Snippets from "Musical Times"
Leeds Temperance Festival
Whilst at Leeds, we visited the Public Gardens, in which a large Temperance Festival was heing held, according to annual custom, on Whit-Tuesday, and we were both surprised and gratified by the manner in which several brass and wind bands executed a variety of opera and other airs.. We understood the performers to be almost all workmen in the factories, many of the mills having their own especial band. It must be a great reward to those by whose exertions this growing musical taste has been fostered, to have seen the intelligent faces of these orderly and happy mechanics, dancing to the excellent music of their companions.
We remember, some years since, hearing with delight one of the earliest of these mill bands, formed by the kindness and energy of a large machine-maker at Bury, in Lancashire. Circumstances caused the dispersion of his men; but the good seed has not been sown in vain, for in the various shops in which they have found work, they have carried their love of music with them, and have been the beginnings of many similar bands. In the shops of the Great Western Railway,
at Swindon, a number of these very men have combined to make a most excellent orchestra, seconded by the liberality and encouragement which seems to pervade the Company's arrangements at this village, for the benefit, improvement, and amusement of their workmen.
Alfred Novello - Musical Times, June 1847
Philharmonic Rooms, Newman Street - A concert was given at these rooms on the 5th February by Maddlle Renée Holbut, who is both a pianist and vocalist. In the former capacity she played Thalberg's "Home, sweet home"; her experiments in the latter wer confined to simplicities of the ballad school..... A horn band of some regiment was unfortunately let into the room, and contrived to make a most distressing noise.
Musical Times, March 1862
The Catholic Mission of Yule Island, Papua (a Mission once supported by France and Belgium, but now exceedingly impoverished), is anxious to introduce brass band playing among the cannibals of the main range, where much of their work is done. It is found that brass instruments subdue much of the dangerous energy of these people, and supply the excitement and amusement formerly furnished by a head-hunting raid. When Christianised, and consequently induced to cease from hunting, cooking and eating his neighbour, the wild Papuan of the hills is apt to find life a trifle dull, and the Catholic Mission of Yule Island, with characteristic common-sense, sets itself to fill the gap as far as possible.
If any reader of the Musical Times has any good, noisy brass or other instrument that he has no further use for, he may be assured that it will do excellent missionary work at the far ends of the earth, if he will take the trouble of sending it, carriage paid, by any of the parcel agencies, or by parcel post, according to size, to Yule Island, Papua
Musical Times, March 1920
The power of a brass band
During the afternoon the band discoursed several items of music. A squad of ambulance men were present, and rendered valuable assistance
Reported from a Welsh paper - Musical Times, October 1926