It has been an extremely successful year both on and off the contest stage for the Raunds Temperance Band.


2019 got off to a flying start for the band as they took part, for the first time in their history, in the Butlins Mineworkers Brass Band Championships in Skegness. After a fine performance of Beethoven’s ‘Egmont’ overture, which found favour with the audience and judging panel alike, the band were crowned 3rd Section champions!


Next up on the contesting calendar was the Midlands Area Championships, held this year in the beautiful town of Kenilworth. Thanks to their Butlins win, the band went in to the competition as firm favourites. With the pressure on, they didn’t disappoint and once again came out on top of a strong field of competitors. This win meant the band qualified for the National Championships for the first time since 2005, where they would be joined by runners-up (and local rivals) Stamford Brass.


As with any brass band, the Temps have a proud tradition of providing entertainment for the local community with their varied programmes and versatility, catering for almost any type of event. Away from the contest stage, the Temps had a busy summer performing across the county in various concerts, fetes, and their annual visit to Hollowell Steam Rally.


Mid-September brought the eagerly anticipated trip to Cheltenham for the National Finals of Great Britain. Performing a new piece by French composer Thierry Deleruyelle, titled ‘Viking Age’, the band put on an impressive showing. Another victory was a step too far this time however, with the judges awarding them a highly creditable 8th place from a field of 18 bands.


With the contesting season over for the year, they now prepare for the festive period. With Christmas concerts at Raunds Football Club (Saturday 14th December) and Rushden Bowls Club (Sunday 15th), combined with a myriad of carolling appearances across the local region, it’s sure to be another busy one. Then in January, it starts all over again as they seek to defend their Butlins and Area titles, and continue to spread the name of Raunds up and down the country!