Diggle Community Brass: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (27 November 2022)

Splendid Boarshurst debut for newly formed band

The height of the COVID pandemic was problematic for musicians of any kind of genre. Brass bands were particularly hardest hit, being as social distancing prevented full band rehearsals and concerts. Many of our existing brass bands had to temporarily downsize or use zoom for virtual concerts.

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Boarshurst Silver Band: Sunday Brass at Boarshurst Band Club (13th November 2022)

Inspirational Boarshurst Silver Band wow audiences with sleek Remembrance Sunday concert

Boarshurst Silver Band’s remembrance of the fallen was marked by a busy schedule which included a concert on Armistice Day at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in Oldham. Yesterday afternoon, they were on Remembrance Day parade duty at Royton Park with Ryan Ashley playing The Last Post.

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Autism and Coming to Terms With Accepting Praise

How I checked in to my local branch of Backslappers’ Anonymous

INT. Backslappers Anonymous, Table 64 at The Ash Tree, Ashton-under-Lyne

My name is Stuart Thomas Henderson Howard John Alexander Pfeffel Anthony Charles Lynton Vallantine, and I am a success. I have written scripts for a successful TV series, produced a long-running multi-channel interactive half hour long variety spectacular, and circumnavigated Greater Manchester by bus on numerous occasions. I can remember every single track on Supertramp’s studio albums and live albums and met my partner beside a gas holder outside the Etihad Stadium…

In Dear Old Blighty, saying to yourself “yes, I am brilliant” doesn’t seem to be the British way. As the stiff upper lip is still a thing, praise can be seen as being ‘big headed’. If we praise anything to high heaven, we could be seen as having narcissistic personality disorder. If we don’t blow our own trumpet now and again, few people might have heard of our talents.

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Greenalls Band: Sunday Brass at Boarshurst Band Club, 6th November 2022

Box office thrills make for exciting movie themed concert (and why not?)

The music of John Williams, John Barry, Ron Goodwin and Hans Zimmer seem to have one thing in common. Apart from being penned by legendary composers, a lot of their music seems to have been written with brass bands in mind. Though we wish that is the case, their music transcribes well for brass bands – hence the popularity of movie themed brass band concerts.

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Revealed: Northern England’s Slowest Inter-City Train Route

The North of England’s slowest inter-city train route may surprise you

Once upon a time, 33 years ago, a famous female singer made a real comeback with the song If I Can Turn Back Time. Though 1987’s I Found Someone marked her return to the singles charts, it was the former song that made a greater impact. By 1991, thanks to the film Mermaids, her cover of The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss), she reached the top spot.

During Cher’s rise up the singles chart, Britain’s railways was in a state of transition. British Rail swapped Robert Reid for Robert Reid (in other words, Robert Basil Reid for Bob Reid). The InterCity sector started operated without a subsidy from HM Treasury. Regional Railways became a swish new identity for BR’s Provincial Sector. Locally, Stalybridge station’s buffet bar was under threat of closure with rumours of it becoming a florist; the Stockport to Stalybridge service was cut to three return journeys a day – still an improvement on the Saturdays Only return journey we see today.

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Whitworth Vale and Healey Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club, 30th October 2022

Boarshurst date glorious venture for Golding and Co in smashing concert

In my last six years of making my Sunday Brass Nights a regular habit, the most surprising concerts I have found have come from lower to middle section bands. I have seen some concerts where Third and Fourth Section bands have delivered more exciting programmes than those in the Championship and First Section.

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