Glastonbury stage to welcome brass band

PUBLISHED: 09:00 13 June 2016 | UPDATED: 09:16 13 June 2016

Burnham and Highbridge Brass Band.

Burnham and Highbridge Brass Band.

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David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Adele, Coldplay – and now Burnham and Highbridge Brass Band.

Normally, there would be an odd one out from those names. But soon they will stand together as some of the elite few to take to the prestigious Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival.

The Burnham brass group will take centre stage at one of famous music festivals in the world later this month, paving the way for big stars such as Ellie Goulding and Coldplay.

They will play a half-hour set from 11am on June 26, as part of the stage’s morning session, after being invited to perform by the festival’s founder, Michael Eavis.

Pam Fisher, a member of the band, told the Mercury they were excited to have been asked to play in front of one of the biggest crowds in its 70-year history.

She said: “The band is thrilled to be playing on the famous Pyramid Stage at the world’s biggest green-field festival.

“Our musical director Stephen Sykes is used to the big stage, having won national and European titles with the biggest bands in the country, but few get to play the Pyramid Stage.

“The band is looking forward to bringing the fantastic sound of brass to the best festival on the planet.

“We have been working really hard over the past year to raise the playing standards, and profile, in the local area and adapt to our new musical director.

“This really does seem to be a reward and one which will leave us on a high.”

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