Whitburn Band: Linlithgow Arts Guild

Whitburn Band: Linlithgow Arts Guild


2 September 2023    
19:30 – 21:30


Linlithgow Academy
Braehead Road, Linlithgow, West Lothian, EH49 6EH
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Whitburn Band has performed throughout the UK and across Europe for many years. As well as the competition band the organisation also features the Whitburn Heartlands Band, Youth Band and Wee Band.

The Band was formed in the heart of the coal mining area of West Lothian in 1870 and originally served as an outlet for members of the mining community to perform at local parades and gala days. Its first major contesting impact came in 1954 when it became the first Scottish band to secure a National title by winning the Third Section competition in London.

Progression to the Championship Section followed, and in 1968 Whitburn won its first Scottish Championship title. Success continued during the early 1970s, but following the appointment of Major Peter Parkes in 1978 Whitburn dominated the Scottish brass band scene and became regular prizewinners in the major band contests in England. It made regular broadcasts and performed in many of the finest concert halls in Europe, and in 1990 the band was runners-up at the European Brass Band Championships.

Whitburn Band has been Scottish champion 22 times in its history. The band continues to make a significant contribution to cultural life in Scotland, performing regularly at major events such as Scotland’s international rugby games, where television audiences numbering in the millions hear Whitburn perform the national anthem of Scotland’s opponents. Whitburn has also performed at Celtic Connections and at the Edinburgh International Festival in the past few years.

The conductor and Musical Director is Professor Nicholas Childs.

Tickets: £16, U26 £6, Children free. Also included in Linlithgow Arts Guild Season Ticket