Rushen Silver Band travelled to Selkirk in the Scottish Borders on Saturday 3rd November to take part in the Borders Entertainment Contest. This was the first time that the Band had taken part in a contest in the UK.
In their programme the Band played an arrangement by Band MD John Kinley of local folk song Hunt The Wren, Euphonium Solo Varied Mood, Eventide (again arranged by John Kinley), and finished with a piece entitled I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free. The Band represented themselves and the Isle Of Man overall in a very positive manner, and were placed 2nd of the Fourth Section bands, and 15th overall across the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sections.
The Band would like to thank the Isle Of Man Arts Council for their support with the trip, together with all the members of the community in the south of the island who contributed towards the trip at one of the fundraising events that took place earlier in the year. Everyone in the Band would also like to thank their Musical Director John Kinley for his efforts; and to band members Martin Norbury and Chris Weldon for their work in organising the trip and registering the band respectively.
Rushen Silver Band now look forward to another busy December engagements schedule, starting with their own Christmas Concert (featuring the Meadowside Choral Society) on Saturday 1st December.