Carols Round The Tree - 2021
Kirkbymoorside. Kirkbymoorside CP School and Kirkby Band players
The band played a short concert at
Lingmoor Farm for the first time since Covid and it was a great
pleasure to play for James, his family and guests. Very well
done to all the soloists and a big thank you to Bill Scott for his
skilled piano accompaniment. Thank you all for your hospitality and
all your kind donations.
STRIKE UP THE BAND Band Concert - 2nd Oct 2021. Well we have 'struck up the band',
and it's so great to be back.
What a relief to be back on stage in
the James Holt Concert Hall. We had a great concert of well chosen
pieces, played to a restricted numbers audience who sat round tables
to keep us all suitably spaced out. We had some wonderful comments
from the audience. and we were happy with our playing after all the
problems of the last 18 months and we now look forward to all the
exciting things to come. Thank's for the pic Net
Alex, one of our
front row cornets has married Clwyd Hughes on Saturday 4th September
2021 at Kirkbymoorside Church. The band wish them all the best and
good luck for the future.
September 2021 - Back in the Old Band Room We are finally
back in our old rehearsal room at the band room. We have
extractor fans pulling the air out and we are as safe as we need to
HelloHere’s a little recording that the band have put together over the last couple of weeks.Obviously at the moment we can’t get together to rehearse, so the Senior Band have all done a home recorded their parts for the hymn tune Farndale. Once they were happy with theirrecording they sent them on to our Band Manager Philip, who has edited all the parts togetherto make a complete video of the music.
We’re really pleased with the final product and we hope that it brings you a little joy during
these difficult times. Stay safe and let’s look forward to a time when we can actually perform
a live concert in front of you, our loyal supporters. Please enjoy Farndale by Harold Dobson.All the bestSarah Woodward (Band Master).
A Very Kirkby Christmas.
Featuring Kirkby CP School, All Saints' Church Choir, Mooland
Voices, Revd Mark Brosnan and Kirkby Town Band Click Here
The James Holt Concert Hall
Regional Championships 2020
Sat 14th March
- Gala Theatre, Durham
will always remember our trip to the finals this year for the
worries about the C Virus. But we did practice very hard and
were rewarded with a third place, which we were OK with. Every
one played well and the percussion section won 'Best
Percussion'. We will have to wait and see what happens but let's
hope we can continue banding during the next month or two?..
Christmas Concert 2019... What a night with a
full house and no seats left in the James Holt Concert Hall Great fun was
had by all and we hope you enjoyed our second half fun and games with all
the band trying to outdo each other in our fancy dress outfits. The prize
winners were Grace Walker, John Sails, Jim Butler, John Woodward, Phil
Woodward, John Barrett, Annabel Kent and Jeanette Kendall. Next year will still be
free to all but it will be ticket only. Keep an eye open for details of
where to get tickets later in 2020.. Merry Christmas..
OUR NEW CONCERT HALL Sunday 22nd September
Thank's for coming to our Concert Hall opening. It was great to see so many
of you there. We will have a full report here soon To see the details of the
build and opening evening Click Here
What are our Junior and Training bands are up to
We are proud to have 5
training bands which range from children and adults playing their first
few notes to very competent grade 8 students. We have over 100 members
in these groups and offer tuition, loan instruments and music free of
Gold - London to Kirkbymoorside ride for the new Band Hall After only a thirty year
hiatus, I dusted off my trumpet and starting playing for the Community
section of the Kirkbymoorside Town Band and I absolutely love it. It's
amazing that a town the size of Kirkbymoorside can field the number of
players they have. Travelling from North Yorkshire to London to see friends
and family and for work over many years has often made me wonder about doing
the journey on a bike, though perhaps not on the A1... Helping raise funds
to finish the new band room provides an excellent excuse to finally do it. I
will set off from King's Cross Station on Saturday 22nd June and will aim to
arrive back in Kirkbymoorside the following day. The total distance will be
roughly 230 miles and because I’m travelling from south to north, it will be
entirely uphill! Well my target was 500 but by the time I reached the band
room, the total had reached 1654.00.Well done George and THANK'S. A few more
Three of the band’s
younger players, Charlie Flintoft, Ella Smailes, both aged 11, and Theo
Flintoft, 10, travelled to London to scale the 02 Arena. The trio braved
extremely harsh winds and rain to reach the top of the 100 metre high
diameter structure. Leading the expedition they reached the top in just
under 25 minutes In total the team, who play in the beginner, learner
and training bands have raised more than £350 for the new band hall.
March and Hymn Contest 1st June 2019
We thought we played
OK, unfortunately the adjudicator did not agree. Never mind bring on
next year. The marching adjudicator on the other hand, thought we were
great and '1st on the march' was the prize. The training band played
very well too and received a great ovation. Jeanette collecting the
deportment shield Click here
to see a video of the Training Band.
Concert Sunday 19th May 2019 Kirkbymoorside
Memorial Hall What a great night of all things YORKSHIRE, Gods own
county. Thank's for all the support for the band and we hope you enjoyed
the trip around our wonderful county. A very very special thank's to
Yorkshires own 'ADAM COLLIER' who had us all in stitches between the
tunes. Don't forget phone calls to the almighty are charged at a local
rate in any church in Yorkshire. See you at the next concert.
10k Run -
Sunday 5th May 20019
Sails and Matthew Baildon
Joe and Matt
ran in the 10k run to raise cash, over £1000, for the new Band Hall.
The band would like to thank them both for their time and and effort,
especially Joe who ran with a bass strapped to his back. We played for
most of the run and enjoyed the day in spite of the cold wind. Some of the
competitors were actually sweating, Click the image for a bigger one
Saturday, March 16th, 2019 - Gala Theatre, Durham
2019 North of England Regional Championships
We finished in third place. We are disappointed not to be going to the
finals but it was not a bad result.
