Kirkbymoorside Town Brass Band
North of England Champions
1st Section 2022


North of England Championships
17th March 2024

After just over 2 months of intensive rehearsals, we felt we were playing 'Variations on an Enigma' by Philip Sparke as well as we could. This piece was the most difficult test piece we have ever played. The demands on all the players in all the sections could not have been higher, On stage we played our hearts out and we thought it was as good a performance as we could have have played. We were placed 7th out of nine so two bands found it even harder than us. We would not disagree with the adjudicators and with 4barsrest giving us a good report we agree with their praise of our MD Sarah who worked tirelessly to get us into the right place to compete at Championship level, the top level in banding. We now look forward to returning to rehearsals playing concert pieces which will be a pleasant change from a test piece like Variations on an Enigma. Well done all and bring on next year.

Area Test Pieces  -  2024

Swinton & District  and  Kirkbymoorside Bands
What a great night at the James Holt Concert Hall on Saturday 2nd March 2024. We got together with Swinton & District Band to play our respective Test Pieces. A large audience listened with a lot of interest to the two performances and I think we both did a good job. Swinton took us on a trip around Scotland whilst we charged around in search of an Enigma. The 17th of March will soon be here so lets hope for a result that we and our supporter would be proud of.   We were joined by Kirkbymoorside Community Band who entertained us all between the test pieces.

The band out Caroling on Christmas morning in Kirkbymoorside. Thank's for all the very kind donations in Dec 2023.
Christmas Concert 2023
A full house for the celebration this year at the James Holt Concert Hall. We hope you enjoyed our  program this year because we certainly enjoyed playing it for you all. Our veteran player, Jim Butler, won his own Gran's award. This is from his Facebook page, well done Jim.

'Today I'm feeling rather proud because last night I was awarded the my gran's memorial trophy ('Annie Butler Cup') at Kirkbymoorside Town Brass Band Christmas Concert last night. I really felt quite moved and overwhelmed when the band stood up around me. Thank you all. We might not be (quite) the playing standard of Black Dyke, Cory, et al, but this band is second to none when it come to the setup we have, the organisation, the players, but most of all the friendships and camaraderie. It's an organisation I am proud to (still) be a member of! Wishing all my friends at the band a wonderful and happy Christmas!'

That just about sums up what we all think and why it is a joy to play for this band, Kirkbymoorside Band. Other award winners
. Tom, Charlie and Phil all presented by John Woodward

Women of Brass
We had an excellent evening last night at our Women of Brass concert. All the pieces we played had a female connection either the arranger or composer. With everything from the very exciting Dorothy Gates, 'War Cry' to the wonderful 'Pater Noster' by Rebecca Lundberg. We must say a huge thank you to Kirsty Abbots for joining us, it was an honour to have such a talented player performing with us in our concert hall. Thank you too to our musical director, Sarah Woodward for selecting some exciting music for us to play.

Armistice Commemorations

This weekend players of the Kirkbymoorside Town Brass Band will be leading Armistice Commemorations across North Yorkshire. Band members of all ages are joining  their communities in commemorating the sacrifice of those who died in conflict and playing the Last Post. In addition to the band leading the procession in Kirkbymoorside to  All Saints Church where principal cornet Jeanette Kendall will perform 'The Last Post' — an honour played by a member of the band since 1918 — including 44 years by current soprano player John Sails.
Jeanette Kendall Pump Hill Kirkbymoorside and All Saints Church
Stanley Thexton Kirkbymoorside Primary School and Kirkbymoorside Beavers
Lottie Robson, Libby Cawood, Lillian Plowright at Hutton Le Hole
;llEmma Smailes Sledmere Memorial as Honorary Trumpeter for the Museum of the Wagoners Special Reserve Regiment
Niamh Lally at  St Benidict's School and  Ampleforth College  
Annabel Kent at Malton School
Connie Moxon, Lilian Plowright, Libby Cawood, Lottie Robson, William Glover, Taliah Gowing, Anna Screeton at Ryedale School 
Musical Director Sarah Woodward said:
"As always we are honored and humbled to  recognise the contribution and sacrifice made by the men and women of Kirkbymoorside and North Yorkshire 
xWe particularly remember those members of Kirkbymoorside Band who went to fight. We hope they would be proud that the band they played in continue to lead the commemorations"
In 2018 Kirkbymoorside was one of 1000 locations sounding 'The Last Post' to commemorate 100 years since the first Armistice and with 34 cornet players aged 7 to over 80, Kirkbymoorside Town Brass Band was the single biggest group in the world to play together.
"Robert David Photographer" Thank's for the photos, Kirkbymoorside 2022....


