Rode Hall Band to Support Moorlands NSPCC Concert July 11th 2015

Moorland Voices, Rode Hall Silver band and Shelley Ann Rivers  have been asked by Sue Wardle, Chairman of Leek and Moorlands NSPCC to perform in a concert at Moorside High School, Cellarhead on July 11 to raise funds for Carole House, the local NSPCC children's centre.  Sue Wardle is enthusiastic about this concert.  “It will be the biggest concert we will have organised for the NSPCC – Moorland Voices (with whom I sing) will be joined by the wonderful Rode Hall Silver Band and a talented young soprano Shelley-Ann Rivers, also a local girl.  It should be a great night for music lovers and we are hoping to sell over 200 tickets for this event.” Tickets will cost £8 (£5 for concessions)  and will include light refreshment. The programme will begin at 7.30. More details from Sue on 01782 550258  or checkleysue@aol.com


After recently celebrating 12 months of singing together, Moorland Voices has a busy schedule of concerts for 2015.  This co-operative choir of 26 singers has no overall musical director but uses talent from within its ranks to choose music, conduct and inspire. They sing a huge variety from classical to Beatles and rely on close harmonies in a largely a capella style.

The choir includes members based in Leek and Cheadle but attracts singers from all over Staffordshire.  Don Taylor, chairman of the choir, stated, “We have worked very hard to improve our overall sound and blend of voices. Apparently we are the choir to watch and in this second year we want to seriously impress our audiences, so we have been working on new and exciting pieces for our upcoming concerts.”



Shelley Anne Rivers is a classically trained singer and actress. She studied musical theatre at Laine Theatre Arts and continued to train in Opera at The Royal Northern College of Music.

Her theatre credits include, Tuptim in the 'King & I', Maggie in 'A Chorus Line', Mrs Anderson in 'A Little Night Music', Pitti Sing in 'The Mikado', Phyllis in 'Iolanthe' for the Buxton G&S Festival, Tchaikovsky's Opera 'Eugene Onegin' and Janácek's 'The Cunning Little Vixen'. She performed in the UK tour of 'The Pirates of Penzance' alongside Rosemary Ashe and Paul Nicholas and she has also performed in the Chichester Festival Theatre's production of 'Iolanthe'.

Shelley's concert and corporate work has taken her all over the world. She regularly appears with comedian Kev Orkian, dueting with him in a comedy opera routine that Kev previously performed with global opera star Katherine Jenkins. Shelley recently performed in Bobby Davros' "Gala Spectacular" alongside Joe Pasquale, Gary Wilmot and Gareth Gates. Through 2014, Shelley appeared as a guest singer abroad with her own classical show for TED UK.


Rode Hall Silver Band was formed in 1837 as a fife and drum band, changing to its current brass band format in 1886. It is believed that the Band was originally formed to lead the local people to services at Astbury Church before Rode Church was built.The Band today plays at many events throughout South Cheshire and Staffordshire. The Band is also planning to participate in a number of contests that will challenge the players and develop the sound of the Band.

The band recently achieved a 4th place finish at Brass at the Guild 2015 and followed this up with a 6th place at the hotly contested 2015 North West Regional Championships. The band is forward-thinking, and aims to progress further and further up the results table in the years to come. The band's president is Lady Baker Wilbraham of Rode Hall

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North West Regional Championships 2015

The band travelled to Blackpool Winter Gardens on the 1st March to compete in the North West Area Regional Championship 4th Section. The day began at 9:30am for a rehearsal at the Duke of York pub. The first half of the rehearsal went well enough for our stand-in conductor, Aidan Howgate, to allow us to break for bacon sandwiches kindly prepared for us by the licencees. After eating our breakfast we completed the rest of the rehearsal before making our way to the Winter Gardens for registration. We were drawn to play 5th out of a field of 14 other bands and we eventually went on to play in the magnificent Empress Ballroom at approximately 4pm.



The piece we played was An English Pastorale by Dean Jones and it seemed to fly by on stage, as such performances always do. The band were invariably pleased with the performance and excited to find out where we had placed. With another 9 bands still to play we had enough time to grab a bite to eat and return to the ball room for the final performances and results. After a lengthy deliberation the adjudicators placed Rode Hall a very respectable 6th overall, high enough to receive one of the trophies presented by Fanfare North.

