Sat 05 Mar 2022
After a week of engaging rehearsals, Silk Brass put on a great show at the North West Regional Brass Band Championships in Blackpool last weekend.
Performing Gilbert Vinter's difficult work 'Spectrum', judges Alan Morrison & Glyn Williams commented on the band's 'Tight ensemble playing and good dynamics', that the 'music flows nicely and is well shaped', and that the band 'has swagger and you capture the essence so well.'
Many thanks to our MD Tony Wyatt for keeping the band on track and finding so much music amongst the notes.
Unfortunately, after all the rehearsals our principal cornet Ben Bradley didn't actually make it on to the stage on contest day! However, we will forgive him as his partner (and band member) Alannah went in to labour, and they are now proud parents to Louis George Bradley. Congratulations to both Ben and Alannah!
Sun 28 Nov 2021
It was wonderful to be able to share our first proper concert in close to two years, due to the covid pandemic, on Friday night with the good folk of Bosley.
An appreciative audience turned out (even with storm Arwen turning the air cold and windy) to hear the band’s welcome return to Bosley Church with a programme of band favourites and Christmas classics to herald the start of the festive season.
To listen to the band in action from that concert then follow the YouTube link below.
The programme was :
March ‘Le Reve Passè’
Swedish Folk Song
A Christmas Festival
Away in a Manger (Cornet soloist Ben Bradley)
The Christmas Song
Sun 12 Sep 2021
Covid restrictions stopped all brass banding in its tracks early in 2020. During the restrictions the band kept in touch with regular zoom quizzes, online events and by creating our two Lockdown Video Performances, but we are pleased to say that we have been back in the band room rehearsing (with social distancing) for the last couple of months and are looking forward to getting out there and playing for the public once again.
Look through our Concerts page to see where and when you will be able to hear the band perform again.
Hope to see you all soon!
Thu 01 Oct 2020
Silk Brass and Musikkapelle Lermoos have a long and valued friendship.
We are each regular visitors to Macclesfield and Lermoos alike.
In these challenging times, we felt it would be a fabulous opportunity to showcase that, even though travel is not easy at the moment, we are still able to continue reinforcing those strong bonds between our two bands and our two communities.
We hope you enjoy 'Mein Tirolerland'Open YouTube video
Tue 28 Apr 2020
With Covid-19 shutting down much of day-to-day life, the band has been hard at work creating an isolation recording from their own homes.
The players all recorded and filmed their own parts using iPhones, laptops... whatever they had to hand, and sent them to the band's video guru Stephen Bridgehouse (BBb Bass) and and audio specialist Adrian Horn (Bumper Up) to produce this great recording of 'Hey Baby'
Enjoy!Open YouTube video
Tue 02 Apr 2019
On 9th March, the band took part in a joint concert with the Macclesfield Youth Brass Band, organized by the Rotary Club.
The concert took place in our favourite venue of St Michael’s Church in Macclesfield in front of a capacity crowd.
The first half featured a medley from Silk Brass followed by MYBB running their programme for the upcoming National Youth Brass Band Championships. “Repton Fantasy” is a piece inspired by the writing of the great children’s author Roald Dahl (Dahl was a pupil at Repton School in the 1930s).
The bands came together for a second half of big band music which really seemed to go down well with the audience and featured Silk’s Andy Durber on Bass Trombone playing “Minnie the Moocher” and Ella Banks (of Silk and MYBB) playing “Cry me a River”.
The concert was a great advert for both bands and we hope to be able to repeat the concert next year.