At a charity concert for Blythe House Hospice, Whaley Bridge Band premiered a new work by Lucy Pankhurst. The Band commissioned Lucy to write a march to be dedicated to the bands sponsors Bill and Lynne Wilson of Cedar Finance. Although Bill loves listening and supporting bands he likes nothing better than a traditional march. Whaley Bridge Band has been in the fortunate position that through the funding of Cedar it has been able to work with Lucy as a tutor over the past year, so who better to write for them. Band MD Marcus Jones said “the idea to get a piece commissioned as thanks to Bill and Lynne has been in the pipeline for a while. As Cedar was to fund the concert for the Hospice we thought it would be the ideal concert to premier the piece. Lucy has written a great march for us that ticks every box that we asked for. The biggest problem was keeping it as a surprise for Bill has he comes to listen at rehearsals”. Mr Wilson admitted “for the first time in a long time I was stuck for words. The band had managed to keep this from me. What an honour it is to have a piece dedicated to you, not only that a proper brass band march with a tune you can whistle”. The march “Cedar” received its first public performance as the second half opener of the concert which raised £773 for the hospice, which is the only hospice in the High Peak.