THERE’S a return to competition this weekend for the Hepworth (Cookson Homes) band which hopes to continue its recent run of success.
The band is competing at Symphony Hall, Birmingham tomorrow (September 12) in the 157th British Open Brass Band Championships.
The Hepworth musicians are among 17 top British bands plus the Brisbane Excelsior band from Australia who will be playing test pieces including Titan’s Progress, a work from Austrian composer Hermann Pallhuber based on themes from Mahler’s first symphony.
The band, currently placed 12th in the World of Brass rankings, has had a good year in competition.
So far they have finished as runners up at the Butlins Mineworkers Festival, the Yorkshire Regional Championships, the famous Saddleworth Whit Friday Marches, the English National Championships and has qualified to represent Yorkshire at the finals of the British Brass Band Championships at the Royal Albert Hall in October.
Tomorrow’s competition marks the start of a busy couple of months for the band. On Saturday September 26, they will host an Autumn Proms concert at Halifax Parish Church.
The concert is part of the Music at Halifax Parish Church series and features the band and their guest, the mezzo soprano Bridget Budge.
Together they will present a traditional proms style concert with all the expected musical fireworks to bring the concert to a rousing close.
The concert starts at 7.30pm, with tickets costing £8 (£5 for concessions) available from the Parish Church Office (tel 01422 355436).
With that concert under their belts, the band travels on the following day to the east Lincolnshire coast for a concert at the Embassy Theatre in Skegness. After that it is the serious business of preparing for the national finals.