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Soundhouse Brass, Plymouth’s award-winning brass band, will be playing live concerts on the city’s historic waterfront in Sutton Harbour this summer.
Every Thursday evening in August, Soundhouse Brass will be performing on the harbourside in the heart of Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City, for visitors and locals alike to enjoy.
The band will play two 45 minute sets from 7.30pm until 9.15pm, with a 15 minute interval, performing a varied programme including marches and popular musical arrangements.
Bob Yates, Chairman of Soundhouse Brass, said: “We are extremely excited to be performing on Quay Square alongside Plymouth’s famous waterfront. Sutton Harbour provides a superb location and a stunning backdrop for live performances and we hope to add to the wonderful atmosphere.
“This is a great opportunity for Soundhouse Brass to showcase the skills and talent of our musicians and ultimately entertain tourists, visitors and our local community. We are looking forward to performing in a central location and where could be better than by the water and near the Barbican – Sutton Harbour is the perfect place.”
Based in Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City, Soundhouse Brass is of First Section National Standard and was formed over 90 years ago. Originally called the Plymouth City Mission Band, the ensemble has had numerous name changes but became Soundhouse Brass in 2002, following a move to a purpose-built music facility in The Soundhouse at Tor Bridge High Community College in Estover.
Bob added: “Soundhouse Brass currently has more than 70 members ranging in age from 7-79 years in our senior band and youth academy. We are a contesting band and regularly compete across the South West. Our senior band has recently been promoted to the First Section and our Training Band has swept the board in local competitions during recent years. We are also proud that members of our youth academy are now integrated members of the senior band – the band is really on the up.”
Soundhouse Brass is a registered charity and is developing a successful youth academy, which sets out to encourage and nurture the next generation of brass players and their enjoyment of music and brass banding.
The Sutton Harbour summer performances will be weather dependant, and free for all visitors to enjoy, with a collection taken for band development funds.
Philip Beinhaker, Executive Chairman of Sutton Harbour Group, said: “We are delighted to welcome Soundhouse Brass to Sutton Harbour for a series of concerts to be held throughout August.
“Footfall increases in the evenings as many people come to Plymouth’s harbour for a walk, drink or evening meal and we are confident this impressive ensemble will add to the harmony and energy of the harbour, with live music performances making the visitor experience in Sutton Harbour even more enjoyable. We plan to stage events such as this more regularly on Plymouth’s historic waterfront, especially in the run-up to the Mayflower 400 celebrations when the harbour will be particularly busy with visitors.”
You can learn more about Soundhouse Brass at www.soundhousebrass.co.uk/ or follow the band on Facebook at @PlymouthSoundhouseBrass and on Twitter @PlymouthSHBrass
Pirates Weekend Plymouth – Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 May 2019
Ahoy there me hearties! Get ready for a swashbuckling day of fun enjoying the best of the high seas in Britain’s Ocean City as this award-winning event returns for another year. Enjoy an adventure-filled day out for the whole family as you wander the streets of the Barbican and Sutton Harbour.
Two tall ships, The Phoenix and Grayhound, will be docked in Sutton Harbour for you to hop aboard and hoist the main sail! Watch out for arch-enemies Jonty Depp and Captain Barbossa roaming the streets, meet the magical Madame Galleon and be enchanted by Melody the Mermaid.
There’s plenty more entertainment too, with puppeteers, stilt walkers, storytellers, displays and a programme of shanty bands to enjoy. Children will love the Giant Octopus soft play on The Parade, or getting creative with arts and crafts activities.
The Sutton Harbour lock footbridge is expected to reopen tomorrow Good Friday – 19 April.
The one tonne bearing has been successfully fitted by a local company. Following installation, full testing has been carried out by expert teams effectively and safely, with the lock remaining open to marine traffic for the majority of this time.
Plymouth City Council commissioned the repairs, which involved a complex engineering project with a bespoke bearing manufactured in America after local engineering companies turned down the commission.
The repairs have been jointly funded by Plymouth City Council, Sutton Harbour Group and the Environment Agency with all three organisations contributing more than £250,000. Plymouth Waterfront Partnership also contributed £10,000.
The bearing acts like a turntable, with the inner ring attached to the underside of the footbridge, while the outer ring is attached to the foundation plinth.
The custom built pedestrian footbridge across Sutton Lock was fitted over 20 years ago as part of the installation of the Sutton Harbour lock gates. The lock gate’s main function is to manage flood risk and allow marine traffic, such as fishing boats, to enter Sutton Harbour.
The lock footbridge will be open to the public between 6am and 11pm seven days week with the exception of Christmas Day when it will be closed. Operating times are dependent on waiting marine traffic, which takes priority.
This Easter, there’s plenty to see and do on the Barbican. The Association of Barbican Businesses are bringing back our popular FREE family Easter Trail for all to enjoy and spend some quality time enjoying the great outdoors!
Join in with the search for famous rabbit paw prints and make the most of your Easter break in Plymouth. A sweet treat awaits for all the little explorers who complete the trail. There’ll also be a chance to enter a big prize draw! See the Event Page for full details
This summer, Plymouth will host finish of the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race.
Plymouth has marked the end of the biennial yacht race since its inception in 1925. Starting in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, competitors cover a course of 608 nautical miles and round the Fastnet Rock off the southwest coast of Ireland before returning via the Isles of Scilly to finish in Plymouth. The race has a huge worldwide following and has seen continued growth over recent years, with the limit of 300 boats having to be increased to over 340 due to high demand.
Yachts come from all over the world to compete in the race which will start on Saturday 3 August 2019. The first yachts are expected to arrive in Plymouth in the early hours of Monday 5 August. The Plymouth race village will be located at Yacht Haven at Mount Batten and will be open to the public from Tuesday 6 to Thursday 8 August, with live music, family friendly activities and opportunities for local people to try their hand at on-water activities like sailing, kayaking and Stand Up Paddleboarding.
With so much on offer from the finest food and drink to hidden treasures to explore and discover, Destination Plymouth will be creating a local guide for competitiors to make the most of their visit to Plymouth during the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race.
If you would like to be included with a special offer* to encourage participants and their families to visit your business, please get in touch with Destination Plymouth via firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than Tuesday 29 January.
*Offers to be redeemable during Rolex Fastnet Race from Saturday 3 August to Sunday 11 August 2019.