York Gala Charity Concert

 

Our friends at the Royal Corps of Signals (Northern) Band have told us about a forthcoming gala charity concert which is being promoted by Rotary International at the York Barbican on Saturday the 2nd of June.

The concert features the band with their colleagues from the Band of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and the Colne Valley Male Voice Choir in celebration of this year’s Diamond Jubilee with the proceeds being donated to ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.

The concert includes a special “Last Night of the Proms” finale and tickets for the event are available from the booking office at the York Barbican either by telephone, 08448542757 or through their website at www.yorkbarbican.co.uk/

A night with “Sally’s Army”.

We returned to Otley earlier this week to record the aptly named “Sally’s Army”, a recently formed ladies’ choir led by Sally Egan, who have provided us with the vocal section of the title track from Otley Brass Band’s latest CD, ‘On Ilka Moor Baht ‘at‘.

The choir and band will be appearing at a joint concert at St Paul’s Church, Shipley on the 19th of June where it is expected the CD will be released.

To learn more about the ‘Otley Band Baht’at’ project please go to their website at http://www.otleybrassband.co.uk/Welcome.html

 

“Gala Performance” MHP312

The Sheffield Recreation Band was originally formed in 1900 and since that time has been known under a number of different names each associated with the industrial city. Their latest development has been to obtain sponsorship from ‘Unite the Union’ and under its current name has re-issued one of their earlier recordings under the title “Gala Performance”.

The launch of the CD is in celebration of the Durham Miners Gala, the annual gathering held since 1871, on the second Saturday in July in the city and at its peak attended by some 300,000 people. Traditionally, banners originally representing individual lodges of the National Union of Mineworkers, were paraded by the men from the collieries led by a brass band to the racecourse where the gathering heard traditional speeches. From there they paraded through the city where a service was held at the cathedral.

In recent years there has been a substantial revival of the event making it one of the biggest political gatherings in Europe and with the demise of the mining industry many other unions from around the country have become involved in celebration of this popular event.

To learn more about the band visit their website at http://www.stocksbridgeband.co.uk/.