Alan Faraway, from Bodmin, who died earlier this year aged 71, will be remembered in a charity concert taking place in St Petroc’s Church in Bodmin on January 15.
Alan grew up with brass band music from an early age in the South East of England before moving to Cornwall in 1972 and becoming a familiar figure in the Cornish banding community as a cornetist with many of the top local bands.
His final playing days were with the St. Pinnock Band in East Taphouse and members there wanted to do something worthwhile to recognise Alan’s dedication to banding in the county. A concert was suggested as a way of reflecting his playing career and, in discussions with his family, the idea of an evening’s top quality entertainment to benefit the British Heart Foundation was born.
For this special occasion the band has swelled its ranks by inviting members from the top Cornish bands who normally compete with a fierce, if friendly rivalry but who will come together to participate in this one off concert, playing as the aptly named “Heart of Cornwall Brass”.
Alan’s love of banding extended into his family with all three of his sons playing a brass instrument. As Paul, a trombone player with St. Pinnock explained: “Dad’s involvement in brass bands rubbed off on us at an early age and we’ve all enjoyed a wonderful hobby as a result. We’re really pleased that the bands have all joined forces to stage this concert which we hope will bring both enjoyment to the audience and much needed funding to a very worthwhile charity.”
The concert starts at 7:30pm on 15th January 2011 at St. Petroc’s Church in Bodmin. Tickets are £7 for adults with concessions for children. Please contact your local brass band or Chris Luckhurst, Secretary of St. Pinnock Band on 01566 782917 for more details.
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