Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Ironbridge Gorge Brass Band Festival Celebrates World Heritage Site 25th Anniversary

Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron: 16th and 17th July

This year, the Ironbridge Gorge Brass Band Festival will be celebrating the World Heritage Site’s 25th anniversary with a specially commissioned piece of music by British composer Matthew Hall. Taking place on the Green at the Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July, it will showcase some of the finest brass bands from Shropshire and surrounding counties.

The new composition will be introduced at the ticketed ‘Last Night of the Proms’ concert on the Saturday evening; pre-booking is essential. For the first time this year the event will also be held outside with proceeds donated to the Severn Hospice, which has been caring for patients with terminal illnesses in Shropshire, Telford and Mid Wales for over 20 years.

One of ten award-winning museums within the Ironbridge Gorge, the Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron site provides a fantastic venue combining plenty of space for the festival to grow, while retaining the intimacy and atmosphere which has made the event such a success since it began in 2005.

Saturday’s entertainment runs from 11am until 5pm starting with the Abraham Darby Band, while on Sunday events begin at 11.30am with the City of Wolverhampton Band and finishing with the Jaguar Land Rover Band at 5pm until 6pm. Other performers include the Porthywaen Youth Band; Wellington (Telford) Brass Band; Tongwynlais Temperance Band and many others. There will also be a bar and refreshments available to purchase.

The bands will perform in front of the Old Furnace where Abraham Darby first smelted iron with coke, an innovation that led to iron making on a massive scale changing the lives of millions of people.

The ‘Last Night of the Proms’ concert begins at 7.30pm; parking will be available at the museum and tickets priced at £10 per person can be booked online

http://www.ironbridgebandfestival.co.uk/  or call 07980 475335.

For more details visit http://www.ironbridgebandfestival.co.uk/ , while for information about other things to see and do nearby and accommodation suggestions see www.visitironbridge.co.uk.

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