Sunday, March 3, 2019Kirkby Memorial Hall A good sized audience
attended our first run through of this years Regional Test Piece,
'Symphony of Marches'. We felt it was Ok with six more practices, and we
hope you all liked it. We were joined by our Training Band, Shining
Brass & Community Band. They all played so well and were a credit to our
tutors, thank's to all of them.
Band Concert Hall in Manor
October 2018 the band was finally able to get started with its
ambitious plan to build a Concert Hall
Training Bands Christmas Concert
All our five training bands played at All Saints Church on the
16th Dec 2018. What a concert it was with excellent playing from them
all. Proud parents listened to the kids prove what a talented group they
are. We can only look forward to a repeat concert next year.
Photos Click Here
for the rehearsal time for our six bands .The
band has an established noise policy
Videos and Photos of the event -
When there's something strange in the neighbourhood, who ya gonna
call? - Kirkbyband of course. Sunday 28th October saw a spooktacular concert by all
6 of the Kirkbymoorside Town Brass Band. Attendees were treated to
concerts by the Beginner and Learner Bands, The Community Band,
Shining Brass, the Training Band and the Senior Band.
Repertoire included Baba Yaga, Batman, Dance Macabre, Pirates of the
Caribbean, Adams Family, and Star Wars.
As well as dazzling music each band was fully dressed up for
Halloween, featuring everything from mummies to skeletons, ghost
pirates and wizards!
The Finale saw over 100 musicians playing Ghostbusters on stage
together. A huge thank you to all involved and to Ryedale School for
ENTERTAINMENTS CONTEST 2018 On
September 30th the band made the Journey to the Bolsover Brass Festival
Contest, held at Heritage High School in Clowne. Playing a programme
cleverly designed by their MD Sarah Woodward on the theme of Light and
Dark, the band featured 3 new players to their contesting ranks, Chris
Moxon, Pip Williamson and Elizabeth Clements. The concert started with
Paradisi Gloria from Karl Jenkins Stabat Mater suite for brass band. The
programme moved to feature their chosen soloist of the day, Ben Smailes
playing Rodney Newton’s Euphonium solo Ceilidh. Ben gave a confident
performance that was praised by the audience and adjudicator alike,
really transporting them to the highlands of Scotland. Sarah’s programme
then moved to what resulted in being the star of the show, Peter
Graham’s Candle of the Lord. A truly mesmerising performance, the
adjudicator noted the band had achieved a wonderful depth of sound.
Truly anyone in the audience would have been blown away by the true
brass band sound, with a musicality that was moving. Of particular note
were the cornet team, lead by Principal Cornetist Jeanette Kendall.
Having recently being named outstanding instrumentalist at the
Easingwold March and Hymn Contest, Jeanette’s mid piece solo was
wonderful, praised by adjudicator Roger Webster as the best sound he had
hear in a very long time. Candle of the Lord The band moved into the
“hypnotic” Indian Daybreak, capturing Philip Harpers atmospheric piece
perfectly. Ending the concert with a rip roaring rendition of Good
Morning, where the band mastered the technical content well, it was fair
to say that the audience and adjudicator had been treated to a truly
entertaining evening. The adjudicators remarks were extremely
encouraging and coming tenth placed the band in a good position to build
on the positives for 2019. Em.
Festival Garden Party
With rain forecast
the concert was played inside the marquee and to a nearly full house,
the audience, we think, enjoyed the concert. With a varied rogramme
including a quartet from four of our youngest players, a visit to the
vintage cinema and a solo from our principal cornet player we hope you
all enjoyed it.....
and her Juniors Beat off the Competition!
Saturday 2nd June saw our return to the Easingwold March and Hymn
Competition. Run by the local Lyons for the Yorkshire and Humber Brass
Band Association. The competition saw bands from across Yorkshire
competing for prizes including deportment, best March, and Best Hymn. The
Adjudicator John Roberts was incredibly impressed with the talent on show
and the local Youngsters from the Kirkbymoorside Junior Band really
dazzled with their marching, beating of all the adult competition and
winning the deportment prize for the best marching on the day.
Whilst the Senior Band are well seasoned competitors, representing the
town and country in competitions across the country, this was the
first such competition for the Junior Band who had to march through
torrential rain to a packed crowd. Jeanette Kendall their conductor was
righlty proud of their achievements: “We have been practicing marching for
a few months now, it is really difficult to play and march in time and in
straight lines and in torrential rain! I couldn’t be prouder of the
youngsters, they played so well and held their nerve” Jeanette
herself is the principal cornet of the Kirkbymoorside Senior Band and won
the coveted “Outstanding Instrumentalist Award” for her virtuoso playing
on the cornet. The senior band took third place overall and look forward
to next year and the challenge of trying to beat our oun junior band, it's
going to be a hard task ......
& 10K Run in Kirkby. It was a sunny day and we all enjoyed
playing yet again for these two great events in our home town of
Click Here for a YouTube Video
Wright our Rep player, works for
Smith Watkins. He makes, by hand, Fanfare Trumpets for the miliary. Take
a look at the videos. We
are proud to say he plays in our band.For a video,Click Here
Citadel Concert - Fri 20th April
We had a great
concert at the Citadel in Scarborough. We were joined by The Staxton
Singers who entertained with songs from the shows and great renditions
of classical pieces from Verdi and others. Our juniors played Choral and
Rockout in a special feature and did themselves proud.
We were delighted
to receive a wonderful framed picture of some of the work that has been
completed in the last year at the Citadel.
A good collection
will be used in the usual good causes.
