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Pals remembered 100 years later

The famous Accrington Pals regiment has been musically remembered on the BBC, 100 years after they made the ultimate sacrifice.



The BBC North West ‘Tonight’ television Christmas programme broadcast has focused on the first Christmas of the Great War — 100 years ago this year, and as a major feature, the ‘Pals March’ was performed by the East Lancashire Concert Band.

Accrington Pals

In 1914, as the then Accrington Old Band, they led the newly recruited ‘Accrington Pals’ round the town and played as the Mayor took the salute in front of the Town Hall.

This music was originally composed in 1914 by Ralph Sanders for piano, and in February this year it was arranged for wind band by Nick Holme, principal trumpet with the current band.

Around the world

As their contribution towards to the WW1 Centenary Commemorations, the music has been made available free of charge to amateur ensembles and theatrical groups throughout the world—resulting in performances as far afield as Australia.

BBC programme

As part of the live half-hour programme (above), which was broadcast live from St. John the Evangelist Church, the spiritual home of the Accrington Pals, a number of Christmas carols were also performed.


Gateshead prepares for the entertainers to arrive

November 17 • The Sage Gateshead will host two days of world class brass band talent this weekend at the Brass in Concert Championship festival.


Trinity Girls look for new lead

November 17 • The successful musical partnership between conductor Ryan Watkins and Trinity Girls Band has come to an end.

Your Logo Here

Big, little, large or small for Your Logo Here

November 17 • It doesn't matter about the size or number for Your Logo Here — just ask and we can keep everyone feeling part of your banding team...


Welsh heavyweights join forces under one roof

November 17 • Cory and Tredegar renew their support for the Ty Cerdd organisation that helps promote and celebrate music making in Wales.

Walsall Brass Band - Willenhall Singers

Saturday 18 November • Sneyd Communnity Centre, Vernon Way, Bloxwich, Walsall. WS3 2PA

Rushden Town Band -

Saturday 18 November • Park Rd Baptist Church, Rushden, Northamptonshire NN10 0RW

Contest: Brass in Concert

Saturday 18 November • Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead NE28 2JR

Foden's Band - Morley Town Hall

Saturday 18 November • Queen Street, Morley LS27 9DY

Black Dyke Band - Waterford, Ireland

Saturday 18 November • Carriganore Arena, Waterford Institute of Technology Sports Campus tbc

Newstead Brass

November 18 • Bb Cornet (position negotiable). . Newstead Brass, established Midlands Championship section, have opportunity for an additional cornet player. Suitable for experienced player or someone looking to take the next step in their development.

Wakefield Metropolitan Brass Band

November 17 • FRONT ROW CORNET. SOLO TROMBONE. . The band have an exciting concert/contest/marching schedule ahead. We are looking for a committed front row cornet and solo trombone player to come and join us in the Yorkshire 1st Section! MD: Richard Larder.

Glossop Old Band

November 17 • SOLO TROMBONE. The Glossop Old Band Welcomes applications for the Solo Trombone Chair. The Band will be competing in the First Section as of 2018 and are looking to continue its progression back to the top levels of performance

Jack Capstaff

Bmus (Hons)
Conductor | Composer