News

Here are the full results from our Christmas raffle. All prizes have now been claimed and collected. Congratulations to all the winners!

The second draw of our '100 Club' was completed at our Christmas Concert on Saturday 8th December. The Mayor of Longridge, Paul Byrne pulled out the following winners:


1st Prize: £105.00 Valerie Martin-Warren (36)

2nd Prize: £63.00 Elizabeth Hemmingway (15)

3rd Prize: £42.00 Janet & Mark Clegg (43)

 

Congratulations to all the winners, cheques will be in the post next week.

If you are interested in joining our '100 Club' next year, please contact Sue or Carole using the details on the 'get in touch' page. 

Our Remembrance concert/ Street party event was streamed live on Saturday 10th November by Martin Gernon and BrassPass.tv. The whole concert, including interviews with our very own Janet Clegg and Sue Newby can be viewed again here at brasspass.tv

You may be required to register and create an account, but you do not need to subscribe to watch our concert. 

 

 

 

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

 

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. 

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!

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.