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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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Slaithwaite Band, 17 March 2019: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

A splendid traditional style brass band concert with five stunning solo performances

In the cosy surroundings of Boarshurst Band Club, Ryan Watkins’ Slaithwaite Band served up a delightful concert with traditional fare and a superb selection of solo performances. One of the five – the band’s youngest soloist – stole the show.

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Slaithwaite Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (July 2017)

A sweet sixteen pieces from Slawit on a sunny Sunday

Slaithwaite, Slawit or Slathwaite: if you’re familiar at all with the Colne Valley villages, you would know that the first spelling is correct, though the place is not pronounced as seen. It is pronounced in the same way as the third spelling (which is incorrect in English, though probably correct in Pitman’s Initial Teaching Alphabet). The second is another spelling. Before we begin, we’re not here to discuss the spellings and pronunciations of Slaithwaite. Instead, we shall concentrate on the band’s splendid concert, which took place at the Boarshurst Band Club on the 16 July 2017.
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Slaithwaite Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

Seventeen superb pieces from Slawit

A packed out Boarshurst Band Club bore witness to a superb concert with Slaithwaite Band. Among the regulars which frequent the Band Club was a sizeable turnout from Slaithwaite who made the short trip to the Saddleworth area. Throughout its seventeen pieces (including encore), was an entertaining programme, one which offered a mix of the popular and the traditional.
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