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Whitburn content strikes a chord

Saturday 9 January, 2021

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

The Scottish Open champion published six new performances over the festive season, as the West Lothian band continued to play during the 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 its Facebook page, before being broadcast as an 'and finally' on STV current affairs programme, Scotland Tonight.

The shares have brought Whitburn to a new audience of fans, and attracted comments - and tens of thousands of views - from around the world.

Both performances were produced by 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 with the Cory Online Contest. All of Whitburn’s performances, including A Christmas Festival and ABBA Goes Brass, on the band’s Facebook and YouTube pages.