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CANCELLED: Reg Vardy Band

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the current COVID-19 situation this event is now cancelled. We apologise for any inconveniance. For more information on bookings please contact Box Office at box.office@maltingsberwick.co.uk.

Formed in 1910 as the Craghead Colliery Band to provide recreational activity and social outlet for the miners and the band decided to enter the contest arena after WW1, becoming North of England Champions by 1924 and achieving Championship Section status in 1959, qualifying to compete in the National Finals in the Royal Albert Hall almost every year since 1963.

After the pit closed in 1968 the band relocated to nearby Stanley when the Ever Ready battery company took over sponsorship which saw the band transformed from being a small colliery band into an internationally recognised works band, performing concerts the length and breadth of the country and regularly appearing on national radio and television. After the battery factory closed the band were self-supporting until the North’s leading motor retailer, Reg Vardy plc, took over sponsorship in 2004. The band’s reputation as the premier brass band in the North of England has seen a partnership formed with Geneva Instruments, an instrument manufacturer based in the North Yorkshire town of Stokesley, who’s instruments are played by many of the world’s leading professional brass players.

The band have cemented a formidable reputation in competitions, featuring in the prizes at the National and British Open an World Championships and becoming one of the most successful brass bands in history, having won their Regional Championships more times than any other brass band in the country and they are the only North East band to have competed in every major UK competition as well as the World Championships in Kerkrade.

Away from competitions the Reg Vardy Band are renowned for giving high quality concerts of new original music alongside the more traditional brass band repertoire, appearing in theatres, churches, schools and community halls all around the north of England. Some of the higher profile engagements recently were a live broadcast for a BBC Songs of Praise programme from South Shields, the French Open Brass Band Championships Gala Concert in Amboise, and performing alongside a specially assembled chorus in a very moving performance of The Durham Hymns to commemorate the centenary of WW1 ending at Durham Gala Theatre.

The band has taken part in some groundbreaking performances during the Durham Brass Festival, performing alongside the Festival Chorus in special arrangements of large scale orchestral choral works including William Walton’s “Belshazzars Feast”, Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” and in 2019 the huge “Requiem” by Guiseppe Verdi. The band has also made several cd’s and performed many times on national radio and television.

In a venture intended to make available to others the huge wealth of knowledge and experience within the ranks of the Reg Vardy Band, the band has given masterclasses and training sessions with many lower section and junior bands. As well as helping to develop brass players of the future and improve bands competition performances it is hoped that more bands and schools in the area will take advantage of the capability within the Reg Vardy Band to aid the development of brass bands in the North East of England.
Year: 2020
The Maltings is operated by The Maltings (Berwick) Trust Registered Charity No: 701194