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Whitburn’s virtual performances recognised by STV, BBC Radio 2 DJ and Classic FM

The virtual performances of Whitburn Band have been recognised by BBC Radio 2 DJ Ken Bruce, Classic FM and STV.

The Scottish Open champion published six new performances over the festive season, as the West Lothian band continued to play during this difficult period for all musicians.

Whitburn’s performance of Leroy Anderson’s A Christmas Festival was shared by BBC Radio 2 legend Bruce on Twitter.

He said: “Here’s something to lift your mood this week from the fabulous @whitburnband I appeared with them on @BBCTwo Best of Brass many years ago! They’ve survived it well.”

As the DJ highlights, he used to introduce Whitburn’s performances on the television contest programme in the 1980s when Whitburn was conducted by Major Peter Parkes.

The band then received another major boost on Saturday, January 2 when Classic FM shared Whitburn’s performance of ABBA Goes Brass by Alan Fernie on their Facebook page.

That share has brought Whitburn to a new audience of fans, and attracted comments - and tens of thousands of views - from around the world.

A few days later, ABBA was featured as an ‘and finally’ item on STV Scotland’s Tonight - one of the main current affairs programmes on Scottish television.

Both performances were produced by the band’s acclaimed percussionist Ryan Bradley.

Whitburn has published 39 virtual performances, interviews, solos and pieces from the archive since the start of the pandemic and will continue in 2021, starting off with the Cory Online Contest.

You can watch all of Whitburn’s performances, including A Christmas Festival and ABBA Goes Brass, on the band’s Facebook and YouTube pages.

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