Kirkbymoorside Town Band North of England Champions 1st Section 2022
Women of Brass
had an excellent evening last night at our Women of Brass concert.
All the pieces we played had a female connection either the arranger
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.
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. OUR PLAYERS:
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
Smailes Sledmere Memorial as Honorary Trumpeter for the
Museum of the Wagoners Special Reserve Regiment
Niamh Lally at St Benidict's School and
Annabel Kent at Malton School
Connie Moxon, Lilian Plowright, Libby Cawood, Lottie
Robson, William Glover, Taliah Gowing, Anna Screeton at
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
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,
DECADES CONCERT 28th OCT 2023 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.
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,
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
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
Great concert at Hovingham for the Ryedale Festival. The
rain just about stayed away so we really enjoyed the event
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
For a bigger group image, click the picture.
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.
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.
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.
Brass on Tap - Training Bands and Tap Dancing -
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..
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.
OPEN REHEARSAL FOR THE 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 2022
video from the days celebrations
Jubilee Day 2022
Pomp & Circumstance No
May 8th 2022 Masterclass 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
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.
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