Another Brass Band Advent Calendar: 2. A Short Ride in a Brass Machine

A bespoke piece written for Briggus

  • Piece: A Short Ride in a Brass Machine;
  • Composer and Arranger: Andrew Baker.

Our second piece is a lively number by Andrew Baker, which was written for Brighouse and Rastrick Band’s 140th year in 2006. Which, incredibly, was also the year when East of the M60 began.

This immersive work has the same amount of variation you would expect in a test piece. Instead of fifteen or so minutes and a few movements, a single movement in just under three minutes. The title is a play on words on A Short Ride in a Fast Machine, composed by John Adams in 1986. If you haven’t got a spare fifteen minutes to listen to Labour and Love, Symphony of Marches or the like, Baker’s work is satisfying for time-pressed brass band lovers.

Tomorrow’s piece might have a slight Christmas theme. Whether it would remains to be seen.

Forthcoming concerts

Dobcross Youth Band and The Fairey Band

Uppermill Civic Hall, 07 December 2019

This Saturday, Dobcross Youth Band will get together with one of Cheshire’s foremost Championship Section bands. The concert begins at 7.30pm and tickets are priced at £13.00 with a £1.00 off for concessions (£12.00).

Tickets are available from Uppermill, Delph, Diggle and Greenfield Post Offices and the Saddleworth Museum reception. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Uppermill Civic Hall, Lee Street, Uppermill, West Riding of Yorkshire, OL3 6AE.

Buses: 84, 350, 356.

S.V., 02 December 2019.

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