The Richmond Brass Band is being reformed. What we always wanted was Watney’s.
Published in Band News on 2017-08-24 by Richmond Brass Band
The Richmond Brass Band is being re-established this October in the London borough of Richmond-upon-Thames after an absence of some 30 years. The Band are now looking to swell its ranks with local players.
The Band were known throughout the 60s & 70s as the Watney Silver Band, conducted by Albert Meek of the Royal Scots Guards. In the late 70s & 80s, as Richmond Band, they were under the direction of London Symphony Orchestra trumpeter Malcolm Smith.
Through the efforts of local enthusiasts, this historic band is being reformed. The ‘new’ Richmond Brass Band has a mission to capitalise on the wealth of talented brass players in the local area as well as documenting a definitive history of the former band.
Under the musical direction of Victoria van Uden (née Curran), the band will focus on public performance and community collaboration. Victoria is the Head of Brass at the Richmond Music Trust and has had tremendous success bringing a spotlight to brass education in the area. From a family of brass band players and conductors in Lancashire, Victoria is also an established trumpet player, performing in all-female quartet Bella Tromba, which is sponsored by Dennis Wick.
Richmond Brass Band is currently engaged in recruiting players and forming commercial partnerships that will see a successful launch and continued excellence in the group’s infancy. The administration is looking for any players in or around the borough of Richmond to come forward if they wish to play or be involved with the band – also if anyone has information relating to the former band - anecdotes, memorabilia or otherwise.
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