Music for the community in Norwich and Norfolk 

Whether you are an amateur musician looking for a band to play in, an existing member of the windband, an organisation wishing to stage a concert, or whether you are simply browsing, we hope you will find something of interest here. 


 The Sillars Windband is a group of about 20 amateur woodwind and brass players based in Norwich, Norfolk.

The windband was formed in 2005. It specialises in entertaining the elderly in residential homes in and around Norwich, but it also performs in churches and other venues. It takes its name from Archie Sillars, who founded the Sillars Light Orchestra in 1926.

Our repertoire

Aiming for variety, we play short  pieces which are easy to listen to and often well-known.

Recent pieces were..

Pirates of the Caribbean
Bolero (Ravel)
Ashokan Farewell
Turkish March (Beethoven)
Carmen Selection
Theme from "The Godfather"
Mamma Mia! (ABBA film selection)
My Heart Will Go On (TITANIC Theme)
Show Boat Selection


Tuesday 5th December:  Friends and family.

Tuesday 12th December: Daisy Hill Court 

Tuesday 19th December: Acle Methodist Church

We usually share our concerts with guest singers or soloists in order to provide a varied programme.  We would be pleased to be approached by groups  or soloists wishing to share concerts.

The windband  plays  in residential homes and also performs concerts in order to help community groups and churches to raise funds. If your organisation is interested in hosting a concert, please contact us. We do not charge for performances. However, most of our hosts do provide us with a donation to help towards  expenses such as  the costs of sheet music.

Vacancies for players

We aim to keep the windband  small in order to be able to fit comfortably in our preferred venues : residential homes, churches etc.  However, we can often accept some extra players. 

We do not hold formal auditions or specify a  particular standard. New players are invited to rehearsals to see how we suit each other. We extend a warm welcome to players who will show commitment and enthusiasm.

If you are interested in joining us, come along for a free taster session before committing yourself.

You can contact us by an email Click Here  


We meet on Tuesday evenings at 7.30 during school term times.

Rehearsal dates for Autumn 2023 are:
September 12, 19 26
October 3, 10, 17, 31
November 7, 14, 21, 28
December, 5, 12, 19

We rehearse at the Ipswich Road United Reformed Church, 40 - 42 Ipswich Road, NR4 6QF. The church is situated on Constable Road, parallel to the Ipswich Road  

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We will be playing carols this coming Christmas.

Covid Precautions

We comply with all current regulations and recommendations.