Flixton Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (June 2018)

Superb programme marks a brass band on the up

The halfway point of what is one of the UK’s hottest months was marked with weather more akin to an early March. As usual, the warmest of receptions this Sunday was reserved for another brass band at The Mecca of Brass Banding. This time with Flixton Band – the highest ranking brass band within Trafford MBC boundaries. Throughout the best part of two hours and twenty minutes, they proved their worth in a highly entertaining concert.

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Diggle Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (June 2018)

Three sublime solo performances mark a splendid concert 

In the last year, there has been three concerts featuring Diggle Band at the Boarshurst Band Club. Each one including last night’s had three different conductors. Last June it was Sean Conway (who stood in for Steven Walsh, who was on holiday that Sunday); then in their December 2017 gig it was Steven Walsh. Last night was Diggle Band’s newest conductor, Melvin Tay.
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Marsden Silver Prize Band: Sunday Brass at Boarshurst Band Club (June 2018)

Superb concert with varied programme, and a tribute to a legendary composer

As with last May’s concert, Alan Widdop’s Marsden Silver Prize Band gave us another wonderful night of brass band music. With the 74th anniversary of D-Day and Armed Forces Day falling this month, there was a slightly patriotic air to last night’s concert. There was a good mix of traditional pieces, ‘Yellow Music’, and popular works. In all, a most enjoyable two hours and ten minutes in a concert with ‘entertainment’ set to 512pt Helvetica Bold.
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Elland Silver Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (May 2018)

Whit Week rounded off in style by a superb concert

In Saddleworth, Whit Friday was marred by awful weather. Though Whit Week was blessed by warm weather, its most important day bucked the trend of sunny weather. The sunniest of receptions that week were marked by the arrival of Elland Silver Band to the Boarshurst Band Club.
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Whit Friday 2018 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 Band top of the tree 

In the Saddleworth contests, Brighouse and Rastrick Band came up trumps. This year they picked up Best Open prizes in all but three contests throughout the Saddleworth area.

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Whit Friday 2018 Results: Tameside Contests

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

Foden's Band, Whit Friday 2018 Brass Band Contest, Albion Hotel, Dukinfield
Once more, The Whit Friday Champions of Tameside: Foden’s Band.

With a soggy start to Whit Friday 2018, you could be forgiven for thinking that 7pm would have been as soggy as 7am in Mossley. During the early stages of this year’s contest there was some slight drizzle. Even so, the liquid sunshine didn’t fail to stop many bands from descending on Tameside’s 11 contest venues.

Foden’s maintain comfortable lead, though a photo finish at the Albion Hotel contest

Like last year, Foden’s Band continued their dominance of the Tameside contest venue. They picked up the top prizes in seven out of eleven venues. Continue reading “Whit Friday 2018 Results: Tameside Contests”

The Lindley Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (Whit Sunday 2018)

Welcome return to Boarshurst for Rob Westacott in another great concert

Whit Sunday 2018: a sunny one at that which could have made for a better turnout at Tameside’s Whit Walks. Any issues about turnout weren’t a worry at the Boarshurst Band Club thanks to another well-attended Sunday Brass Night. Once again, our friends from The Lindley Band gave us a superb concert. A concert programme that combined gravitas with entertainment. There was four superb solos, a bit of swing, Lionel Richie, and – for good measure – a Peter Graham piece.
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Littleborough Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (May 2018)

A smashing concert with a prime selection of ambitious and familiar pieces

Only months after Littleborough Youth Band came to Boarshurst Band Club, last night saw the arrival of their senior counterpart. Almost a year on from their previous visit, Littleborough Band gave us another cracking concert.
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Dobcross Silver Band: Sunday Brass Goes to the Movies at Boarshurst Band Club

Why Dobcross Silver Band offered a blockbusting programme one Sunday in Boarshurst

In a previous life, many British Meccas were shrines to the silver screen. Instead of “Clickety Click, 66…”, the dulcet tones of Humphrey Bogart, Yul Brynner, Judy Garland, and Audrey Hepburn entranced their paying punters. Back then they had names like Ritz, Empire, Roxy, Plaza, Rex, Gaumont, or Palladium. Many had an air of luxury, a world away from the front room of a typical working-class home. Some, less upmarket, had nicknames like ‘Bug Hut’; instead of tip-up seats, there would be benches at the front.

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