Brass band festival returns to Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron and Enginuity

By Culture24 Staff | 23 June 2010
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Event: Ironbridge Gorge Brass Band Festival, Saturday and Sunday July 10 and 11 at the Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron and Enginuity.

Now in its sixth year, the Ironbridge Gorge Brass Band Festival is returning to the Green at the Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron and Enginuity in July.

The free family event on Saturday and Sunday July 10 and 11 will showcase some of the finest brass bands from Shropshire and surrounding counties.

A ticketed ‘Last Night of the Proms’ concert will also take place on Saturday evening in the nearby Engine Shop in support of the Severn Hospice, which has been caring for patients with terminal illnesses in Shropshire, Telford and Mid Wales for 20 years.

With its combination of open space and industrial heritage the award-winning museum within the Ironbridge Gorge provides a fitting venue for the brass band weekend.

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.

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Open spaces and industrial heritage: Coalbrookdale provides the perfect setting for a brass band festival

Saturday’s entertainment runs from 11am until 5.30pm starting with the aptly named Abraham Darby Band, while on Sunday events begin at 12 noon with the Highley Colliery Band and finish with a Grand Finale from the award-winning Jackfield Elcock Reisen Band at 5pm until 6pm.

Other performers include the Porthywaen Silver Band, the Wellington (Telford) Brass Band and the Newport Town Band and many others. There will also be a bar and refreshments available to purchase.

A shuttle bus service will be in operation from Ironbridge to the Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron since there is no parking at the museum for festival goers during the day time, apart from Blue Badge holders.

The ‘Last Night of the Proms’ concert will begin at 7.30pm; parking will be available at the museum and tickets priced at £8.50 per person can be booked by calling Susan Palmer on mobile 07980 475335 or email susanpalmer123@tiscali.co.uk. For more details visit www.ironbridgebandfestival.co.uk.

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