Hepworth Band logo Hepworth Band at Preston Guild Hall, January, 2016. Photo by Fred Little.

Looking forward to the New Year

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 and the Yorkshire Regional Brass Band Championships.

Band appoints new Musical Director

Leigh Baker

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.”

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

More about Leigh Baker.

A New Year’s Viennese Concert

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Join the Hepworth Brass Band and Soprano Bethany Rosamond at Christ Church, New Mill, Holmfirth on Sunday, January 22 at 3.00pm 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.

Bethany Rosamond

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 £8.00, 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

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 is seeking a new EEb bass player. Please contact us on 07885 251454 if you are interested.

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Shop online and help the Band

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.

See our Subscribers and Sponsors pages for other ways to help the Band.

The Band’s latest CD

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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.

A village band proud to be ranked among the best

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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