Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland to bring Wind Orchestra Extravaganza to Saddleworth

ENJOY A unique Wind Orchestra Extravaganza put on by The Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, Saddleworth School Concert Band and Salford University Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

The special event will be held on Friday, March 31 at Saddleworth School, starting at 6pm, and is free.

The Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, conducted by Major David Barringer, performs regularly at state, ceremonial and public events across the country.


Garrath Beckwith, head of music at Saddleworth School, has organised for them to come along to play on the special occasion, alongside musicians from Salford University.

He explained: “Over the past six months I have been in close discussions with Brett Baker, the Programme Leader for Musical Arts at the University of Salford, about forging a musical relationship that will benefit young musicians of Saddleworth School as well as the aspiring musical professionals of the University of Salford.

“The idea is that Saddleworth School musicians will be able to benefit from the University students’ musical knowledge and experience in order to progress as performers, while students from the University of Salford are able to develop and further experience instrumental coaching and tuition in a live capacity.

“The Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland are holding performance workshops at the university on Friday, March 31 and myself and Brett Baker thought it was a fantastic opportunity to bring together three different tiers of music making.

“To bring these three ensembles together on one night for a FREE concert is a really great thing for the Saddleworth area. It promises to be a really enjoyable evening of great music making.

“Following the success of the visit of the Guards Brass Ensemble during the last academic year I am certain the Wind Orchestra Extravaganza will be equally successful.”

On the Friday, music staff, student conductors and instrumentalists from the University of Salford will visit Saddleworth School.

They will carry out sectional rehearsals and coach young instrumentalists before they observe and guide students in their final rehearsal before the early evening concert.

Saddleworth School Concert Band and The University of Salford Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform each perform a segment in the first half of the concert.

Then the Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland will perform the entire second half of the concert.

Tickets are FREE and available by emailing Garrath Beckwith:


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