About four times a year, in the region of Chat Moss, Leigh and Wigan a calling occurs. Something is in the water, there is a crackle in the air and those who are affected receive both an urge and inspiration through their bones, then begin to find themselves drawn without any apparent choice; converging to play for the amazing Chat Brass Band. Here is the photographic evidence…
Chat Brass is so named because it gave the first performance in The Chat Moss Hotel, in Chat Moss. Chat Moss is best known for being the place where Milliam Husskisson, the MP for Liverpool was run over on the maiden journey of Stephenson’s ‘Rocket’ and so became the world’s first ever railway victim!
It is 12 months since Chat Brass got together and gave a concert in St. Joseph’s church. A certain amount of success was achieved one that occasion. This year we were giving another concert in St. Joseph’s Hall on Chapel Street on Monday 25th May at 2:30.
We do this on a voluntary basis and any monies made at this event go to the upkeep of St. Joseph’s Hall. A venue that is used by many local people.
Chat Brass have no set musical philosophy or pre-determined musical genre. We are brass players from far, wide and various backgrounds who are motivated by a desire to take on the classics of the genre to the highest standards and play with a smile. We never rehearse, we just all convene and perform concerts.
The group grew out of a desire to play serious music three years ago and such was the success the group has attracted a growing number of players from the professional sector, military and famous brass bands to get together, playing great, ambitious programmes, display technical wizardry and discerning musicianship for their own and the audiences delectation.
It is also a good laugh!
The group have a regular core of key players who help to organise the concerts, this is done purely for the love of making music and the friendship it engenders.
Anyone from the Brass fraternity and the local community are always welcome to come along and support… there is always a bar, refreshments, food and ticketing guarantees you a seat which is allocated on a first come first seat basis. Everything is informal and intimately relaxed … so you can enjoy a pint at the same time as being entertained.
The stage is set as we begin to convene. With so many august ensembles sharing representation, it comes as no surprise that a power struggle ensues when Chat Brass meet. Here are Toby Bannen (Cory Band), Chris Morley (RLPO and Greenalls) and Wingates legendary Principal Cornet Andy MacDonald taking their places on the dance floor for the fight! All proudly displaying their famous band badges. Nancies!Chat Brass – 25th May, 2.30pm, St Joseph’s Hall, Leigh.
Le Domino Noir
Facilita – (Brendan Ball)
U&I – (Brendan & Simon Cowen)
Don’t You Make My Brown Eyes Blue – (Chris Morley & Beth Dilworth)
Hat Trick – (th’orns)
Olympic Fanfare & Theme
Tico-Tico – (Emma Crossley Xylophone)
Summon the Heroes – (Brendan Trumpet)
Concerto De Aranjuez – (Dave Moore Flugel)
The A Team
Lark in the Clear Air – (Ian Twiss)
Hymn to the Fallen
Tuba’s Holiday – (The Basstie Boys)
Procession to the Minster
Encore – Floral Dance
Chris Morley, above, played a scintillating duet with Wingates Flugel star Beth Dilworth (left). Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue was a magical moment.
The personnel for this august occasion
Tony Wyatt – Maestro
The Sopranos – Ian Twiss & Hege Øvrebø
Repiano – Brendan Ball
Solo Cornets – Andy McDonald, Rick Cowen, Allen Gustafson, Hannah McKenzie, Lynne Daniels,
2nd Cornets – Emma Johnson, Stuart Peacock,
3rd Cornets – Carole Morris, Sandra Ball
Flugel – Dave Moore, Beth Dilworth
Th’orns – Chris Morley, Jane Moore, Sue Mc Donald, Kate Turner
Baritone – Tilly Tompkins, Tony Hodgetts, Jane Street
Euphonium – Phil Boardman, Paul Andrews,
Trombones – Simon Cowen, Jimmy Kitchen, Amanda Stewart, Jimmy Ball,Adrian Morris
Basses – Toby Bannan, Ryan Breen, Lee Dunkley, Mike Johnson, Grenville Moore
Percussion – Emma Crossley, Patrick Connelly.
Such occasions work up a strong thirst! So, over the road to The White Lion to achieve an advanced state of refreshment on the wonderful array of Allgates beers that landlord Harry knocks out at £2.00 a superb pint!