Manea Silver Band putting on celebration of English music to raise funds for free classes

09:58 28 April 2014

Manea Silver Band.

Manea Silver Band.


A brass band is holding a concert to raise funds so it can offer free music lessons to children.

Manea Silver Band is putting on The Full English, a celebration of English music, at Manea Village Hall on Saturday.

The concert, which will feature singer Shannon Buckton, takes place in Manea Village Hall at 7.30pm.

The band has teamed up with Classics restaurant in Manea, who are offering an early bird menu of summery dishes before the concert.

Musical director Shaun Pope said: “With the World Cup looming, we wanted to get people in the mood for celebrating England.

“Through the ages, England has produced some of the best music in the world.

“Well-known English music, from proms to pop, always makes for a lively concert, but as usual we will be spicing things up even further. We have a few tricks up our sleeves to make sure the audience to get involved.

“The event will be fun and informal, and we’d encourage people to bring their own beverages to make it a really sociable event.

“Brass band music has a very strong tradition in the area. Manea Silver Band prides itself on taking a refreshing approach to concerts, to get people involved and keep that tradition thriving. We hope this concert will keep people talking about us.”

Band member Niki Bloom puts on free classes with Rhiannon Smart for aspiring musicians.

She said: “We are a registered charity so our mission is to make music more affordable and accessible to local children.

“We provide instruments but some off them are old and damaged so we need to raise funds so we can repair them and carry on providing free classes.”

Tickets are £5 each and are available at Classics restaurant or by calling Rhiannon on 07963 259984 or e-mailing They will also be available on the door.


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