One of the UK’s top-ranking brass bands is preparing for a visit to Prescot, Merseyside, to help celebrate ten years of the town’s annual arts and music festival.
Foden’s Band, which ranks number four in the country, will appear in the historic Lancashire town’s 17th-century Parish Church on Saturday 28 June.
The programme features tunes from the hit 1996 film Brassed Off, whose soundtrack included such standards as Jerusalem, Colonel Bogey’s March and William Tell Overture. Audiences will also enjoy a gala buffet, included in the £10 ticket price.
“We’ve long wanted to commemorate our first decade with a visit from a truly world-class brass band,” said Prescot Festival Artistic Director Dr Robert Howard.
“Foden’s proved its talent with an astounding double win in 2012, when they scooped both the National Championships and the British Open. We’ve no doubt the gala concert will be not only a highlight of this year’s programme, but a highlight of the festival’s history so far.”
The Prescot Festival of Music & the Arts runs from Friday 20 to Sunday 29 June, and features organist Professor Dr Ian Tracey, Centenary Theatre Company and big band Dr Jazz & the Cheshire Cats, among other performers.
Tickets are on sale from 1 May in person at The Wool Shop, Prescot, by phone to Ticketweb on 08444 771 000, or online at www.prescotfestival.co.uk.
More information about Foden’s Band, including high-resolution photos for media use, is at www.fodensband.co.uk/press.php