Radio 2’s Young Brass Award 2017 -Finalists 

Freckleton Band’s rising star Soprano Cornet player James Nash has just been announced as a finalist in the Radio 2 Young Brass Awards 2017. The final will take place at the Royal Northern College of Music Manchester on Friday 21st April – presented live on BBC Radio 2 by Clare Teal and Frank Renton.The finalists will be accompanied by the current Northwest Area Champions, Fodens Band.


Good luck to James and the other finalists Ellena Newton, Siobhan Bates and Isobel Daws from all of us at Freckleton!

Brass at the Guild 2017

After an absence from the contest at Preston Guild Hall, the band returned to compete in the 1st section. Paul and the band  took the opportunity to perform the upcoming Northwest Area test piece Land of the Long White Cloud by Philip Sparke. We were pleased to be placed third, and now know what work still needs to be done before Blackpool with the adjudication of Mike Fowles. Congratulations to Marsden Silver and Oldham Lees for 1st and 2nd, and also the fine results from local bands in their respective sections.

Christmas All Wrapped-Up

The band’s busy season is almost at an end for this year culminating in our sell-out Christmas Concert at the Lowther Pavilion in Lytham last weekend. The band and junior band enjoyed playing, and hope the audience liked it too! Thanks to Tariq Ahmed for compering the concert for us and all the helpers who did great work behind the scenes to make it a success.

The band have been out carolling on the streets of Freckleton and will be out again on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day morning with the final carol and jingle bells at The Coach and Horses from about 1pm.

As the year draws to a close, the band would like to thank Kirby Mason Florists for loaning us a van to transport our equipment to the engagements, T R Snape Family Butchers for the famous tray of meat raffle prizes, all those in and around the village who have supported us, and to everyone who have come to see us play throughout the year.

Have a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.

Amanda Roocroft with B&R

Our euphonium player Anthony Roocroft has a talented and famous opera singing sister, Amanda, who will be taking part in Super Slow Way: A Rhapsody to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal with musicians including the Brighouse and Rastrick band and poet Ian McMillan. Amanda comes from a banding family and was a talented player herself before becoming a professional singer.