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CONCERT - Age Concern 40th Birthday 17/05/2011


The band were very fortunate to play in York's most prestigious building - York Minster. They played on behalf of York's Age Concern and Age UK, who were having their 40th Anniversary. We congratulate them on such a brilliant milestone achievement.



The sun nearly shone on the Golden Rail Band, which was remarkable considering the forcast said that it would snow. It was the first outing of the year for the band under the new and were playing to support the event happening over the weekend in York, which was to become the first Fair Trade Region in the UK. Photos will be coming soon! In the meantime, you can check out the article from the York Press by clicking here.

The Band is looking for photos


Calling anybody out there who has seen the band in concert! The band is currently looking for more photos that keep the website up to date. If you have any photos or videos and would like to share them, let us know and we would be happy to add them to the collection!

Band's 2010 in a Nutshell


2010 has been another busy year for the York RI Golden Rail Band. The appointment of the new Musical Directors Jack Capstaff and Nicholas Eastwood brought enthusiasm back around the stands and work on the summer programme began with earnest.

The band played in the York phenomenon that is 'Brassed On!', where an afternoon concert was given by the band along with all the other York brass bands. Some members also took part in the massed band that took place in the museum gardens the following day - something that hasn't been seen in York for a very long time.

The year started with a concert in Brayton Church, nr Selby. This was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience, despite the dreadful jokes! Some of the summer concerts this year included the Huby Show, Northallerton Show, Goole Bandstand and Burnby Hall Gardens. Thankfully, the weather has been good to Golden Rail and all concerts have been well supported.

Towards the back end of the year, the band has been involved in the annual remembrance services at Duncombe Place, York, and Tadcaster. Both events are held in very high regard and the band played well. Christmas came around again and the band played at the Carol Service, Bishopthorpe. The band is currently engaged right up until Christmas carolling at York Station.

So with 2010 just about finished, it's fair to say it's been an interesting year all round. Hope to see you all in future concerts in 2011.

Band is Starting Beginners Group


It's a well known fact that to a master at something, you have to start as a beginner. This is especially true with playing a brass instrument, which is why York RI Golden Rail Band is seizing the opportunity to start a new Beginners Group in the New Year, for anyone who wants to learn a brass instrument.

This group doesn't just aim at the youth either. Parents, Grandparents, students, people of all ages, talents and backgrounds are welcome to take part in a new phenomenon. Perhaps you have played before, and want to get back in to the swing of things - that's fine too. Come along and get going again.

There are no catches to this Beginners Group either. You don't even need your own instrument! All the tuition and rehearsal time is FREE and on top of that, the band will loan out an instrument to you as you learn. It's a no-brainer!

The lessons and rehearsals will be led by the band's current co-Musical Director, Nick Eastwood, who is taking the band through the busy Christmas period. Nick has also been working at a teaching post within the band for the last six months.

If you're interested in becoming part of the beginners group and would like to know more about it, please feel free to email Nick Eastwood (

So with the New Year coming, why not make a new resolution to do something different this year. Why not take up a brass instrument and become part of the York RI Golden Rail Beginner's Group!

Brassed On!


During the weekend of the 1st to 3rd of May, York will be hosting the first Brassed On! Music Festival.

On Saturday, there are performances throughout the day at the Museum Gardens, Yorkshire Museum, York, by Shepherd Group Brass Band, Shepherd Concert Band, York RI Band, York RI Golden Rail Band and Ebor Brass.

On Sunday, after a very large group rehearsal in the morning, there is a Massed Brass Band Concert, again in the Museum Gardens, featuring all of York's brass bands as well as any other players who do not play for a brass band at present. We will be featuring a programme of music from the film Brassed Off.

Finally, on the Monday, Brassed On are holding Masterclasses for able musicians (under 21 years of age) at the National Centre for Early Music at 10 am to 11.30am. This is free to players and open to the public (£3 or £2 concessions).

Brassed On is also holding A Young Person's Guide to the Brass Band. This is a family concert for and featuring young people, again at the National Centre for Early Music from 2.30pm to 3.30pm, again open to the public. Tickets for this event are £4 or £2 for concessions.

As a finale to the weekend, City Screen is showing the classic film "Brassed Off", starring Ewan McGregor, Tara Fitzgerald and Pete Postlethwaite. There is also a chance to meet Writer and Director, Mark Herman. This is being shown at 7.30pm, where tickets are £6 and £5 for concessions.

As the majority of this event is outside, we obviously are praying for good weather and look forward to seeing you all there.

New Musical Director Appointed


It is with great pleasure that the Golden Rail Band announce their new conductor, Jack Capstaff. Jack comes from a family of very talented brass players and is himself an excellent cornet player. He has also joined the Railway Institute Band and we at the Railway Institute feel very lucky that we have gained his services as a player and a conductor. We look forward to his ideas and welcome you all to our concerts in the summer (details to be published as soon as we have them).

New Website Goes Live


Hi and welcome to our new website. The new site has been developed to help promote the band and bring you the latest engagements, player details and images.

As the site is quite new we would really appreciate your views and feedback. If you have an idea for some content to go on the site then please let us know.

And last but not least please keep revisiting the site as we try and add more content regularly.