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Lofthouse go mob handed in Leeds

It started with a street sweeper and a busker…

Lofthouse flash mob


Early Christmas shoppers in Briggate, Leeds were recently treated to a brass band ‘Flash Mob’ to launch BBC Radio Leeds’ ‘Week of Brass’.


Lofthouse Band and their street sweeping conductor Andrew Whitaker appeared out of the crowds to burst into playing, surprising the shoppers with an impromptu 15 minutes of music before disappearing once more.

The event was organised by BBC Radio Leeds as part of a special ‘Week of Brass’ which finishes this Friday (22nd November).

Raise awareness

During the week station hopes to raise awareness of brass banding in West Yorkshire as well as looking at its decline of as a popular cultural past time in the region.

Lofthouse was invited to kick off the week by organising the flash mob, with some of their players interviewed live on air.

Their youngest member, Adam Richardson, aged 13, featured on the Breakfast Show talking about his banding commitments and experience, whilst MD Andrew Whitaker was also interviewed on the Mid Morning Show with the band’s very own stand-up comedian, Dan Watson.

Lofthouse was invited to kick off the week by organising the flash mob, with some of their players interviewed live on air4BR

Tune in

Tune in to BBC Radio Leeds (92.4FM) all week with more highlights from Lofthouse on Thursday 21st November at 7.20am when James Whitaker, principal cornet and Hannah Lees, principal, will be speaking live on air.

To see a video of the flash mob please click here: http:/­/­on.fb.me/­I0NfAR

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