St Albans City Brass Band is hosting a Royal Wedding Celebration Concert at Dagnall Street Baptist Church on 19th May. The concert is being held in support of The OLLIE (One Life Lost Is Enough) Foundation, a youth suicide prevention charity. OLLIE delivers suicide prevention and intervention training to the local community. The Band is co-operating with OLLIE who will benefit from the proceeds, in return for helping with the organisation of the evening.
St Albans Brass Band is a friendly and community focussed brass band which has been making a contribution to local musical life for over 120 years. During the second world war it was known as the Home Guard Band; it no resemblance to Dad’s Army and includes members of all ages and backgrounds. It meets every Wednesday, details of rehearsals are on the website www.stalbansband.co.uk.
It’s a really important event for the band because it is the first concert under its new Musical Director, John Campbell. John is a freelance musical teacher and professional musician who has played Soprano Cornet with the Brighouse and Rastrick Band and Principal Cornet with the Yorkshire Imperial Band. He is known locally as a previous Principal Cornet and later Musical Director of the Welwyn Garden City Band.
The band was keen that such a landmark be in support of a local charity.
One of its members suggested The OLLIE Foundation because his good friend and cycling companion tragically lost his young adult son just before Christmas 2017. The band warmly responded to the suggestion as a way of raising awareness of youth suicide and what can be done to help, as well as raising funds.
Clive Barnard, who is a member of the band commented “Until this tragedy happened to my friend and his family I really knew nothing of youth suicide and its awful consequences for everyone involved. It is really encouraging to see that so much can be done to reduce risk through prevention and intervention training. It’s great to have an opportunity through this concert to show everyone who is affected in any way by this issue that other people care and want to help. You could say that we in the band want to play our part – our part in the band and our part in supporting the charity!”
The cyclists of St Albans are also doing their bit, through the Jollies for OLLIE fundraising rides that are taking place this summer, but perhaps this evening will be a more relaxing for everyone to learn more about The OLLIE Foundation and to hear suitable music for the occasion!
The charity’s coordinator Verity Bramwell said: “We were very pleased when the band approached us. To be part of a celebration of a historically and socially important event which brings together the community whilst raising awareness and funds for charity is fantastic. As a charity, we are all about community cohesion and uniting people from different walks of life. Music is a great means to do that, so we are looking forward to meeting members of the community we have not interacted with previously.”
The concert will be at Dagnall St Baptist Church, St Albans from 7PM.