Boarshurst Silver Band’s 2018 Season of Sunday Brass Concerts

A look at this year’s exciting programme of Sunday Brass concerts at the Boarshurst Band Club

Boarshurst Silver Band’s programme of Sunday Brass concerts got off to a good start on the 21 January. This year’s season of concerts was opened by Greenalls Brass Band, an Ashton-in-Makerfield based band on the up. With Musical Director Philip Boardman, they gave us a well balanced concert with a lively programme.

Greenalls’ concert was the first of 51 concerts for 2018. This is almost a concert every week, but there will be a summer break in August. Some Sundays will have two concerts, and the earliest of which shall feature some of the finest youth bands from the North West of England and Yorkshire. As usual, the evening concert will feature a band from Section Four upwards. Again, covering the North West and Yorkshire.

In addition to the usual Sunday concerts, there will be some Saturday night concerts featuring Championship Section bands. These include the arrival of Hammonds Saltaire Band on the 21 April, and Roberts Bakery Band on the 05 May. As always there is a raffle halfway through the second half.

If you’re fed up with the usual televisual offerings, Boarshurst Band Club is the place to go on a Sunday night. Or a Sunday afternoon with the cream of youth brass banding. Or one of the extra special Saturday night concerts. Beer and snacks are priced at realistic prices with freshly made sandwiches available at each concert.

The North West Regional Championships Preview Night

As per usual on the Sunday before the Regional Championships, Boarshurst Band Club has a preview night. This year’s will take place on the 18 February.

If you are unfamiliar with the preview nights, they are a curtain raiser for the regional heats of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain. The North Western heat takes place at Winter Gardens, Blackpool. Winning bands from each regional heat go to the National Finals at The Centaur Suite in Cheltenham Racecourse (Sections 1 to 4 bands) or the Royal Albert Hall, London (Championship Section bands).

At Boarshurst Band Club, four bands (one from each section from Sections One to Four) play their section’s test piece for the regionals. Prior to playing the test piece, they play a hymn of their own choosing. For example, a typical preview night would have this running order:

  • Section Four band (i.e. Friezland Band): There is a Green Hill Far Away/The Journey of Phileas Fogg;
  • Section Three band (i.e. BMP Europe (Goodshaw) Band): Amid All The Traffic of His Ways/Hinemoa;
  • Section Two band (i.e. Delph Band): Love Unknown/Music of a Legacy;
  • Section One band (i.e. Boarshurst Silver Band): David of the White Rock/Force of Destiny.

Under contesting conditions, the preview evening is overseen by an adjudicator (for example: Duncan Beckley or David Hirst). Though the audience know about the four bands, they are referred to as, for example, ‘Band Number 3’, in the order of the draw. Unlike Sunday Brass concerts, the raffle is drawn during the interval.

Key dates

  • North West Regional Championship Preview Evening: 18 February 2018 (8.00 pm – bands and adjudicator to be confirmed);
  • Dobcross Youth Band: 18 March 2018 (7.30 pm);
  • Stalybridge Old Band: 08 April 2018 (8.00 pm);
  • Roberts Bakery: 05 May 2018 (8.00 pm – plus guest soloist);
  • Manchester Brass Ensemble: 02 June 2018 (8.00 pm);
  • Boarshurst Silver Band: 01 July 2018 (8.00 pm – special seasonal fundraising concert);
  • Milnrow Band: 16 September 2018 (8.00 pm);
  • Elland Silver Band: 21 October 2018 (8.00 pm);
  • Remembrance Day Concert: 11 November 2018 (8.00 pm – Boarshurst Silver Band’s Armistice Day concert – also on the centenary of the end of the First World War);
  • Christmas Concert: 23 December 2018 (8.00 pm – say no more: Boarshurst Silver Band’s Christmas concert).

Boarshurst Silver Band will have five concerts. There will be a regular concert on the 29 April 2018, plus seasonal concerts on the 01 July, 11 November, and the 23 December.

The July concert will be a special concert based on a given theme. The 2016 and 2017 July concerts have focused on stage and screen. This year’s Remembrance Day concert will be more poignant: the 11 November 2018 is the centenary of the end of the First World War. As for the Christmas concert on the 23 December, who knows? It will be as crazy as ever.

There will also be a fifth concert on the 29 March 2018. This is the Maundy Thursday Road End Fair concert. As well as Boarshurst Silver Band’s appearance, the Saddleworth Morrismen will be making their annual visit to The Brass Banding Mecca of the North.

Youth section band concert dates

  • Huddersfield Youth Band: 04 February 2018 (2.00 pm);
  • Littleborough Youth Band: 11 February 2018 (2.00 pm);
  • Middleton Youth Band: 04 March 2018 (2.00 pm);
  • Dobcross Youth Band: 18 March 2018 (7.30 pm);
  • Delph Youth Band: 07 October 2018 (2.00 pm).

Before you go…

Here’s the full list of Boarshurst Band Club concert dates. Both files are saved in the Adobe PDF file format which can be read on Windows, MacOS, and Linux PCs. They can also be read on your tablet or smartphone (iOS or Android operating systems). For your eyes, we have a standard version and a large print version.

Whatever you do, stick them up on your wall, share the link with your friends, and prepare for a smashing night or afternoon’s worth of brass band music. We hope to see you there. If you found your concert via East of the M60, tell us.

Getting there:

By bus:

  • 180: Greenfield [The Clarence] – Grotton – Lees – Oldham – Hollinwood – Failsworth – Manchester [Oldham Street] (First Greater Manchester);
  • 350: Ashton-under-Lyne – Mossley – Greenfield – Uppermill – Dobcross – Delph – Oldham (First Greater Manchester);
  • 355: Ashton-under-Lyne – Mossley – Greenfield – Uppermill – Dobcross – Delph – Denshaw (MCT Travel – Sunday daytimes only).

For the 180 and 350 services, please alight at the stop outside the former Conservative Club. Then walk along Chew Valley Road until you see Greenbridge Lane on your left hand side.

If you’re catching the 355 service for the daytime concerts, alight at the stop outside Tesco. Then walk along Chew Valley Road until you see Greenbridge Lane on your right hand side.

Boarshurst Band Club is about 200 yards along Greenbridge Lane to your right hand side. Carry on until you see the driveway leading to the club and turn right.

By train:

Northern services from Greenfield railway station call at all stations to Huddersfield and Manchester Victoria.

Please note that from the 20 May 2018, all Greenfield trains will be operated by First Transpennine Express. At this time of writing, the draft timetable sees a skip-stop service between Huddersfield and Manchester Piccadilly. From Huddersfield, trains will continue to Leeds, observing all stops.

Greenfield trains will call at Slaithwaite before stopping at Huddersfield, and Stalybridge before continuing to Manchester Piccadilly. The Mossley link is retained by the 350, 354 (Monday to Saturday daytimes), and 355 (Sundays and Bank Holidays) bus services.

From Greenfield railway station, walk down towards the junction with Shaw Hall Bank Road and turn left. Carry on walking towards Chew Valley Road where you should see the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, The Kingfisher, and Tesco supermarket within view. Carry on walking until you see Greenbridge Lane on your right hand side. From there, turn right.

Boarshurst Band Club is about 200 yards along Greenbridge Lane to your right hand side. Carry on until you see the driveway leading to the club and turn right.

By car:

Boarshurst Band Club is just off Chew Valley Road (A669) on Greenbridge Lane. Limited car parking is available at the back of Boarshurst Band Club. Set your SatNav to the OL3 7EW postcode.

S.V., 24 January 2018.

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