Hepworth Band logo Hepworth Band at Preston Guild Hall, January, 2016.

Brassed Off wows a packed house

Brassed Off Concert

Hepworth Band celebrated the 20th anniversary of “Brassed Off” in front of a packed house at the Picturedrome, Holmfirth, on Sunday, November 20, 2016, conducted by Grenville Moore.

Before the film was screened, the Band played music from the original soundtrack, including the popular march “Death or Glory”, “Danny Boy”, “The Clog Dance”, “Florentiner March”, the finale from Rossini’s “William Tell” and of course “Orange Juice”—Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez”.

Oktoberfest in Hepworth

The Band staged its own tribute to Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 22, 2016, with an Oompah Night in Hepworth Village Hall featuring Bavarian music and silly games.

An appreciative audience, many in fancy dress, enjoyed a fabulous evening topped off with pie and peas. The Band would like to thank the many people in the village who gave up their time to help to organise the event.

Brass n Bloom audience join in the fun. Mr. Bloom on stage.

Blooming good show

Hepworth gave a very different kind of concert at Dewsbury Town Hall on Sunday, September 25, 2016, aimed at younger children. Star of the show was Mr. Bloom from CBeebies, Ben Faulks, pictured here.

Both band members and much of the audience turned up in fancy dress to hear children’s favourites such as “Frozen” and “Pirates of the Caribbean”.

Our thanks go to pBone and Carol Stephens for running the music workshops before the concert proper.

Aireborough Rotary Club Annual Concert

The band made a welcome return to Yeadon Town Hall on Friday October 21 as guests of Aireborough Rotary Club for their annual concert under the direction of BBC Radio 2 Listen to the Band Presenter Frank Renton, with very special guest soloist Daniel Thomas, the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Young Brass Musician of the Year.

Wet but winning Whit Friday

Hepworth Band playing at Diggle during the 2016 Whit Friday March Contests.

The Band enjoyed its best day for some years “over the tops” on Whit Friday, May 20. Two first places, two seconds, a fourth place and a number of individual prizes meant that Hepworth earned a bonus cheque by coming third overall in the Oldham and Saddleworth Area.

However, the evening was one of the wettest in recent years. The Band played the well known contest march “Ravenswood” by William Rimmer.

Hepworth managed to play at seven contests in spite of the increasingly wet weather, which is no mean feat in itself. Brighouse & Rastrick won the overall prize, and Faireys were second.

Hepworth come third at Area

More than 50 bands took to the St George’s Hall stage over the weekend of March 5-6 for the Yorkshire Regional Brass Band Championships as they competed across five sections for the right to represent Yorkshire at the national finals.

In the Championship section an inspired Hepworth, directed by Mark Peacock, continued its good run of recent form, narrowly missing out on a place in the finals at the Royal Albert Hall by finishing third behind winners Black Dyke and second placed Carlton Main Frickley Colliery with Rothwell Temperance, Hammonds Saltaire and Grimethorpe Colliery making up the top six. Hepworth’s percussionist Carol Stephens also picked up the award for the best instrumentalist.

In the first section there were rewards for Lindley and Elland Silver finishing third and fourth respectively while in the second section Skelmanthorpe Prospect were rewarded with fourth place as were Huddersfield & Ripponden in the fourth section.

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