Band ‘Unite the union’ between Sheffield & Twin City
A tired but happy Unite the Union Band returned home exhilarated by the fantastic ‘thumbs up’ given to them by the people of Bochum after their two performances at Bochumer Musiksommer 2018. This massive spectacle now in its 12th year, is held in Sheffield’s twin town, Bochum, North Rhine Westfalia in Germany. Playing host to over 160,000 visitors to the city and with over 1000 artists appearing on several stages over the three days makes this one of the biggest Music Festivals in Germany.
The band received a special invitation to perform from Bochum Lord Mayor Oberbürgermeister Eiskirch and Bochum Council and given two prime time slots for performances on Saturday at 6pm and Sunday at 12 noon to open the show. This year around 1,000 artists were engaged over three days, 127 concerts from classical to jazz to electronic music being presented on seven stages and other venues around the city.
A video message of ‘Good Luck’, specially recorded by Mr Len McClusky, General Secretary of Unite the Union and sent to the band, acknowledged the fantastic opportunity for the band to represent the city of Sheffield and fly the Unite flag in front of tens of thousands of visitors to Bochumer Musiksommer.
I've recorded a special message for the Unite brass band, off to Germany to fly the flag for Unite and the city of Sheffield.
Click link to play: https://www.dropbox.com/s/83ilhqp5iquylol/lmluck.mp4?dl=0
“For the first time, after a long time, the twin cities have returned, Nordhausen with a concert choir and Lord Mayor Kai Buchmann, Sheffield with the Unite the Union Brass band. We want to revive the town twinning," said Oberbürgermeister Thomas Eiskirch at the opening in the evening.
Unite the Union Band’s performance on the main Moritz Fiege stage was very well received and soon the near capacity audience were swaying, clapping and dancing to the sounds of Sheffield’s own famous film and music artists and writers including Human League and Tony Christie, who himself lived for a time in the outskirts of Bochum. Pre-recorded narration spoken in German cleverly done by the band linked their whole set together and finishing their performance with an arrangement of Oktoberfest and festival standard ‘Rock Mi,’ chart hit for German/Austrian group Voxxclub, was a real winner, now the party really was in full swing!
A chorus of “Zugabe,” “Zugabe” (more, more) from the thrilled audience echoed around the square as the band left the stage swamped by enthusiastic and animated congratulations from a waiting Oberbürgermeister Eiskirch himself, town councillors, marketing organisers and members of the public, many of whom returned to see the band perform again on Sunday.
It is hoped that the band will return to perform again at Bochumer Musiksommer next year.
See photo album on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/unitebrassband
Photo DVD Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/v12gjgzlgnip43o/musiksommer.mp4?dl=0
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