Hampshire County Youth Band to celebrate 60 years of music on a high note

The Hampshire County Youth Band will be taking over The Anvil in Basingstoke for an exciting two-day line-up of performances on 15 and 16 April to celebrate six decades of musical performance and education in Hampshire

Mar 16 2023

Hampshire Youth Band

Members of the public are invited to come along and enjoy special performances from the Hampshire County Youth Band itself, as well as the Hampshire County Training Band, Hampshire County Junior Band, The Cory Band, and The Alumni Band. 

Councillor Edward Heron, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services, said: “Being part of a music group enables children and young people to join a supportive community while developing their skills, sharing their love of music, and finding a creative outlet.  

“Every member of the Hampshire County Youth Band - from 1963, when the band was first formed, up until today - should be incredibly proud of this fantastic milestone, marking sixty years of musical dedication. Good luck to everyone performing in April and happy 60th anniversary!” 

The Hampshire Youth Band is part of a network of 60 groups run by the County Council’s Hampshire Music Service and brings together over 100 talented young musicians from across Hampshire. 

Audiences will be treated at April’s performances to a wide repertoire of brass and percussion pieces. 

On Saturday, 15 April there will be performances from The Hampshire County Junior, Training, and Youth Bands, and the Percussion Ensemble, including a specially commissioned piece of music written by world-renowned composer for brass bands, Paul Lovatt-Cooper. The Youth Band will also be joined by an Alumni Band of nearly 200 former members from across their 60-year history. 
On Sunday, 16 April, audiences will be treated to brass music by the world-famous Cory Band who will be performing alongside the Hampshire County Youth Band. 

Further information about the performances on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 April is available online.