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Championship Section Band.
Our aspiration is to foster the talent and education of our Members, provide quality entertainment to the community and to encourage the development of young and potential talent.
Blidworth Welfare Band is a brass band with mining heritage. We started out in the late 19th century as the Stanton Hill Temperance Band based in Sutton in Ashfield, the band later changed their name to the Stanton Hill Silver Prize Band until the coal industry paid an interest in brass banding in general. An alliance with the Teversal, Silver Hill and Sutton Collieries saw a name change for the band and it became the Teversal Collieries Band until the demise of those mines in the late 70’s which forced the band to relocate to Blidworth in 1980 and a name change to The Blidworth Welfare Band.
Over the years we have been supported by various companies, B J Mining, Homefires, local businessman George Aitken, Hopkins Solicitors and we now have an ongoing partnership with A W Lymn Funeral Services, we are extremely grateful for their help and commitment to the band and hope that it may continue.
Blidworth Welfare Band has established itself over the years to be an extremely successful contesting and concert band performing all over the country. Since 2009 the band, in National Competitions has been placed in the top 6 no less than 22 times. In that time the band has also progressed from 2nd section returning to the Championship Section in 2017 competing against some of the top brass bands in the country such as Black Dyke, Grimethorpe Colliery, Brighouse & Rastrick, Fodens, Carlton Main Frickley to name but a few.
Bolsover Festival of Brass is one of the leading Brass Band Entertainment Contests of today which for the last three years has produced a live-broadcast around the world to over 25,000 audience as well as its live capacity audience.
The event will commence at 9am running in two halls simultaneously.
There are five sections (Championship, First, Second, Third and Fourth) with 57 competing bands in two halls all performing a twenty minute programme of entertaining music with a featured soloist. The school boasts great facilities for audiences and bands alike. Each band being provided a 30 minute rehearsal room prior to their contest performance.
The event is held all on one level and is very accessible to all.
Catering and bar on site throughout the day and evening.
Tickets are available on the day on the door and are £10 Adult and £8 Concessions (under 16 and over 60). Children under 5 entry free.
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