Feb 06

Whit March’s preparation is full steam ahead.

Every year all of the bands that enter into the famous whit marches are faced with choosing two marches to play. One is the contest march that they will play on the bandstand and be adjudicated on, the other they will play as they march to the bandstand.  After much deliberation Belle Vue Brass Bands MD Mr Martin Moyse has chosen the marches that we will be playing this year (2018) the  marches are, New Colonial March (contest march) and Westward Ho (march to the bandstand).

Work has started already on both of the marches and they are both coming along very nicely indeed. We  were very privileged to  have  Mike Lyons who is a very experienced player,  composer, conductor and adjudicator visit the band on Monday the 5th of Feb to listen to the band and give his opinions and advice to us. His comments and guidance were very much valued and it was fantastic to hear him comment that the New Colonial March was “almost good”! Praise indeed coming from an adjudicator!

The New Colonial March was composed by Robert Browne Hall.  Westward Ho was composed by Edwin Firth.

Of course Belle Vue Brass are always keen to hear from players who are looking for a permanent seat in a local band or indeed who are looking for a band to play with for the Whit Marches. If you are interested in playing with Belle Vue Brass please call the band manager, Matt on 07853916788 or email  our Musical Director, Martin Moyse at martin.moyse@yahoo.co.uk

 

 

Dec 20

Christmas Carols at the Woodthorpe inn 2017

Many thanks go toJoseph Holts Brewery who share our Bands Badge for allowing us to play at the Woodthorpe, Bury Old Road, Manchester. The evening was a great success with many lovely comments from the patrons of the inn.

We are very much looking forward to our first engagement of the new season at Buxton Pavillion Gardens.

Click here to watch Belle Vue Brass at the Woodthorpe inn Christmas 2017

Dec 05

Christmas Carols at the Griffin inn, Heald Green

On December the 4th 2017 the members of Belle Vue Brass band visited the Griffin inn, in Heald Green to play a selection of Christmas Carols for the patrons of the inn.

Due to crossed wires somewhere along the line the management of the inn were not expecting us to turn up on the night so were somewhat shocked when we did! However even though the inn was fairly busy the management managed to find us a corner of the inn to set up in for which we were very grateful indeed. The conditions were certainly not ideal at all with some players on tall bar stools, others on chairs, some standing, and some almost sat on each others laps, but we made the most of what space was available to us and the band played on regardless.

The band played two half hour slots with a good selection on carols from the good old “Christmas Praise” music books under the baton of our MD, Martin Moyse. While we were playing Amanda Greaves  took the collection tin around the tables and collected donations from the inns clientele, and I have to say she did an fantastic job of this, thank you Amanda. Importantly the band played very well and sounded fantastic, indeed we received some lovely compliments from members of the public and even some people asking about the band and showing an interest in both learning to play and in one case returning to playing!

All in all a very successful evening indeed, again thanks go out to the Griffin inn, in Heald Green for accommodating the band even though they were not expecting us! Amanda for collecting donations as well as playing Flugel, and of course all the musicians from Belle Vue Brass who played so well….

Nov 14

November 2017

November 2017 has seen the appointment of Martin Moyse as the new bands Musical Director, his first position as an MD. Martin has big plans for the band which will and has involved a lot of change over the coming months.  Since he has been in the seat we have been working very hard at rehearsals on the marches and hymns for the Reddish Remembrance Sunday parade which tool place on the 12th of November. We received a lot of compliments on the bands playing and have already been booked to play at the parade in 2018. With the Remembrance parade out of the way we are now working on a Christmas program of the normal carols as well as some new and old set pieces ready for playing out in the coming weeks (check out our events and calendar pages if you would like to come and listen to us).

In the new year Martin is going to be putting a new pad of music together for the 2018 with some popular traditional band pieces, some new pieces and even some he has arranged himself. We are always keen to hear from players who would like to join the band and even players who are visiting the area and would like to join us for a blow on one of our rehearsal evenings (for details please check out our contacts page).

 

Mar 21

Belle Vue Entertained With A Well Rounded Programme At Boarshurst

DSCF4582For brass band fanatics of a certain age, Belle Vue means The Showground of the World. It conjures up images of the zoological gardens, its fairground, and the King’s Hall. Which, thanks to John Henry Iles, set the foundation for the National Brass Band Contests.

Sadly, the Belle Vue we know and love today lacks the zoo and amusement park, not least the legendary King’s Hall. Flying the flag for brass banding in East Manchester is Belle Vue Brass Band whose second visit in the last 12 months was well received.

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Feb 21

Fundraiser

wf_2013_carbrook.jpgCome and dance the night away at Reddish Conservative Club, Westbourne Grove, Reddish , Stockport SK5 6UD
Friday 29th February 8pm start in aid of our Whit Friday Coach Fund 2016.

Live music and entertainment. For more information contact Matt on
on 0161 304 7078

Feb 21

Help Raise Money For Our Band

Belle Vue Brass logoYou can help us raise much needed funds by signing up at easyfundraising.org.uk.

All you have to do is follow the link below and just follow the instructions.

http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/bellevuebrassbandestablished2005/?t=Easyfundraising-lo&v=a&=

Jan 05

Welcome Two new Players

Brass valvesBelle Vue Brass Band welcomed 2 new players Mark Wilbourne & Geoff who have both joined us in our cornet section. Welcome!

Nov 20

Belle Vue Brass On the Gravy Train in Nov 2005

snapshot.jpgBelle Vue Brass band were in the right place at the right time when a chance encounter with a film crew resulted in members starring in a television advert.

Belle Vue Brass, which was formed in January 2005, was playing outdoors at Gorton Market to raise funds.

 

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