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Besses helped Band Favorite, Geoffrey Blomerley , celebrate his 80th Birthday last week. The Band celebrated the occasion with a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday before retiring for a few "lemonades" with Geoff at the Red Lion in Prestwich. The attached image is of geoffs Birthday Cake, which the Band enthusiastically helped Geoff to finish of at the next rehearsal, before all retiring en mass yet again to the Red Lion. The Tradition of players all joining each other for a drink after rehearsals is now apparently back with a vengeance. Not only does Besses MD lead Besses at the twice weekly rehearsals, but also is seen leading from the front in the race to the pub. All this cake, biscuits and then beer has started to make its mark on the Band, as the Tailor have been called in to alter Band jackets to allow a little more freedom to accommodate the expanding players waistlines .....................
Happy Birthday Geoff, and may there be many many more!
Facts about Geoff
As the reputedly oldest brass band in the UK still in existence, Besses is proud to announce that it has been asked to support the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the country’s oldest professional orchestra, in celebrating its 175th anniversary this year. In September the RLPO, Classic FM’s orchestra in the Northwest of England, will be presenting three concerts of popular classical music in association with Classic FM’s Hall of Fame programme. The concerts will be conducted by Vasily Petrenko, the RLPO’s Chief Conductor.
Classic FM returns to London’s Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday 22 September 2015 with another of its celebrated live concerts, given by the RLPO. The same programme will also be presented in the RLPO’s own Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool on both of Thursday 24 and Friday 25 September 2015.
Players from Besses will be augmenting the RLPO’s brass section to raise the roof in performances of the Triumphal Grand March from Verdi’s Aida and in the finale of each concert, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.
Besses o' th' Barn Band, under the leadership of Simon Cowen will return to the Ring O' Bells, in Marple Sunday afternoon, 16th August.
Besses love to appear at this venue with its amazing atmosphere.
Simon has put together a Program of Music to impress and entertain this venue's knowledgable and enthusiatic audience.
More updates to follow ......................................
And one for the Ladies .......... Crowd favorite, Jim Murray will be making yet another appearance to add to his amazing record as a Besses Legend
The image below shows Jim playing at the Ring O' Bells in 2010
Besses travelled to Burnley 10 days ago to perform at Victoria Park on Sunday Afternoon, 5th July.
Besses were set to deliver an afternoon of musical entertainment under the Baton of MD, Simon Cowen.
All started well and a large crowd gathered to listen to the Band perform
The first half of the concert was blessed with glorious sunshine as well as the glorious sounds of a Brass Band at its best
Soon into the second half, the Besses MD made comment on the approaching black cloud but decided that any bad weather would surely pass over quickly
The Band returned to the job at hand and began to play the next piece of music in the program.
However, the winds grew stronger and darkness replaced the sunlight.
Music stands began to tremble, and the whole Band started to struggle to keep their composure and continue in the face of such adversity
All about the Bandstand, players were gallantly trying to perform, whilst trying to keep hold of their flying music in one hand, play their instrument using the other hand, ATbiliae their music stand with one foot, and protect the rest of their music in their Concert Pads from disappearing into the abyss created by this maddening storm
Many, then few, then just 2 of the audience attempted to Brave Out the situation along with the Band, but the battle was finally lost when a huge gust blew all the temporary seating into a dangerous looking pile.
Still the Band and its Stoic MD stood firm to the task of “Playing On” .......
This was until the heavens suddenly opened with a deluge of rain of Biblical Proportions
Whether the final two audience members ran away to safety or were washed away by the torrent of water we will never know.
It was time to call it a day and get back to Moss Lane and the dry off in the warmth of the Besses band Room?