All posts by Sharon James

Training Team Makes a Difference in Radstock

The training band leaders, Louise Perryman, Richard Kitley and Julie Biggs, were surprised earlier this week with a Making a Difference Award from the people of Radstock.

At the end of last year, Radstock’s mayor, Chris Dando, invited nominations from the community for unsung heroes who volunteered their time and skills to support the town.

The band’s talented training band leaders were the proud recipients of one of the awards, which came as a total surprise but were very much appreciated.

Richard Kitley said, “we all do things just for the love of it, to pass on a skill, to maybe give others the joy of music. But when, out of the blue, the community – the one I was born into – gives an award it feels really special and an honour”.

The band thinks you are all total legends too!

Open Evening

Tuesday 26th September 7.30 – 9.30pm, the old Methodist Church, The Street, Radstock BA3 3PL

Play a brass instrument, drums or percussion and looking for a band to play with?  Maybe you’ve been away from playing for a while and need to blow away those cobwebs or get back into the driving seat!    Whatever your instrument don’t play alone! Midsomer Norton & Radstock Silver Band are holding an open evening where brass musicians drummers and percussionists are invited to come along to our rehearsal for an evening of fun music making. We play a wide variety of music from pop to rock, jazz and blues, music from the movies, beautiful ballads and of course the occasional march!

Don’t have your own instrument? Don’t worry, we’ll lend you one!

If you are planning to come please let us know in advance that you will be attending and also what instrument you play and whether you need to borrow one of our band’s instruments.


Training Band Summer Concert

A new generation of young musicians are being inspired to take up brass instruments thanks to the hard work of tutors Louise Perryman and Richard Kitley.

On Tuesday 13th June the Training Band held a small summer concert to entertain their families and friends. The players were really excited to show everyone what they could do and there were even some solos! The audience thoroughly enjoyed the concert and were impressed with the progress that they had all made over the year. It was great to see how they had all grown in confidence and that all of their hard work and practice had paid off.

Midsomer Norton and Radstock Silver Band have a proud history of nurturing the development of young musicians; some players who started in the 1980’s are still playing with the main band now!

The Training Band is fully inclusive and is registered Band Safe with Brass Bands England and the tutors are fully DBS checked and registered. So, if you harbour a desire to play a brass instrument, make that dream a reality and get in touch with us.


Radstock Festival Fun

Principal cornet, Kit, did us proud by facilitating the unveiling of the Miner’s Silhouette’s by Michael Eavis with a fanfare flourish. Then he ran like the wind to join the rest of the band at St Nicholas Church field to open the Radstock Festival 2023.

The Natural Theatre Company put on a spectacular show of surreal sights and wonders so it was only fitting that we should open the festival with a light hearted programme kicked off with Those Magnificent Men (in their flying machines), followed by our very own Musical Director, Gareth Key’s arrangement of Mr Blue Sky and then moving on to such pieces as Floral Dance and Ground Force (especially for the Flower Pot Head ladies) and as a finale the classic singalong favourite Sweet Caroline.

But the fun didn’t end there, oh no. Kit and Trevor (solo horn) made a reappearance later as part of the Natural Theatre Company’s performance entitled “The Visionary”. We’re still waiting for that call from Steven Spielberg…..