Most of us will have attempted to play an instrument at some stage, but we often let it slide when faced with exams, work, or a busy family and social life. If you’ve ever wanted to pick up where you left off, then the Aberdeen Concert Band may be just what you’re looking for.

The band started life 16 years ago as the Northfield Community Band, but has since evolved into a city wide group of enthusiastic musicians who play for the love of music and the fun of playing together at concerts and charity events across the region.

The band members of the Aberdeen Concert Band are as diverse as their musical programme. You’ll find everyone from teenagers to retired folks playing a new programme of musical delights under the directorship of Eric Kidd. A typical programme spans work from the musicals, jazz, film scores, classical and pop pieces, all played with great verve.

If you’re interested in joining, you’ll need to be Grade 3 or above and the expert tuition will bring you up to speed in no time. Rehearsals are held each Monday night at Northfield Church on Byron Crescent in Northfield from 7.15 to 9.15pm. The Concert Band also tries to teach beginners who want to play, but as a charity they have very restricted means so more experienced new members are welcome.

You can see the band in action at various events over the spring and summer season, starting with a concert for the Woman’s Guild on the 9th of May at Byron Church. There’s a full listing on the band’s Facebook page, but they are always keen to hear from event organisers about opportunities to perform or from potential new band members.

Please contact aileen.sharples@tenacre.com or julie.longmuir@hotmail.co.uk for more information.

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