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.
On Sunday 6th October we headed across country, to the Entertainment Contest in Bolsover.
Our programme included, Enter the Galaxies, Moon River Cha Cha, The Spaceman, Fly me to the Moon and Pheonix from Peter Graham's War of the Worlds. The outer space theme was designed to celebrate the 50th anniversary since the first moon landing on 20th July 1969.
The band played the same programme in both the First and Championship sections. Our performance found favour with adjudicator Steve Prichard-Jones in the First section, finishing 4th out of of 14 bands. Unfortunately in the Championship section, it was not as well recieved by adjudicator Alan Morrison, where we eventually finished 13th out of 15 bands.
The whole event was stremead online and you can view back our performance as well as many others on YouTube below:
First section: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mn75gYBzKE8
Championship section: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUXoFw5t0fE
We are now looking forward to working on our programme for the Entertainment Contest in Wychavon on Saturday 2nd November.
The 100 Club was drawn in the bandroom after our rehearsal on Wednesday 25th September.
There are now 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 Valerie Martin Warren (36)
2nd Prize: £67.50 Carole Bimson (50)
3rd Prize: £45.00 Jordan Marsden (59)
Thank you to all our members for your continued support, and congratulations to all the prize winners. Your cheques are in the post!
On Friday 14th June the band travelled to the Saddleworth area to take part in the annual Whit Friday brass band competitions. We visited six villages which included Lees, Scouthead, Delph, Denshaw, Greenfield and Lydgate.
We were the last band on at Lydgate, band number seventy-seven which is a record number for the village contest. We finished playing our chosen march The President followed by the National Anthem at around 11:45PM! It was a long night for the band, but a rewarding one being awarded several prizes in the First Section.
Our best result from the evening was at Greenfield, where we finished in fourth place out of sixty-nine bands, just behind Brighouse, Faireys and Leyland!
The bands results are as follows:
Lees and Springhead: ?/43
Scouthead and Austerlands: 13/ 63 (3rd in the First Section)
Delph: 11/ 81
Denshaw: 26/ 59
Greenfield: 4/ 69 (1st in the First Section)
Lydgate: 23/ 77 (2nd in the First Section)
For full results and more information about this incredible event please visit the website here: https://saddleworthwhitfriday.co.uk
The band has just spent a whole weekend recording not just one, but two new CDs!
The recording began on the evening of Friday 10th May and finished on Sunday 12th May at the Longridge Civic Hall. The band used World of Sound to undertake the recordings. WOS are one of the leading specialists at recording brass bands, and Daniel and Oliver were fantastic to work with on these projects.
The first CD is a concert disc, filled with some of our favourite pieces that we have performed over the last few years.
The second disc is a highly requested new Christmas album.
Both CDs will be available later this year, so watch this space!