The picture left
is Lieutenant Richard Weston presenting the framed photo to our Musical
Director, Sarah Woodward.
Regionals - Gala Theatre, Durham
We were delighted to attend and represent the town of Kirkbymoorside at
the North of England Brass Band Championships on the 18th March. The
test piece Kenneth Norbury's Odyssey, despite being technically
difficult, was well liked by all the players round the stand. This was
the first contest for both our Conductor Sarah and all bar one of our
Principal Players. As well as internal promotions to principal seats it
was also the first ever contest for some of our young players too and
they played outstandingly.
The band were delighted with the performance and were encouraged by
the adjudicators remarks. A great review by Steve Jack 4barsrest.com was
a great record and appraisal of the day: "After travelling through
the snow Kirkbymoorside show their intent with a restrained opening that
suits their young band. Sarah Woodward gives the music time and space
directing on her debut. Her dad John would be proud of her — it's
cultured stuff this. There are a few
slips here and there, but on the whole it's neatly portrayed and
cohesive. Middle movement may just lack a little of the quiet reflection
of others but it was delivered with confidence. The finale may not have
the strength and power either, but it has enough about it for a strong,
Of course those who know the band will smile at John being called her
dad, but needless to say John her father in law was exceptionally proud!
Emma Smailes (Solo Horn) "The band would like to express their thanks
to Sarah for all the hard work and passion she has put into the months
of rehearsals leading up to the contest. We could not be prouder than to
have sat on the stage under her direction." Andrew Willamson, local resident and band
parent summed up the pride of Kirkbymoorside Town in their band and
Sarah when he tweeted "Home Players playing with passion and pride! Who
could ask for more, well done Kirkbymoorside"
Radio York's Report March 2018
Will the royals be blowing North Yorkshire's trumpets. SMITH WATKINS Our rep player Richard Wright, featured in video, works
with Richard Smith who makes the Smith Watkins Fanfare Trumpets. Click here to see the YouTube video
Thank's to all that came to see Harmonia Choir and Kirkbymoorside Band
on the at St Peters Church in Norton. Judging by your reaction you
enjoyed it and we hope to see you again at one of our Concerts. You can
click here to see Harmonia's web site,
to check out where they are singing in the future.
CONCERT AT STOCKTON ON FOREST
Our new Musical Director Sarah Woodward delivered her inaugural
concert on 17th June 2017. Having only had the baton for a few months
Sarah delivered a programme that was a tour de force. The audience were
treated on a journey through brass, covering many continents, countries
and styles of brass music. Highlights of the evening were of
course the solo performances, of note Bass Trombonist Jim Butlers's
'Mah Na Man Na', with choreographed interruptions from our new sop
player John Sails the performance was further augmented, to everyone's
delight, by the streams of giggles from our younger audience members in
the front row.
There was also some new music on show that it was obvious the band had
enjoyed rehearsing and this was rewarded when it was clear that the
audience loved them too. The en-core, Show Me The Way To Go Home with
Raucous trombones was only topped by the 2nd encore, Mnozil Brass's
Florentiner Marsch which was the perfect mix of technical playing,
humour and musicality.
It was with sadness that this was the last concert of our 4th Man Down
Joe Sails, but the band wish him and Laura all the very best in their
move to Leeds and no doubt we will see him soon.
1992 – 2017
John Woodward Click Here
Training Section Concert April 2017
For a full report and photos, Click Here
- Antiques Roadshow
Sunday 26th March 2017
Barrett took this instrument along with the old band photos to see what
they made of it and the story that links the Ophicleide to over 200 years
of community music making in the town. The BBC adviser Adam Schoon was so
keen on the instrument that John was interviewed and filmed for possible
on the TV show. As to the value that was placed upon the Ophicleide,
well let's say it is worth more than we thought. Several years back Jane
Russell had donated an old Ophicleide to the band that had been passed
down through the generations to her from the mid 19th century when her
Great Grandfather had played in the town band and when the Ophicleide had
been in use. John thoroughly enjoyed his day out and was sad that Jane
Russell had been unable to be there too. It is understood that the
instrument is the same one that appears on the oldest photo of the band
taken at Rievaulx in the mid 1800's. It had for many years hung on back of
the door to her dad's (and Grandad's) joinery workshop before Jane rescued
it after the workshop had been demolished for new housing.Well done John,
it was agreat day for you and the band..
INorth of England - Area Finals 2017 Sunday 12th March saw the turn of the
Senior Band. Following their sell out concert on the 18th of February
where they performed Herbert Howells’ ”Pageantry”, the band took the
piece to represent the band at the North of England Area Finals in
Durham. The North of
England Area makes up bands from the Humber to the Scottish Boarders,
across 4 sections with over 30 bands competing across two days.
Kirkbymoorside now compete in the highest division, the Championship
Section, a huge achievement in itself for a band made up of homegrown
The band were complemented on their performance with note made of
the soloists, musicality and tuneful playing. It was also noted on the
day how “young” the band on stage were.
It was a day of firsts and lasts for the band. George Larson of
Kirkbymoorside making his contest debut on 3rd Cornet held his nerves
and did a great job. It was though, the last contest under the
leadership of John Woodward. John has taken the band at every Area
Finals for the last 25 years. He has lead the band to fantastic
successes including on 4 occasions reaching the National Finals of the
1st Section. The band were delighted to have been placed 6th on the
day, a wonderful achievement and tantamount to the work put in by the
players, under the direction, leadership and mentor-ship of the John.
