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Coming to the Oldham Coliseum: Boarshurst Silver Band

Why you must see Boarshurst Silver Band at the Oldham Coliseum Theatre this Friday

No matter where you are, nothing beats the power of a good brass band concert. You can listen to brass bands on YouTube, on CDs, cassettes, or vinyl, but nothing beats seeing one in the flesh. You can be moved by stunning solo performances, tremendous trombone work, and the thrash of a good percussion and bass section.

The best place to watch a brass band in comfort is either in a purpose-built concert hall or a theatre. If your local brass band is doing theatre gigs, you know they have arrived. This Friday, Boarshurst Silver Band’s autumn concert will be taking place at the Oldham Coliseum Theatre.

This week’s autumn concert will be a traditional one, influenced by The Last Night of the Proms. There will also be a selection of traditional concert standards and a few stunning solo performances. Boarshurst Silver Band are no stranger to the Oldham Coliseum stage: they have made a few appearances in the Oldham Coliseum Theatre company’s production of Brassed Off.

In the last half decade, Boarshurst Silver Band have risen from the Third Section to the dizzy heights of the Championship Section. Next year, the Greenfield-based band will be up with the likes of Black Dyke, Brighouse and Rastrick, Cory, Fairey and Foden’s brass bands. To be up to the challenge of being a force among brass banding’s elite, the hard work begins now.

In this year’s National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain, Boarshurst Silver Band came third. They were pipped at the post by Rainford and Unison Kinniel bands at The Centaur, Cheltenham. Both bands had hitherto been in the Championship Section. Only two years ago, Boarshurst Silver Band won the Second Section title at the same venue.

Boarshurst Silver Band’s success is down to local talent and a spirit of togetherness among Team Boarshurst. This is apparent throughout every concert and each contest they enter. Its members include up and coming brass band players of college age and seasoned campaigners.

If you wish to see a brass band that is truly going places, you must see Boarshurst Silver Band this Friday. Recent concerts with the band have been nothing short of amazing. Each programme has plenty of items to placate seasoned concertgoers as well as Mr/Mrs/Ms Average on the Middleton omnibus.

Don’t just take our word for it…

The concert begins at 7.30pm and admission is £15.00, whether you choose the stalls, circle or gallery. If you are making your way by public transport, the 180, 184 and 350 services to Saddleworth stop nearby. Your nearest Metrolink stop is Oldham Central. Oh, and you might bump into this fellow.

You can either book online via the Oldham Coliseum Theatre website, or call in to the Box Office (Monday – Saturday from 10am). Alternatively, telephone 0161 624 2829.

S.V., 16 September 2019.

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Curtain Up: Boarshurst Silver Band’s fundraising concert will include songs from West End and Broadway shows. Image of Palace Theatre, London by Mikey, 2013 (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Some Rights Reserved)

In February’s North West Regional Championships at Winter Gardens, Blackpool, Boarshurst Silver Band finished fourth in the Second Section group, behind Delph Band. As the second placed band Cheshire Constabulary couldn’t take up their place in the National Finals at Cheltenham, the final third qualifying spot went to Boarshurst Silver Band. Continue reading “Coming Soon: Boarshurst Silver Band’s July Fundraising Concert”