The show will go on for Burnley brass band with a difference
The show will go on for Mr Wilson’s Second Liners, a Burnley-based arts organisation, which has received funding from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.
This enables the grouo to continue to its work and restructure its organisation for future resilience.
‘Here for Culture’ is a movement that unites the public, government and cultural organisations in support of our fantastic cinemas, theatres, music venues, museums, galleries and heritage. MWSL is one of 588 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support.
MWSL is the most successful brass band currently working in the Outdoor Arts sector in the UK. Its live music performances pay homage to three energetic cultural scenes: Street Theatre, New Orleans Second Lining and the 90’s Rave.
The group performs around 150 gigs a year, both nationally and internationally; and have clocked up audiences in their millions, live and online.
In 2019 the group moved to Burnley, regularly employing up to 30 freelance professionals including musicians, costume-makers, film-makers, photographers, producers and performance directors from the NW region. This funding is a lifeline to their extended creative team but also ensures a sustainable future for the company.
Musical director and band leader Will Lenton said: “It’s been a difficult time but our team and audiences have been incredibly loyal and creative in their responses to the pandemic.
"We are really pleased that, despite not performing as normal, we continued to offer great entertainment and education packages for schools and communities. This funding enables that offer to grow.”