Fylde bands showcase is warm-up for big regional contest

Poulton Le Fylde brass band
Poulton Le Fylde brass band
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A showcase of the best of brass on the Fylde coast will see players warm up for a major contest next month.

Blackpool Brass and the Poulton le Fylde Band join forces for a concert at the Salvation Army Citadel, Raikes Parade, Blackpool, on Saturday, February 21, at 7.45pm.

A spokesman said: “The concert is designed as a curtain raiser to the North West Regional Championships at the Winter Gardens on Sunday, March 1.

“At the Regional Championships, or ‘the Areas’ as they are more commonly called, every band in each section must play the same piece, set by the contest organisers designed to test each band’s skill, musicianship and technical ability. Local bands will be competing in the Areas against bands from across the North West, the Isle of Man and Northern Ireland, all hoping to qualify for the national finals in the autumn.”

The bands will be playing their 45-minute set at
 the concert, closing with their test pieces, by internationally-renowned British 
composer Philip Sparke.

The spokesman added: “The concert aims to be a showcase for the best in brass band playing in the Fylde coast area and, as well as providing the audience with an entertaining programme, will give both bands the opportunity to perform their demanding test pieces in front of a live audience ahead the contest.”