Eskdale Festival. On the weekend of the 4th March
the training sections represented the band and town at the Eskdale
Festival.The training bands, beginner, learner and junior, joined
forces to enter two categories, one aged year 7 and under and one aged
year 11 and under. Whilst un-contested, both bands were awarded first
place with some wonderful praise from the adjudicator. He was blown
away by the breath of the band and the ability of the young players on
Sheriff of North Yorkshire
AWARD Click Here
Jim Butler has posted two videos on Face Book, to take a look, click
April Concert - Scarborough Citadel
night at the Citadel enjoyed a usual by the band and we hope the
audience had a good time to. A solo from John Sails, a song from Lindsey
and a duet from Ben and Phil. Frank James captivated us all on the piano
and a there was a good collection for the chosen charity.
Click here for a few photos
Our Junior Band played at Steam and Moorland near Pickering. The event
was to raise money for the Candlelighters who work very hard supporting
families with their fight against children’s cancer. Sarah, the junior
band master said "We had really good time and hope people enjoyed our
playing and as much as we enjoyed being there.
Click the Image for bigger view
NORTH OF ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS
Gala Theatre - Durham
After a 3 months practice 12th March saw the Kirkby Band’s return
the Championship Section to perform Philip Sparke’s Cambridge Variations
at the Gala Theatre for the North of England Brass Band Championships.
Whilst the test piece was challenging, it is fair to say that the Band
loved it. Its lyrical narrative coupled with running semi quavers and
faster sections tested every section of the band, from solo seats down.
On the day, given last year’s bus breakdown, the band arrived early to
Durham, only to find a last place drawer and the competition running an
hour late. However, the superb organisation of the competition meant we
had a place to drop off instruments and most of the band managed to
taste test a number of cake shops in the ensuing 3 hours!
On stage the band played well. Whilst nervous, the soloists did
exceptionally well and the adjudicator, commentary on social media
throughout by brass band pundits was really positive: Its a safe opening. Nice sounds and generally together.
Gorgeous flug tone.”
Well done baritones”
Despite the splits its a really nice slow mvt. Lots of emotion and
music found by MD. Cant get over flugs sound” Such good comments were echoed by our supporters in the
audience and some pundits had us fourth. However as the adjudicator took
to the stage he noted how difficult it had been to place the bands
outside of the top two and unfuoturnatley, despite good remarks we
ultimately came 8th.
Whilst disappointed the band and conductor (John Woodward) are
immensely proud to have represented Kirkby with a home grown band, with
no changes from the band who competed in the 1st Section a year earlier.
The band would like to thank and congratulate John on all his work, and
oddly will miss the fantastic Cambridge Varitations at our next
Junior & Senior Christmas Concerts At
the end of an extremely busy year of bi-centennial events the band was
delighted that both it’s Learner Section Concerts and Senior Band
Concert were performed to packed audiences. The first concert of the
learner sections was held at All Saints Church where in the morning
there had been a service of celebration of the band. At the Concert the
following awards were awarded: For Attendance – Charlotte Hickman,
Martha Walker and
Grace Walker, Speight Cup for most improved junior – Cally Cussons,
Edith Butler Award for potential – Isabel Jackson, Robin Butler Award
for most improved learner –Niamh Smithson, Fran Maw award for
outstanding contribution to Adrian Maxwell. Certificates for outstanding
musical progress were awarded to Charlie Flintoft, Ella Smailes, Charlie
Moxon, Bertie Larson and Harvey Brackley.
The following week saw the Senior Band concert (held in aid of the
Memorial Hall), which was, as ever a festive delight. The concert showed
again how supported the band is by the town and surrounding communities
as the Bass Players stood to play a solo in hand knitted hats by Olive
Simpson. Olive had knitted over 40 hats that had been sold for band
funds. The basses were sporting some fantastic Father Christmas ones for
the piece “When Santa Got Stuck Up a Chimney”
The band would like to extend their thanks to Olive and to all the
residents of Kirkbymoorside and surrounding towns and villages for the
support over Christmas. Many will have heard (and seen the band in
Olives Hat’s) carolling throughout December. As was announced at the
concert, this money is going towards the joint Scout / Band Hall that
the Band and Scouts hope to be built in 2016.
Click here for Photos of Senior Concert Click Here
for Photos of Junior Concert
Click here for a big photo of
Jim and Phil Click Here for the prize
winners and a few words from our Band Master - John Woodward
19-20 September. The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse.
On Friday 18th
September, after months of practice, the senior band of Kirkbymoorside
Town Brass band, with some very loyal supporters, started their long
journey to Cheltenham and the National Brass Band Championships of Great
Britain. This is the second time in as many years that Kirkbymoorside
have won through the Regional Stages to represent the North of England
at the prestigious event that sees 17 bands from across England,
Scotland and Wales competing for the coveted Champion prize. The band
that made the journey aged from 14 - 60. The youngest players on the day
being Conor Lalley, Mhairi Maxwell, Dan Towler and Ellie Fairweather,
all of whom represented the band and Ryedale School impeccably. They, as
99% of the Kirkbymoorside players on the stage, have benefitted from
Kirkbymoorside Town Brass Band's, free instrument and tuition programme.
The band now has over 100 players across 5 bands, making them unique
amongst their competitors on the day.
The piece, Kenneth Hesketh's Alchymist's Journal, was conceieved from
a quotation from a book by the same name by Evan S Connell. "We are told
that Time is a brisk wind bringing forth each hour some fresh
proportion, some new shape, and as our thoughts hourly change…so it
happens with Time. May not the close of a motion be also its beginning?”
Within the book Connell fictionalises a number of famous Alchemists’
writing, each one developing another’s thoughts. An idea is continued
but changed subtly to provide a new view point or way of thinking, the
process itself in fact alchemical, transmuting one idea into
another. In The Alchymist’s Journal (Variants for Brass Band) the
processes at work are similarly about retention and change. Whilst
abstract with no descriptive programme, the music is dramatic and has a
clear an unfolding narrative.
