Return to the Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Wingates Brass Band   June 11, 2016   Comments Off on Return to the Octagon Theatre, Bolton

As many band seem to be winding down for the summer Wingates is the exception! Following on from the Grand Shield contest on 12 May , and then a week later taking part in the Whit Friday marches the band then prepared itself for a return to the Octagon Theatre, Bolton. Paul Andrews, the band’s MD, decided to break with the traditional format of a brass band concert and decided to take the audience on a musical journey “around the world in 80 minutes”!


The band commenced the journey starting in America (Fanfare for the Common Man – Copland), taking in the sights of France (The Girl With the Flaxen Hair –  Debussy) and Mexico (The Children of Sanchez – Mangione, featuring Beth Dilworth on Flugel) along the way and returning back to England (Crown Imperial – Walton).

The entertainment factor was further enhanced by Rai Hirst, our percussionist and recent addition to the Wingates Team. Rai got into the spirit of the journey a little more so than most with a little bit of comedy, costumes & props. For those who were there you’ll know what we mean!

We hope to return to the Octagon Theatre next year as they celebrate their 40th anniversary.