Barnsley Brass - (Music Festival 2014)

Barnsley Brass

Thursday 25th September at 7.30pm

[This event forms part of our Music Festival for 2014]

Originally the band was formed in 1906 as the Birdwell & District Subscription Prize Band and became known as the Birdwell Brass Band. During the early 1950s, under the direction of Mr Winn Moore, members arranged that, as many came from Barrow Colliery, the band would become the Barrow Colliery Band. In the late 1960’s Mr. Frank Jaques was appointed as musical director and in a period of just five years the band moved from the 4th to the 2nd section.


The 80's were a time of great success for the band. Brian Dyson, Ken Johnson, Steve Sykes and John Hopkinson conducted the band to a series of contest successes. Aware that, in 1989 the mining industry in the area was in decline, John Hopkinson approached the Barnsley Building Society which was happy to support, and an agreement was made which gave the band financial stability and a new name - The Barnsley Building Society (Barrow) Band. The band achieved a hugely successful 2nd place at the 2010 Pontins contest.

Following this success, sponsorship was taken on by the Barnsley Chronicle newspaper which supported the band for two years. In 2012, the band became independent and adopted the name Barnsley Brass. The band continues, under the direction of William Rushworth, to provide local communities with high quality musical entertainment and we are delighted to be able to welcome them to Wentworth.


Tickets cost £7 (or £6 for concessions) and are available from Wentworth Village shop, or by contacting Richard Taylor on 01709 527713. 


Any unsold tickets will be  available on the door (subject to availability)