The Wigan Marching Band launches new sessions with music legends
Brass band legend Les Neish will be raising the roof when he joins rehearsals of the Golborne Brass Band on Wednesday April 20 to provide interactive training.
It is part of the band’s ‘side-by-side’ sessions, hosted by professional Wigan musician Ryan Breen, to give local players the chance to perform alongside world-class musicians.
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After the training, Mr. Neish will perform a solo, accompanied by the band.
He has created a career as a world-renowned soloist, chamber musician and educator and is known for his musical acumen, artistry and high level of communication.
He is also considered one of the leading tubists of the time and one of the musical instrument maker Besson’s artists inspiring the next generation of musicians.
Band manager Norma Tinsley said: “Here at Golborne Band we are really excited about the future of the band and hope to inspire as many amateur musicians as possible.
“The band are celebrating their 175th anniversary this year and we are delighted to offer the ‘Side by Side Sessions’ to inspire the local community and keep a marching band alive in Golborne for at least 175 years.”
The Golborne Brass Band, which is one of the oldest village bands in the country, rehearses Monday and Wednesday evenings at the Golborne Community Club.
As part of its strategy to build back stronger after the global pandemic, the group is keen to continue working in the local community and providing more opportunities in the Borough of Wigan.
In March, for the first side-by-side session, the band welcomed fellow pro, Alex Thomas, to the band room and enjoyed an incredible evening of inspirational demo, advice and guidance.
Upcoming sessions will see cornet soprano extraordinaire Ben Richerton, who is a former musician in one of the top brass bands Black Dyke, visit Golborne and offer his expertise.
The Golborne Brass Band will open its rehearsal doors to local musicians and fans who wish to watch and participate in the side-by-side sessions.
For more information, contact the group by e-mail [email protected] or call 07768 142999.