Whilst not without its challenges, the band thoroughly enjoyed the
dramatic, contemporary music. They performed magnificently and were
placed 11th. Particularly mentioned was the tuned percussionist Liam
Carter and the well balanced solo between Principal Cornetist John Sails
and Soprano Cornetist Sarah Woodward.
John Woodward the bands Musical Director said: “I am incredibly proud
of the band. This has been such a busy year, with our bi-centenary
celebrations, routine jobs and representing Kirkbymoorside at the
Himmighausen Germany Millenium Celebrations, but they have never once
faltered. Taking on this challenging piece and producing a fantastic
performance on the day”
If you would like to see the band live their next engagement is on
16th October at the Pickering Wartime Weekend and their next concert is
on 14th November at Stockton on Forest.
Town Brass Band and Fire Brigade are honoured Guests at Himmighausen
(Germany) Millenium Celebrations.
The award winning
Kirkbymoorside Town Brass Band, and representatives of the
Kirkbymoorside Town Retained Fire Brigade, have completed a highly
successful visit to Himmighausen, Germany in this the Band’s 200th
The band and representatives of the fire brigade were formally invited
as honoured guests to the 150th Schutzenfest (shooting festival) to
celebrate Himmighausen’s Millennium, the organising committee were keen
that the Kirkbymoorside Town Brass Band and Fire Brigade were included
within their celebration plans. The first record of Himmighausen dates
back to 1015 with a record of Himmighausen Castle in the Church Archive.
Kirkbymoorside Town Brass Band and Kirkbymoorside Fire Brigade have
been involved in exchange visits with the Himmighausen Blasorchester and
Feuerwehr since 1982 and this weekend’s celebrations were a true show of
the lasting friendship between the two towns.
Celebrations were started by over 300 guests attending a joint concert
in the local St Anthony’s Church to rapturous applause. The parade
followed with bands, fire brigades and the Schutzenfest King and Queen
marching, watched by 100’s of spectators.
To celebrate their millennium Himmighausen planted 88 trees in a world
record time, the first of which was the Kirkbymoorside Friendship
Oak Tree that was unveiled after the Schutzenfest Parade on Saturday
Sunday saw the District Councillor Friedhelm Spieker and Mayor of
Nieheim Thomas Müther attend a festival and craft market with concert by
Kirkbymoorside Town Brass Band in the local castle grounds.
"In Himmighausen there is something that is invaluable," said Spieker,
"namely, a great community and neighbourhood”
Phil Woodward – Kirkbymoorside Town Brass Band Manager “In total over
90 people made the journey from Kirkby to Himmighausen, and it has been
an awesome weekend. We and the firebrigade were delighted to represent
the town at such a prestigious event." Himmighausen hope to make a return trip to Kirkbymoorside in the
The Ryedale Festival - Our August Concert at Hovingham.
audience enjoyed the sunshine at The Worsley Arms in Hovingham at what
is by now our yearly appearance at The Ryedale Festival. The festival is
a well established musical event in Ryedale's year and it is always a
pleasure to participate. We played a varied program from classical to
pop and the audience enjoyed it all, we think.
for photos taken by a friend of the band.
The Big Meet - Durham Miners Gala 2015
great day was had by all at the 131st Durham Miners Gala on Saturday.
After a break last year due to a band wedding we were delighted to be
reunited with the Blackhall Lodge. The increase in numbers to the Gala,
with an estimated 180,000 people attending, meant that we did have to cue
for some time! But the wonderful weather and the camaraderie within the
Band, Lodge and Crowd shone through. The extended march meant we
entertained the onlookers at all opportunities with traditional pieces
such as the Miners Hymn Gresford and The Red Flag and Internationalle as
well as some more recent favourites such as Amarillo and Delilah. Special
mention to our stalwart basses, and stand in bass drummer who had the
literal weight to bear all day! As well as to Maihri and George our two
youngest players who smiled throughout."
here a video of our trip to Durhan.
The original members of the Kirkbymoorside Band could never have
probably imagined that 200 years after they met together to play, that
the town would be celebrating their bi-centenary with a weekend full of
music, fun, celebrations and over 100 musicians. We are so proud to be
the Kirkbymoorside Town Brass Band and look forward to the band and town
in 2215 reading about the fantastic bi-centenary weekend in readiness
for the 400 year celebrations
The Les Maw Memorial Concert A full house to remember
Les, Alan and Evelyn. The concert was sold out weeks before as expected.
The respect for these three Kirkby Band stalwarts was very high indeed.
The soloists, all taught by Les, played well and the audience showed
there appreciation. A poem was written about Les by Ron Johnson and
Hannah Woodward read it to the delighted crowd.
Click here to read the poem.We were very pleased that
so many of the Maw family could attend and we feel sure they enjoyed
listening as much as we all enjoyed
The Scarborough Concert Scarborough Salvation
A packed house on a
fine night led to a wonderful concert at Scarborough Citadel. It is
always a pleasure to play music by Salvation Army composers and
arrangers and with solos from John Sails, Sarah and Hannah Woodward
we played some of the finest music we have the pleasure to play, The
audience enjoyed the event and we were helped as usual by Frank James
and John Mitchell. This year we were joined by the 'Mini Manhattan
Voices' a new girl choir from Scarborough, they were fantastic, well
done. See you all again next year.