Vicky Wood receiving 6th place trophy - 4barsrest.com
Listening in to Manx Youth's excellent performance
Our hard earned trophy..... maybe silverware next time?

Full results from the 4th Section:

Pos Band Conductor Draw
1 Formby Louise Hough 8
2 Skelmersdale Prize David Chapman 14
3 Manx Youth Ian Clague MBE 4
4 Stalybridge Old David Ashworth 9
5 Valley Brass (Haydock) David Chadwick 1
6 Rode Hall Silver Aidan Howgate 5
7 Tarleton Brass Gillian Bould 6
8 Brindle Keith Richmond 7
9 Sale Brass Joshua Hughes 2
10 Thornton Cleveleys Stephen Simpson 12
11 Blackley Daniel Price 10
12 Cadishead Public Craig McFarland 11
13 Denton Brass Matt Bailey 3
14 Mereside Brass Mike Phenton 13

Brass at the Guild 2015

Rode Hall Silver Band traveled to Preston on Sunday 1st February 2015 to take part in the Brass at the Guild contest, organised by Lancashire Contests. The contest saw 39 bands performing either their respective test piece for the up coming Regional Area contests, or their piece from the Butlins Mineworkers Championship.

The band performed An English Pastorale by Dean Jones in preparation for our outing at the North West Area Regional Championships in Blackpool on the 1st March. The band achieved an improvement on last year's contest with a 4th place finish. With a month still to go until the Blackpool contest the band have high aspirations of putting on a good show at the Areas under the baton of our stand-in conductor, Aidan Howgate.

Prior to the upcoming contest, the band will be playing at an 'Area Test Piece Preview Evening' on the 22nd February hosted by the Foden's Band at Sandbach Boys School, Crewe Rd, Sandbach. Keep an eye on our events and engagements page for details or follow our Facebook or Twitter pages.

Below are a few photos of the band just before going on stage at Preston...

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Christmas Programme 2014

This year's Christmas programme is now in full swing for Rode Hall Silver Band. The band played for the Congleton Town Christmas lights switch on around the Christmas Tree last Friday and this was followed up on Sunday where we played at the Goostrey Christmas Lights switch on. On both occasions the main band were joined by members of Beartown Brass, our training band. The young players did an excellent job and thoroughly enjoyed the chance to play carols with the main band. It won't be long before we start to see some of the Beartown players integrating into our Thursday evening rehearsals!

The band are busy every week until Christmas now and you can find out where we are playing on our engagements page. Please come along and have a listen at one of our concerts or caroling jobs.

Rode Hall Silver Band Exhibition at Congleton Museum

Rode Hall Silver Band have an exhibition at Congleton Museum, running from 9th August to the 9th September. There will be a brief history displayed depicting the band's long heritage as well as photographs from past and present. Trophies, past uniform and the old bass drum will also be on display.

Come along and show your support for a local band which dates back to 1837 and continues to thrive to this day.

Entry to the museum is free and the museum can be found at the rear of Congleton Town Hall opposite the Police station on Market Square.

Opening Times:

Tues-Fri 12:00 - 16:30

Sat 10:00 - 16:30

Sun 12:00 - 16:30

Whit Friday Marches, 13th June 2014

The band once again competed at the Whit Friday marches in and around Saddleworth. The band managed to play 8 venues in the following order:

  1. Denshaw          51st out of 65
  2. Delph               37th out of 84
  3. Dobcross         37th out of 64
  4. Diggle               39th out of 59
  5. Uppermill       49th out of 51
  6. Scouthead       55th out of 71
  7. Lydgate           42nd out of 64
  8. Friezland         24th out of 44

Full Band Rankings

The band were also caught on camera by the BBC for NorthWest Tonight - see if you can spot us http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-27839529

Post will be updated when the full results are in. Please go to our media gallery for photos and videos of the day.

Brass on the Grass, 8th June 2014

The band recently supported the celebrations for Congleton Band Stand reaching 100 years old. The event was organised by the Friends of Congleton Park.

The band played two sets of music during the afternoon and we were also joined by guest soloist, Glyn Williams from the Fodens band. Glyn played the Euphonium solo Myfany as well as performing a duet with our own euph soloist Simon Crowley. Together they performed 'Deep inside the Sacred Temple' from 'The Pearl Fishers'.

Silk Brass also played two great sets of music and other musical acts also entertained a large crowd.