THERE’S a treat in store for brass band fans in Huddersfield later this month when two bands showcase their talents at the town’s newest concert venue.
The concert on February 21 is at the newly built Cathedral Place in St Thomas’s Road, home of the Christian Fellowship Church.
The venue is just around the corner from the base of Sellers International Youth Band which rehearses at the premises of Sellers International in Chapel Hill.
The young musicians from Sellers will be showing off their talents alongside the players of Hammonds Saltaire Band with whom they have forged close links over the past year.
It promises to be a milestone concert in many ways. It has been named Salute To Youth, partly in tribute to the young players of the Sellers International Youth Band.
But it also refers to a piece of music which is much loved by brass band music fans.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of brass band composer Gilbert Vinter whose 12 minute piece, Salute To Youth which he composed in 1967, has become a firm favourite with bands worldwide.
The Hammonds Saltaire Band will use the piece as part of its programme in Bradford next month when it competes in the Yorkshire regional qualifying contest at St George’s Hall to decide which of the county’s bands will represent the region at the national finals.
The presence of the newly named Hammonds Saltaire Band at the concert alongside Sellers International Youth will delight banding supporters.
The band, known for the past 15 years as the YBS Band, has returned to the famous old name after discussions with McCormicks UK, now owners of the Hammond sauce brand.
The band has a 150 year history and for almost 50 of those years, was sponsored by Hammonds, a brand started by Mrs Goodhall in 1853 when she invented the Hammonds relish recipe in her Leeds kitchen.
The name Saltaire in the band’s new name reflects its roots in the town of Saltaire where it was founded by Sir Titus Salt.
Morgan Griffiths will conduct the Hammonds Saltaire Band at Cathedral Place and the youth band will be conducted by its musical director Mark Bousie.
Mark took over the baton in 2002 and is currently the principal euphonium player with the Fairey Band.
Sellers International Youth Band was formed more than 10 years ago when a lottery grant for new instruments for the Sellers International Band allowed David Armitage, chairman of Sellers International, to make a full set of instruments available for the new group.
Many of the young people who attended the first rehearsal had never played a brass instrument before.
The new band made its debut just over 10 years ago at Dewsbury Town Hall when it appeared alongside the Sellers International Band.
Since then, the youth band has grown in size and stature and won prizes at youth band competitions locally and nationally.
A number of the band’s players are members of both the National Children’s and National Youth Brass Bands.
Its principal cornet Joe Murray held the same position last year with the National Youth Brass Band and solo cornet player Jamie Smith was also the principal cornet of the National Children’s Brass Band.
The band is in constant demand to give concerts and dedicates much of its efforts to raising money for charity. Since its formation, the band has raised over 90,000 for good causes.
This year will see the band competing as well as giving concerts. The young players will also make their first ever CD and head off to Belgium for a four day trip this spring, their first foreign concert tour.
The concert with Hammonds Saltaire Band on February 21 starts at 7.30pm. Tickets from Paul Smith on 07834 963113.