This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Trinity Girls Brass Band; the only all-female contesting brass band in the UK.
As part of the year of celebrations, the band presented a wide range of pieces from their repertoire at Edge Hill University’s Hale Hall last night (23 October) including classical overture, traditional brass band marches and well-loved tunes from stage and screen.
Edge Hill has a proud history of championing women and, just like the University, the band was the first organisation of its kind to be established solely for women and girls at the time where there were few similar opportunities.
Having such close synergy to the University’s historical roots, the band were invited by the Institute for Social Responsibility (ISR) to play as part of the University’s Festival of Ideas; a fortnight of presentations, talks and exhibitions.
Professor Helen Woodruffe-Burton, Director of Edge Hill’s Business School and an E flat bass player in the band, said:
“Brass bands have been involved in cultural activities since their inception and were responsible for introducing Western Art Music to the working classes by allowing workers to learn to play brass instruments and to perform arrangements of operatic and classical works to their peers, who would otherwise never hear this music.
“Brass bands have always been firmly rooted in their local community; playing for civic events, parades, processions, fetes, and other activities. Although brass bands have a truly national reach, their heartland has always been in the North of England.”
Aging from 17 to 65, and all hailing from the North West, the players meet regularly to continue the band’s ethos of providing opportunities for people to play brass instruments.
The band has competed in regional and national brass band contests, achieving significant success at regional level, winning third prize at the National Brass Band Championships in 2012, and qualifying for the finals in 2017.
Helen added: “The 25-person line up of a British Brass Band means that we can play just about anywhere, and it can be said that the band is both within the community and represents communities themselves.
“The band is inextricably involved in exchange, bringing musical opportunities to anyone who wants to learn, providing instruments, music and equipment, enriching lives, working with schools to teach children to learn to play, being an embedded part of local community culture and performing live to all kinds of audiences.”
More information about the Trinity Girls Brass Band can be found at trinitygirlsbrassband.org.uk
The University’s Festival of Ideas programme is continuing this week and includes a talk on ‘Mental Health, Complex Depressive Disorder’ with guest speaker ex-footballer Clarke Carlisle and an ‘In Conversation’ session with Liverpool-born actress Rita Tushingham. Find out more at https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/festival-of-ideas/programme/
Edge Hill offers a range of performing arts courses including music. To read more about the courses available and register for the open days in November, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/performingarts