An evening of brass and mirth

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TWO of the North-West’s best-known musical combinations, the internationally-renowned Wingates Band, and the enduringly-popular folk group, The Houghton Weavers, are set to continue their successful and long-established partnership when they join forces once again for another concert at the historic and atmospheric venue of Rivington Hall Barn.

Eleven years ago, the two ensembles got together for an anticipated one-off concert at Rivington, but with the concert being sold out very quickly, a second performance – also a sell-out- was given a few weeks later.

Each year since then, Wingates and the Weavers have performed two concerts at the same venue, in what has become known as the ‘Folk and Brass’ series, with the events invariably being sell-out affairs.

Billed as “Great evenings of music and mirth”, the concerts regularly attract aficionados of both groups, both of which have large and flourishing fan clubs, with members drawn from many North West towns. The next event – the 22nd in the series – takes place at Rivington on Wednesday September 5, commencing at 7:30pm.

Tickets, priced £9, can be 
purchased by callers at Rivington Barn, or ordered by post from David Kaye on 01204 696984, or 07970 131460.

When they take the stage at Rivington, the members of Wingates Band will have just arrived back from a week’s tour of Jersey in the Channel Islands, where they are scheduled to play four concerts, three indoors and one in a park in St Helier.

The lead singer of The Houghton Weavers, Tony Berry, who is also a trustee of Wingates Band, will participate in the tour as a guest of the band, joining them in a number of items, as well as delivering songs in his own inimitable style.

Wingates Band is one of Britain’s oldest and finest brass bands, having been crowned as British Open Champions on no less than seven occasions.