Whitwell Brass Band's Forty Mile Sponsored Walk in Memory of Louise Smalley

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  1. stephen2001

    stephen2001 Member

    Whitwell Brass Band are delighted to have been donated £8,500 courtesy of the 2008 Louise Smalley Walk. Eighty people, including many members of the band completed the 41 mile walk in June. The band's Principal Cornet player, David Wheatley even managed to complete 100 miles in less than 24 hours. Band Secretary, Paul Wood said, “The money will be spent on new instruments for the band which will release older instruments for the beginner classes which take place each Saturday morning.”

    The walk is an annual event in memory of Louise Smalley, a little girl who when she was born in 1992 was given days to live because of a heart defect. She defied the odds to live for thirteen months, during which time she even beat meningitis. It is Louise's fighting spirit that inspires the walkers to push themselves to the limit to complete the 40 miles. Band member and walker, Ryan Stacey said, “The Louise Smalley Walk is definitely the most challenging thing I have ever undertaken, but when you fully understand the history and tradition behind the event, and that you are suffering the blisters and muscle strains to support a local organisation, it makes it all worth while.”

    As part of the announcement ceremony, Whitwell Brass Band gave the world premiere of Suite in Eb, conducted by Stan Lippeatt. The band commissioned Musical Director, David Fretwell to compose the work as part of a successful grant application at the start of the year. The piece paints a musical picture of the village from its foundation over 1000 years ago to the well dressing celebrations, a tradition that continues to this day.

    An excerpt from Suite in Eb will be performed at the band's next concert on Saturday 11th October in Mattersey Church. The concert starts at 7:30pm and tickets will be available on the door. The band will also be holding a Proms Concert on Thursday 16th October at Whitwell Community Centre starting at 7:30pm.

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