The rich history of the brass band movement recently enjoyed a moment in the media spotlight with an excellent mini-feature about Besses o' the' Barn Band on the Radio 3 'Essential Classics' programme.
It was presented by Kate Romano as the 'musical time traveller' who looked through the historical lens of Joseph Hampson's famous 1892 book about the north west band situated between Manchester and Bury which had just won the British Open title under Alexander Owen.
One of the oldest brass bands in the world, at the time of the publication they were perhaps at the very peak of their contesting powers4BR
One of the oldest brass bands in the world, at the time of the publication they were perhaps at the very peak of their contesting powers.
Click on the link below for Radio 3 today Essential Classics and go to 1.09 into the programme.