BRASS band music at its very best.
That’s the opinion of David Armitage on a new CD which should raise money for charity and provide a lasting legacy for the Huddersfield-based Sellers International Band with which he has long been associated.
David is chairman of Sellers International Ltd and a staunch supporter of arts events.
Sadly, Sellers International Band played its last concert earlier this year. It bowed out in style with a massed bands concert at Huddersfield Town Hall where they shared the stage with Black Dyke Band conducted by its musical director, Dr Nicholas Childs.
That concert was recorded and forms the basis of the new 14 track CD which runs for almost 66 minutes and is called Brass For Guide Dogs. That is after all, the charity for whose Puppy Centre Appeal the sell-out Town Hall concert raised an astonishing £30,000.
And there is more to come. All the profits from the CD will go to the same charity.
Over the years, the band has helped raise more than £330,000 for local and national charities.
The band was formed in 1986 by Phillip McCann who conducted that last concert.
This latest of 20 CDs, Brass For Guide Dogs opens with both bands in the Dam Busters March, played with a purity of tone that makes you realise this is going to be a cracker. There are opera classics and some fine playing from Sellers on the Steadman-Allen’s arrangement of Dvorak’s finale from the New World Symphony.
Together, the bands breathed real emotion into the stirring Finlandia by Sibelius and made light work of Leroy Anderson’s Bugler’s Holiday.
“Enjoy the disc. It’s brass band music at its best,” says David. And you wouldn’t disagree.
Copies can be ordered from Sellers Engineering on 01484 540006 or from the Information Centre in Huddersfield priced at £11 including postage and packing..