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Sylvia Graucob MBE

Sunday 10 December, 2017

It is with much sadness that we report the passing of our band President and friend, Mrs Sylvia Graucob MBE. Sylvia passed away peacefully at her home in Jersey on Monday 6 November after a long and fulfilled life.

Sylvia has been a loyal supporter of the Elland Silver Band for some 25 years and was appointed President in 1992. During this time, the band has received sponsorship from the Finderman Trust, set up in her name. Her generosity has supported the band’s annual Slow Melody and Quartet Contest and running of the organisation, the achievements of which she was incredibly proud. In 2005, the band enjoyed a short tour of Jersey and gave a short concert in the grounds of Sylvia’s home.


In June this year we were fortunate to welcome her to our annual youth section’s concert and presentation evening. Sylvia was thrilled to hear and see so many of our young musicians enjoying their music. She has also sponsored the band’s Annual Christmas Cracker Concerts. Sylvia wanted to provide a free concert to the people of Elland and this event has become so popular that a matinee and evening show are now given by the musicians of the Elland Silver Band.


A memorial service was due to take place on Thursday 30 November at All-Saints Church.

This year’s annual Christmas Cracker Concerts were due to be held on Saturday 2 December and dedicated to Sylvia.

Our thoughts are with Sylvia’s friends and family at this sad time.

Samantha Harrison