's future .
     

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