Another Brass Band Advent Calendar: 3. Force of Destiny

A classic overture by Shostakovich

  • Piece: Force of Destiny;
  • Composer: Giuseppe Verdi;
  • Arranger: Frank Wright.

In many a traditional concert setting, you cannot whack a good overture. Verdi’s Force of Destiny is a fine example. When played by one of the most exciting bands of the early 21st century, a winning combination.

It is known as La Forza del Destino in his native language, and frequently played in the titular opera. In brass banding circles, its overture was first played in the 1962 National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain. This was won by CWS Manchester, who were at the top of their game back then. Earlier this year, Verdi’s overture was the First Section test piece of the Butlins Mineworkers’ Contest. That was won by Boarshurst Silver Band.

Tomorrow’s piece could be a spellbinding addition to the programme. All will be revealed some time at stupid o’clock.

Forthcoming concerts

Stalybridge Old Band

Dunamis Christian Church, Failsworth, 06 December 2019

This Friday, a 22-piece ensemble from Stalybridge Old Band will be having a concert at Dunamis Christian Church. There will be hot and cold drinks, mince pies and a raffle. Plus a chance to sing along to your favourite Christmas carols.

Admission is free. For further information, telephone 0161 682 8414 or 07747 500492. Or email them via

Dunamis Christian Church, Thorley Street, Failsworth, Lancashire, M35 9PA.

Buses: 83, 84 and X84 (alight at Failsworth Pole stop then walk along Pole Lane and Thorley Street).

S.V., 03 December 2019.

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