The Hepworth band looks forward to the new-year after a busy festive period as it begins preparations for the opening concert of its 2017 series of popular concerts at Christ Church, New Mill, Holmfirth, the Brass at the Guild Championships in Preston and the Yorkshire Regional Brass Band Championships.

New Direction

After a successful year as Resident Conductor of the Brighouse & Rastrick Band, Leigh Baker has accepted the invitation to become Musical Director of the Hepworth Band.

Leigh said: “I’ve had an amazing year at Brighouse with so many highlights, and I would like to thank the band for some very special moments. The Hepworth position is a chance for me to really spread my wings and take responsibility for all contest and concert performances as well as continuing to build on the bands recent excellent run of form. It’s an exciting time for the band and it was just too good an opportunity to turn down.”

The band is delighted that Leigh has accepted the position of Musical Director and we’re really looking forward to working together the new-year.

A New Year’s Viennese Concert

Join the band with Soprano Bethany Rosamund at Christ Church, New Mill, Holmfirth, on Sunday 22 January, 3pm for an afternoon packed full of Viennese musical delights, evoking the magic and excitement of 19th century ballrooms with sparkling waltzes, famous overtures and fiery polkas.

The programme includes traditional Viennese favourites such as the Blue Danube Waltz, Poet & Peasant Overture and the famous Radetzky March; add a bit of New Year fizz and you have a concert guaranteed to brighten up the darkest of winter days.

Tickets £8 (including a glass of fizz) available from Wm Sykes & Sons Estate Agents, Holmfirth, Christ Church New Mill and the Band (07885 251454).

Brass at the Guild, Preston

The Guild Hall, Preston plays host to this popular contest on 29 January as bands blow away the festive cobwebs and showcase their early season form with a choice of set work from either the forthcoming Butlins Mineworkers Championships or the Regional Brass Band Championships. Hepworth will be hoping to get off to a winning start, defending its title from 2016.

Yorkshire Regional Championships

Over 60 bands will take to the stage in Huddersfield Town Hall over the first weekend in March as they compete for the honour of representing Yorkshire at the finals of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain.

The band will compete with 12 other Championship section bands, including the famous names of Black Dyke, Brighouse & Rastrick and Grimethorpe Colliery performing the set work Pageantry (Herbert Howells) as they seek qualification to the national finals at the Royal Albert Hall in October.



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