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You Know You’re Pining for Brass Band Music When…

The middle Saturday in May means Spring Festival day

Since the pandemic began last March, any form of normality was put on hold. Pub pints became dependent on the weather (till the 17th May at least). Theatres and cinemas went dark; concert halls, likewise.

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Mass Brass IV: The Review (Uppermill Civic Hall, 07 March 2020)

120+ reasons why Mass Brass IV delivered and entertained its audience

Last Saturday (07 March), over 120 brass band players, plus families and spectators descended on Uppermill Civic Hall for what was Saddleworth’s biggest night in the brass banding calendar. Like previous Mass Brass nights, the four bands gave us yet another great concert.

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Mass Brass IV: Saddleworth’s Brass Banding Bonanza Goes Forth

May the fourth Mass Brass be with you on Saturday

Once upon a time, in a part of Saddleworth far far away, an enterprising brass band hit upon the idea of a concert featuring themselves and three other brass bands. Three others from the Saddleworth area, from Junction 22 of the M62 right down to Well I’Th’ Hole Road, thought it was a good idea.

Come the 2017th year of our Lord, the initial concert was a success. So much so there was another the year after. Then another. And another one… The one-off event spawned a monster and – like a certain Science Fiction film franchise – could spring several spin-offs and sequels.

Was the first Mass Brass event really three concerts ago? This year sees the fourth Mass Brass concert. As well as Boarshurst Silver Band, there are (as usual) three other bands from the Saddleworth area.

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Countdown to the North West Regional Championships

The road to success at regional level, and ultimately national level at Boarshurst Band Club

With only days to go till the North West Regional Championships, 78 bands across the region treated live audiences and adjudicators to a sneak preview of their test piece. At various school halls and band clubs, the preview evenings and afternoons have been as much a part of each band’s calendar as the main event.

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Boarshurst Silver Band, 22 December 2019: Here’s How Christmas Concerts Should Be Done

A meaty programme and a pantomime: two hours of fun for all the family

For some people, Christmas isn’t Christmas till a big man with a long white beard heads their way. The soundtrack to their Christmas might include Mariah Carey or Peter Graham as well as traditional favourites like Jingle Bells and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. In many cases a brass band completes the picture, maybe a pantomime.

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The Phoenix Has Risen! Introducing Boarshurst Silver Band’s Second Album

An exclusive review of Phoenix, Boarshurst Silver Band’s second LP

Hot off the success of their first LP, Images, Boarshurst Silver Band have another hit on their hands with the long-awaited follow-up Phoenix. Taking the name of a Peter Graham piece, it symbolises two things. One is the band’s triumph over adversity. The other is their return to the Championship Section in 2020, breaking a 29-year absence from brass banding’s top flight.

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Boarshurst Silver Band’s Remembrance Day Concert (10 November 2019)

Another powerful performance from Boarshurst Silver Band in this year’s Remembrance Day concert

Remembrance Day: a time for contemplation, a time to remember the fallen, whether our siblings or ancestors served in the armed forces. A cathartic time, where we remember them in front of hundred or more people. Whether at Pots and Pans, Werneth Low, Parliament Square or St. Peter’s Square, we pay our respects.

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Coming to the Oldham Coliseum: Boarshurst Silver Band

Why you must see Boarshurst Silver Band at the Oldham Coliseum Theatre this Friday

No matter where you are, nothing beats the power of a good brass band concert. You can listen to brass bands on YouTube, on CDs, cassettes, or vinyl, but nothing beats seeing one in the flesh. You can be moved by stunning solo performances, tremendous trombone work, and the thrash of a good percussion and bass section.

The best place to watch a brass band in comfort is either in a purpose-built concert hall or a theatre. If your local brass band is doing theatre gigs, you know they have arrived. This Friday, Boarshurst Silver Band’s autumn concert will be taking place at the Oldham Coliseum Theatre.

This week’s autumn concert will be a traditional one, influenced by The Last Night of the Proms. There will also be a selection of traditional concert standards and a few stunning solo performances. Boarshurst Silver Band are no stranger to the Oldham Coliseum stage: they have made a few appearances in the Oldham Coliseum Theatre company’s production of Brassed Off.

In the last half decade, Boarshurst Silver Band have risen from the Third Section to the dizzy heights of the Championship Section. Next year, the Greenfield-based band will be up with the likes of Black Dyke, Brighouse and Rastrick, Cory, Fairey and Foden’s brass bands. To be up to the challenge of being a force among brass banding’s elite, the hard work begins now.

In this year’s National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain, Boarshurst Silver Band came third. They were pipped at the post by Rainford and Unison Kinniel bands at The Centaur, Cheltenham. Both bands had hitherto been in the Championship Section. Only two years ago, Boarshurst Silver Band won the Second Section title at the same venue.

Boarshurst Silver Band’s success is down to local talent and a spirit of togetherness among Team Boarshurst. This is apparent throughout every concert and each contest they enter. Its members include up and coming brass band players of college age and seasoned campaigners.

If you wish to see a brass band that is truly going places, you must see Boarshurst Silver Band this Friday. Recent concerts with the band have been nothing short of amazing. Each programme has plenty of items to placate seasoned concertgoers as well as Mr/Mrs/Ms Average on the Middleton omnibus.

Don’t just take our word for it…

The concert begins at 7.30pm and admission is £15.00, whether you choose the stalls, circle or gallery. If you are making your way by public transport, the 180, 184 and 350 services to Saddleworth stop nearby. Your nearest Metrolink stop is Oldham Central. Oh, and you might bump into this fellow.

You can either book online via the Oldham Coliseum Theatre website, or call in to the Box Office (Monday – Saturday from 10am). Alternatively, telephone 0161 624 2829.

S.V., 16 September 2019.

Whit Friday: The Greatest Free Show on Earth

Boarshurst Silver Band Introduces The Whit Friday Challenge

Whit Friday Challenge introduced to ensure future of Saddleworth’s Whit Friday Band Contests

With rising costs, hosting The Greatest Free Show on Earth can be challenging. Each contest is made possible by its volunteers before, during, and after the event – from stewards to display board carriers. It also requires cooperation with local businesses, local authorities, and residents. It is a mammoth task, one that draws visitors from Denshaw to Friezland, and Top Mossley to Denton.

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Mass Brass 3: Saddleworth’s Brass Banding Bonanza

Why Dobcross Youth, Delph, Diggle, and Boarshurst Silver bands gave us 120 reasons to enjoy Saddleworth’s biggest night in brass band music

At Saddleworth Civic Hall, brass banding nights seldom get any bigger than the annual Mass Brass concert in Uppermill. Apart from any of Saddleworth’s bands hiring The Roly Polys as a support act, only the sight of 120 brass banders at twenty to ten could trump that. All four bands gave a good performance with a 30 minute set.

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