NORTH OF ENGLAND Championships Saturday 14th March 2015 Gala Theatre - Durham
1. Kirkbymoorside Town (John Woodward)*
2. Westoe (H. Thomas)*
3. Cockerton Prize Silver (Michael Hardman)
4. Ripon City Band (Malcolm Dibb)
5. GT Group Peterlee (Nick Hall)
6. Ashington Colliery Band (D Kendall)
Winning Conductor: Kirkbymoorside Town (John
Best Percussion: Kirkbymoorside Town
An early start from Kirkbymoorside saw us in a good mood after being
tipped to win by 4barsrest. After passing through Thirsk, the driver of
the bus started to fiddle with the controls, shortly followed by a trip
into a layby on the A19. A hose on the bus had come adrift and the coach
was overheating and going no further. Phil and the driver organised a
replacement bus from Malton followed by frantic phone calls to sort out
what we would do if we were late in Durham. We eventually got the draw
from Robin, and it looked good for us with a draw of fourth. In the mean
time Ripon City offered to swap with us should we be late. This was very
much appreciated and thanks to them for the offer. We arrived with
comfortably enough time and settled down to play in our draw position of
fourth. We played well but not to our best, but it was enough to do the
job. Yes a clean sweep with all the five prizes.
We all met in the 'John Duck Ale House' across the road to check out the
local beer, not bad for a none Yorkshire pub. The staff and a handful of
locals were startled when John Sails decided to try out the rather
splendid 'Geneva Cornet' we won as the winning band. Ilkley Moor
sung by us all at fortissimo, was tolerated by the regulars who were
trying to watch a rugby match on TV. Thanks for putting up with us. More
singing on the bus home when 'Sunshine Mountain' was climbed successfully,
yet again. The Championship Section beckons again next year with an even
bigger mountain to clime.
So it's off to Cheltenham later this year to represent the North of
England at the National Finals for the second consecutive year this time
as 'The North of England 1st Section Champions' . Congratulations to
Westoe who will join us in Cheltenham. Thanks again to Ripon City.
THE TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Well we were packed again and we are trying to find a solution to the
problem. The weather was kind and the concert was well received. We hope
you all enjoyed our choice of music and we will see all again next year. Click Here
for some pics of the event
Spirit of Remembrance
Elgar to Glen Miller and lot's more kept the audience happy at our
remembrance concert at Kirkbymoorside Memorial Hall. Martin Watts set
the tone with his skilful comparing and solos from John Barrett and John
Woodward kept the audience entertained to the the end when a Land of
Hope and Glory rang out across the market place. Thank's for coming and
we hope to see you all at the annual christmas concert...
is with great sadness that the band has to announce the death of Alan
Martin. After suffering illness over the summer, Alan passed away
peacefully during the early hours of Thursday the 16th October.
A special report in
YORKSHIRE LIFE MAGZINE
about the band
Our concert at Stockton-on-Forest Village Hall on Saturday 27th was a
great success with a full house listening to music from across the pond.
Solos from John, Sarah, Ben and a song from Lindsey. The audience were
superb in the singing at the end and we hope to see you all very soon..
The long journey to Cheltenham for the National Finals was definitely
worth it as we all had such a great time. Our band, along with The York
Railway Band traveled to represent the North of England in the National
Championship of Great Britain, Ist Section. We had a bit of a wait
having been drawn eleventh
which put us on stage at about 7.30pm. The organisation was very slick
and and relaxed and we had plenty of time for us to relax and prepare to
play. The piece was very demanding and after we left the stage, we
thought we had played it OK. After a long wait until the last band
played, the results were announced we finished in twelfth place one
behind York Railway Band. The band returned to the hotel and in true
tradition engaged in a small celebration which went on until the small
hours thank's to a very tolerant hotel staff. We all enjoyed the
experience and were not too disappointed with the result. A top ten
would have been nice but never mind. Banding is all about climbing
mountains, and we certainly climbed one on the bus on the our return to
the hotel. Well done Phil and thank's to our
Band Master and all in the organisation team for all the hard work they
Les Maw - BEM
what a do, the funeral that is. All Saints was full and at 11.00am on
the dot, Les was carried in by four bandsmen all of which were tutored
at some time by him. The band played for an hour before as we
anticipated the congregation would all get there early to make sure of
a seat. Two vicars talked about him, someone else recited a poem that
could have been about him and we all played and sang our hats of for
him. At the end Les was carried out to 'Marching Onwards' or Onward
Christian Soldiers if you like and we all agreed that was a wonderful
way to finish. Les we will all miss you in our own way and thank,s for
being around to enhance our lives so much. Click here for a message
from our Band Master
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The Ryedale Festival Brass Band Concert
Sunday 27th July 2014 - 3:00pm at The Garden, Worsley Arms, Hovingham.
The weather stayed fine and a good sized crowd sat outside and enjoyed
the tea and music.
Bedale Methodist Anniversary Concert
Saturday 7th June 2014, Bedale Methodist Church. It was a quick run up
the A1 to Bedale for us and a warm welcome from the people of this old
town in North Yorkshire. The church was wonderful with a great acoustic.
The basses had a interesting night sitting in the pulpit six feet above
the rest of the band. We look forward to visiting again soon.
The Scarborough Citadel Concert
The concert at The Scarborough Citadel was looked forward to by all the
band and a well balanced program was enjoyed by the audience. We gave
another run to 'Cry of the Mountains' and yes the audience jumped just
as high as the last time we played it at a concert. Thank's to all the
other artists and we look forward to our next visit to the Citadel.
Contrasts in Brass
Not such a big turnout this time, but we hope you enjoyed the concert.
Ben Smails was taken to hospital just before the day and we certainly
missed his playing. Thank's to Phil Woodward who moved up a seat at very
short notice. See you at the next concert.
