Nelson Brass News



It is with great regret that we report that Nelson Brass Band, originally founded in 1862, will cease to be an active band, from January 2020. The band have struggled with low player numbers for 6-7 years and now without any leadership the difficult decision has been made to end active service.


The assets will be packed and documented, and hopefully stored away until the time comes that someone fresh and energetic wishes to resurrect the band with such a long heritage. 

Should someone wish to take on this task we will add details how to do this as soon as we know.

March 2016

Nelson were proud to support Piping Hot Brass at a concert in Great Harwood, Piping Hot are a brass musical instrument training concept for children and families living in and around the Ribble Valley area of Lancashire. They are hoping to expand into the Pendle area, so if you have never played an instrument before, or are looking to start again after a long break check out their website here ...



December 2015

A big thanks goes out to all our players and everyone else who helped out with one of our busiest Christmas schedules yet ! The band raised a substantial amount of money that will go towards running costs of the band. A small break at the beginning of January and looking forward to a fresh start in 2016. Thanks everyone.



September 2015

Hard Faced Woman - Street Theatre

Nelson were proud to be part of a wonderful Street Performance for 3 dates in September, accompanying the Function Factory Theatre group on the performance based around Nelson Suffragist Selina Cooper.



July 2015

Trawden Garden Festival

Amid the beautiful Pennines, Nelson Brass entertained an appreciative audience outside the White Lea Head Club in Trawden as part of the annual Trawden Garden Festival. This year’s theme was Musicals. The band thrilled audiences with selections from, Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, Oliver, South Pacific, The Sound of Music, Beauty and the Beast, Carousel and many more.  



May 2015

The month opened with a very special engagement, the marriage of our Solo Euphonium player James Kendall to Karen at Mytton Fold. The Band played a Disney themed programme for the couple. James comes from a brass band family, mum plays cornet, dad plays soprano cornet and his sister also plays cornet. During the concert James stepped in to play Beauty and the Beast and his talented sister, Darwen Brass’ solo cornet, Laura played the beautiful solo Think of Me from Phantom of the Opera. A really nice day and the Band wish James and Karen a long and happy marriage.



December 2014

The band ended November playing in the centre of Nelson celebrating Lancashire Day and the Christmas Lights switch on. Old Lancashire favourites’ like “Matchstalk Men” and “She’s a Lassie from Lancashire”, were received with some enthusiastic applause from those gathered around The Shuttle, whilst most people were happy to wander around the stalls or play on the rides with the band playing in the background.

December was a very busy month for the band, carolling at our local supermarkets and at Boundary Mill. The band would like to thank, Boundary Mill, Morrison’s, Asda and Tesco for allowing us to play and collect there. We would also like to thank everyone who gave a donation. Carolling is a very important source of money to the band, as each year it costs thousands of pounds to keep the band going, as it says on the advert “every little helps!” Once again thank you all.

The band wish all our friends a Happy New Year and we hope to see you all in 2015.



November 2014

Remembrance Sunday

The band led the Remembrance Sunday parades in both Barrowford and Nelson.  The band is proud to support our local community in remembering the sacrifice of our men and women in the service of the nation.


Sadly, our secretary Jo Harrison has left the band. We would like to thank Jo for her commitment and dedication to the band, she will be sorely missed.



September 2014

Open Air Concert

Autumn the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness saw the band give a free open air concert for the people of Pendle. The concert on Waterside, Colne by the Admiral Lord Rodney was well supported by local people. The band gave the concert as a thank you to local people for their encouragement and support over the year.