The amount of work put into this concert by Em  Net & Sarah is beyond belief well done you three  A special thanks to Mr Moxon, sorry,  'Henry'. His latest official press release photo is below.


Henry's latest press photo.

It was a special treat for the players from all our bands to play together I think we all learned something regardless of how experienced we were.

The very young player sat next to John Sails. stated to John  'you are a good player and should play in the senior band'. With judgment like that he should go far in life.

Himmighausen visit to Kirkby Oct 2023
Wow what a truly great weekend, our old friends from Himmighausen arrived on Friday afternoon to be met by some of us from Kirkby at The Walled Garden Helmsley. After a look round we transfered to the Band Room for the formal 'meet and greet' and the onto the hosts for a meal before the informal get together at the G&D in Kirkby. Home to bed and then onto Hutton le Hole Museum on the Saturday afternoon. Home again for a light tea then back to the Band Room for party time.

Fish & Chips from a van were excellent and woofed down with great enthusiasm by all. Then we were treated to a 'Dance Caller'  who had everyone prancing  around like seasoned country dancers, well almost. 'Dickies Disco' was next followed by two sets from 'Kirkby Soul'. Late to bed for a lazy start to Sunday with Sunday Lunch at the hosts houses. The Concert Hall hosted the afternoon activities with a concert by our Training Bands. Everyone enjoyed their lively performance.

Then a light meal and the final concert by The Himmighausen Band & Kirkbymoorside Band in the evening in the James Halt Concert Hall. Great to see James there and we are sure he enjoyed it as much as the audience. The concert was followed by guess what, yes more beer. Home for a sleep before the formal send of from  the Band Room on Monday morning. A special thanks to all the people who moved things, cooked & made things, supplied things and served things, well done.

 We know our friends arrived safely back  in Himmighausen and we hope they enjoyed the weekend every bit as much as we did. They once again try to drink Yorkshire dry and they nearly did it, but not quite, you will have to come back in a few years time for another attempt. 


Jim on the BBC
Our very own Jim Butler, now a TV star, appearing on BBC 'Escape to the Country',
don't blink, well done Jim you got the band in.

Great concert at Hovingham for the Ryedale Festival. The rain just about stayed away so we really enjoyed the event  Click Here for a bigger Picture

24th June 2023
James Holt Concert Hall
Great night with lots of fun and games and I hope a lot of good playing. The feedback was good so thanks to all who made it a success, you know who you are. Well done the quiz winners 'The Butlers' and 'The Moxons'...

Kirkby Band - Solo Contest 2023
Is there a better way to spend a Sunday than to sit and listen to over 30 of the best musicians in the area who are willing to be tested in a contest judged by one of,  if not the best cornet player in brass banding, Richard Marshall. I think he was very impressed  by the playing of all the age groups from Year 3 & 4 to the Veterans. Thank's for taking part and special thank's to our sponsors 'SMITH WATKINS' and  lets hope this becomes a yearly event

For a bigger group image, click the picture.


Helmsley Arts Centre
The Art of Brass

From 'Tom & Jerry'  to the 'The Great Gates of Kiev, we hope you enjoyed listening as much as we enjoyed playing. We had a lot of very nice comments after the concert so we think you did. It was just a bit on the hot side but we all survived.



Everyone had a great time at the Coronation Concert, Contributions from all our bands and a great performance from Kirkby Scout Group.

Kirkbymoorside  Tractor & 10k Run
A large entry and crowd for this annual event with close to a hundred tractors and great entry.
The day kicked off with  the Beadlam Tractor Run, raising money for The Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Following the tractor run, The Toddler Dash which was open to children up to the age of 6. Then the ‘4km Fun Race’ open to young people from 11 upwards; this took in a local loop on quiet country roads with the finish down our high street with cheering crowds on both sides.The main event  followed with  The Kirkbymoorside 10k race. After the 10k runners had left the town the ‘Children’s 1 Mile’ which was open to children from 7 to 11 and again finished down the high street. Well done every one and roll on next year.

North of England Brass Band Championships
12th March 2023 was the date for the North of England Brass Band Championships. We are now back in the Championship Section so the 'Red Priest' was the challenge that awaited us. So after many hours of practicing we put everything into our performance on the day. We came 8th and were praised for our "lovely" solo cornet "nice solos" and "effective Percussion" and a performance of "good musical intent". We would, of course liked to be placed a little higher, but that's contesting. The piece was very hard and all the of us, to be sure, will be better players after the experience. That's got to be a plus.
Well done everyone.

