HUDDERSFIELD'S Sellers International Youth Band is tuning up for the world premiere of a musical work about its home town.

It will play The Chronicles of Odersfelt at the National Youth Brass Band Championships at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester on April 10.

It will compete in the community section, after two years in the junior category.

The work was composed by Pete Meechan, young composer in residence for Black Dyke Band, from Queensbury.

"It's fantastic that Sellers support such projects and it's great to be involved with such an enthusiastic group of young people, a forward-looking sponsor and my old college friend, Mark Bousie," he said. Mr Bousie is musical director of Sellers International Youth Band.

He and its president, David Armitage, commissioned The Chronicles of Odersfelt last year.

Mr Bousie said: "The band are proud that a composer of Pete's stature has chosen to write a work for them. They are looking forward to the performance.

"We also hope other groups will choose to perform the piece and that it will become an established part of the repertoire for youth bands."

Odersfelt is the name given to Huddersfield in the Domesday Book in 1086. The piece is also known as Four Portraits of Huddersfield.

It is a six-minute piece for brass and percussion instruments and its four movements each describe periods of history.

The first movement, Castle Dwellers, is about the early inhabitants of Huddersfield and their move from living on Castle Hill down into the valleys.

The second movement, The Industrial Age, describes Huddersfield's growth during the Industrial Revolution.

The third movement, In Memoriam, has a reflective feel and portrays the town's losses during the Second World War.

The final movement is called The Present Day and reflects the bustle of modern Huddersfield.

* The band was formed seven years ago.

* It is famous all over the world and has won many titles at UK competitions.

* These include Most Promising Band at last year's National Youth Championships.

* Band members play either brass or percussion and are aged between eight and 19.

* Beginners are welcome to join. Anyone who wants to be a member should go to rehearsals, between 6pm and 7.30pm on Fridays, at its base on Chapel Hill, Huddersfield, or call secretary Paul Smith on 01484 301359.