Music in Neston


A revived and extended Neston Music Festival is being mounted by local volunteers and organisations who have come together to bring their normal attractions under a combined Neston Music Festival banner with some marketing and publicity promised by the Town Council.

The aim is to supplement the rich diet of home-grown musical talent already in the town with the opportunity to hear groups of musicians who often seem to pass us by.

Attractions so far confirmed include

Brownfield-Byrne Hot Six Saturday 14 April at the Civic Hall at 7:30

The winners of Rotary District Young Musicians of the Year. Friday 27 April at Neston Parish Church at 7:30

Lunchtime Organ Recitals  Saturdays 28 April (Parish Church), 5 May (Parish Church), 12 May (United Reformed Church) all at 12:30

Port Sunlight Orchestra Saturday 28 April at Parish Church at 7:30    Orchestra details here

Operatic Arias from Principals of Opera Viva Friday 4 May at Parkgate & Neston United Reformed Church at 7:30

David Palmer Baritone

Rhos Male Voice Choir Saturday 12 May at Parkgate & Neston United Reformed Church, Parkgate Road at 7:30

Sue Reid “Reid Between the Lines” Wednesday 16 May at St Thomas’s, Mostyn Square, Parkgate at 7:30

Fordante Classical Crossover Ensemble Friday 18 May at Neston Library at 7:30

Billy Thompson Gypsy Style violin Thursday 24 May at St Thomas’s, Mostyn Square, Parkgate at 7:30

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One of the most refreshing and innovative young bands playing in the UK today will be opening the  Festival on Saturday 14 April. The Brownfield Byrne Hot Six are appearing at Neston’s Civic Hall.  Doors and bar open at 7.00 pm for a start at 7:30 pm.  Organiser on behalf of sponsors Neston Civic Society, Clive Edwards said, “It’s something of a coup to get such a highly regarded band to come to Neston to start the festival.  They have a large following in North Wales and we expect tickets to sell quickly.  They go on sale next month at MyGiftPlace on Neston High Street and Age Concern, Neston Methodist Church.  All profits will be donated to Age Concern.”

Together since January 2012 the ‘Hot Six’ performs music by the likes of Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Fats Waller, early Duke Ellington and the John Kirby sextet.  Trumpet lead Jamie Brownfield has been voted ‘Rising Star’ in the British Jazz Awards. Saxophonist Liam Byrne is responsible for most of the band’s repertoire and writes all of the arrangements which tend to be re-imaginings of the classic jazz repertoire featuring tightly harmonized horns and guitar set against the rhythm section backdrop. The rhythm section combination of bassist Jim Swinnerton, guitarist Andy Hulme and Jack Cotterill on drums creates a really authentic and infectious swing feel while the talents of standout soloists, Jamie Brownfield and Tom Kincaid on piano can really energize and lift the band.  On this occasion they will be supported by new vocalist on the scene, Grace Williams.