Music for the community in Norwich and Norfolk
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.
Aiming for variety, we play short pieces which are easy to listen to and often well-known.
Recent pieces were..
Pirates of the Caribbean
Turkish March (Beethoven)
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.
We comply with all current regulations and recommendations.