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Issue 5946

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Fun-packed Butlins weekend opens 2017 contest season

Thursday 29 September, 2016

The weekend of 13-16 January will see the 2017 brass band contesting season kick off in now traditional fashion at the Butlins Mineworkers Open National Brass Band Festival at the Skyline Resort in Skegness. In addition to over 80 bands being welcomed to the Lincolnshire coast resort, the fun-packed weekend will see performances by The Syd Lawrence Orchestra featuring Louis Dowdeswell, the British Philharmonic Orchestra Brass Ensemble and the defending champion Flowers Band, as well as the ever-popular Championship Section Entertainment Contest, hosted by BBC Radio 2’s Frank Renton.


 As previously announced, Championship and 4th section bands will play own-choice test-pieces, while the works chosen for the 2017 event are:

1st Section: Fantasy for Brass (Malcolm Arnold)

2nd Section: Inclusion (Paul Sharman)

3rd Section: The Lion and the Rose (Philip Wilby)

Speaking to BB about the weekend’s programme, Festival Director Steve Walker commented: “We are very excited at the prospect of bigger line-ups in the Championship and 4th sections this year. The free choice of test-pieces will not only make it easier for a lot of bands to attend the contest, but it will provide greater variety for the listeners and as a result we expect the demand for accommodation at the resort to be greater than ever. Prospective visitors should book early to avoid disappointment.”

Turning to the entertainment on offer during the weekend, Steve added: “The competitions, especially the Championship Entertainment contest hosted by Frank Renton, continue to be as popular as ever, but regular visitors to Skegness are used to even more and this year’s attractions will satisfy even the most eager fun-seekers! Included in the price of the weekend are fabulous accommodation, great food and attractions for families of all ages. Some of the music isn’t bad either and in the Syd Lawrence Orchestra, Louis Dowdeswell, the terrific British Philharmonic Orchestra Brass Ensemble and Flowers Band we know that our visitors will have yet another unforgettable weekend. Our hardworking organising team are all looking forward to it and can’t wait to welcome everyone to the 2017 Butlins Mineworkers Festival!”

Three-night stays at the Skyline Resort are available from £75 and can be booked by visiting www.visit butlins.com/BBF17 or by calling 0330 100 9 334.