Top brass bands join forces to raise money for Ripon charities


Last updated Jun 19, 2022
The world-famous Black Dyke Brass Band, which will be performing at Ripon Cathedral on June 23

Eight Ripon-based charities are set to benefit from what promises to be a tremendous Transatlantic evening of entertainment in the city on Thursday (June 23).

The famous world championship-winning Black Dyke Brass Band, will be joined by the multi award-winning Lake Wobegon Brass Band from St. Olaf, Minnesota, USA in a concert being held at Ripon Cathedral.

As the bands and the cathedral are waiving their customary fees, all proceeds from the sale of tickets will be divided equally by the charities.

They range from Dementia Forward, which provides support, advice and wellbeing services for people living with dementia, to Ripon YMCA, which offers supported housing for young people aged 16-35 and space for community groups and projects to meet.

The other beneficiaries are: Jennyruth Workshop, Ripon City of Sanctuary, Ripon Branch of Christian Aid, Ripon Community Link & The Walled Garden, Ripon H.E.L.P, and Ripon Salvation Army Food Bank.

Lake Wobegon Brass Band

The award-winning band is travelling from Minnesota and playing free of charge to help raise money for eight Ripon-based charities. Picture: Lake Wobegon Brass Band

Anne-Marie Tarter from event organiser Cathedral Community Connections (C3) told the Stray Ferret:

“We are looking forward to a Transatlantic treat, with a fabulous evening of musical entertainment provided by these two magnificent bands.

“Through their tremendous generosity in agreeing to perform without charging a fee, the eight charities, which support so many different aspects of life in Ripon, will gain maximum benefit from the event.”

Events sponsors are Ripon Cathedral, and Phil and Wendy Wilby.

Tickets, at £20 for adults and £5 for children under 16, are still available in the Ripon Cathedral Shop, or online at the Ripon Cathedral website.


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