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Brass players learn from the pros

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Golborne Brass Band have launched ‘Side-by-Side’ sessions for local amateur brass players to learn from leading professional musicians.

The most recent sessions saw brass band legend Les Neish come along to rehearsals in Golborne to provide interactive training for the band. Les has been described by Classical Music Magazine as “Proof that the tuba, the comedian of the orchestra, is a credible solo instrument abounds in the brilliance of Neish.” He has created a career as a soloist, chamber musician and educator with a world-wide reputation.

So when he arrived to play alongside Golborne Brass Band, they were understandably thrilled!

The event was hosted and conducted by Ryan Breen, a local professional musician who grew up in Wigan. Les sat amongst the band, offering advice and tutoring before performing a solo, accompanied by Golborne Band.

Brass band legend Les Neish.

And it’s not the first time Golborne Brass Band have welcomed a hero to their rehearsals. In March, for the first ‘Side-by-Side’ session, they invited Alex Thomas to their bandroom and enjoyed an incredible night of inspirational demonstration, advice, and guidance. Among his accolades, Thomas has recorded many award-winning CDs,with Yorkshire Building Society Brass Band and performed with the band as they became the number one ranked brass band in the world.

Alex has performed as a soloist throughout the UK, and internationally in America, Canada, across Europe, and won the British Open Solo Championships in 2004 winning the Best Bb Cornet title, which allowed him to travel to Australia, to represent Britain in the Ern Keller Band of the Year contest.

What’s next for Golborne Brass Band?

Now the band are looking forward to another Side-by-Side session, this time with soprano cornet extraordinaire, Ben Richerton. Ben is a former musician in one of the top brass bands, Black Dyke, and will also be coming to Golborne to offer his expertise and sublime musicianship from the very top of the band.

Band Manager Norma Tinsley said: “We are really excited for the future of banding and hope to inspire as many amateur musicians as possible.

“The band celebrates its 175th anniversary this year and we are excited to offer the ‘Side-by-Side sessions’ to inspire the local community and keep a brass band in Golborne for at least another 175 years.”

About Golborne Brass Band

Golborne Brass Band performing at a recent Preview Night.

Golborne Brass Band rehearse on Monday and Wednesday nights at Golborne Community Club, Salisbury Street, Golborne. Their many accolades include most recently being named the Butlins 4th Section Brass Band champions in January 2022.

As part of their strategy to build back stronger after the global pandemic the band are keen to continue working in the local community and provide more opportunities in the local area. They successfully launched the Golborne Training Band in September 2021.

Anyone who is interested to know more about the group, or who would like to watch or participate in one of the upcoming Side-by-Side sessions can email golbornebrass1847@gmail.com for more information.

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