Summer of brass band music events to be held at Gorleston’s bandstand

Gorleston Bandstand

Gorleston Bandstand - Credit: Archant

Visitors to Gorleston seafront this summer will enjoy the sounds of some of the region's finest brass bands as part of the annual series of free-to-watch concerts, which starts in earnest this Sunday.

The programme, organised by Great Yarmouth Borough Council, is a series of unticketed concerts at Gorleston Bandstand, which aims to add to the traditional family holiday atmosphere that Gorleston is famous for, and to help showcase local musical talent.

Weather permitting, there are currently nine performances scheduled, between this Sunday and late August, with all concerts happening between 2pm and 4pm.

This year, Great Yarmouth Brass will be the resident band, playing on four separate occasions.

The music will kick-off with New Buckenham Silver Band on Sunday, followed on Saturday, July 22 with Great Yarmouth Brass, and on Sunday, July 23 by Taverham Brass Band.


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Great Yarmouth Brass will play again on Sunday, July 30 and Sunday, August 6.

There will then be performances from two touring bands hailing from outside of East Anglia: Loft House Brass Band, from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, on Sunday, August 13, and Hitchin Brass Band, from Hertfordshire, on Friday, August 18.

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Then on Sunday, August 20, local musicians will perform on the bandstand for the Gorleston Makes Music event, run by the Rotary Club of Gorleston-on-Sea. The programme will end in style with Great Yarmouth Brass on Sunday, August 27.

Barry Coleman, chairman of the council's economic development committee, said: 'These unticketed concerts really add something to the distinct atmosphere of Gorleston seafront, providing yet another reason to visit Gorleston and helping to support the borough's tourism economy.

'Listening to the 'oom-pa' of a live brass band on Gorleston seafront is the perfect way to spend a summer afternoon.'

Penny Gilbert, chairman of Great Yarmouth Brass, said: 'This is a fabulous opportunity for Great Yarmouth Brass.

'We feel very privileged to have been invited to be 'resident band' at our local bandstand.'

The programme of band performances is supported by the Rotary Club of Gorleston-on-Sea and Gorleston Pavilion Theatre.

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