The Area Finals 2014 -
t was a good day at
the 2014 Area Finals at The Dolphin Centre in Darlington. Cry of the
Mountains was a deceptively tricky piece that tested all the bands. The
man in the box said only two bands put in a good performance and we were
one of them bringing home 2nd place and best basses prize. A trip to
Cheltenham later this year for the National Finals was the prize and the
band look forward to the challenge. Our congratulations go to York
Railway Institute Band winners 1st section and Swinton Excelsior Band,
2nd in the 4th section, both bands are just down the road from us and
will make the trip to Cheltenham along with us....
Landscapes in Brass
The concert started
with the test piece 'Cry of the Mountain'. We played it in public for
the first time and it went quite well. The gun shot at the start of the
'Avalanche' movement was so loud half the audience jumped nearly as high
as the mountain, in shock. They all survived and we think enjoyed the
rest of the concert. Thank's for attending and see you at the next
The Traditional Christmas Concert at Kirkby......
Our traditional offering of Christmas music and carol singing in Kirkby
has come and gone yet again. What a turnout, and thank's to you all for
your patience while we got you all in. Thank's from all our bands for a
fantastic year, it's been one of the best years we have had. Your
support and encouragement throughout the year, will encourage all the
bands to achieve even more in 2014.
Junior Christmas Concert 2013
Kirkby's Junior, Learner and Community Band gave their
Christmas Concert at All Saints Church on 15th Dec 2013. A capacity crowd
enjoyed all the bands and well done to Sarah, Jeanette and Ben for all the
work they put in to present the concert.
Les Maw - 90th Birthday Party.
Les Maw celebrated his 90th birthday at a special party at the
British Legion Club in
Kirkby on Sunday 20th Oct 2013.
Wartime Dances 2013
What a great weekend for the band. Full houses at both Pickering and
Kirkbymoorside. We all enjoyed playing and hope you enjoyed the night
to. We are a subscription band so the money we make goes back into the
band to help in all our activities. The band transforms itself into The
Glen Miller Band for two nights ( No, Glen is not Ed Miliband's father
). Thank you again and we hope to see you all again next year.
Stockton-on-Forest Village Hall
With a packed hall and standing room only the evening was a huge
success. The film music of John Barry and the rest certainly kept us all
busy playing a demanding but very enjoyable concert to a wonderfully and
happy, we hope, full hall. Dean's Garden Centre and the band would like
to thank all who attended for what turned out to be a excellent night
for the charities involved, the band and all who helped.
Wagoners' Special Reserve Day - Sledmere
The band marched at an open day that commemorated the founding of the
Wagoners' Special Reserve in 1913 by Sir Mark Sykes, 6th Baronet. The
band paraded through the village, with several teams horses and carts,
regimental banners and members of the armed forces. There were stalls in
the grounds of Sledmere House and lots to see.
for photos of the day.
HELMSLEY CHURCH - THE FESTIVAL CONCERT
Our concert ,"Music for a Festival" at Helmsley Church featuring our
very special guest artist Ewan Easton-Principal Tuba with the Halle
Orchestra was a great success. The band enjoyed playing to a slightly
different audience than what we were used to and we think they enjoyed
the experience. Thank's to Ewan and Tim Brooks who helped out on the day
and we look forward to
a similar event in the future.
Brighouse March and Hymn Contest -
It was a pleasant ride by coach to Brighouse for the 2013 March and Hymn
Contest. We came sixth again, the same as last year, which was not bad
with the competition being supplied by some of the top bands. We did not
win the deportment prize this year which was a little disappointing.
Never mind we must try harder next year.
REFLECTIONS IN BRASS
- a good turnout for this concert marking the milestones of brass band
music. Everything from test pieces to big band music and a little pop
music thrown in for good measure. The final piece shook Kirkbymoorside
to the foundations with our resident gunner, Malk, let loose with the
modern equivalent of an armillary gun, yes a computer. The canons at the
end of the 1812 Overture were delivered through massive speakers and
were heard all over the town. Thank's for coming and we
look forward to seeing you at the next concert. (see above)
Area Finals - Darlington.Well
the girls all enjoyed Primark and the boys had a good time in the pub
but that was it as far as enjoyment went. David Read, the man in the
middle, commented we had a few mountains to climb, and we agreed that
was about right. The piece was at the limits of the bands ability and
despite trying very hard we came tenth, OK last. We all enjoyed the
experience in different ways and we look forward to next year when the
test piece should be a little more friendly.
Brass en Masse Ryedale
School was the venue for the most enjoyable concert we have played for
some time. The combined ensembles of Kirkbymoorside Town Brass Band.
Featuring over 90 brass musicians from the Training Band, Learner Band,
Community Band and the Senior Band. A
hall full of mums , dads, grannies, grandads, friends and relations
enjoyed the spectacle of their little future cornet star sitting next to
John Sails and the other members of the senior band. We are sure the
senior band members also enjoyed sharing the stage with all those
enthusiastic players of all ages......
Christmas Concert. 2012 Thank's very much to all who
attended this years Christmas Concert. We just about found a seat for you
all and we hope you enjoyed the music and singing as much as we did.
Congratulations to all the award winners and thank's from the scout group
for your more than generous donations. See you again next year. Click here for photos of
War Time Dances 2012
The two war time dances at Pickering and Kirkbymoorside were a great success
with a sell out at both venues. The events are part of the Pickering War
Weekend now established as one of the top events in Ryedale. The band
transforms itself into The Glen Miller Band for two nights and sets off from
Tuxedo Junction for a trip on the Chattanooga Choo Choo with a Bugle Boy
from Pennsylvania. Thank's to all who came and we hope you enjoyed it as
much as we did, see you next year......
Durham Miners Gala 2012.
