Strike up the bands

THOUSANDS of musicians will be performing at hundreds of venues across the UK on Sunday September 25 to celebrate the 2011 Bandstand Marathon.

The event is part of the Cultural Olympiad and aims to bring life to public spaces as bands perform for free on bandstands and outdoor spaces all at the same time on the same day throughout the country.

In Cambridgeshire there are five events, two of which are in Fenland.

Chatteris Town Band will be playing at The Bandstand in Market Hill, Chatteris, between 2.30pm - 4.30pm but should the weather turn they will perform at the Salvation Army Fortress, East Park Street.

The bandstand in West End Park, March, is the venue for March Brass 2000 who will be performing between 2pm and 4pm. The band is a friendly family-orientated brass band with over 30 members ranging from nine to over 70 years of age. The band pride themselves on the wide genre of music they are able to adapt from a traditional march to a Sunday hymn tune or even a bit of modern pop music. The wet weather venue - March Centenary Baptist Church, High Street, March

Cllr Martin Curtis, County Council Cabinet Member with special responsibility for the Olympics, said: “With London 2012 less than a year away the excitement is building through events such as The Bandstand Marathon. Brass bands always seem uniquely British with the way their music can stir the emotion, so the idea of so many performing across the whole country is fantastic. I am sure anyone who goes along to take part and listen to the Bandstand Marathon will have a great time as we celebrate an important part of our culture.”