The King Alfred Concert Band is due to perform its annual Christmas concert on Saturday

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The King Alfred Concert Band is due to perform its annual Christmas concert on Saturday 4 December.

The festive musical evening will take place at St John’s Church, Highbridge at 7pm with tickets costing £5 at the door and including refreshments.

The group was founded in 1981 by Martyn Owen, who at the time was head of music at King Alfred School, Somerset. It started life as a school concert band, but over the years has grown into a community band and now includes artists of all ages from the area and surrounding areas.

A spokesperson adds: “The group has been a vital starting point for many young musicians in the region, some of whom have gone on to pursue professional careers in music. It aims to encourage all members to deepen their musical and technical skills, the pleasure of learning and playing their instrument.

“The King Alfred Concert Band is always proud to showcase the stylistic and musical talents of its members. It hosts a wide range and variety of music, from classical overtures to popular songs and well-known classics.

The group gives at least two official concerts each year, one at Christmas and another in the spring. They also play at many local events, fundraisers, parties and for local organizations.

New group members are always welcome.

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