The band are sad to announce the resignation of Fred Little as BBb bass player, committee member and secretary.
Fred has been a stalwart of Longridge Band for over 30 years – both as a player and Secretary.
Fred has decided, that due to personal circumstances, that it’s time to focus on his family and himself. He has left the band on good terms and in his own words, “will be around”.
Our heartfelt thanks go to Fred for the many years of dedicated service. The reputation and success of Longridge Band is due, in no small part, to his professionalism, enthusiasm and commitment.
We wish him well and extend an open invitation to join us at any time.
should you have any queries about the band, please contact our new secreatary Carole Bimson via the 'get in touch' page.
On Sunday 30th September we competed at the Bolsover Festival of Brass in the Championship section. Our programme included Brass Machine, Lullabye by Billy Joel, the cornet solo Miss Blue Bonnet played by Holly Clark and our finale piece Balkan Dance.
Unfortunately we had to leave before the results ceremony, to make the long drive back to Longridge but we were very pleased to hear that we had been placed third by adjudicator Roger Webster. We also finished second in the new audience vote, and our soloist Holly won the best soloist prize.
Full results are below:
Adjudicator: Roger Webster
1. Hepworth (Dr David Thornton) — 96
2. Easington Colliery (Daniel Brooks) — 94*
3. Longridge (Mark Peacock) — 93
4= Newstead Band (Jim Davies) — 90
4= Strata Brass (Jonathan Bates) — 90
6. Shepherd Group Brass (Richard Wilton) — 89
7. Chapeltown (Sam Fisher) — 88
8. Crofton Silver (Dean Jones) — 87
9. Unite the Union Band (John Roberts) — 86
10. Kirkbymoorside Town (Sarah Woodward) — 10
11. Yorkshire Imperial Urquhart Travel Band (Jack Capstaff) — 84
12. Blidworth Welfare Band (Simon Oates) — 83
13. Foresters Brass (John Davis) — 82
Best Soloist: Holly Clark (cornet) — Longridge
Most Entertaining Band: Strata Brass
*Easington Colliery qualifies for 2019 Senior Trophy
On Wednesday 26th September we completed our first draw for our new 100 club. Keith Muggeridge picked the numbers out of a bag live in the Durham Ox after rehearsal. The video can be seen on our Facebook page.
1st Prize £105.00 Mrs Doris MacGlashan (39)
2nd Prize £63.00 Chris Dawson (44)
3rd Prize £42.00 Elizabeth Hemingway (15)
Congratulations to all the winners!
After taking a short break over Summer, the band are now back rehearsing hard for number of exciting upcoming events.
First is our concert at the Parish Church of St. Lawrence on Saturday 22nd of September. Please note this is an afternoon concert, starting at 2:30PM.
In its early days the band went under the name of St. Lawrence Brass Band so has always had special links with Longridge Parish Church. We are delighted to have been asked to give this Special Anniversary Concert as the church celebrates 150 years since the Ecclesiastical Parish of Longridge was formed.
Tickets £6 including interval refreshments. (Glass of Celebration fizz and nibbles). Tickets are now available from St. Lawrence’s or St. Paul’s Church, Longridge Tyre & Auto, Longridge Post Office or Fred and Dot Little 783998. Additional parking at St. Cecilia’s High School.
The following weekend we will once again be competing at the Bolosver Festival of Brass. This is an entertainment contest, and we will be previewing our programme at the concert on Saturday 22nd September.
The band were sad to hear the news of the death of Darrol Barry earlier this month. Darrol was a previous conductor of the band, and also one of the finest composers and arrangers of brass band music. During his time with the band Darrol composed many pieces for us including the popular march 'The Durham Ox'. We also recorded a CD of his music titled 'All Our Own' which was one of our most popular releases, and is now completely sold out.
Darrol's funeral will be held at St. George's Church in Tyldesley at 11:00am on Friday 29th June. Members of our band, along with players from other local bands are honoured to play in the service with musical director Mark Peacock.
The family have requested family flowers only and donations to a cause which has yet to be decided.
On Saturday 17th March we staged our annual ‘Patrons’ concert’ at the Longridge Civic Hall. Once again, the programme was made up of music entirely selected by our patrons. There was an eclectic selection of music chosen from classical repertoire such as Tchaikovsky’s 1812 overture, to Baggy Trousers by Madness! There was even a unique solo opportunity for Sue Newby, who performed Leroy Anderson’s The Typewriter.
Presented at this concert is the Hilda Marle trophy. This is presented to the most promising young player. This year it was awarded to Joshua Peacock and presented by Hilda herself. Josh started with the band a few years ago on third cornet and is now making excellent contributions to the solo cornet team.
A presentation was also made to our conductor Mark Peacock by Brian Law. Brian thanked Mark for all his hard work with the band over the last year. Without a doubt the band has achieved some of its highest placings ever in recent competitions in the Championship section.
At this concert we also launched our 100 club. The 100 Club will operate as a Small Lottery as defined by the Gambling Act 2005. Half the money raised will help towards band funds, with the other half given as prizes in four draws throughout the year. Membership is £30 a year for one number.
For full terms and conditions and application form, please download the pdf document below.
On Sunday 22nd April we enjoyed a fantastic meal and concert at Ferarri's to celebrate St. George's Day. Take a look at some pictures from the afternoon, taken by our secretary Fred Little. Click on the picture to view the full size image.
Our next concert is on Saturday 19th May at St. Paul's Church in Longridge where we will share the stage with the fantastic Amabile Girls Choir. This concert will feature music from stage and screen, and will also include some blockbuster joint items. See the poster below for ticket details.
On Sunday 25th February the band played at the North West Area contest at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool. The set work for the Championship section was Kevin Norbury’s Odyssey, a piece which we also played in January at the Preston Contest. Come results time, the band was placed seventh by adjudicators Derek Broadbent and Jim Davies. Our congratulations to Foden’s, Leyland and the Fairey Band who will represent the North West at the National Finals in London.
Adjudicators: Derek Broadbent & Jim Davies
1. Foden's (Prof Nicholas Childs)*
2. Leyland (Thomas Wyss)*
3. Fairey (Garry Cutt)**
4. Vernon Building Society Poynton (Stig Maersk)
5. Pemberton Old Wigan DW (Ben Dixon)
6. Wingates (Paul Andrews)
7. Longridge (Mark Peacock)
8. TCTC Group (Jef Sparkes)
9. Rainford (Gareth Brindle)
10. Milnrow (Mark Bentham)
11. Ashton-under-Lyne (Philip Chalk)
Best Soprano: Richard Poole (Foden's)
Best Percussion: Leyland
Youngest Player: Adam Penlington (15)
**Fairey pre-qualified for the National Final at the Royal Albert Hall
*Qualify for the National Final at the Royal Albert Hall