The roots of the Mount Charles Band can be traced back to 1779 when it was known as the regiment of Cornish Volunteers. Following several name changes it moved from Charles town to Mount Charles in 1945 and became known as the Mount Charles Band.
The modern organisation is set up in three individual parts that all interlink to form the whole:
The Senior Band
The Mount Charles Band are a Championship section band in the West of England area, and recognised nationally for their performances throughout the UK. The band are made up of amateur musicians from all over Cornwall, including members taught through the Mount Charles Youth programme, some of whom are still playing members of the Youth Band.
The band perform at competitions all over the UK including the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, The Lowry in Manchester, The Sage in Gateshead and the Royal Albert Hall, London. The band are delighted to have represented the West of England at the Nationals Finals.
The band are also active in the concert arena, and play regularly at the Subscription Rooms in Stroud and The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, as well as locally at The Keay Theatre and other local venues.
The band have worked with many fine musical directors (see here).
Rehearsals are on Monday and Thursday from 7.45pm - 9.45pm.
The Youth Band has a fine reputation throughout the South West and Nationally where they have consistently performed to the highest levels in concerts, festivals and competitions. The band held the title of South West Champions for 12 years consecutively, as well as being the West of England and Cornish Champions on numerous occasions. The pinnacle of their achievements being that they have three times been crowned the National Youth Champions, and in 2006 also became the inaugural British Open Youth Champions.
The band prides itself on team work, commitment and an enthusiasm to learn together and individually, whilst enjoying the social aspects of this great hobby.
Rehearsals are on Monday and Thursday from 6.15pm - 7.15pm
This is our starter group for anyone interested in playing a brass or percussion instrument. This fun group is designed to encourage social skills, and musicianship so that the group can perform at concerts and competitions after a period of training. All budding members here will have the opportunity to move into the Youth Band upon reaching the required standard.