As our picture shows – and may perhaps have been heard many times along Peebles High Street – we won a trophy!

Peebles Burgh Silver Band returned from the Borders Entertainment Contest in Kelso on Saturday 2nd November proud winners; topping the 4th Section taking victory over the other three bands in that section. (and in equal place with the 3rd Section winners, Langholm Town Band).

The contest is held annually in a different venue each year and for the first time was in Kelso at the Kelso North Parish Church. This was in honour of the Contest Compere´, Alasdair Hutton, OBE, who is an Elder of the Church and has introduced each Band and their choice of music in his excellent style for more years than he cares to remember.  Each band is asked to perform a selection of music with a maximum playing time of 15 minutes.

Our programme commenced with a concert march ‘The Cornish Cavalier’ composed by W. E. Moyle. This was followed by ‘The Water of Tyne’ a traditional slow melody arranged by Philip Harper featuring principal euphonium, Rhona Musgrave, and principal cornet, Phoebe Hibbert. The band then took a calculated risk and played a piece arranged by Derek Broadbent (one of the two adjudicators who has actually conducted the band in the past). This featured our flugel and horn players, Sophie Ward-Murray, Kevin Smith, Rosie McLeman and Alison Smith playing Lennon & McCartney’s ‘Hey Jude’. The concluding tune was Kalinka arranged by Ray Woodfield which is a Russian folk song from 1860. A varied and entertaining programme that was clearly liked by the adjudicators and audience.

The band’s Musical Director, Peter Holmes, commented “This group of players has worked hard over the past few months to put this short programme together whilst also rehearsing for our September concert. I am especially pleased that we have invested in our young players and they continue to repay our faith in them and today did Peebles proud by winning a trophy”.


After the formal Remembrance Service in the Quadrangle the Band are now preparing for their Christmas Concert on Friday 13th December in The Burgh Hall (please note 7.00pm start) where we will be supported by Kingsland School Choir and our very own Youth Band. This is an excellent event and not to be missed.  We will hopefully also be playing carols each Saturday in December on the High Street, weather permitting.  After the Christmas break, we start all over again with rehearsals for our next contest – the Scottish Championships in Perth in March 2020 where the band hope to build on Saturday’s win and gain promotion to the 3rd Section!

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