Band aims to get park in tune for sum­mer

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

ABRASS band en­thu­si­ast is hop­ing to bring back a sum­mer of fam­ily con­certs to a town band stand.

Louise Ren­shaw, who is the chair and mu­si­cal direc­tor of Macclesfield Youth Brass Band (MYBB), wants to or­gan­ise a se­ries if free con­certs to be held at the band stand at South Park and is hop­ing it will be­come a must-at­tend event for fam­i­lies on sunny af­ter­noons.

She has ap­plied for fund­ing through Aviva’s com­mu­nity fund­ing scheme and is urg­ing res­i­dents to vote in her favour and help her at­tain a £2,000 grant to­wards a se­ries of con­certs in 2016.

Louise said: “Peo­ple love a brass band and it’s a great fam­ily day out. They bring their own chairs and blan­kets and a pic­nic - last year peo­ple even brought gaze­bos - and it’s a re­ally nice fam­ily af­ter­noon out.”

The grant will en­able Louise to se­cure a se­ries of 10 con­certs and will go to­wards pay­ing for bands, the pro­mo­tion and ad­min­is­tra­tion of the events.

Louise added: “We want it to be­come a familiar thing again. We want peo­ple to say ‘lets go down to the park to­day, there might be a band on’, and have a fa­mil­iar­ity with the event. There are a cou­ple of con­certs a year on the band stand, but it is too of­ten left si­lent, so it will be nice to bring it back to life.

“It’s got great acous­tics and South Park is so well kept it is a shame not to get more peo­ple to use it.”

Louise is hop­ing to team up and run the events with S: Park a so­cial en­ter­prise com­pany set up by vol­un­teers at the park, who will help with man­ning the car parks and the events on the day.

Pete Thomp­son, chair of S:Park, added: “We be­lieve that there should be more go­ing on - events in the park with the pav­il­ion pro­vid­ing fa­cil­i­ties and ser­vices - and the con­cert se­ries would be a huge boost for us and the ten thou­sand peo­ple who live within a mile of the park.”

Get­ting the fund­ing is sim­ply a race to get the most votes, so the band is en­cour­ag­ing ev­ery­one in Macclesfield and in the wider mu­sic com­mu­nity to play their part and help make it hap­pen.

Go to com­mu­nity-fund. aviva.co.uk search for Macclesfield Youth Brass Band to vote. Vot­ing ends 30 May 2015.

Macclesfield Youth Brass Band will be giv­ing a flavour of things to come with a spe­cial per­for­mance at the Trea­cle Mar­ket on Sun­day, June 28.

●● Macclesfield Youth Brass Band are hop­ing to re­store sum­mer con­cerrs at the band stand at South Park

●● Lenses and a tri­pod found at a house on Wind­mill Street

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