Exciting line-up for Black Dyke Festival

Black Dyke’s Brass Festival, made possible by public funding from the National Lottery through the Arts Council England, promises to be another highlight in the band’s exciting calendar.

The day (4 June) starts with Workshops led by Black Dyke players Richard Marshall (cornets), Katrina Marzella and Helen Varley (horns and baritones) and Brett Baker (trombones), whilst principal trombone of the London Symphony Orchestra, Peter Moore, will make a special guest appearance. Each workshop will start with warm-up; explore practice regimes and an opportunity to play an exciting ensemble work.

Black Dyke’s Director of Music, Professor Nicholas Childs, will once gain lead a Conductors’ Spotlight with a live Workshop Band, allowing conductors a real insight into technique, and contest and concert preparation. Places for this are limited, so interested candidates should contact Black Dyke’s Manager, David Hirst, without delay. Email: secblackdykeband@btinternet.com

The regular Festival Gala Concert, which commences at 3.00pm, will see Black Dyke perform new repertoire, including music by the composer Bruce Broughton from his film,

The Young Sherlock Holmes, along with Paul Lovatt-Cooper’s latest work for Black Dyke, Through the Flames. There will also be an opportunity to hear one of the finest trombone soloists around and Black Dyke’s Soloist-in-Residence 2017, Peter Moore, perform Radio City, for which the work’s composer and the band’s Composer-in-Residence 2017, Peter Graham, will also be present.

The concert’s second-half will see the traditional massed band performance, starting with Yorkshire Youth Brass Band, which will then join forces with Delph, Blackley, Armthorpe Elmfield, Trentham and even bands from Australia and Norway, respectively Tannunda and Flora-Bremanger brass bands. The massed items performed will include some real classics, from Ron Goodwin’s 633 Squadron to the tumultuous climax of Tchaikovsky’s March Slave.

Registration for the day’s activities will be at 9:00am, proceedings get underway at 10.00am and the cost for the Workshops is £5.00 a head.

To register for the Workshops, email the contacts below:

Richard Marshall (cornets): Richard.B.Marshall@btinternet.com

Helen Varley (horns and baritones): hlvarley@gmail.com

Brett Baker (trombones): brett.trombone@googlemail.com

For Gala Concert tickets, contact Leeds Town Hall Box Office

(telephone: 0113 376 0318), and further information about the Festival can be obtained from the Administrator, Alison Childs.

Email: alison4horn@btinternet.com


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