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York RI Golden Rail Band is a non-contesting brass band based in central York

We are a versatile brass band and play a wide range of engagements, from outdoor concerts in the grounds of stately homes and beautiful parks and gardens to marching for Remembrance Day and memorial concerts. We play on bandstands from Pocklington to Goole and have played prestigious venues including York Minster, Joseph Rowntree Theatre and the National Centre for Early Music (NCEM). We love playing community concerts, whether it's a village Christmas carol concert or to boost your local fete or fayre. 

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Terry Suthers remembered

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We are sad to share news of the death of Golden Rail Band player Terry Suthers, who passed away at home after a long illness on 24 March 2024.

Terry, who joined Golden Rail in 2012, was coaxed back to the cornet and brass bands (an early passion) following an encounter with brass players at a ‘Late Learners’ jazz workshop at the National Centre for Early Music in 2011.

He soon became a stalwart on the back row, contributing enthusiastically to the life and music of the band. Together with Golden Rail Band players Bruce Jackson and Kate Lock and composer David Lancaster he formed Brassed On York, an organisation promoting brass band events. They staged the Proms in the Gardens on the York Mystery Plays stage in the Museum Gardens as part of the York 800 celebrations in 2012 with York Railway Institute Band and Shepherd Group Brass Band. The team subsequently co-ordinated brass band concerts across the region for the Tour de Brass as part of the Yorkshire Festival in 2014, including a Yorkshire Prom with the world-famous Black Dyke Band.

In later years, Terry switched instrument to the euphonium, which he enjoyed playing as part of a quartet with fellow musicians Bruce Jackson, Chris Stockton and John Stuart, something that continued to give him pleasure, company, and solace during his illness.

Terry was well connected, much respected, and well loved, professionally and personally. A conservator and archaeologist by training, he had been Director of the Yorkshire Museum, Assistant Director and Head of Public Services at the national Science Museum, and the CEO and director of Harewood House Charitable Trust in Leeds. He became Deputy Lieutenant for West Yorkshire in 2005 and was awarded an MBE for his services to museums and heritage in 2011.

“Terry Suthers was the epitome of the word ‘gentleman’,” said Nicholas Eastwood, Musical Director of Golden Rail Band. “He always knew what to say, and in such a positive, caring way, full of verve and enthusiasm. The selfless time and effort he put into everything he did leaves a legacy that we can be truly grateful to have been a part of.

“He will be dearly missed by us all at Golden Rail Band.”

The band are honoured to be asked by his wife Delma to play for Terry’s funeral, which will be in the Quire of York Minster on Thursday 25 April at 2pm.

Golden Rail Band turns 40

Golden Rail Band is marking its 40th anniversary this year with a programme of special concerts and events.

First up, on 24 February, is a recording for Leeds-based Chapel FM's brass band show, From the Bandroom - which, of course, will take place in the York RI bandroom at Queen Street in York.

The band will play a concert programme devised by MD Nicholas Eastwood and former players have been invited to join in.

"It's a great opportunity for a bit of a reunion, especially before the old bandroom gets demolished later this year," said Nick. "We've had lots of interest already so we'll have to put a cap on numbers at some point as the bandroom really isn't that big.

"I'm really looking forward to conducting it - we should make a powerful sound with that many players!"

Further details about Golden Rail Band's 40th anniversary concert season will be announced shortly.

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York RI Golden Rail Band, and York RI Development Band are constituent parts of York RI - a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, registration number 1165513