Wingates Band and The Houghton Weavers unite for 140th anniversary concert
TWO of the town’s best-loved musical acts are set to wow fans with a joint concert.
The event is one of the highlights of Wingates Band’s 140th anniversary celebrations.
The world famous brass band is to team up with fellow Westhoughton outfit The Houghton Weavers for the 24th annual Folk and Brass concert.
Wingates Band has appeared on national radio, unveiled a new musical director and will release a book documenting its unbroken history all the way back to 1873.
The Rivington Hall Barn performance on September 11 will be new musical director Paul Andrews’ first local outing, after he succeeded Andrew Berryman as musical director earlier this year.
David Kaye, president and trustee of Wingates Band, said: “For many local people the two ensembles are best known for our performances together at Rivington, which invariably attract sell-out audiences, “We are really looking forward to the night, it’s always a big hit.”
In its long history, Wingates Band has grown into one of the country’s most successful brass bands, winning seven British Open Championships and four British National Championships.
It even survived the 1910 Pretoria Pit disaster in Westhoughton, which killed 344 men, of which seven were band members.
Mr Kaye, whose book From Bible Class to World Class will be released alongside a commemorative CD at a special birthday concert at Victoria Hall in October, said: “If allowed just one word from the dictionary to summarise my experience of the years closely associated with the band, it would have to be pride.
“Wingates Band has been a superb ambassador for Wingates, Westhoughton, Bolton and Lancashire for over a century.”
The band was the first in the UK to have a road sign — reading “welcome to Wingates, home of the world famous band” — erected in its honour.
On July 7, the band went to MediaCityUK to record a slot on BBC Radio 2’s Listen to the Band, which aired last week.
Mr Kaye said: “The BBC selected us as a recognition of our long history in broadcasting and indeed our association with them.
“Very few bands have a broadcasting pedigree comparable to ours and we’re delighted to have appeared again to mark the anniversary.”
The concert at Rivington Barn starts at 7.30pm, with tickets available at £9 each.
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