The band competed at the Brass in the Wire Contest held at Parr Hall in Warrington on Sunday 26th January. This contest was previously held at the Guild Hall in Preston, but the contest has this year moved to Warrington due to the current closure of the venue in Preston.
We were in the combined First and Championship section and performed the set test piece Legacy by Tom Davoren.
Come results time, we were awarded 5th place overall by adjudicators Sandy Smith and Paul Andrews. We also won the award for the highest place First Section band.
We are now working hard to refine our performance for the North West regional competion, which is held at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool on Sunday 23rd February.
Full results below:
Test Piece choices: A Tale As Yet Untold (Philip Sparke) or Legacy for Brass Band (Tom Davoren)
Adjudicator: Paul Andrews and Sandy Smith
1. Crofton Silver (Dean Jones)*
2. Hepworth (Ryan Watkins)*
3. City of Bradford (Lee Skipsey)*
4. Haverhill Silver (Paul Filby)*
5. Longridge (Mark Peacock)
6. Roberts Bakery (Paul Lovatt-Cooper)
7. Harrogate (Leigh Baker)*
8. York Railway Institute (David Lancaster)
9. Flixton (Matthew Ryan)
10. Freckleton (Matt Shaw)
11. Lindley (Mike Golding)
12. Yorkshire Imperial David Urquhart Travel (Garry Hallas)
13. Mossley (Duncan Byers)
14. Shirebrook Miners Welfare (Jim Henson)
* Championship Section
First Section award winners:
2. Roberts Bakery
3. York Railway Institute
Best Soloist: Tim Pannell (cornet) — Haverhill Silver
Best Basses: Crofton Silver
Best Trombone: City of Bradford
Best Euphonium: Matthew Reasbeck (Crofton Silver)
The band have received a donation from the Music Mates charity. We would like to say a big thank you to everyone associated with Music Mates for their generous donation, which will certainly help support our Junior Band. The charity have issued the following statement:
"Following the closure of the Music Mates charity, the committee agreed to donate the remaining funds of £205 to Longridge Band. Specifically, to support the continued development and success of the Junior Band. This donation reflects the purpose of Music Mates, which was set up to help children, young people and families build relationships, unlock their creativity and achieve their potential through music. As a long established, very successful and locally rooted champion of music in the community, we are delighted to make this donation to Longridge Band."
Former Chair, Music Mates
A small group from the band were out carolling on Thursday 19th December, in aid of the Rosemere Cancer Foundation. Thank you to everyone who supported us at Franco's, The Derby Arms, Ferrari's (especially the Rotary Club) and Longridge Golf Club. We're pleased to announce that we helped to raise just over £700 for the foundation.
Our next concert is the Spring Concert at Longridge Civic Hall on Saturday 14th March 2020. At this concert, all the programme is chosen by our patrons.
If you are a patron, and would like to request a piece, please fill out the form here asap:
If you are not currently a patron, please see the 'support us' section. Our patrons scheme starts from £30. As a patron you also get free entry to this concert.
Congratulations to cornet player Glenn Anderton who was this year's winner of the Bill Bigley Award. This award is voted for every year by the band members and was presented by Mark Peacock at the Christmas concert.
We urgently needed a horn player for the Wychavon contest in November. Glenn kindly offered to 'give it a go!' and played brilliantly on the day.
The 100 Club was drawn by Nigel Evans at the Christmas concert on Saturday 7th December 2019.
There are currently 60 members for 2019/2020.
60 X £7.50= £450.00
50% of the funds are donated to the band = £225.00
50% Prize total is = £225.00
1st Prize: £112.50 Kathleen Hargreaves (42)
2nd Prize: £67.50 Helen & Peter Littlehales (24)
3rd Prize: £45.00 Gareth Nelson (58)
Thank you to all our members for your continued support, and congratulations to all the prize winners. Your cheques are in the post!
We are pleased to announce that our long-awaited new CDs, The Durham Ox and Christmas with Longridge Band are now on sale. The band really enjoyed recording the CDs with World of Sound back in May.
The Durham Ox is not only the famous pub in Longridge, but also the name of the March written for the band by our great friend and previous conductor Darrol Barry. The remainder of the CD is filled with a wide range of music featured in concerts and events over the last few years.
You can hear some previews from The Durham Ox recording in the following video:
Christmas with Longridge Band is a wonderful selection of Christmas pieces and traditional Carols. One of the highlights of the recording is Darrol Barry’s piece for Bb Bass- Marley’s Ghost. This fiendishly difficult solo is played by Dodge (AKA Andrew Fordham!)
If you are looking for Christmas presents then look no further! Each CD is priced at £12. They are now available to buy from our online shop, and at all of our concerts.
They will first be available to buy in person at our Lancashire Day Celebration concert at Ferrari's on Sunday 24th November. Tickets are nearlly all sold out for this event, so if you would like to come to an afternoon of great music, and a three course meal see the event page for more details. Please contact Sue Newby ASAP to reserve your place.
There was great sadness amongst us all, here at Longridge Band, when we heard about the untimely death of our Vice-President Derek Hicks.
Derek was a true gentleman. He was kind and considerate. Derek always championed the cause of Longridge Band.
We were honoured to have him as our Vice-President.
He will be sadly missed and our thoughts are with Valerie and family at this time.