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Perspectives of Pretoria

Perspectives of Pretoria
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This album,, produced 95 years after band’s first ever recording, is the most appropriate way in which the members of Wingates Band of 2010 can honour the memories of their predecessors who perished 100 years ago – by a complication of wonderful Wingates Music which has delighted countless thousands of people since mid-Victorian times.

Wednesday, 21st December 1910 was unquestionably the darkest day in the history of the Lancashire town of Westhoughton, birthplace in 1873 of the nationally and international renowned Wingates Band.

At 7.50am on that fateful morning , a huge underground explosion at the Hulton Colliery Company’s Pretoria Pit resulted in the loss of 344 men and boys, in the third worst disaster in British coal-mining history.

Although its roots lay in the local Independent Methodist Chapel, (as Wingates Temperance Band), for the first 6 decades of its history, the majority of Wingates musicians earned their living deawn t’pit, as Westhoughton lay above rich seams of coal and cannel, and the town boasted no less than 30 pits in 1900.

Like most of the town’s organisations, the band was badly hit, losing 7 members, including the chairman, secretary and music librarian.

Whilst this cataclysmic event will never be forgotten (a memorial service is held each year on the anniversary of the explosion), the sad centennial ‘milestone’ in 2010 has brought tragedy into huge focus, with a plethora of commemorative events scheduled.

Arguably the town’s most-cherished cultural asset, Wingates Band has been anxious to play its part fully in these commemorations, which it will do in a diversity of ways.

However, complementing the publication of “Wingates Band & The Pretoria Pit Disaster”, which chronicles the band’s rise to fame, horrors of 1910, and the “Triumphs after Tragedy”, this album,, produced 95 years after band’s first ever recording, is the most appropriate way in which the members of Wingates Band of 2010 can honour the memories of their predecessors who perished 100 years ago – by a complication of wonderful Wingates Music which has delighted countless thousands of people since mid-Victorian times.

Musical Director: David Thornton

1.   Honest Toil William Rimmer
2.   Labour & Love Percy Fletcher
3.   Ben Byers Recollects  
4.   Gresford R Saint
5.   Ben Byers Recollects  
6. Abide With Me W.H.Monk arr. Mark Hart
7.   The Pitman JA Greenwood
8.   Deep Harmony Handel Parker arr. Newsome
9.   Ben Byers Recollects  
10.   Dead March in Saul Handel arr. William Rimmer
11.   Ben Byers Recollects  
12.   In Pitch Black Lucy Pankhurst
13.   Crimond Irvine arr. Peter Graham
14.   ‘1910’ (Poem) Brian Clare
15.   Wingates JA Greenwood
16.   The Pretoria Pit Disaster Norman Prince :Sung Tony Berry

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