Leeds: Playtime in the parks as free bands are back

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MUSIC lovers and sunworshippers can unite their twin passions with the return of Leeds’s programme of FREE summer bands.

From now until September 25, the 2011 Summer Bands in Leeds series will see live music played every Sunday at a bandstand in a park, estate or recreation ground near you.

There will be more than 90 concerts hosted across 20 parks featuring the region’s musical talents.

Brass bands, junior ensembles, jazz collectives, blues, ragtime, swing and Caribbean steel bands will all be playing as the city’s parks resound with sound this summer.

The outdoor concert season was launched at the weekend with the Wetherby Silver Band blasting out the classics at Wetherby Riverside Bandstand.

Families and friends gathered in the sunshine for the entertaining musical extravaganza.

The York Railway Institute Band is due to play at Wetherby Riverside Bandstand this Sunday from 2.30pm, with concerts both in Middleton Park and Wetherby the following weekend.

Venues involved this year also include Victoria Park at Calverley, Cross Flatts Park at Beeston, New Wortley Recreation Ground, Dartmouth Park at Morley, Golden Acre Park, Pudsey Park, Westroyd Park at Farsley, Canal Gardens at Roundhay Park, Temple Newsam Estate, Wharfemeadows Park at Otley and East End Park.

All concerts take place between 2pm and 4.30pm.

The season kicks off with May’s listings which include: Sunday, May 8 at 2.30pm, Wetherby Riverside Bandstand; York Railway Institute Band; Sunday May 15 at 2pm, Middleton Park, Foxwood Steel Bandits; Sunday May 15 at 2.30pm, Wetherby Riverside Bandstand, Crofton Silver Band. For a full 2011 brochure and more information call 0113 247 8336 or visit: www.leedsconcertseason.com

Coun Judith Blake.

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