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Whitburn excited for landmark anniversary concert with Mike Lovatt


Whitburn Band is preparing for a very special concert that has been on the cards for two years.

The Scottish Open champion celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2020, but the pandemic prevented the band from holding its planned anniversary concert with trumpet legend Mike Lovatt and several other events.

Instead, the band performed in an online concert - produced by Ryan Bradley - which featured Mike in action. Held in June, 2020, it was one of the first such online concerts by a British brass band.

When restrictions eased in Scotland in June, 2021, to allow brass bands to meet in-person once more, Whitburn spent the next few months preparing and performing at three competitions - the National Championships, the Dr Martin contest and the Scottish Open, with the band enjoying victories at the latter two.

Now, with restrictions eased once more in Scotland following the impact of the Omicron variant, more tickets are now available for the rescheduled concert with Mike Lovatt. It will take place on Saturday, February 5, at the Howden Park Centre in Livingston.

Charlie Farren, Whitburn Band’s President, said: “We are delighted that after two years, our 150th anniversary concert will now happen.

“We are very excited to mark this event in our home county of West Lothian, and we are also very excited to perform with Mike.

“It is sure to be a great night of music not to be missed.”

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