Wingates Band have pulled off something of a coup ahead of their ‘An Evening With Wingates Band’ concert at Bolton’s Octagon Theatre on Friday, May 29th. Professional actor Andrew Roberts-Palmer, who was one of the stars of last year’s stage version of the hit film ‘Brassed Off’, performed by the Touring Consortium Theatre Company, which concluded its 2014 nationwide tour with a 31-performance sell-out run at the Octagon, is to make a guest cameo appearance with the band at the concert. Mr Roberts-Palmer, who played the character of Harry in the show, will be fondly remembered by the many thousands of local folk who enjoyed a truly remarkable theatrical production as the ultra-energetic stand-in conductor who led the Grimley Colliery Band to victory in the National Championship finals at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Wingates’s musical director, Paul Andrews, is keeping the precise role of Mr Roberts-Palmer somewhat under wraps, but he will feature in a segment of a wide-ranging musical programme which will incorporate an innovatively-choreographed reprise of the hit show, featuring five of the best-loved musical numbers from ‘Brassed Off’. Throughout the evening, the emphasis will be on pure entertainment, with the programme of music selected to demonstrate the extreme versatility of an elite brass band, with items ranging from opera to Queen.
A limited number of tickets for the concert, which commences at 7:30pm, is still available, and can be booked via the Octagon Theatre box office on 01204 520661.
For anyone unable to attend this concert, a second opportunity to hear the Bolton area’s premier brass band in action comes at the historic and atmospheric venue of Rivington Hall Barn on Wednesday, 3rd June, when the band will be performing together with their great friends and Westhoughton neighbours, The Houghton Weavers, in the 27th concert in the enduringly-popular ‘Folk and Brass’ series. This concert also commences at 7:30pm and ticket enquiries can be made on 01204 696984.