Diggle Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club, 25 June 2017

A great night with a top Saddleworth band 

Less than six months on their last soirée at The World Famous Boarshurst Band Club, Diggle Band delivered another great concert. Last night’s well attended concert included two great solos, a satisfying horn feature, a couple of traditional marches, and another piece by Eric Ball.
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Milnrow Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club, 18 June 2017

Milnrow Band’s scorcher of a performance

To meet up for a hymn and march contest, perform in conditions more Mediterranean than Mytholmroyd, and fulfil a concert engagement on the same day takes some doing. It would test the very best of us. Milnrow Band proved how possible it was to do just that. Within twelve hours of setting off for Hebden Bridge, they closed one of the finest concerts to grace the Boarshurst Band Club stage this year.
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Whit Friday 2017: Dukinfield’s Second Contest

East of the M60’s look at The Albion Hotel’s first ever Whit Friday Brass Band Contest

Fodens Band at The Albion Hotel, Dukinfield
Fifth band in at The Albion Hotel was Foden’s Band, runaway winners of the Tameside Open Championship.

With traffic in and around the Saddleworth villages, some brass bands choose to compete in the Tameside area Whit Friday contests. There is almost an equal number of venues in Tameside to the Saddleworth area’s agglomeration of contests. Whereas Saddleworth’s streets are narrow, this is less so at the Tameside venues. Some have off-street parking for the coaches. Most of them have smaller streets that are close to main roads.

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Flixton Brass Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club, 11 June 2017

Another tight performance for Boarshurst Silver Band’s fellow travellers to Cheltenham

In their second visit to Boarshurst Band Club over the last nine months, Flixton Band gave us a tight performance at yesterday’s concert [11 June 2017]. At the top end of Section Two, Flixton Band will be following Delph Band and Boarshurst Silver Band to Cheltenham in the National Championship Finals (16 September 2017). With excellent dynamic range, their performance was clinical and a real joy for the ears.

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Whit Friday 2017 Results: Saddleworth Contests

East of the M60’s classified check on the Oldham and Saddleworth Area Whit Friday Brass Band Contest Results.

Brighouse and Rastrick, and Fairey Bands dominant

The Saddleworth contests proved to be a good Whit Friday for the Brighouse and Rastrick, and Fairey bands. If we were allegorical about the Saddleworth villages’ first prize winners, in political terms, a Hung Parliament compared with the Foden’s Band’s landslide victory in Tameside.

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Whit Friday 2017 Results: Tameside Contests

East of the M60’s classified check on Tameside’s Whit Friday Brass Band Contests

Fodens Band at The Albion Hotel, Dukinfield
Runaway Winners of the Tameside Open Championship: Foden’s Band at The Albion Hotel, Dukinfield.

Foden’s landslide continues

In the last two days, there was two things we learned about. Firstly, Theresa May didn’t get the landslide victory she thought she would have got, thanks to a strong showing by Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party. Secondly, the only landslide victory, recorded on our shores, belonged to Foden’s Band. In Tameside, they won nine out of twelve Whit Friday Brass Band Contests. Continue reading “Whit Friday 2017 Results: Tameside Contests”

Coming Soon: Boarshurst Silver Band’s July Fundraising Concert

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. Continue reading “Coming Soon: Boarshurst Silver Band’s July Fundraising Concert”

Lindley Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

Good conducting debut for James McCabe in an enjoyable concert

Whit Week at the Boarshurst Band Club begin in style with the arrival of Lindley Band on Whit Sunday. Making his début as Musical Director for one of the world’s oldest bands was James McCabe. Best known for his sterling cornet work (previous bands including Rothwell Temperance, CWS Carrickfergus, and Fairey Band), he was appointed Musical Director for Lindley Band in February 2017. He took up his post after the Yorkshire Regional Championships
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Belle Vue Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (28 May 2017)

A good programme, plus a tribute to the people we lost at the Manchester Arena

Yesterday [28 May], Belle Vue Brass Band gave us a good concert at the Boarshurst Band Club. A little shorter than the previous year’s engagement, it was also marked with a dedication to the 22 people who lost their lives at the Manchester Arena after last Monday’s Ariana Grande concert. This included a minute’s silence, which followed Amanda Greaves’ recital of Tony Walsh’s poem This Is The Place.
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