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Comber Brass

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    Received: on time

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Charity no. 108370 Date registered. 18/01/2022

Public benefits

The direct benefit flowing from our purpose is the contribution the band makes to society in having a rich diversity of music to experience from different cultures and origins, and also the benefit derived by those who are provided with an opportunity to make and perform music, particularly as a member of a larger group. These benefits are

wide-ranging, universally recognised and well documented in academic research. They include, but are not limited to, cultural expression and enrichment, emotional and mental wellbeing, cognitive development, socialisation and improved physical health. The benefit of our purpose is demonstrated through the long history of the band which has been in existence in some form for over 110 years, and through the continuing regular attendance of its members. It is also demonstrated through the band’s ongoing participation and success in competitive brass banding, being currently registered in the 2nd Section of the Brass Bands Northern Ireland. The benefit is further demonstrated through the band's annual programme of public performances and engagements for local councils, churches, civic bodies, other charitable organisations, and through concerts organised by the band itself. It is also demonstrated through the positive feedback received from it's audiences and through the many repeat requests the band receives to provide music at events such as Remembrance Day parades, religious services, local fetes, during festive periods and at other charity events attracting local community support, particularly in the Comber area. There is no harm arising from our purpose. The beneficiaries of our purpose are the general public of Northern Ireland and of North Down in particular, both as individuals who are afforded the opportunity to play in a brass band and as audience participants to the public performances that it delivers. A private benefit is gained from our purpose by the engagement of a professional Musical Director to conduct the weekly rehearsal and band performances, to develop musicianship and ensemble playing within the band, and to assist in the planning and delivery of the band’s annual programme of engagements. This private benefit is wholly incidental and necessary to the delivery of the stated purpose of the band.

What your organisation does

Comber Brass is a community brass band whose membership is open to anyone who wishes to make music with the band, regardless of ability or age. The band rehearses weekly in the Gospel Hall, Cherryvalley Drive, Comber for 2 hours on a Wednesday evening, under the direction and instruction of an experienced and qualified Musical Director. Comber

Brass regularly participates in the regional festivals, solo, and ensemble competitions that are organised by Brass Bands Northern Ireland and the North of Ireland Bands Association. The band fulfils several engagements annually on behalf of local councils to perform in public parks and also holds its own concert performances to entertain the general public and to promote their appreciation of this genre of music. Comber Brass is also regularly engaged to provide music at religious services, civic ceremonies, festivals, and other local community and charitable events, particularly in the Comber area.

The charity’s classifications

  • The advancement of the arts, culture, heritage or science

Who the charity helps

  • Children (5-13 year olds)
  • General public
  • Men
  • Women
  • Youth (14-25 year olds)

How the charity works

  • Arts
  • Cultural
  • Education/training
  • Youth development

Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 31 December 2023

Independent examiners report Charity accounts Trustee annual report

Charitable purposes

The purpose of Comber Brass is the advancement of the musical arts and culture in Northern Ireland, particularly in the North Down area, by: ~affording the opportunity for anyone to make music as part of a brass band; ~developing musicianship and ensemble playing within the band; ~providing the general public with exposure to the brass band repertoire and promoting their appreciation of it; ~participating through musical performance in the traditions and culture of the local community.

Governing document


Other name

  • 10 Trustees
  • 0 Employees
  • 0 Volunteers

Contact details

Public address

  • William Gray, Comber Brass, C/O The Gospel Hall, 2A Cherryvalley Drive, Comber, Co. Down, BT23 5BS

Trustee board

William Gray
Ken Browne
Lawrence Baalham
Jane Smyth
David Mccracken
Maurice Baalham
Denise Gilchrist
Andrew Lawrie
Kirk Lindsay
Lana Moore

List of regions

  • In Northern Ireland