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Co-op to perform in Larbert

The Co-operative Funeralcare Band, Scotland’s most successful brass band of all time, will be coming to Larbert’s East Parish Church on April 9th to treat the locals to an evening of fine music-making. The band is one of Scotland’s oldest, formed originally in 1918 by workers of the CWS factories in Shieldhall, Glasgow. ‘The Co’, as the band is often affectionately known,  is Scotland’s most successful competing band by competition results and have recently been crowned Scottish Champions for the 33rd time.
The Co has been sponsored by the Co-operative in one form or another for nearly 100 years, and the relationships remains as strong as ever. Today the band is sponsored by the Funeralcare division of the Co-operative Group. This confuses some people. At one recent concert we were approached after the performance by a lovely and grateful lady, who remarked, ‘what a wonderful performance – and to think, you’re all undertakers!’ The band’s members are actually drawn from all ages and all walks of life. Among our ranks are a diamond dealer, a music teacher, an optician and a card shop owner.
The band will be performing in Larbert’s beautiful East Parish Church on April 9th, with an intriguing programme entitled ‘Brass through the Ages’. Throughout history brass instruments have been used to welcome, warn, entertain and signal. Today we hear might French horns blasting out the theme tune to Star Wars at the cinema, but back at Henry VIII’s court trumpets (or their equivalent) would have been used to sound the arrival of royal visitors and dignitaries. The band hopes to take the listener on a journey from these early days of brass, offering a potted history of brass instruments from Henry VIII right up to John Williams. You’ll hear a broad variety of music, by composers including Henry VIII himself, Wagner, Holst, and John Williams.
The Co band invites anyone looking for an evening of entertainment to join them at 7:30pm at the East Parish Church. Tickets can be bought at the door - £8 for adults, £6 for concessions. If you want to confirm your ticket early, you can call Chris Hamilton on 07857559846. Refreshments available.

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