Kendal Concert Band was formed in 1964 under the baton of “President” Edward Lawton.
Over the years there have been a number of musical directors who have fought to keep control of a varied group of players! For twenty five years Jim Quincey nurtured the band to its present size and members, past and present, celebrated fifty years of band history in 2014.
Now, under the baton of Rob Duesbury, the band continues to thrive playing a broad spectrum of traditional and modern composition.
With links to our twinned Town of Rinteln and our friends in Carlisle and York the band tour regularly and perform alongside others with a tradition of musical and social hospitality.
The Kendal /York Concert Band connection goes back to 2001, with a call from the former MD of YCB Bill Gilpin to ask if we would care to organise a joint concert in his home town of Kendal.
Bill was a chorister in Kendal Parish Church and was taught clarinet by Edward Lawton, KCB President and founder member. Bill later joined the Border Regiment Band and after training at Kneller Hall, was appointed BM of the Royal Irish Rangers. On leaving the army, he settled with his wife in York but maintained family connections in Kendal and directed YCB for ten years. Since then there have been a series of bi-annual joint weekends either in Kendal or York with joint concerts and social events at which to relax and get to know each other, with many long lasting friendships being formed In York various venue were made available for performances, notably the Rowntree theatre , Rowntree Park and Pately Bridge.
Bill Gilpin passed away recently and will be sadly missed by those who knew him. His humour and expertise will be remembered by all who were lucky enough to have known him. His successor since 2004, music teacher Sue Sykes has kept the band on top form in and around York, with concerts in the famous spa town of Scarboro’ and including, in the past, (with one or two ‘deps’ from KCB), trips to Italy, organised by a former member of the band. Members of YCB have in the past, also accompanied KCB on visits to our twin town of Rinteln, in Germany. JAQ. 6/3/2018