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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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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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Delph Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (September 2018)

Exciting programme makes for great opener to new season of Sunday Brass nights

It has been a while since Delph Band had darkened the doorstep of the Boarshurst Band Club. Nearly two years ago since their last concert. Between the 02 September 2018 and the 02 October 2016, Delph Youth and Training Band have made a couple appearances. Was it worth the wait? Judging by the audience reaction, it was. Owing to Phil Goodwin’s involvement in Black Dyke Band’s concert in Mirfield, his understudy Jonathan Davies stepped in.

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Saddleworth’s Super Weekend of Brass Banding

Two eagerly awaited concerts in Uppermill and Greenfield

  • Four Saddleworth bands feature in massed concert at Uppermill Civic Hall;
  • Championship Section band to play at Boarshurst Band Club.

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Lovers of brass band music should get themselves down to Saddleworth on Saturday or Sunday – or at least spend the whole weekend in any of the villages. Firstly, the Uppermill Civic Hall will play host to four Saddleworth brass band in a special concert on the Saturday. Secondly, Hammonds Saltaire Band will be playing at the Boarshurst Band Club the following Sunday. Anyone wishing to see both concerts will be in for a good time. Continue reading “Saddleworth’s Super Weekend of Brass Banding”

Delph Youth and Training Band: Sunday Afternoon Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

Mature performance made for a most engaging programme

Delph Youth and Training Band gave an accomplished performance at the first of two brass band concerts on the 20 November 2016. There was also a change to the starting time, from 12.30 pm to 1.00 pm. For the last Youth Brass concert of 2016, there was an encouraging turnout.

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Delph Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

How a concert of two halves made for a varied and interesting programme

In spite of being one of the closest brass bands to Boarshurst Band Club, visits to this august institution by last night’s guests have been few and far between. Their last visit to the Greenbridge Lane venue was the North West Regional Championship Preview Evening. Last night’s [02 October] concert with Delph Band saw a sparkling display, under the dual conductorship of Jonathan Davies and Phil Goodwin.

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Countdown to Blackpool: The North West Regional Championship Preview

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Four Saddleworth bands could land a place in the National Finals if they succeed in the North West Regional Championships at Winter Gardens, Blackpool. This coming Sunday [28 February] will see Delph, Greenfield, Boarshurst Silver and Uppermill bands competing for a place in the nationals. Two Saddleworth bands, Delph and Greenfield, were among five brass bands at a preview evening in Boarshurst Band Club last Sunday. Continue reading “Countdown to Blackpool: The North West Regional Championship Preview”