Britain’s got Brass Talent!

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Head of Instrumental Teaching Service for Wigan Council, David Little, conducted Wigan Youth Brass Band made up of over 40 young local player’s who descended on Formby Hall, Atherton on Sunday, May 20th and demonstrated the depth of Britain’s young Brass talent.

The Band opened the with Peter Graham’s concert march ‘The Ambassadors’. A more traditional march featured later in the programme in the form of R.B.Halls rousing ‘Death or Glory’ played with great gusto. Alan Catherall’s arrangement of John Williams iconic ‘Jurassic Park’ demanded some nippy footwork by the percussion section and they coped admirably. Brass Bands play hymn’s and marches particularly well and from the extensive Salvation Army repertoire Robert Redhead’s ‘Reflections in Nature’ featured in the second half.

Goff Richards has composed many lovely pieces of music for Brass and it was fitting that the Band played two of his compositions. ‘The Golden Lady’ was written for Cornwall Youth Band for its tour in Luxembourg whilst ‘A Special Place’ had been written for a Cornish hospice that cared for terminally ill children. It was a pleasure to see these young players’s clearly enjoying playing this music which had captured their emotions. Going International, Gordon Langford’s ‘Waltzing Matilda’ generated thoughts of Australia and neighbouring New Zealand was represented by Peter Graham’s ‘Hine e Hine’ and both were played to a high standard.

Three young accomplished soloist’s demonstrated their musical skills; tenor horn player Rohit Jepegnanam playing ‘Demelza’ by Hugh Nash, principal cornet player Ben Coulson playing J.Ord Hume’s arrangement of Marshall’s ‘I Hear You Calling Me’ and Georgina Fielding on flugel horn playing that old favourite – ‘Adagio from Concerto De Aranjuez’ by Rodrigo, arranged by Kevin Bolton. Rodrigo had originally composed this piece for guitar. These three soloists’ will shortly be departing the Youth Band to study at University or Music College but before they depart they will be featured alongside the Band on a Cd due to be recorded shortly.

Later in the year Wigan Youth Brass Band will appear in the National Festival of Music for Youth at the prestigious Birmingham Symphony Hall were they will play ‘The Tally Boy’ composed for them by Christopher Evans who is a tuba player with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and a second piece by Gareth Wood titled ‘Japanese Slumber Song’. Both pieces featured in the Formby Hall concert.

This fine evening of entertainment ended with the foot tapping number ‘Manhattan Skyline’ arranged by Alan Catherall and composed by David Shire. The trombone section got fully embraced in this number judging by the way they swayed to the music and so did the audience.


The next Brass Band concert at Formby Hall, Atherton will be on Sunday, June 16th and features Tyldesley’s prize winning Band.

Doors open at 7-00pm. Concert starts at 7-30pm. Pay at the door.