National recognition for Bolsover brass festival

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Bolsover District Council’s prestigious Festival of Brass Contest has been featured on BBC Radio 2 Listen to the Band programme.

Presenter, Lt Colonel Frank Renton reviewed one of the recordings from last year’s Charity Re-union Contest featuring Garry Wyatt and the Ransome Re-united Band, which was performed at Kissingate Leisure Centre in Shirebrook.

The programme featured the entire recording of the Flugel Horn solo, Alfie. The show features brass and military band music, updating the traditional image of banding.

Bolsover District Council’s Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion, Councillor Ann Syrett said, “Over the past few years the contest has gone from strength to strength and to get national recognition on a programme of this stature is fantastic. The programme and presenter were very complimentary about our contest and the bands performance and praise such as this can only be good for brass music in general.”

The 2012 Festival of Brass Entertainment Contest is being held at Heritage High School, Clowne on Sunday 7th October 2012. It is anticipated that this six-section festival of music will once again break all records and attract in excess of 40 bands and 1,500 musicians.

Councillor Syrett added, “Brass band music is very popular and is part of our local culture and heritage and we will continue to do whatever we can to help promote it and encourage more people to take part, either by playing in a band or coming to our concerts and festivals.”

Any band wishing to enter must complete an entry form which are available on the Councils website www.bolsover.gov.uk/bolsover-brass-festival or by telephoning 01246 593061.