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The Mount Charles Band are a first section band in the West of England.
Our Aims include developing talent from all ages in both brass and percussion throughout our organisation to allow the member to enjoy music performance. We also want to allow the bands to compete at the highest possible level, across the country raising the profile of the band as well as the county of Cornwall whom we proudly represent on our travels.
The Background of the organisation can be traced back to 1779 as the Charlestown Regiment Volunteers Band, and after several name changes became the Mount Charles Band which we remain today. A significant year for the band was 1984, which is when we started an active youth policy and set ourselves some realistic but challenging aims to produce home grown talent and musicians from the surrounding areas. Since those were set the bands have grown from strength to strength, supporting and training numerous members from beginner to proficient and some onto professional musicians.
Today the organisation is proud to have three bands who regularly meet to rehearse and develop our skills and knowledge of brass playing, for the benefit of the local and national public, as well as for ourselves. There is much more information about the Senior, Youth and Junior bands throughout this website, detailing exactly what we are doing and how far we have progressed together.
The future certainly looks bright, with continued hard work from the members and conductors we look forward to many more years of music making at the highest level. We hope that you find our site interesting and easy to use, and we look forward to providing up to date information about what the band is doing, the progress we are making towards our aims and mission as well as letting you know where we are performing across the county.
Victoria Gardens is laid out on a steep south facing slope. It is typical of late 19th century style of trees and shrubs interrelated with paths and flower beds.
Originally created to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee it is filled with exotic trees, shrubs & flowers. Truro City Council parks dept regularly win Britain in Bloom competitions. Before this particular garden was established there used to be the small Waterfall Gardens which was created in 1893. The Waterfall Gardens are still in existence, by St Georges Church.
There is also a water feature that is powered by hydraulic water ram situated in the Leats next to the River Kenwyn which supplies the water for the fish pond and runs back down through the gardens through the old water fountain which used to be situated in Boscawen street, then feeds small cascade of waterfalls and it then returns back into the Leats.
There is also a bandstand and during the summer, concerts are held every Sunday from 2.30pm - 4pm . A different band from around the county bring their own sound to the gardens. There is plenty of seating and entry is free.
You would not think you were in the middle of a city, the calm broken only occassionally by a train passing over the majestic viaduct nearby. The original viaduct was built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1859, but was replaced with the present stucture in 1904 and now carries the main line Paddington - Penzance trains.
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