Band celebrates a double century

nbua-05-07-12-ents-newmillsband- New Mills Band celebrated their 200th anniversary at the weekend with a concert in High Lea Park. Photo contributed.
nbua-05-07-12-ents-newmillsband- New Mills Band celebrated their 200th anniversary at the weekend with a concert in High Lea Park. Photo contributed.

NEW Mills Band celebrated their 200th anniversary with a special concert in the town’s High Lea Park on Saturday.

Brass band enthusiasts came from near and far for the concert and even the rain didn’t dampen their enthusiasm.

And the band was in great spirits, having received a letter from the Queen congratulating them on their achievement of 200 years’ continually performing.

The day started with 70 players from New Mills, Thornsett and Chapel Town Band playing in unison under the baton of Richard Evans. And it was a colourful sight to see with concert jackets in blue, red and green.

The concert was also the premiere of ‘Excelsior’ a piece of music composed by Paul Lovatt-Cooper to celebrate the Bicentenary and kindly donated to the band by Toby Hardwick who raised the money to pay for the piece.

The three Musical Directors Brian Cox (New Mills) Aiden Howgate (Chapel Town Band) and Matt Gee (Thornsett) worked hard to pull all the three bands together to make the day special.

During the interval the audience were entertained with a chainsaw carving demonstration, Stockport Bee Keepers and many craft stalls.

Afterwards, they were treated to a fantastic arrangement of traditional and modern pieces played by the world famous Fairey Band, who are celebrating their 75th year.

The special concert was completely free thanks to the generosity of many organisations and individuals including The Co-operative Stockport & Macclesfield Area Committee, Derbyshire County Council, New Mills Parish Council and Carnival Committee, Buxton Water, Jimmy Hagan for the PA and music during the intervals, friends and family of the band who donated bottles and raffle prizes, and the audience who donated £930 via collection buckets.

New Mills Band would like to thank everyone for their support during such a momentous year.

lThe next free concert is at New Mills Town Hall on September 8 in the presence of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.