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Funeralcare preview — but its free and full of life too!

Co-operative Funeralcare Band North West is hosting its popular Area test piece night — so nothing to worry about and its free — so get along!

  Co-operative Funeralcare Band North West Band will host the Area Preview Night.

Co-operative Funeralcare Band North West has arranged its fourth annual 'Area Preview Evening' in the Studentzone at Manchester Metropolitan University's Cheshire Campus.

The free event will take place on Saturday 18th February from 7.30 — 9.15pm and will feature five bands performing the forthcoming Area test-pieces. With proactive support of Manchester Metropolitan University the vent has become a great success

Free night out

Jef Sparkes, Musical Director for the Co-operative Funeralcare Band North West told 4BR: "This year's contest pieces are very enjoyable listening. Two Crewe bands will be performing, so we hope local band lovers will take advantage of a free night out.

Admission and parking are also free, and there is no need to book. The bar will be open from 7.00pm and the music starts at 7.30pm prompt."

Participating bands:

Championship Section: Co-op Funeralcare Band North West (Pageantry)
First Section: Bollington Brass (Land of the Long White Cloud)
Second Section: Crewe Brass (Rhapsody in Brass)
Third Section: Audley Brass (Darkwood)
Fourth Section: Rode Hall Silver (St Andrew's Variations)


The venue is the Studentzone, Manchester Metropolitan University's Cheshire Campus, Crewe Green Road, Crewe CW1 5DU.

National trophies

2018 National Finalists confirmed

March 19 • The list of bands who will challenge for National honours in the autumn is now complete following the last round of 2018 Regional contests on the weekend.

Friary Guildford

Result: 2018 London & Southern Counties Regional Championship: Championship Section

March 18 • Frairy Guildford make it four wins in a row as they retain their top-flight title and are joined at the Albert Hall by Thundersley.


Result: 2018 London & Southern Counties Regional Championship: Fourth Section

March 18 • Bradwell Silver strikes gold to take Fourth Section title and head to Cheltenham alongside Regent Community Brass and Great Yarmouth Brass.


Result: 2018 North of England Regional Championship: Championship Section

March 18 • NASUWT Riverside makes it a North of England Area double as they head back to the Albert Hall as champions again with Reg Vardy in tow.

Black Dyke Band - The Hawth, Crawley

Sunday 18 March • The Hawth, Hawth Ave, Crawley RH10 6YZ

Contest: Welsh Regional Championships

Sunday 18 March • Brangwyn Hall, The Guildhall, Swansea SA1 4PE

Contest: London & SC REgional Championships

Sunday 18 March • Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Lytton Way, Stevenage SG1 1LZ

Contest: North of England Regional Championships

Sunday 18 March • The Gala Theatre, 1 Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA

Black Dyke Band - Mirfield Parish Church

Thursday 22 March • Mirfield Parish Church, 38 Church Lane, Mirfield WF14 9HX

Knaresborough Silver Band

March 19 • Knaresborough Silver Band are looking for percussion players to join them following their recent success in the Areas 3rd section gaining our 3rd Cheltenham invitation in the last 4 years. We rehearse on Tuesday evenings @ 7.30pm.

East Yorkshire Motor Services Brass Band

March 19 • The EYMS Band has an immediate vacancy for a first class Solo Euphonium Or Solo Baritone. With The Grand Shield on the horizon and a sensible concert schedule we are looking for a talented individual to join this experienced section.

Chinnor Silver

March 19 • We are sadly loosing one of our award winning bass team soon(best basses award at areas) so we are looking for a Bb BASS . Good book of contests and concerts planned including butlins . We rehearse on Wednesday in our own bandroom

John Maines

BA (Hons)
Presenter, compere and conductor