Leigh Baker and Sam Watson appointed
The Harrogate Band are delighted to announce the appointment of the below positions within the band;
Leigh Baker as Musical Director
Sam Watson as Associate Conductor
You can find out more details about both Leigh & Sam here.
The band are extremely excited to work with them both, as the band enjoys another year in the Championship Section
Leigh Baker appointed
The Harrogate Band has announced the appointment of the experienced Leigh Baker as their new Associate Musical Director.
Leigh last worked with the band in 2016 and will take the helm as they look towards the North of England Regional Championship in County Durham in March.
The change of musical leadership follows the decision of Dean Jones to call time on his link with the band due to other commitments and his work as a music teacher.
During his two and half year tenure Harrogate gained promotion back to the Championship Section after winning the North of England First Section title earlier this year, and most recently came runner-up at the Wychavon Festival of Brass.
He told 4BR: "I've thoroughly enjoyed my time at Harrogate and have been privileged to make music with some wonderful people.
They have a fantastic new band room which people definitely need to check out and experience and I wish them all the success in the Championship Section.
He added: "I'm now looking forward to focusing my energy on Crofton Silver as well as future projects and events, including writing music for my own wedding in July."
North of England Champions!
Competing in the North of England Championships, on Saturday 17th March, Harrogate Band won first place in the First Section, beating stiff competition from other bands in the region. Musical Director Dean Jones was delighted with the Band's result, which came with an invitation to the National Brass Band Championship Finals, in Cheltenham, in September 2018. The Band also won the trophies for the best bass section, trombone and conductor.
Ruth Takes up the Baton
"Excellent music, brilliant conducting, what a talent!" - Lynne Roberts.
Ruth Mellor launched our Women Make Music campaign in a concert last Saturday where she conducted her arrangement of Vienna Teng’s song Hymn of Acxiom. We were performing as guests of the Knaresborough Silver Band in a joint concert.
Ruth, 18, is our principal euphonium player and is a talented musician and aspiring conductor. In September she’ll be starting studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where she’ll be taking lessons in conducting from top professionals. Her composition was very well received by the audience and we loved performing it.
If you’d like to write for brass band and would like to hear your composition performed please get in touch with Nick Garrett email@example.com
If you want to find which composers we'll be featuring in the campaign follow us on Facebook here.
"Brilliant thanks a lot! Thank you so much for all your support…" - Andy Straiton
UniBrass is a fantastic festival of brass band music performed by the UK's best University brass bands. Nineteen bands came to the Harrogate International Centre to compete against each other for a plethora of prizes and they all had a brilliant time.
We were only too pleased to help out Andy Straiton and the UniBrass student team who did a great job organising the competition. University Bands are usually innovative and highly creative in their programmes, something we like to think we are so it was only natural for us to lend support.
Our bandroom was used to store equipment, our banners and music stands were used and we lent our percussion instruments for the percussion masterclass. UniBrass were hugely generous in giving us a space in their programme and gave us a shout out on the day.
If you're at University, have just left or are on a gap year and want to play in a fun, creative Band then you'll be more than welcome to come along irrespective of whether we have a vacancy.
Contact Catherine at firstname.lastname@example.org if you thinking of popping down.
Women Make Music Campaign Starts
We're delighted that the first music of our campaign to perform more music by women has been arranged by our Euphonium player Ruth Mellor. Ruth is a young talented aspiring conductor and is shortly due to start studies in Cardiff.
Ruth's arrangement will be performed at our joint concert with Knaresborough Silver Band on February 25th at Gracious Street Methodist Church, Knaresborough, 7:30pm. Tickets are available on the door.
Ruth commented: "I was delighted when the Band said they wanted to perform my piece and asked me to conduct it. I've enjoyed working on the piece with the players and am looking forward to the concert."
Ruth will be developing her conducting experience with the Band before she starts her studies.
New Band Room
We're delighted to announce that our new rehearsal space is at Victoria Avenue, Harrogate right in the heart of the town.
Following 30 wonderful years at Harcourt Road thanks to the generosity of The Hymas family we have been fortunate to have the amazing support of Hornbeam Park Developments owned by Chris Bentley.
The new bandroom will be temporary until we can find a permanent residence. The building will be redeveloped for commercial property use. Having us use the building means it will be looked after and kept secure until redevelopment.
The first rehearsal will be Wednesday 8th February 2017, 8pm.
The new space features:
We'd love to see you if you fancy playing with the Band, our rehearsals are:
- Ample private car parking
- Rehearsal room exclusively for ourselves
- Extra rehearsal space for small groups and tuition
- Toilets and kitchen facilities and social area
- Noise dampening to eliminate sound going outside
Wednesday 20:00 - 22:00, Sunday 19:00 - 21:00 - Victoria Park House, 18 Victoria Avenue, Harrogate, HG1 5QY
Please get in touch with our Chairman Catherine Morland if you'd like to come along: email@example.com, or on 07779 320606
Brass at the Guild
We were delighted with coming fourth in our latest competition at the Preston Guildhall.
Playing Philip Sparke's exciting piece The Land of the Long White Cloud was everything we love about competing; a contemporary piece originally written for brass, plenty for our percussion team to do and a great piece to listen to!
The judge commented on the quality of our sound and the level of detail we brought out of the piece.
We'll be competing again in March in Durham playing The Land of the Long White Cloud again so we'll be practising hard again!