The magic and excitement of 19th-century ballrooms descended upon the unlikely venue of Christ Church, New Mill on Sunday, January 22 as the band presented a New Year’s Viennese Matinee Concert featuring guest vocal soloist Sarah Ogden.
Hepworth, in full evening dress, performed a programme of waltzes, overtures and polkas to the delight of a packed church as the Band’s new-year curtain raiser reflected the ever innovative approach taken on the concert platform.
Musical Director Leigh Baker guided the audience through the programme, even encouraging couples to waltz in the aisles André Rieux style during Strauss’s Blue Danube waltz!
The concert was also featured by Brass Band World Magazine in its February edition with Hepworth as its centre band.
Holmfirth Civic Hall is the venue for the band’s Spring Concert on Sunday 9 April, 3pm, with a programme inspired by fairy tales and stories, including music from Romeo & Juliet, Peter Pan, the Wizard of Oz, the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Sleeping Beauty, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Dumbo, and many more of your favourite magical, enchanting tales and stories.
The concert will also celebrate the 21st anniversary of our principal sponsor Conroy Brook Developments.
Tickets £8.00, including refreshments, available from Brass Bands England Box Office, Wm. Sykes & Sons Estate Agents, Holmfirth, and the Band (07885 251454).
More than 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.
The band has been on a health drive since the New Year in an attempt to get “band fit” for the forthcoming contest season and to help raise band funds.
Players each contribute £2 a week; the collective weight loss is being tracked through to the Yorkshire Regional Championships when the person who has lost the highest percentage of their starting body weight will receive the equivalent percentage of the overall money raised. Competition is proving fierce, as a band we’ve already lost over 12 stone. Watch this space for the final weigh in, we’re just hoping the uniforms still fit!
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 band’s recent excellent run of form. It’s an exciting time for the band and it was just too good an opportunity to turn down.” More about Leigh Baker.
Do you shop online? Now there is an easy way to help with band funds when you shop, and it costs you nothing!
All you need to do is register with Easyfundraising.org using this link and pick Hepworth Band as your charity.
When you want to buy something, follow the instructions on the Easyfundraising site to make sure your purchase is registered to the Band. Then, the retailer gives us a small percentage of the purchase price.
Yorkshire Heritage is a celebration of Yorkshire music and musicians.
From folk songs via famous choirs and choral societies to world famous composers like Frederick Delius and John Barry, the musical heritage of the county is unique.
Full details can be found here.
The Band was formed in the village of Hepworth, near Holmfirth, in 1882, making it one of the oldest brass bands in the country. Today, it competes in the Championship Section, making it one of the best bands in the UK.
It has had a proud contesting tradition since its founding, and in recent years, has won a string of prestigious prizes. At the same time, it runs its own concert series every year, supports local charities and other events, including the famous Hepworth Feast, and appears at other venues across the U.K. throughout the year.
The Band relies on generous donations from a number of companies, both national and local, for its continued existence. Since the beginning it has also relied heavily on subscriptions raised from local people, and this tradition continues today.
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