Strike up the band

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SOMETHING a bit different is going on in the southside – for a very worthy cause.

King’s Park Brass is holding a concert which will hopefully raise a lot of money for Breast Cancer Care — the UK charity offering emotional and practical support to men, women and families affected by breast cancer.

The venue is King’s Park Church at 7.30pm on June 22, and the band will be conducted by Chris Bradley who is principal cornet player with one of Scotland’s top brass bands — The Whitburn band.

The gig will feature short sets from the youth band , conducted by Alan Pratt, and the junior band, conducted by Chris Mansefield.

And the evening will adopt something of an Olympic theme with two of John Williams’ best-known anthems Olympic Fanfare and Theme, writtent for the Los Angeles games and Olympic Spirit, penned for when Seoul hosted them.

Another highlight will be Peter Graham’s A London Celebration featuring old favourites A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, Maybe It’a Because I’m A Londoner and more.

King’s Park Brass is a traditional brass band based in the southside of Glasgow.

The band plays regular concerts in and around the city, often taking part in events to raise money for charity.

In addition to the main band, the organisation runs a youth programme, and two other bands, where tuition is provided free of charge to give children an opportunity to learn how to play a brass instrument.

David Peat, King’s Park Brass secretary and cornet player, said: “The idea for the concert came about after a small group of us played Christmas carols in support of a gift-wrapping service provided by Breast Cancer Care Scotland at Silverburn a couple of years ago.

“We were asked to repeat this but felt we could offer something more, a full summer concert featuring 50 to 60 players across the three sections of the band.

“We hope we can raise at least £1,000 on the night for the charity”.