The weather stayed dry and the sun came out for most of the time. There
seemed to be bigger crowds that ever and a good time was had by all. The
Blackhall Banner was carried with pride by the lads and lasses from
Blackhall and we were very happy to help out again. You might like to take
a look at the video on YouTube and marvel at the rhythmic swaying of John
Boy Junior, (flugel).
Durham Miners 2012
Brighouse March and Hymn Contest.
A better weekend at Brighouse with a 6th place overall
and a 1st in the Deportment. Our first visit to this very well oganised
contest. We played early, and we didn't stay until the end so we had a
wait for the results. Thank's for a very enjoyable day and we look forward
to next year..
One Contest, Two Concerts. Not a good day at Morley with our first
visit to this March and Hymn contest. Lets say we learned a lot and look
forward to next year. The two concerts at Kirkby and Stockton on Forest went
a lot better with nearly full houses at both. Lots of patriotic playing with
enthusiastic singing from the audience. Thank's for attending and we look
forward to seeing you all at the next OLYMPIC CONCERT
at Kirkbymoorside Memorial Hall.
Himmighausen trip to
Kirkby 2011 Our German
friends from Himmighausen visited over the weekend of 29th July 2011.
Their band played wonderfully and all our band were very impressed.
We all went to Whitby for fish and chips on Saturday morning. Fish and
chips seemed OK for them, but mushy peas received a less enthusiastic
welcome. After a dash back to Kirkby, we set off for Helmsley to share the
stage at a concert for the prestigious RYEDALE FESTIVAL at Duncombe House.
That night at the Memorial Hall, Kirkby we were all treated to a session
from Kirkby's own SOUL BAND.
After the first sober up,
football at the football field on Sunday morning was just the way to start
the day. Kirkby showed their generosity by letting Himmighausen thrash
them, in true England - Germany tradition. A march round the town in the
afternoon finished at the band room, where the Kirkby Junior Band gave a
confident and enjoyable performance.
Time for a quick nap, before the concert from both bands at
the Memorial Hall . Wonderful gifts were exchanged and a pledge to get
together in the future was expressed. A tearful goodbye on Monday morning
left us with a feeling that in spite of a lot of hard work from both
Himmighausen and Kirkby, the weekend had been a great success and it was
especially cheering to see the young members of both bands have such a
great time. The older members will take longer to get over it, but enjoyed
it just as much. Thank's to all the people who gave their free time in
both Himmighausen and Kirkby to make the weekend so enjoyable. Click here for the photos
Whit Fridays 2011 Well
we managed seven stops again. We had a brilliant day and we think we came
13th out of fifty odd band who qualified by completing six or more
stops. Over ninety bands took part.
Stockton on Forest
Concert This was the first time the
band has played at Stockton on Forest Village Hall. We enjoyed playing to
a full hall and hope you all enjoyed the programme as much as we enjoyed
playing it. Special thank's to all who helped and thank's to the Dean
family, of DEAN'S GARDEN CENTRE
for their support..
Durham County Brass Band Association 2010 The junior and senior band had
another successful visit to Blackhall for the annual solo, duet and quartet
2010 contest. We repeated last years success with seven class wins out of 9
Bandsman's Choice Thank's to all who attended the concert and
we hope you enjoyed listening as much as we enjoyed playing. The next
concert at Kirkby is on the 31st July with the Himmighausen Band followed
by the 17th September which is a musical tour of the world.
Whit Friday Marches 2010. Severn stops this year and an excellent day with a 3rd place at Delph
and 10th overall out of a field of 137 Bands. The band were saddened to hear
of the tragic accident and our condolences go to the family.
Geoff unexpectedly passed away in April 2010, doing what
he enjoyed most when he was not playing in the band. He was on the top of a
hill taking a break from one of his favorite walks in West Yorkshire. His
dry sense of humor, musical knowledge and playing talent will be
missed by all the members of the band.
didn't hear it Geoff, but a full band played really well at your last
Area Finals - Darlington
Sunday 21 March, and up to Darlington for the area finals. We were
encouraged by Stape's win in the 4th section and well done to them. We
worked our socks off at rehearsals to prepare George Llyod's 'English
Heritage' and it paid of with a fifth place in the championship section,
which for us was a result we were very pleased with,
Scottish Open Championship
All the way up to Perth for this years Scottish Open. We
had a great time and enjoyed everything except the result. We played below
par and had no issues with the result, so we can put the whole thing down to
experience. The concert hall was great, the hotel was brilliant with
excellent staff and the company in the hotel, 'Pemberton Old Band', help us to
drown our sorrows and finish a disappointing day with a good laugh.
Malton Contest Our local contest, just down
the road from Kirkby. The contest is going through a sticky patch at the
moment with a small but very determined entry. We drew second on in
class 'A' and thought we played well. Alan Hope was in the box and he
thought so too. We won Best March, best solo (sop) and 1st overall to
win the contest in a section with four bands playing. Never mind perhaps
more will turn up next year, and with a change of venue across the river
in Norton, with a lot better acoustic, it should be more enjoyable to
Durham County Brass Band Association 2010 Let's just say our players
from both the junior and senior bands did exceptionally well. We took
1st place in 7 out of the 9 classes so a very well done to all our
players. Thank's to the association for a very well run competition and
we look forward to next year.
Marches on the 5th June 2009.
We had a day at the Whit Marches on the
5th June 2009. We played a very wet six stops with probably the best
results to date. Diggle and Lyngate not too good, but eleventh at
Greenfield was better. As the night got older we got better, with 9th at
Scouthead, 8th at Denshaw and at Delph we shared 7th with Fairey
who ironically we shared a concert at THE SAGE in Gateshead on the
following Sunday. The concert was a huge success and we were joined by
Easington to really fill the stage with players and the hall with sound.
Thanks to Ray Farr and all the other players for a great day.