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Besses o' th' Barn Band
Besses o'th' Barn Band, with special guest soloist Andrew Berryman on both trombone and bagpipes, will play a special charity concert this Saturday, 17 October at 7.30 p.m. in Walkden Methodist Church, Manchester Road, Walkden M38 9AN. All are welcome and tickets will be available on the door, priced at only £6.00.
Proceeds will help to replace equipment to help a church's foodbank scheme.
It has been a fantastic month at Besses with a major concert at the Ramsbottom Music Festival (supporting the Proclaimers) and a three concert series last week with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the amazing Vasily Petrenko, its Chief Conductor.
It is not often that you get to play to 10,000 people in a week, be given a standing ovation, and receive massive plaudits from concertgoers outside the venue when leaving for home.
Simon Cowen is keeping the pressure up, though. There is no time to relax as there is plenty of work to be done and Besses will be building on this momentum.
There are player vacancies to be filled due to loss of players to University this autumn. Besses has got to be the band to be with at the moment. It has had so many recent high-profile engagements, with access to the classical music world as well as the brass band world through the efforts and imagination of Simon.
The word needs to be spread. Besses is looking for talented youngsters, as well as experienced and seasoned players. "There is a storm coming". Besses will be celebrating 200 years of existence in 30 months’ time and plans are in place to hit the band’s third century with a bang, perhaps one as big as the finale of the 1812 Overture as played in the Royal Albert Hall last Tuesday - available to listen to on Classic FM as follows:
Interested players need to call Simon a.s.a.p on 07968 942267 or contact Besses via the website or Facebook group.
Besses Triumphal with the RLPO
A resurgent Besses has now played to three delighted and packed houses in one week whilst supporting the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (‘RLPO’). Earlier this week, the RLPO – just back from another triumphant visit to Bucharest – swept into the Royal Albert Hall with Besses for a sold-out Classic FM concert drenched in razzamatazz, cannons and fireworks. The Royal Albert Hall concert was recorded for broadcast on the radio on Friday 25 September.
Much of the same programme was then performed in two further sell-out concerts at the RLPO’s Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool in a celebratory atmosphere as the orchestra’s opener for this season.
The RLPO party programme included the world premiere of screen composer Nigel Hess’ specially-commissioned Celebration Overture, written for the orchestra’s 175th anniversary this year. Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto was played in gorgeous style by the orchestra, and with a lovely lightness by rising star, 25-year-old, Chinese pianist Ji Liu.
The other guests at the Phil, returning after Tuesday’s performance in London, were Besses o’ th’ Barn Band, whose current musical director is RLPO principal trombone Simon Cowen. They added a splash of red-lapelled colour to the platform, and boosted the concert’s brass complement to something like an ear-busting 34.
This was particularly effective in the closing pairing of the Triumphal March from Aida, and Tchaikovsky’s evergreen crowd-pleaser the 1812 Overture which, with the strings going hell for leather, percussion in full flight and a deafening wall of brass, might just have been heard in Moscow Drive, if not in Moscow itself. Stirring, nay explosive stuff.
Musical director Simon Cowen commented:
“The concerts were huge fun, and absolutely loved by the audiences. For the band, the experience of the last week has created a buzz around the bandroom which will last for quite some time.”
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!
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