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Sorry we had some downtime there - and it took a while for our webhosts to work out what was wrong, but we got there in the end.

Thanks to everyone for their continued support of Besses in recent months. More news and website updates to come soon!

Tickets available now for our upcoming Charity Christmas Concert in aid of Wythenshawe Hospital Transplant Fund and Besses Bandroom renovation fund, Sunday 10th December 2017. Come along and sing your favourite Carols, support a great cause and start the festive season on a high note. Tickets available via this link http://www.newstartcharity.org/events/ or order by phone from 0161 330 4197 any weekday morning, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

This is sure to be a sell out concert at the Elizabethan Suite, Bury Town Hall, Bury BL9 0SW so order your tickets early.

TrevorBesses o' th' Barn Band are delighted to announce the appointment of Trevor Halliwell as their new Musical Director.

A cornettist from the age of 9, Trevor's talent was spotted as a young player by members of Wingates band. He went on to become assistant principal at Foden's, before returning to Wingates where he held the principal position for ten years, also winning the coveted title of Champion Soloist of Great Britain 1979 and playing principal trumpet with the Haffner Orchestra.

Trevor brings to the band a wealth of experience as a player, teacher, adjudicator and conductor. In his conducting career, Trevor has taken numerous bands including Stalybridge, Marple, Hoover Bolton, and more recently leading Golborne band to promotion into the 2nd section.

The band are very excited to be working with Trevor as they approach their Bicentenary year in 2018 and would like to invite any players who would like to come for a blow to join us at rehearsals every Tuesday and Thursday 8-10pm at the band room, 2 Moss Lane, Whitefield, Manchester M45 6HG.

It's time for our annual summer concert with our good friends from Affetside Choir.

Tickets are now available from either the Choir:Joanne Wilcock 01204 882775 or Besses: 07581 230637

Come and have a wonderful time with a selection of music for all tastes.

Want to see Besses in concert?

Here are our latest bookings:

Brass Factor Entertainment Concert, Holmfirth 28th October 2017. Tickets available from: http://brassfactor.com/tickets.html


Our Annual Joint Concert with Affetside Choir. Sunday Afternoon December 3rd 2017 Longfield Suite Prestwich.


Grand Charity Concert in Aid of Wytheshawe Hospital Transplant Fund. Sunday 10th December 2017 7pm.

Tickets available from. http://www.newstartcharity.org/events/


If you would like further information please contact us.

As we approach the summer we are looking to strengthen our team with additional players.

All players are welcome, but we have permanent positions available for the following:

Cornet (postion flexible)


Tenor Trombone

Bass (either)

Please contact Debbie (Secretary) for further information.

Rehearsals are every Tuesday

The Longfield Suite in Prestwich welcomes back one of the oldest brass bands in the world and the fabulous Affetside Choir for a festive concert to remember.

Join us in the Longfield Suite, Prestwich, Manchester M25 1AY on the afternoon of Sunday, 4 December for a traditional Xmas concert with the brilliant Besses o' th' Barn Band and the Affetside Choir.

The doors open at 1.15pm and the show starts at 2.00pm.  Festive refreshments will be available from the bar.  Tickets are £7, and available from members of the band and the choir, or from the Longfield Suite box office.  For the box office, please call: 0161 253 7227, or pay on the door.

Defending 2015 champions Besses o’ th’ Barn Band, under the baton of guest conductor Mareika Gray, delighted judges and a packed audience in the Holmfirth Picturedrome on Saturday 19 November 2016 with its playing, choice of music, and its all-round entertainment value.  Besses took second prize in the latest round of a Yorkshire entertainment contest, Brass Factor, where the results are decided by audience voting rather than the panel of judges.

Read more: Runners-up in Holmfirth Brass Factor Contest 2016

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