Sparkling mix of brass and voices

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CHAPEL-EN-LE-FRITH Male Voice Choir and the famous Fairey Brass Players are to combine for a sparkling concert of brass and voices.

The Christmas concert at St John’s Church, Buxton, tomorrow (Friday, December 16), will involve festive carols, music and a Christmas sing-a-long, with complimentary wine and mince pie refreshments during the interval.

The Fairey Brass Players are a ten-piece ensemble of the Fairey Brass Band, English National Champions 2010. Led by Brian Taylor, they were a superb addition in the 2009 and 2010 concerts and the choir is pleased that they are returning this year.

Founded in 1937 by a group of employees at the Fairey Aviation Works in Stockport, the band achieved many musical successes under the brilliant direction of Harry Mortimer, their musical director for over 30 years.

Since those early days, the band has been 16-times British Open Champions and National Champions of Great Britain on nine occasions. Winners of the BBC ‘Best of Brass’ and Granada ‘Band of the Year’ titles add further touches of distinction to this famous band.

The choir, led by Roger Briscoe, will be performing a full programme of Christmas music, which will include Mary’s Boy Child, We Wish You a Merry Christmas and many more, and, as ever, will be accompanied by Buxton’s Andrew Cummings.

Tickets, priced £10 (£9 concessions), are available on the door, or in advance from Halls Mica Hardware, Market Street, Chapel-en-le-Frith; Hargreaves & Son Ltd, 16-18 Spring Gardens, Buxton; from Gary Mellor on 01298 812258, choir members, or through the contacts page of