Concert programmes – a rapidly closing window into the music performed in the past

Some more brass band ephemera that tend to be discarded after the event, perhaps stored and forgotten, then thrown away in a purge. So it is rare to find examples of programmes of past concerts. This is a shame, as these provide virtually the only guide to the music actually played by the bands of the past – occasionally concert items were listed in the newspapers, but in most cases it was left to the printed programmes (if there were any at all!)
Here is just a small selection of programmes, with the last entry being a handwritten list of pieces to be played by Rishton Subscription Band (sent by the bandmaster to the Blackburn Parks Committee).

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