Folk and Brass to mark Jubilee

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Westhoughton’s two musical legends will be combining for an outstanding concert to mark the Diamond Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II.

A celebration concert will take place in Wigan Parish Church on Saturday, June 2 as part of the nation’s celebrations to mark the Diamond Jubilee.

Long-time musical collaborators Wingates Band and The Houghton Weavers will be performing, and the programme is to feature some old favourites as well as patriotic and celebratory music to mark the occasion.

One of the world’s most celebrated brass bands, Wingates Band was formed in 1873 and has become world famous for the consistently high standard of its performances, winning National and British Open Championship titles on many occasions. The band has recently welcomed back former Musical Director Andrew Berryman, who is looking forward to renewing his relationship with The Houghton Weavers during this year’s concert season.

The Houghton Weavers are one of the country’s most long-standing and successful folk groups. Renowned for their performances of favourite songs from bygone days, their combination of warm humour and high quality performance has won them legions of fans, and has seen them travel all over Europe, record countless CDs and radio performances and even host their own TV show.

The two groups have been regular collaborators for many years with their regular ‘Folk and Brass’ series at Rivington Hall Barn and Victoria Hall proving especially popular.

A spokesman for the band said: “We hope that this consistently popular format for a concert will prove an ideal way to celebrate this unique occasion, and we’re hoping that a capacity crowd will be there to enjoy it!”

Tickets and further information are available from Tony Smith, Tel: 01942 883944 or 07833 165108 or email or ring Rev.Ray Hutchinson 01942 244459 e mail