From Fifes to Fanfares and Fame!

From Fifes to Fanfares and Fame!
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Brass bands and their music have woven a golden thread in the tapestry of British cultural life for nearly 200 years, but the many thousands of bands established since the early 19th century, only a tiny handful have survived to reach their 140th Anniversary – the remarkable feat achieved by Wingates in 2013.  With a totally-unbroken history spanning 14 decades, the reigns of six monarchs, 35 parliaments and 26 prime ministers, when that rare longevity is combined with a plethora of contest successes including 11 triumphs in the ‘majors’ (seven British Open and four British National Championship titles) Wingates Band finds itself not as one of a small coterie of long-lived bands, but in the most exclusive club – and one with just two members! Such is the very special stature of an exceptional institution.

Throughout the band’s milestone year, earnest efforts have been made to pay tribute to our visionary founding fathers in a diversity of ways including souvenir prints and postcards from a wonderful water-colour collage of Wingates history by Tom Newton MBE, a memorable recording of an edition of Listen to the Band for BBC Radio 2 focusing on Wingates history, a congratulatory mention in the House of Commons and even featuring as one of the highlights of the 2013 Blackrod Scarecrow Festival.

However, the most enduring and complementary legacies left by the Wingates Band of 2013 are certain to be the first-ever comprehensive history of the band.  From Bible Cast to World Class and this double-disc CD album, the titles both being chosen to reflect the single most remarkable aspect of the band’s multi-faceted story, namely how a group of raw but enthusiastic men and boys from the bible class of a modest Methodist chapel in a small cobbled street in industrial Lancashire metamorphosed from a simple drum and fie ensemble into a much loved and widely-respected brass band of truly world-class standard.

Our dearest wish is that large numbers of Wingate’s fans and followers far and wide will enjoy to the full our 140th Anniversary writings and recordings. 

Musical Director: Paul Andrews

Compact Disc 1
1. The Wizard Geo. Allen
2.   Candide Overture Leonard Bernstein arr. Howard Snell
3.   In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning
Trombone Soloist: Adam Taylor
Dave Mann/Bill Hillard arr. Alan Fernie
4.   Come What May Baerwald & Gilbert arr. Adam Taylor
5.   Legacy
Featuring: David Thornton, Lewis Musson, Gary Curtain
Lucy Pankhurst
6.   Just As I Am Wilfred Heaton
7.   Nocturne
Flugel Soloist: Matthew Sale
Rolf Lowland arr. Ray Farr
8.   Mack The Knife Kurt Weill arr. Goff Richards
9.   The Girl with the Flaxen Hair Claude Debussy arr. Michael Brand
10.   St. Clement C.C.Scholefield arr. Adam Taylor
11.   It Had Better Be Tonight
Cornet Soloist: Andrew MacDonald
Henry Mancini arr. Adam Taylor
12.   Somewhere Leonard Bernstein arr. Eric Crees
Compact Disc 2
1.   Th’owfen Raconteurs Lucy Pankhurst

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