About the Band Factory
We are a registered charity: Royal Leamington Spa Brass and the Band Factory (no. 1169205). Our objectives are:
- To provide musical education and activities for the community, with particular emphasis in (but not limited to) Leamington Spa and the surrounding area.
- To provide rehearsal, meeting, workshop and performance facilities for community groups, with a special emphasis on music and arts groups.
- To encourage the enjoyment of music and the arts by people of all ages, both able-bodied and disabled, without distinction of sex or race.
History of the Band Factory
The history of the Band Factory is long and varied. Althorpe Street was originally a residential street, full of terraced houses and several pubs. The Band Factory is on the site of the 'White Lion' pub (on the far left of the photo on the right), which was demolished in 1961 along with the rest of the street.
During the 1960s, Althorpe Street was redeveloped as a light industrial estate, and the building we know today was built - as a knicker factory! Royal Spa Brass took over the building in 2004, after our previous bandroom was flooded. We have owned it ever since, and now share the space with a range of other local music, art and community groups. Under Royal Spa Brass's ownership, the building has been developed for diverse uses, including art studios, small, medium and large practice rooms, and the main hall.