Bude Metric Brass – and Voices – in Concert

Wadebridge Male Voice Choir and Bude Metric Brass have teamed up to present a charity concert at the Parkhouse Centre on Saturday 8th September. Entitled “In Concert” the Choir and Band are hoping to raise money for the BBC Radio Cornwall Phoenix Stroke Appeal.

The idea for the Concert came from Nigel Storer, who this year is the Grand Primo for the RAOB Lodge in Bude. “The programme of popular and classical music will appeal to everyone’s tastes”, said Nigel, “Whilst at the same time raising money for such a worthy cause.”

Wadebridge Male Voice Choir was formed in 1920 at the instigation of Mr Harry Woolcock and is one of the oldest choirs in Cornwall. It celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2010. Each year the choir gives many concerts to help raise funds for charities, both local and national. The choir’s repertoire includes traditional as well as contemporary and modern pieces. These prove very popular with audiences and choristers alike. This year the choir released their popular CD ‘Then & Now’ which will be on sale on the night.

Bude Metric Brass by comparison, is relatively new, being formed in 2003 by ten like – minded brass musicians – hence “Metric” in their title. Since then the band has grown and now has nearly thirty members, many of whom play with other Bands in the area, such as Holsworthy Town Band, St Gennys Silver Band, and Launceston Town Band.

This is their third autumn charity Concert; in previous years they supported the Stratton Hospital League of Friends. Each year in February the Band are joined by sixty other brass musicians from across southern England to stage “Band Together” which also raises money for Cornwall Air Ambulance and Breakthrough Breast Cancer; Band Together 5 is planned for 23rd February 2013.

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