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Blowing the Horne for brass band fun

The Horne Section: Christmas Show is at Norden Farm on Thursday, December 14

Staff reporter

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Blowing the Horne for brass band fun

Top comedian and unlikely band leader Alex Horne is back with a Christmas version of his sell-out show The Horne Section.

Audiences can expect plenty of toe-tapping tunes on weighty issues such as beards, caveats and Scottish widows – plus some seasonal fun.

The show, which combines music and comedy with ‘brass band fun’, has enjoyed successful runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and several London theatres.

Horne is best known as creator and co-host of Taskmaster on Dave, which is due to return for its fifth series in September.

The show has earned him a host of award nods, including from BAFTA, the Royal Television Society, the Broadcasting Press Guild and the Broadcast Awards.

And it has even proved a hit overseas, with a US version fronted by Reggie Watts.

Horne also has his own BBC Radio 4 show, Alex Horne Presents The Horne Section, and is a regular in Channel Four’s 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown’s Dictionary Corner.

The Horne Section came about following a collaboration with some school friends, who were later followed by professional musicians.

He said: “My two best friends at school were jazz musicians.

“When we got to about 30 we thought we should do something together.

“I think people like music and they like comedy so it just sort of works.

And surprisingly, this is despite the fact he doesn’t actually like jazz music.

“It is a balance between me taking the mick out of them and them being very talented,” he added.

“It is quite high energy and very family friendly.

“It is good clean fun.”

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