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North of England 1st Section Champions - 2015
Kirkbymoorside Town Band  -  Championship Section

Kirkbymoorside, 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. If 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...
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BBC   -  Antiques Roadshow   
Sunday 26th March 2017


John 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 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..

North 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 local players.
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.

The 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 show.

High Sheriff of North Yorkshire
John Furness.
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Xmas Concert
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April Concert - Scarborough Citadel

Another great 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

Kirkbymoorside Junior Band. 

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.

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