of England 1st Section Champions - 2015
Kirkbymoorside Town Band - Championship Section
Master - Manager
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or Kirkby as it is known locally, is situated at the southern foothills
of the North Yorks Moors. It is 7 miles from Pickering and 6 miles from
Helmsley. Kirkby has had a band since at least 1815 and we have the
minutes book from 1890 until today. The bands first
contest win was the Kirkbymoorside poultry and industrial show contest
of 1886. Our band room was built in 1976
on land kindly donated by James Holt who lives in Kirkby. It is a purpose
built building and is used for all band activities including practices
which are three or four times a week. We currently have a Senior Band,
Junior Band, Learner Band, Community Band and a Beginner Band. Over
90 musicians in all. The band has always been a subscription
band and rely on the generosity of the public for support.
you would like to help by donating a gift of money to the band, please
ring the Band Manager and ask him where to send the money.
You can also
help the band by using this web site, Click the logo..
the rehearsal time for our six bands.
band has an established noise policy
ENTERTAINMENTS CONTEST 2018
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 of the Competition!
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 ......
pleasure playing for the Tactor & 10K run in Kirkby. It was a sunny
day if not a bit hot and we all enjoyed playing yet again for these
two great events in our home town of Kirkbymoorside..
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 playes in our band. For a
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 Theater, Durham
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
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, triumphant close"
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"
York's Report March 2018
the royals be blowing North Yorkshire's trumpets.
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
Bands Christmas Concert
Photos & YouTube Videos Click Here
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.
few photos from Lastingham 2017
Photos : Robin Pearson
Salvation Army Facebook Page
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
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
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.
Training Section Concert
For a full report and photos,
- Antiques Roadshow
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
on the instrument that John was interviewed and
filmed for possible use
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..
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