Spreading the love with super sound of brass

The Leyland Band

The Leyland Band

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Lancashire Youth Brass Band will join Leyland Band as part of the ‘Romance in Brass’ show at Chorley Town Hall on Sunday, February 14.

The youth band (LYBB) will be featured on their own as well as performing joint items with Leyland as part of the Valentine’s Day special.

Leyland Band member Gary Westwood said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the young players of LYBB to share the stage with one of the 
top-10 ranked bands in the world, and we are thankful to the concert sponsors, Chorley Building Society, for making this possible.

“There are a number of ex-members of LYBB in Leyland’s current line-up so we are delighted to forge the relationship and hopefully inspire them to greater things in the future.”

LYBB was formed in 1960 with the aim of offering young musicians throughout Lancashire the opportunity to rehearse and perform a wide range of repertoire under the direction of experienced tutors and conductors.

Players are selected by audition and participate in a schedule of rehearsals, concerts, short courses and overseas concert tours.

Band members often progress into Britain’s finest bands and many study music in higher education, leading to musical careers.

Helen Minshall took over the role of musical director of the band in September 2015, and is concentrating on its development and improvement.

Plans for the next few months also include a weekend residential course, and the band’s inaugural performance at the National Youth Brass Band Championships at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester in April.

Tickets for Romance in Brass, which starts at 2pm, are £10 in advance, £12 on the door, £8 for patrons, and £5 for under-16s. Children aged under five can attend for free.

They are available from Electra Centre in Hough Lane, Leyland (01772 424372), and Malcolm’s Musicland in Chapel Street, Chorley (01257 264362).