My Hometown – Blackley


Let me introduce you to my hometown – Blackley. It’s a small area of Manchester around 3 miles north from the city centre. There are about 11,000 people living in Blackley and there are two main roads running through it; Victoria Avenue, running roughly east-west from Heaton Park, and Rochdale Road which runs roughly north …

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10 Things I Love About Brass Bands


A bit random I know, but here goes! The scope of music played by your average brass band is immense. We play marches, overtures, orchestral transcriptions, pop songs, operas, original works, dances, big band music, songs from the shows and musicals, audience participation music, test-pieces....the list is seemingly endless and is as diverse as your …

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Remember Remember!!


Remember remember the fifth of November Gunpowder, treason and plot. I see no reason why gunpowder, treason Should ever be forgot... I love bonfire night. It brings back so many memories of childhood (most of them terrifying!) but it's something wonderfully English that brings us all together. Growing up in the 1970s as I did, …

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