Stalybridge Old Band at The Den: The 200th Anniversary of Peterloo Concert

How Stalybridge Old Band wowed a full house at the Royal Exchange’s pop-up theatre In the last few days, the Royal Exchange’s Den pop-up theatre has taken up residence in Stalybridge Civic Hall. It has played host to a number of original productions which reflect the borough’s rich history with encouraging support. There has been…

(Do You Remember) Needle Time?

Past of the M60 looks at the long forgotten practice of needle time If you have a few records, CDs and cassettes in your collection, you may have come across this notice: “Unauthorised public performance or broadcasting of this record is strictly prohibited.” Today, this notice or the like refers to the public performance of…

Freckleton Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (07 July 2019)

Was Matthew Shaw’s first assignment as Freckleton Band’s MD a success? We thought so. Few people outside of Lancashire have heard of Freckleton. In recent times, its locals have protested against the sight of fracking drills off Preston New Road. Before the M55 motorway opened, you would pass Freckleton on the coach to Blackpool prior…

Diggle Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (30 June 2019)

A fantastic concert with four great soloists and a selection of golden oldies With march and hymn contests and (in most cases) Whit Friday coming to the fore, ‘Flaming June’ is a joyous month for lovers of brass band music. This year, June has given Boarshurst Band Club a selection of fantastic Sunday Brass Nights –…

Mossley Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (23 June 2019)

Mossley Band impress in glorious concert with lively atmosphere In the last three years, The Mecca of Brass Banding has played host to more appearances from St. John’s (Mossley) Band than other two Mossley bands. Long overdue was the Mossley Band’s visit to Boarshurst Band Club. Being as it had been several years since their…

Bodmin Town Band: A Special Post-Whit Friday Concert

Boarshurst Band Club, Saturday 15 June 2019 With the torpor from Whit Friday kicking in, the first thing many brass band players would need is a lie-in. Whether you’ve travelled from Road End or Pound Lane for your brass banding fix, the Saturday afterwards is a time to chill out. For well over two decades,…

Flixton Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (16 June 2019)

Over a year on from Matt Ryan’s arrival, another superb concert There was a slightly familiar air to last night’s concert. One, most obviously was the band. The other was last night’s weather: colder and wetter than a typical June for Saddleworth. Back then, Matt Ryan made his concert debut as Musical Director for Flixton…

Sale Brass: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club, 26 May 2019

A Bank Holiday weekend bonanza of a concert In the last eighteen months, we have seen how Sale Brass have grown as a band. A lot of it has been due to the hard work of John Anderson. Early last year they clinched a Second Place sectional prize at the Butlins Mineworkers’ contest in Skegness….

Leyland Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club, 19 May 2019

Stunning concert sees Leyland Band firing on all four cylinders Completing the hat trick of Championship Section bands at Boarshurst Band Club last night was a right humdinger of a concert. Thomas Wyss’ Leyland Band gave its live and streamed audience a night to savour. There was four great soloists and a programme that offered…

Milnrow Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club, 12 May 2019

Another great night of brass band music with Dennis Hadfield and Co. With the Spring Festival in Blackpool less than a week away, Milnrow Band gave us a great curtain raiser to their appearance in the Winter Gardens. This was a concert with talent by the bucketload: not only in terms of musicality, but also…