Barnton Silver Band to celebrate 120th birthday

PUBLISHED: 18:24 10 August 2011 | UPDATED: 19:50 20 February 2013

Barnton Silver Band to celebrate 120th birthday

Barnton Silver Band to celebrate 120th birthday

Barnton Silver Band are tuning up for a special birthday party


Theyll no doubt be playing Happy Birthday at some stage of the proceedings, but the main feature of the Barnton Silver Band anniversary celebrations will be the premiere of a new piece written just for them.

Composer Lucy Pankhurst, who won an award at this years Royal Northern College of Music Festival of Brass, has worked with the Barnton band to create the new song, which is called I see, I Spy.

The celebrations are being held to mark the bands 120th anniversary and the party will kick off this month with a concert in Comberbach.

Mike Miller, the bands treasurer, said: The new piece will be played for the first time at our birthday concert on September 3rd at the memorial hall in Barnton. That was the date of the first practice of the original band in 1891.

Lucy, the composer-in-residence and solo horn player for the Wingates Band in Westhoughton near Bolton, has composed for bands around the UK and in America and Mike added: She is a very talented composer. The piece she has composed tells a story about our past, present and future, in three movements.

We have performed lots of different pieces over the years but we are not used to working with a composer. She has come down to have a couple of workshops with the band and the training band and has talked to us about how we would like the piece to sound.

The band was formed in 1891 as the Barnton Temperance Band and has also performed as the Barnton Subscription Band. Initial rehearsals were held in an old hay loft and their first public engagement was at the opening of the Comberbach memorial field and war memorial in August 1921. And the band will be back there on August 27th at a concert which will also mark the 90th anniversary of the bowling club there.

The band also performed this year at school and village fetes and Mike, a trombonist who joined the band five years ago, added: We are very much a community band now. Its like an extended family, people come to play for us from all over Cheshire and parts of Manchester, although we are always on the lookout for new players. n


Theyll no doubt be playing Happy Birthday at some stage of the proceedings, but the main feature of the Barnton Silver Band anniversary celebrations will be the premiere of a new piece written just for them.

Composer Lucy Pankhurst, who won an award at this years Royal Northern College of Music Festival of Brass, has worked with the Barnton band to create the new song, which is called I see, I Spy.

The celebrations are being held to mark the bands 120th anniversary and the party will kick off this month with a concert in Comberbach.Mike Miller, the bands treasurer, said: The new piece will be played for the first time at our birthday concert on September 3rd at the memorial hall in Barnton. That was the date of the first practice of the original band in 1891.

Lucy, the composer-in-residence and solo horn player for the Wingates Band in Westhoughton near Bolton, has composed for bands around the UK and in America and Mike added: She is a very talented composer.

The piece she has composed tells a story about our past, present and future, in three movements.We have performed lots of different pieces over the years but we are not used to working with a composer.

She has come down to have a couple of workshops with the band and the training band and has talked to us about how we would like the piece to sound.The band was formed in 1891 as the Barnton Temperance Band and has also performed as the Barnton Subscription Band.

Initial rehearsals were held in an old hay loft and their first public engagement was at the opening of the Comberbach memorial field and war memorial in August 1921.

And the band will be back there on August 27th at a concert which will also mark the 90th anniversary of the bowling club there.The band also performed this year at school and village fetes and Mike, a trombonist who joined the band five years ago, added:

We are very much a community band now. Its like an extended family, people come to play for us from all over Cheshire and parts of Manchester, although we are always on the lookout for new players.

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