IT'S GETTING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS
The busy season is upon us but it's a happy season. Friday 2nd December see's the Senior band, with M.D Duncan Beckley, playing at what has become the annual carol concert with the Skelmanthorpe Male Voice Choir at St Peters Church. Also taking part will be local Horbury piper David Holdsworth playing with the band the well known Highland Cathedral. This is normally a well attended concert with refreshments during the interval.
Saturday 3rd December brings what has become another annual concert for the Youth band at St Lukes Church Overton. This concert becomes a bit of fun with the band playing Carols but also other pieces from their repertoire. The band will be conducted by their M.D Tom Greatorex so watch out for fun and games. The Youth band will also be playing at the West Yorkshire Sports Club Sandal on the 16th December but this is a private event.
The rest of December will be taken up with carolling around the village at various times culminating with a Senior band Christmas Concert in the Methodist Chapel Hall. Once again this is a well attended concert with music of all kinds so get there early. For future events keep you eye on the events calender. A very happy Christmas to you all.
Playing to a full house, approximately 200 people, the full Horbury Band took part in their combined concert on Saturday night at the Horbury Academy. And what a night it was:
The concert commenced with the Senior Band, with their Musical Director Duncan Beckley, playing 3 pieces which included the rousing piece Starburst. The Youth, under their Musical Director Tom Greatorex, then took over starting with the Learner Group, some of who had only been playing a matter of weeks. This was followed by the intermediate band playing their programme which included Cool Calypso and I'll Be There. Then came the full Youth Band who played a programme containing the pieces Rocking All Over the World, Bold Gendarmes and All Around My Hat. In the second half we were back to the Senior Band to play a programme including the march Thunderer, When You Love Somebody, Molly's Wake and Yesterday. The Senior Band were then joined by the Youth Band, to form a band of some 50 players to play the final two pieces, Sweet Gingerbread Man and Glen Miller's In the Mood.
All in all it was a brilliant and well received concert, just showing what an outstanding musical organisation the village of Horbury has.
Secretary Arnold Tattersfield commented, Horbury should be proud to have such an organisation within it's village and any youngster wishing to come along and join will be made welcome. Just contact me or phone me on 01924629109.
With their success of last year, 2nd Regionals, 5th National Finals, Horbury found themselves promoted to 2nd section this year, always a tricky situation for a band, playing against tougher competition!
However Duncan Beckley their MD always believed they would do well in the Regional Championships, and rehearsed them accordingly.
Unfortunately, less than 48hrs before they were due to play, Duncan was urgently admitted to Hospital. He still worked with the Band, and arranged for Phil Goodwin from Black Dyke Band to conduct in his place.
Although their preparation time was short, and drawn to play first, Phil led Horbury through an excellent performance of ‘The Mermaid of Zennor’ gaining third place in the competition! Phil wasn’t able to enjoy the success though as by the time the results came out he was in his more familiar position rehearsing with Black Dyke band for their appearance in the Yorkshire Championship section, contributing their winning performance of ‘Cambridge Variations’ the following day.
Both Horbury and Newstead Bands would like to thank Phil for his tremendous help. It’s not a position we would have wanted to be in but Phil’s approach kept the bands calm and focussed to concentrate on their performances. Obviously Duncan was very disappointed that he had to stand down but both bands recognise the immense work that Duncan puts in to their organisations shown by his continuing involvement and planning even when he can’t get to rehearsal.
Horbury Victoria and David Holdsworth give a storming performance of Highland Cathedral - so much better with pipes!
Thanks to the good auspices of Lisa Welch and the Horbury Productions team, the Band played at Horbury Academy on Saturday a varied programme of movie themes including Hymn to the Fallen and a sparkling Diamonds! Their encore, which the audience cheered for, was Happy, which featured in Despicable Me II.
More like this please!
The band, as always, are searching for youngsters to join and learn to play a brass instrument. Tom Greatorex, the youth musical director, is desperate for youngsters to come along and be taught to play an instrument.
Instruments are provided along with music and tuition for the astoundingly cheap fee of £4 per week.
The future of the band, which celebrates its 150 years anniversary in 2016, rests with the young so come along and help start another 150 years.