Linthwaite Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

Fifteen fine pieces from Linfit

A healthy turnout at Boarshurst Band Club saw a fine concert from Linthwaite Brass Band. With a mix of Paul Kershaw’s good humoured delivery and a relaxing programme. A warm reception away from the longer nights and cooler weather. With reference to his theatrical background, pieces from stage musicals (or inspired by musicals) were well represented.
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Countdown to Cheltenham: The National Finals Preview Evening

Four bands showcase test pieces for Cheltenham date

Four brass bands from Section Four to One showed off their playing techniques at Boarshurst Band Club last night [10 September]. This was in advance of this weekend’s National Brass Band Championship of Great Britain finals at Cheltenham. As of last year, the finals for Section Four to One bands are taking place at The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse. Continue reading “Countdown to Cheltenham: The National Finals Preview Evening”

Now Available: Images by Boarshurst Silver Band

Boarshurst Silver Band’s exciting new CD

Followers of the Sunday Brass reviews on East of the M60 will be delighted to hear about this new release by Boarshurst Silver Band. It gives us great pleasure to announce the release of their new CD, entitled Images. Continue reading “Now Available: Images by Boarshurst Silver Band”

Stacksteads Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (September 2017)

Another great night – with a bit of swing for good measure 

Mirth and music, of traditional and Scooby Doo varieties made for an exhilarating concert at the Boarshurst Band Club last night (Sunday, 3rd September). Stacksteads Band were back at The Mecca of Brass Banding with an appreciative audience. Though the warmth of summer gave way to the slight chill of autumn, there was a warm reception for all those present.
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Oldham and Saddleworth Bus Service Changes, Autumn 2017

Trunk bus routes revert to schooldays timetable, whereas slimline Saddleworth Sunday route replaces two services

First Greater Manchester Alexander Dennis ALX400, YJ51 RCX, Ashton-under-Lyne bus station
No change for the 409 service, loading at Ashton-under-Lyne bus station.

This autumn, Saddleworth passengers will be seeing the most fundamental service changes, thanks largely to departmental spending cuts affecting TfGM. In place of Sunday and Bank Holiday journeys on the 353 and 354 services, there will be a brand new route. On the plus side, another journey option for the people of Denshaw. On the minus side is a more modest frequency and some changes affecting the more southerly parts of Saddleworth.
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Stalybridge Old Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

An August treat from the world’s oldest brass band

It has been a long time since Stalybridge Old Band darkened the doorstep of Boarshurst Band Club. Over three years, in the words of Musical Director, David Ashworth. The last time your reviewer saw the world’s oldest brass band, was at Stalybridge Civic Hall in December 2015. This was weeks before the Sunday Brass concert reviews appeared on East of the M60. At that gig, they were supported by The Yew Tree Singers.

Almost two years on, without Jean Depledge’s choral group, yours truly was glad to see Stalybridge Old Band in live form. They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder, and Stalybridge Old Band proved just that on Sunday night.
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Oldham and Saddleworth Bus Service Changes, Summer 2017

Summer bussing, slightest of changes 

First Greater Manchester Alexander Dennis ALX400, YJ51 RCX, Ashton-under-Lyne bus station
Not in the Summer Timetable: the 409 service, loading at Ashton-under-Lyne bus station.

For once, a quiet set of service changes affecting Oldham and Saddleworth bus passengers. This time, just a few tweaks to the summer timetables. Some more First Greater Manchester routes will be seeing a few tweaks, including the 58 and 81A.
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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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Glossop Old Band (Summer 2017): Summer Brass at Boarshurst Band Club

How The Marcus and Duncan Show made for a smashing concert

As with the previous gigs at The World Famous Boarshurst Band Club, Glossop Old Band gave us another great performance. Putting it briefly, it was a tight performance, suitable for brass banding aficionados and anyone new to the joys of brass band concerts.

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