Appeal for more parade musicians

Organisers of the Whitley Bay Carnival are looking for street band members.
Picture by Alex Alevroyiannis.

Organisers of the Whitley Bay Carnival are looking for street band members. Picture by Alex Alevroyiannis.

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Brass and woodwind players are being invited to join in the parade during the Whitley Bay Carnival.

The carnival band, made up of musicians of all ability levels and ages, will join the renowned Northern Monkey Brass Band for several musical numbers.

Whitley Bay Carnival logo

Whitley Bay Carnival logo

Graham Hardy, who has written pieces for the event, said: “This is a great opportunity for band members or those who enjoy playing their instruments but might not normally have the chance to perform as part of a band to come along and help create something really special.”

Brass or woodwind players can join rehearsals which will start on April 20, from 6pm to 7.30pm and run for six weeks on a Wednesday evenings in the Big Local shop on Park View.

Those interested in becoming involved in any other part of the carnival should contact Carol Alevroyianni at calevroyianni@aol.com or call 07791 169747.

The carnival is taking place on Saturday, May 28, and is aiming to be bigger and better than ever after the organisers secured a substantial grant from Arts Council England and vital backing from several local business to enable more people to take part in the ‘circus’ themed occasion.

Hundreds of people are expected to line the streets and take part in the colourful procession which will start at Whitley Bay Metro station and finish at the Spanish City Plaza where there will be a Circus arena, live music and street performers including some of the region’s most exciting artists entertaining the crowds.

Creative Producer Carol Alevroyianni, who is once again organising this year’s carnival, added: “This is a real community event and there are opportunities there for anyone who wants to be part of it to come along and join in one of the pre-event workshops.

“Thanks to the support of Arts Council England and a host of local businesses, we are able to put on more sessions than ever before in the run up to the day - local schools, drama groups and bands have already signed up to join in but we are urging anyone keen to be involved to get in touch.”