Lincs: Best of brass returns to the Plowright

The East Yorkshire Motor Services Band plays live in Gainsborough this weekend. Picture: Ian Clowes
The East Yorkshire Motor Services Band plays live in Gainsborough this weekend. Picture: Ian Clowes

The East Yorkshire Motor Services Band (EMYSB), returns to the Plowright Theatre in Scunthorpe on Saturday night (25th July) at 7.30pm.

EYMSB has been a regular performer at the Plowright over the last few years, and have been encouraged to keep returning by its loyal and discerning fan base in the Scunthorpe area.

Based ‘over the river’ in Hull, but with several members from the Scunthorpe and Grimsby area, the band will be conducted by musical director Alan Morrison, the former cornet great with both Grimethorpe and Brighouse & Rastrick bands.

EYMS, having been hailed in some quarters as ‘the most entertaining band in the UK’, will put on a show which highlights melodies from stage, screen, charts and the classics, while not forgetting the needs of those who enjoy traditional brass band favourites.

Concert-goers can also expect to hear several of the band’s classy soloists.

It all adds up to a must-see show from the band, which formed in 1989 and quickly achieved a status which sees them today competing in the same sphere as bands with more illustrious history.

Recording with The Beautiful South and featuring on the BBC’s Songs of Praise are just two of the varied highlights in the band’s success story.

EYMS, the four-time North of England champions, are regular national finalists at the Royal Albert Hall, and this year have been invited to head to Perth for the Scottish Open competition in November, as well as compete in two major entertainment-style competitions.

Notable contest successes include winning the Senior Cup at Blackpool in 2002 and 2008, becoming the 2008 and 2009 Kippax Entertainment champions, and the kingpins in 2012 and 2013 at the Bolsover Festival of Brass.

EYMS toured Holland in 2007 and two years later visited Amboise in the Loire Valley to compete in the French Open Championships, winning the march contest.

In 2011 the band were awarded the Most Entertaining Band prize at the Butlins National Mineworkers Open Brass Band Festival.

Tickets are £10 (£8 concessions) on 0844 8542776, or www.scunthorpetheatres.co.uk.