Last Saturday (4th March) the Swinton and Kirkbymoorside Bands came together to present an entertaining and lively evening of music, which included each band's set test piece music for the North of England Brass Band Championships at which the two bands will compete next week-end (thankfully not against one another).
The contest will be held in the Gala Theatre in Durham where Swinton will play "Hungerford Town" and Kirkbymoorside will tackle “The Red Priest". 
Both bands are looking forward to the contest and are most grateful to the enthusiastic audience that filled The James Holt Concert Hall.
Their generosity and kind donations on the night raised nearly £1000, which the two bands will share. That money will go a long way to defraying transport costs for the contest.
Both bands can only say a huge "Thank-you" to everyone for their help and support.

John Barrett. (Treasurer)


Brass on Tap - Training Bands and Tap Dancing - Click Here


Well we hope you liked the player's choices and you must agree it demonstrates the wide variety of tastes that the band has. There was a good mix of serious and more modern music. New faces were spotted in the audience, so welcome to you and we hope what you heard will encourage you to come again. The next concert is the Christmas concert when we will no doubt be dusting off all the old favourites to bring cheer to you all on 18th December 2022
50 Monuments in 50 Voices is a dazzling project that showcases thought-provoking, individual responses to 50 unique monuments at St Paul’s Cathedral from artists, writers, musicians, theologians, academics and more.

‘The Lost Chord’ by Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842–1900)  Kirkbymoorside Town Brass Band’s Response to the Composer’s Monument by Sir William Goscombe John RA, 1902

  Remembrance Parade
13th Nov 2022
It was a bit misty, but it was quite warm for the annual remembrance parade in Kirkby this year. The usual good turnout and the wonderful playing of our own Jeannette made the day a memorable one..
Cheltenham 2022
Well it was not the result we wanted, but it certainly was the performance we worked so hard to deliver. We came off stage very very happy with our playing  of 'Tritticio' at The National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain. So we are not to unhappy with our placing, and will put it down to experience and move on. Every player gave their all and should be pleased with their playing. Thorough preparation by our MD Sarah and organisation of the trip by Phil should be noted, and we can look back with pride to our latest trip to the National Finals.
At Cheltenham
We had a well attended open rehearsal at the Concert Hall. Thank you for coming and we hope you enjoyed the fun and games.
Ryedale Festival 2022
James Holt Concert Hall

There was a full house on Sunday 24th July 2022 at our concert for the Ryedale Festival. It is a great pleasure and an privilege  to represent Ryedale in this now well established musical highlight in the Ryedale calender..

Queen Elizabeth 11 Jubilee 2022
June 4th 2022 was a very special date for our country, it was 70 years since our Queen's Coronation in 1953. Kirkbymoorside put on a series of great events over the period, far to many to mention. On Saturday we turned out in force with all our bands to put on a celebration performance in Market Street in the center of town. Before the performance, all the bands and fancy dress competitors followed by members of the public, paraded from the sports field to Market Street. We finished the day with a rousing performance of Pomp & Circumstance No1 with great audience involvement, well done everyone including the crowd.
Photos by :Jean Illingworth


Jubilee Day

Queen Elizabeth 11

Pam Towler's
video from the
days celebrations
Jubilee Day

Queen Elizabeth 11

Circumstance No 1


May 8th 2022

Members of Black Dyke

A Massive thank you to Jeanette Kendall for a wonderful day, here are the first set of photos from throughout the day

More pics on our Facebook Pages : Emms Post

              Sammy's Photos


James Holt Concert Hall
22nd April 2022

We all enjoyed playing at the concert on Friday night and we hope you all enjoyed listening. The selection of music was very wide ranging with a few unusual items just for a change. We hope you liked them. 

North of England
Brass Band Champions 2022
Winners 1st Section Kirbymoorside.

Here is proof if proof were needed that hard work does pay off. We are over the moon with our win in Durham at the end of a month or two of very hard practicing. Our MD, Sarah got the very best out of us on the day to take the winners trophy  and of course she won the best MD.
The basses shone yet again taking the best basses. We can't wait for the UK finals in Cheltenham later in the year. Thanks' for the understanding and support of wives  husbands and parents who will now get their families back. For a report on 4barsrest, Click Here

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