Full house at Town Hall for centenary special
Jun 20 2008 by Val Javin, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
BANDING in the small village of Hade Edge, which sits high in the Pennines above Holmfirth, was celebrated in style at Huddersfield Town Hall.
The Hade Edge Senior Band, conducted by Simon Wood, is notching up its centenary and a packed Town Hall helped it and its guests to mark the occasion with a concert compered by Gilbert Symes, who is well known in the banding world.
The concert began with the junior groups of Hade Edge showing what they were capable of.
They were followed by the Jazz Honkers before the senior band members took their places on stage.
Their programme opened with Punchinello, then principal cornet Lisa Moorhouse played Napoli.
Euphonium soloist David Childs, who plays with the Cory Band in South Wales, travelled from Cardiff to play in the concert.
The first half ended with the American Triolgy, for which the band was joined by its other guests, New Mill Male Voice Choir.
All the groups returned to the stage in the second half, which also featured singers from Hade Edge’s Community Choir. The choir is conducted by Sarah Ogden, a previous winner of the Kirklees Young Musician of the Year prize at the Mrs Sunderland Music Festival.
The senior band returned to play Shostakovich's Festive Overture, a fitting centenary tribute to those who have kept a village’s musical heart beating for a century.
The celebrations were brought to an end when all the groups gathered on stage for joint items such as Rhythm Of Life.
But it was left to the next generation of musicians to pay a special tribute to the current musical work going on in Hade Edge and to music-making over a century.
They performed I Am a Small Part of the World by Albrecht and , arranged by Simon Wood.