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British Bandsman to celebrate 125 years in style
British Bandsman has announced that it is to celebrate its 125th anniversary with a gala concert featuring Black Dyke Band and the Australian multi-instrumentalist, James Morrison. According to BB’s Editor, Kenneth Crookston, the concert, to be held at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall on Sunday 1 July, “will give as many of the magazine’s readers as possible a chance to hear one of the finest bands of today along with a quite remarkable and charismatic musician in James Morrison.”
He continued: “Anyone who had the pleasure of attending this combination’s previous performances at Bridgewater Hall will know what a thrilling prospect the event is, but we are currently finalising plans for the concert programme and expect to make some further exciting announcements in the weeks ahead.”
Speaking about the project, Black Dyke Band’s Music Director, Dr. Nicholas Childs, commented: “Black Dyke has a very special bond with James Morrison and our recent tour of Australia reaffirmed to us that he is a special musician indeed. It’s a great honour for Black Dyke to be invited to join in the 125th anniversary celebrations of British Bandsman and we are delighted that this collaboration with the ‘Wizard of Oz’ will give us an opportunity to introduce some of the new repertoire we performed in 2009 to the UK audience.”
Kenneth Crookston added: “I was privileged to attend BB’s ‘Concert of the Century’ at Manchester’s Free Trade Hall in 1987 and the impression made by the fantastic music and performers that night will live with me forever. We hope that this year’s special anniversary concert will produce its own musical legacy and that as many lovers of brass bands and their music as possible will be able to join us in July.”
Tickets, priced £22.00, £19.00 and £15.00 are on sale now from the Symphony Hall Box Office on 0121 345 0600 or online at www.thsh.co.uk.