Selkirk Silver Band has its sights well and truly set on Cheltenham glory, having played a sold out fundraising concert on Sunday.
The band, its junior counterpart and guests Riddell Fiddles entertained 150 supporters in the Haining House’s marquee, in what was the band’s final public appearance before it competes in the British Brass Band Championships at Cheltenham next month.
With transport, accommodation, music, conductor and entry costs totalling around £6,000, the concert was the final fundraising push needed to raise the funds needed to get it band there.
Band member Sara Jamieson said: “We have three fundraising concerts a year, usually at the Victoria Halls, and one always falls in September. It was going to fall the same weekend as Cheltenham, so we moved it forward and to The Haining. It was very successful and we have reached our fundraising target.” More than 40 band members and supporters, including the 25-strong competition band under bandmaster Colin Kemp and guest conductor Stuart Black, will head south for the weekend, competitiong at the championships on September, 15.
The band qualified for the event by placing second in their section at the Scottish championships in March. That same feat saw them promoted from the third section to the second for next season.
Sunday’s concert comprised a wide-ranging musical programme which included an arrangement of The Rowan Tree, featuring a tenor horn solo by Les Mallin, as well as excerpts from the musical Oh What A Lovely War.