The Surrey Police Band
I first came across The Surrey Police Band a couple of years ago when they sent me an event to list in The DatebooK. I did wonder about them being a charity as I had never heard of a Police Band let alone a Police Band being a charity.
Then last year I received several of the band’s events to list and I learned, through their events, that not only are they a charity, they often step up to assist other charities with fundraising functions.
Since its establishment in 2007, by a small group of Surrey Police personnel, the Band has grown from strength to strength. It is a self-supporting organisation that is funded by member subscription fees and selected performances.
The Band’s flexible ethos, which understands that work and home life may not always allow for attendance at rehearsals, has attracted people from all walks of life including the police, the military and the wider civilian community.
Surrey Police Band supports the Chief’s Constable’s charity, which is nominated each year by members of the Surrey Police. The Band’s yearly concert series at Normandy Village Hall in Guildford, along with other performances, help to fundraise for their chosen charity and assist in spreading awareness of the work they do.
This year’s chosen charity is SERV Surrey and South London Blood Runners. ServSSL is a volunteer after- hour’s blood-bike/runner service which is used by all hospitals in Surrey and South London. Previous charities supported by the Police Band include the UK Police Memorial, The Children’s Trust, The Royal British Legion and the Army Widows Association just to name a few.
The Band performs in a number of engagements each year, including a tri-annual concert series at Normandy Village Hall in Guildford, Surrey. These concerts have accumulated a significant following over the years and the Band now enjoys performing to sell out audiences. Their varied musical repertoire includes military marches, selections from films and musical, classical transcriptions and original works for concert bands. The Band also provide music support for a number of Surrey Police events as well as other charity, private and open air concerts.
The concert series Normandy has become famous for its captivating musical programmes, homemade interval treats and impressive fundraising raffles. This year they will be performing at Emmanuel Church in Guildford for a concert on 23rd March. What a wonderful way to chase away those boring winter blues!
If you would like to know more about The Surrey Police Band and their concerts Visit: www.surreypoliceband.org.uk