FOR one hundred and 25 years, trombonists, tuba players, percussionists and more have joined together in glorious brassy harmony, providing a soundtrack to life in Wotton under Edge.

The music of Wotton Silver Band has marked and continues to mark many key occasions in the town’s calendar.

Whether the mood of the event is sombre, such as Remembrance Day, or cheerful, such as Christmas Under the Edge, the players have been on hand to deliver a fitting musical accompaniment.

Generations of the town’s families have experienced the joy of learning, playing and performing through the band.

To mark the occasion of its 125th anniversary, the band is set to celebrate with a special concert on Saturday, April 13.

At the very location of the textiles mill that the band originated from in 1894, Wotton Silver Band will perform a joint concert with the four times winners of the World Music Contest Champions title, the Cory Band from South Wales.

Now the headquarters of engineering technologies company Renishaw, the concert venue is the Innovation Centre at New Mills, Kingswood, a conference facility with tiered seating and state-of-the-art acoustics.

The audience will be treated to the talents of the multiple award winning Cory Band and Wotton Silver Band, who recently achieved the highest ever competition placing in their long history, coming fifth in the First Section of the West of England Championships.

One family will be represented in both bands. Cory percussionist Ali Woodman will be joined on stage by his father Stuart, sister-in-law Jo and teenage nephew George as both bands come together for the finale.

Wotton Silver Band has consistently developed young brass players and has a training band.

The ticket price for this concert is therefore subsidised for young people to make attendance affordable for families and to inspire the district’s learners.

Tickets: £15 adult, £5 under 18s, available online from Eventbrite or from Robinson’s Florists in Wotton.