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Besses o' th' Barn Band
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?
As an update to this previous News Article I have been able to add images from the Besses recent recording session in Liverpool.
It was a great night but a little sad regarding the pool bloke who turned up to audition for Besses on Trombone. He looked very impressive as can be seen by his image at the end of this selection of images from the night
"All the gear but no idea", he was told that he would be better off just wagging a stick and maybe killing a few flies.
Besses were invited to the recording facilities in Liverpool, of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Tuesday 23rd June 2015.
The session was organised by Besses MD Simon Cowen and the Band spent the night perfecting a recording of the famous hymn "Jerusalem"
A quote from MD Simon Cowen summs up the experience very nicely
From the very depth of my heart I want to thank the wonderful Besses o' th' Barn Band plus all our guests for tonight's magnificent recording of Jerusalem.
To make it even more special it was the very first time a brass band has played at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra's rehearsal venue, The Friary, Liverpool. What a most perfect acoustic for a band like Besses.
Once this recording is produced we will dedicate it to the late Roy Newsome who recorded the same piece with Besses thirty years ago. I think it would have made him very proud.
Thank you band.
Whitefield’s world famous Besses o’ th’ Barn Band and the Affetside Village Choir are joining up again to provide an evening of lively music and fun at Radcliffe Civic Suite.
Besses o’ th’ Barn Band of Whitefield, North Manchester walked off with two trophies at the North West Regional Brass Band Festival at Buxton on Sunday 3rd May 2015. The band was placed first in its section, winning the £450 prize and the Tarmac Trophy. Not content with just winning one award, the Band also picked up a second trophy for being the highest placed North West Brass Band Association member.