Treat for brass fans

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F OLLOWING on from its 60th anniversary celebrations in 2009, Rushen Silver Band will host a concert with world class entertainers Leyland Band tomorrow (Saturday).

Recognised as one of the finest brass ensembles in the world, Leyland Band’s quality performance, innovative programming and engaging style has been delighting audiences for more than 50 years.

They will be conducted by John Doyle.

The gala concert will be held at 8pm at the Gaiety Theatre, Douglas.

The evening will feature individual performances by Rushen and Leyland and a joint performance to finish.

In addition to the concert, members of Leyland Band will work with Rushen Silver Band and their training band Ballafesson Brass, over the course of the weekend.

Based in the town of Leyland in the heart of Lancashire, the Leyland Band has earned an enviable reputation on both the contest and concert platform.

It has played at leading UK venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Belfast’s Waterfront Hall, the Symphony Hall in Birmingham and the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.

It has also toured extensively abroad, visiting Japan twice, the USA four times, South Korea and all major European countries numerous times.

The band also has a prolific recording pedigree, including more than 30 CDs, countless national radio appearances and occasional television appearances, most recently on the BBC’s Songs of Praise.

Rushen Silver Band chairman Thomas Sinden said: ‘We have had a long association with Leyland Band’s conductor emeritus Richard Evans, who we are honoured to have as our musical adviser, and we are delighted to be able to bring Leyland Band to the island.

‘We are most appreciative of the help of the Isle of Man Arts Council, and Sefton Group plc for helping make the weekend possible.

‘And we would encourage all brass fans to book early for the concert which promises to be a 2011 highlight of the island’s thriving brass band movement.’

The history of the Rushen Silver Band is strongly linked with the community in the south of the island.

The band has come a long way from its original roots, starting as the Surby Band back in 1926 when a group of lads got together with six concertina playerss and a kettle drum percussionist.

In recent years it has enjoyed many highly commended performances competing in the annual Manx Music Festival and has established a reputation both on and off the island for performing high-quality, entertaining concerts consisting of a repertoire drawn from across the musical spectrum.

Tickets are £12.50 or £16 (£10 or £12.50 for concessions and those aged 18 and under).

They are available from the ticket hotline on 600555, online at and from the Sea Terminal Welcome Centre in Douglas.

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