Whit Friday
Oldham & Saddleworth
Date of next contest 25th May 2018



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Sound Files

  Whit Friday morning - Dobcross 2015:

Listen to Hail Smilin Morn Dobcross Silver Band start the mornings Whit Friday celebrations in traditional fashion bymarching (in the rain) from the Band Club to the centre of Dobcross playing Hail Smilin Morn.(4 minutes)

  Sound clips from the 2010 contest:

Listen to Dobcross Youth (Saddleworth & Oldham Area Prize winners) playing Mephistopheles at Uppermill Dobcross Youth (Saddleworth & Oldham Area Prize winners) playing Mephistopheles at Uppermill

  Podcast of Diggle's first Whit Friday contest (5th June 2009):

This features field recordings of the winning performance by Black Dyke Band (2009 Area 1st prize winners) plus sound clips of other performances and comments by spectators, participants in the contest, the adjudicator (Duncan Beckley) and the volunteer staff running the contest. Content includes Oldham Brass, Wardle High School Band, Chicago Band, St Austell Band, Bedworth Band and LGB Brass.

Listen to podcast of 1st Diggle contest - 2009 Podcast of the very first Whit Friday contest at Diggle (5th June 2009) (35 minutes)

  Sound clips from the 2003 contest at Lydgate:

Listen to Banks Brass march - playing Royal Duke Banks Brass march - playing "Royal Duke"
Listen to Emley Brass march - playing March of the Cobblers Emley Brass march - playing "March of the Cobblers"
Delph Band march - playing The Royal Trophy Delph Band march - playing "The Royal Trophy"

  Other audio resources:

There is a CD available of Whit Friday marches - "Highlights from the Delph Contest"- recorded live at this year's Delph contest on Whit Friday (available from the Delph Contest Site or Delph Band Club). This features your favourite contest marches, played by different bands competing in the contest. They may also have copies of previous year's CDs.

The North West Sound Archive has sadly been closed down and its resources scattered around other archives. They used to sell a superb "Whitsuntide" theme pack. This consists of a booklet and two cassettes. One contains oral history recordings (inevitably of poor quality) and the other contains high quality recordings made in Saddlworth on Whit Friday. The latter tape captures the Whit Friday atmosphere beautifully.