Saddleworth’s Super Weekend of Brass Banding

Two eagerly awaited concerts in Uppermill and Greenfield

  • Four Saddleworth bands feature in massed concert at Uppermill Civic Hall;
  • Championship Section band to play at Boarshurst Band Club.

Brass Bands: Concert Reviews and Previews bumper

Lovers of brass band music should get themselves down to Saddleworth on Saturday or Sunday – or at least spend the whole weekend in any of the villages. Firstly, the Uppermill Civic Hall will play host to four Saddleworth brass band in a special concert on the Saturday. Secondly, Hammonds Saltaire Band will be playing at the Boarshurst Band Club the following Sunday. Anyone wishing to see both concerts will be in for a good time.

Mass Brass, Uppermill Civic Hall, 01 April 2017

The first concert will be a showcase for four Saddleworth brass bands. These are: Boarshurst Silver Band; Dobcross Youth Band; Greenfield Band; and Delph Band.

Regular readers of East of the M60 will be familiar with Boarshurst Silver Band, conducted by James Garlick. They have gone from strength to strength over the last five years. Following their performance at the North West Regional Championships at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens, they have been promoted to the First Section.

Delph Band are a Second Section band with a proud history. They have played at the Commonwealth Games, and at a Concert for Prince Edward. With Phil Goodwin as their musical director, you could be sure of an entertaining set and some witty anecdotes with Delph Band. Saturday night should be no exception.

Dobcross Youth Band are among the UK’s most revered youth bands. They were formed in 1988 with a handful of enthusiastic young players, aspiring to be the next James Garlick or Samantha Harrison. They have enthralled audiences throughout the Oldham Council boundary and much further afield.

Greenfield Band are a Third Section band who have gained recent success at the Butlins Mineworkers’ Contest in Skegness and the Holmfirth contest. Their present musical director, Tom Haslam, started out in Greenfield’s training band back in 1988.

Venue Details:

  • Uppermill Civic Hall, Lee Street, Uppermill, West Riding of Yorkshire, OL3 6AE.
  • Admission: £7.00 (£6.00 concessions).
  • Start Time: 7.30 pm.

Buses:

  • 184: Uppermill (Commercial Hotel) – Oldham – Manchester (Oldham Street/Piccadilly Gardens);
  • 350: Ashton-under-Lyne – Mossley – Greenfield – Uppermill – Dobcross – Delph – Waterhead – Oldham.

Both services are operated by First Greater Manchester.

Hammonds Saltaire Band, Boarshurst Band Club, 02 April 2017.

Following on from the gig at Uppermill Civic Hall will be the arrival of Hammonds Saltaire Band. This year, they finished as runners up in the Championship Section at the Yorkshire Regional Championships. Contested at Huddersfield Town Hall, they were second to Black Dyke Band.

Their arrival, shortly after their recent success, is a real coup for Boarshurst Band Club. Based in Titus Salt’s village (and formed by the mill owner himself), they have established themselves as a Championship Section band for well over forty years. Their musical director, Morgan Griffiths, studied under the legendary Geoffrey Whitham at Black Dyke Mills Band. There, Morgan became the youngest ever principal euphonium player in the Queensbury based band’s history.

Venue Details:

  • Boarshurst Band Club, Greenbridge Lane, Greenfield, West Riding of Yorkshire, OL3 7EW.
  • Admission: £6.00 (£5.00 concessions and Members of Boarshurst Band Club).
  • Start Time: 8.00 pm (doors open from 7.00 pm).

Buses:

  • 180: Greenfield (Clarence Hotel) – Lees – Oldham – Manchester (Oldham Street/Piccadilly Gardens);
  • 350: Ashton-under-Lyne – Mossley – Greenfield – Uppermill – Dobcross – Delph – Waterhead – Oldham.

Both services are operated by First Greater Manchester.

Ticketing information:

Mass Brass

Tickets (£7.00, or £6.00 for concessions) are available from any of the participating bands’ band clubs. Or you can get in touch with them via their websites:

Hammonds Saltaire Band

Pay on the door (please arrive early to be sure of a decent seat, otherwise you’ll be locked out by Vernon). Tickets are £6.00 (or £5.00 concessions and members).

S.V., 29 March 2017.

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