Brass in the Park 2004


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Brass in the Park 2004

Now in its eighth year, Brass in the Park is well established as one of Midlothian's major annual outdoor events and also as a major event on the Scottish brass band calendar. The event is organised by The Brass in the Park Association in partnership with Newtongrange Silver Band, Midlothian Council and the Scottish Brass Band Association.

This year's event on Friday 27th, Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th August 2004 will once more take place in a tented village erected within Newtongrange Park, Newtongrange, Midlothian. This year's tented village will be the largest so far used for this ever growing event with over 24,000 square feet under canvas and with the main marquee able to accommodate over one thousand spectators.

The programme for the weekend is:-

Friday 27th August. Gala Concert commencing at 7.30 pm featuring host band Newtongrange with guest soloist, cornet virtuoso Alan Morrison.

Saturday 28th August. From 10.30 am 22 bands will compete in brass band contests for prizemoney of £3000. Bands entered for the main contest are Livingston Brass, United Co-op Yorkshire, Dalkeith & Monktonhall Colliery, Newmilns & Galston, Renfrew Burgh, Shotts St Patrick's Brass, St Ronan's Silver, MacTaggart Scott Loanhead, Jedforest Instrumental, Campbeltown Brass, Clydebank Burgh, Peebles Burgh, Penicuik Silver, Galashiels Town, Coalburn Silver, Jedforest Juniors, Arran Brass. Barrhead Burgh and Sanquhar & District. The adjudicator for the main contest is Alan Morrison.

The bands will play an own choice march and hymn tune. In addition, most will include an item featuring a soloist and there will be separate prizes for the best senior or junior soloists. An addition to the contests last year was a separate Development Section for junior and training bands with an upper age limit of 16 years. This was a great success and is being continued this year with 3 bands, Loanhead Brass Roots, Dalkeith & Monktonhall Juniors and Tweeddale Brass performing own choice programmes in this section.

Using grant funding obtained under the Awards for All scheme, the organisers have commissioned Alan Fernie to compose a piece specially designed for junior and training bands. Alan's brief was to produce a piece which would be enjoyable for youngsters to play and entertaining for their audiences and his "Jungle Suite for Brass" is sure not to disappoint. The premiere performance will be given by the combined bands of Loanhead Brass Roots, Dalkeith & Monktonhall Juniors, Tweeddale Brass and Jedforest Juniors prior to the announcement of the contest results.

Sunday 29th August. From 12 noon various band performances will feature the largest Sunday line up so far seen at Brass in the Park with Newtongrange, Bo'ness & Carriden, MacTaggart Scott Loanhead and Loanhead Brass Roots representing the world of brass bands plus contributions from The Royal British Legion Scotland Big Band, The City of Edinburgh Pipes & Drums, Alternative Medicine, The West Telferton Caledonian Ceilidh Band and the Paisley Accordion Orchestra.

A highlight of the Sunday programme will be a concert at 1.45 pm by Newtongrange Silver Band entitled Praise in Brass which will feature a "Songs of Praise" style programme. The afternoon will conclude with a finale featuring massed brass and pipe bands. The finale will feature the brass and pipe bands joining together to play established favourites such as Highland Cathedral and also new pieces recently arranged for joint performance.

On both the Saturday and the Sunday there will be lots of children's entertainment including magicians, puppet shows, giant inflatables and fairground rides, various stalls and sideshows, a local history exhibition and both bar and catering facilities on site.

Simply pay at the gate for all events. Accompanied children will be admitted free on both the Saturday and the Sunday and there will be free car parking on site. It is also possible to purchase a weekend ticket allowing entry on all three days of the festival at a discount rate. These tickets cost only £10 or £6 for senior citizens and are available either before the event from the Scottish Mining Museum, Newtongrange Post Office, or at the gate on Friday evening. Organisers report huge levels of advance ticket sales and are confident that last year's record attendance of approximately 5,000 will be bettered this year.

Brass in the Park is an event which is unique in the United Kingdom and the organisers gratefully acknowledge the support given by Midlothian Council and their various event sponsors and donors headed this year by The Len Thomson Charitable Trust, the Scottish Coal Industry Special Welfare Fund and the Dean Tavern Trust. Without this level of support it would be impossible to continue with this mammoth annual undertaking which gives so much pleasure to music lovers throughout Midlothian and beyond.

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