Morpeth Band Festival 1895 – almost the end of a great tradition

The discovery of a letter, requesting the use of a field for a band festival in 1895, led me to recall details I had read of the Morpeth Monstre Band Festivals of the 1860s and 1870s. A non-competitive event with between 8 and 15 bands, it featured massed band performances as well as those of the individual bands. A revival of the Festival in the 1890s was not so successful, being largely affected by adverse weather. See the following article for further details:


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