Westoe Brass Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

South Shields band kicks off 2019 season of Boarshurst concerts in style

Only three weeks ago, Boarshurst Band Club finished off its 2018 season of Sunday Brass nights in style with the Friends of Music For Youth Brass Band. That concert got us on a high for the 2019 programme, which has a tasty selection of bands coming our way. Kickstarting the new season last night [20 January] was Westoe Brass Band.

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Parking the Bus: Bus Routes That Share Numbers with Football Formations: The Not So Perfect Ten

Ever wondered which Greater Manchester bus routes share or shared their number with a football formation?

For many people, New Year’s Day isn’t only about giving up smoking, going on a diet, or alcohol abstinence. January sees the start of a 31-part soap opera known as The Transfer Window. Yes, it is that time of the year which leads to Transfer Deadline Day. The climax which sees Barclays Premier League and English Football League players change hands for silly money.

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Friends of Music For Youth Brass Band, Boarshurst Band Club, 30 December 2018

How the Friends of Music For Youth Brass finished 2018’s programme of Sunday Brass concerts in great style at the Boarshurst Band Club

Question: how do you end a phenomenal season of concerts at a band club in a southern part of Saddleworth? The answer is simple: pick the finest brass band players, create a one-off scratch band, then add a charity of your choosing. Then stir a live audience into rapture for the best part of two hours. Serve with meaty compositions and a generous serving of locally sourced cask conditioned ales. In a nutshell, all the ingredients of a truly memorable concert.

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Hepworth Silver Prize Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

How Mark Bentham’s band got us all in a Christmassy mood

The weekend before Christmas is typically a mad one for festive revellers. It is a most popular time for works’ dos, Christmas shopping expeditions and a busy one for brass bands. Last night’s band were no exception to the rule having done two concerts beforehand.

Frazzled lips aside, the spirit of Christmas saw no signs of waning in their performance. In fact it rubbed off on some audience members who were not quite ready for The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

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Greenfield Band: Sunday Night at the Boarshurst Band Club

Neighbours’ friendly way throughout sixteen lively pieces

With indecent ease, the run-up to Christmas has finally come upon us. For many, it is a chance to call on old friends and wish peace and goodwill to all. At Boarshurst Band Club’s first concert in Advent, our neighbours from Greenfield Band came last night. They gave us all a very good concert with an entertaining programme.

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Boarshurst Silver Band, The Return: Sunday Night at the Boarshurst Band Club

Boarshurst Silver Band impress in ‘comeback special’

Was it really the 29 April 2018 when Boarshurst Silver Band last had a ‘bog standard concert‘? For one or two members of the live audience, myself included, we thought it was a year or two ago rather than seven months. Was it well and truly worth the wait? Of course.

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Boarshurst Silver Band’s Remembrance Day Concert (11 November 2018)

How Boarshurst Silver Band remembered the fallen in a slickly produced concert

The Pots and Pans Memorial which can be seen from all the Saddleworth villages. Image by Simon Wheatley, 2011 (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Some Rights Reserved).

More than anything, this year’s Remembrance Sunday had an added dimension. Not only did it fall on the 11 November (which is Armistice Day). This year also marks the centenary of the signing of the Armistice between allied forces and Germany.

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Diggle Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (November 2018)

Another great concert with three great soloists, a duet, and a trio 

As the nights get darker and longer, the bright lights of Boarshurst Band Club are a glorious sight. Each Sunday at 7pm, magic and mystique awaits the concertgoer who enters The Mecca of Brass Banding. Last night, by 10pm, they were treated to a spellbinding performance by Diggle Band. 

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Hebden Bridge Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (October 2018)

Another great night with Moore fantastic music

As the clocks went back in tandem with the dark cold nights, a warm reception was in order at Boarshurst Band Club’s latest concert. Last night, Hebden Bridge Band made a modest journey to Greenfield’s most iconic live music venue. With Grenville Moore standing in for David Hamilton, his entertaining patter complemented an exciting programme.

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