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Leave a banding legacy

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We understand that respecting and remembering a family member or friend will be a priority for you. After loved ones are taken care of, please consider leaving a gift in your Will to Brass Bands England to benefit future generations of music makers. 

Music provides an unparalleled sense of joy and collaboration. Brass Bands England is proud to help transform and inspire lives through brass music education and performance across England. With your support, we can continue to reach those most in need - disadvantaged children and young people who wouldn’t be able to learn to play a brass instrument without our help.  

Leaving a legacy for our Brass Band Archive will help conserve this significant world class collection of national heritage and social history, raise awareness of banding and help inspire brass bands throughout the country to expand their repertoire. 

If you'd like to leave a gift in your Will, you don’t need to provide us with specific details, just let us know that’s your intention. Or pass on our details to your solicitor: Brass Bands England, charity number 1148331, Unit 12, Maple Estate, Stocks Lane, Barnsley S75 2BL. 

Leaving a legacy is tax-free, so it costs nothing during your lifetime. There may be tax benefits to leaving gifts in your Will to us, which could make any gift exempt from UK Inheritance and Capital Gains Tax. We suggest you speak to a solicitor about the range of options available to you when making or updating your Will. Remember A Charity can also provide more information on how to leave a gift to charity.

For more information or advice on making a financial gift to Brass Bands England, please contact us by emailing funding@bbe.org.uk

We are proud to be associated with many passionate individuals and organisations that champion our cause – a passionate belief that music improves the lives of people. Brass Bands England would like to thank the following for their support.


Arts Council England / Garfield Weston / Foyle Foundation  / Backstage Trust / Schroder Trust / Norman Jones Trust

Norman Jones Trust

Norman Jones was for many years the secretary of Brass Bands England in its previous incarnation, the British Federation of Brass Bands.  He worked tirelessly for brass bands and for the organisation and was responsible for setting up the Fedsure insurance scheme that has aided many bands up and down the country and is a lasting legacy of his work. Following his untimely death in 2007, the then BFBB were informed that they and its member bands would benefit from £60,000 that Norman had bequeathed in his will. The Norman Jones Trust have suported many band projects over the years including one that celebrated Bratton Silver Bands 160th Aniversary

Preserve our Brass Band Archive

Our Brass Bands Archive is the largest archive in the world, dedicated to preserving international brass band heritage. The archive contains items of cultural, social and historical significance from the 1820s onwards - over 9,000 sets of paper sheet music, 5,500 brass band journals, 1,000 vinyl records, trophies, medals, uniforms, banners, commemorative photographs, books and contest programmes. Notable items include a first purpose 19th century performing jacket from the award-winning Black Dyke Mills Band, a rare echo cornet believed to be owned by well-known player Harry Mortimer and a Memorial Book of remembrance for bands people that died in service in WW1. 

We need support in conserving the items and completing cataloguing which will then be made accessible digitally and physically on public display at Heritage Quay, Huddersfield University