BRASS BAND FESTIVAL
By Ann Evans
Photos courtesy of Ironbridge Gorge Museums
If you love the sound of a brass band, then you’ll be in seventh heaven this weekend if you head towards Telford in Shropshire.
The ever popular Ironbridge Gorge Brass Band Festival takes place on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th July, outdoors on The Green at the Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron.
Now in its 11th year, this free family event showcases some of the finest brass bands from Shropshire and the surrounding counties. With some 20 bands performing, it’s the largest, non-competitive brass band festival in the country.
Among those appearing over the two days are the Abraham Darby Brass Band, Llangollen Silver Band, Black Country Brass Band, Shrewsbury Brass Band, Wellington (Telford) Brass Band, Salopian Brass and the Vorsprung Durch Oompah, a traditional German beer festival band based in Shrewsbury.
The winning entry of the annual Nock Deighton Challenge for Young Composers will also be played during the daytime concerts.
Performances begin at 10.30am on the Saturday and continue until 5.30pm, while on the Sunday they take place from 10.30am until 6.30pm. Bar drinks and light refreshments will be available to purchase.
A ticketed charity gala open-air concert in aid of the Severn Hospice will take place on Saturday evening, 11th July from 7.30pm featuring the Jaguar Land Rover and Jackfield Elcock Reisen brass bands; covered seating will be provided, or take a blanket and enjoy a picnic on the grass.
Looking forward to this year’s Festival, Neil Fury, Chairman, said; “The Ironbridge Gorge Brass Band Festival is now established as one of the major events in the brass band calendar. I can say with confidence that it will be yet another spectacular weekend with regular bands returning plus some new ones too. The world famous Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust continues its support by hosting the event once again at the Museum of Iron, which is a very fitting venue.”
To book tickets for the charity evening concert, priced at £10 per person, call 07583 279 608; further information about the Festival can be found on www.ironbridgebandfestival.co.uk. Follow the Festival on twitter @ironbridgebrass.
The Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron is one of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust’s 10 award-winning museums in the Shropshire World Heritage Site, more details and directions can be found on www.ironbridge.org.uk. For other things to see and do and where to stay see www.visitironbridge.co.uk.