How a programme of music from the big stage will aid their rise through the contest stage

Singin' In The Rain - Palace Theatre, London W1D 5AY
Curtain Up: Boarshurst Silver Band’s fundraising concert will include songs from West End and Broadway shows. Image of Palace Theatre, London by Mikey, 2013 (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Some Rights Reserved)

In February’s North West Regional Championships at Winter Gardens, Blackpool, Boarshurst Silver Band finished fourth in the Second Section group, behind Delph Band. As the second placed band Cheshire Constabulary couldn’t take up their place in the National Finals at Cheltenham, the final third qualifying spot went to Boarshurst Silver Band.

As a result, this is the Saddleworth band’s second successive trip to the National Finals at Cheltenham Racecourse. Taking place on the 17 September, this year’s Second Section test piece is Music of a Legacy by Steven Ponsford. This pays tribute to the music of Salvation Army composers.

Away from the glory of reaching the National Finals is the cost of the trip. The cost of musical manuscripts are way above what you might pay for a music download or a LP/CD copy of your favourite musician’s work. Then there’s the coach hire cost, entry fees, and refreshments. In some cases, hotel accommodation. Some manuscripts can cost as much as a ticket to see Les Miserables at the West End.

Which brings us onto July’s soirée at the Boarshurst Band Club. On the 02 July, Boarshurst Silver Band proudly presents…

Music from the Big Stage

Music from the Big Stage is Boarshurst Silver Band’s homage to the greatest West End and Broadway musicals. Tickets are priced £6.00 (or £5.00 if you’re a member of Boarshurst Band Club).

From curtain up, expect to hear songs from the likes of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Andrew Lloyd-Webber, and Tim Rice. Expect to hear some stunning solos, or the odd piece of a singalong quality.

For the 02 July event, doors will be open from 7pm, with the concert starting at 7.30pm. Please be as early as possible; at last year’s film themed concert, some people had to be turned away.


  • 180: Greenfield [Clarence Hotel] – Lees – Oldham – Hollinwood – Manchester [Oldham Street];
  • 350: Ashton-under-Lyne – Mossley – Greenfield – Uppermill – Dobcross – Delph – Waterhead – Oldham.

From Broadway (Chadderton) to Boarshurst Band Club:

  1. Board 1740 journey of 415 bus from The Sportsman public house to Oldham bus station;
  2. Catch the 1818 journey of 180 bus to Greenfield.

From West End (Ashton-under-Lyne) to Boarshurst Band Club:

  1. Walk to Ashton-under-Lyne bus station or catch 216/219/347 bus to the same destination;
  2. Catch 1835 journey of 350 bus to Greenfield.

Alight at the former Greenfield Conservative Club. Both services operated by First Greater Manchester.

Twitter details: @boarshurstband#SundayBrass.


S.V., 06 June 2017.

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