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Elland round off busy year

The Elland Silver organisation has just rounded off a very busy but memorable year.


Elland Silver Youth Band led by MD Samantha Harrison has just rounded off its busy year by performing two Christmas Carol Concerts at Halifax Minster on Christmas Eve.


A year, which has seen the band claim two National titles and a total of 16 trophies, is probably one of the most significant in the bands long history, with performances at numerous prestigious venues, and on many occasions with many of the banding worlds top ensembles.

The senior Elland Silver Band has also had an excellent year helping to raise much needed funds for a number of charities, whilst their latest CD release, 'Breezin Down Broadway’, has already begun to sell well.

The year was also made special by the presentation of The Queens Award for Voluntary Service — the MBE for Voluntary Groups4BR

Special presentation

The year was also made special by the presentation of The Queens Award for Voluntary Service — the MBE for Voluntary Groups. James Shepherd, Samantha Harrison, Kathleen Harrison and Kenneth Billington travelled to London in July to a Queens Garden Party at Buckingham Palace to receive the award.

Meanwhile, Sam was presented with Calderdale Councils ‘Good Citizen’ award at a dinner and council meeting at Halifax Town Hall in early December, becoming the third generation family member to receive the recognition.

New signings

Samantha was recently presented with a special award celebrating 25 years service to the Elland organisation, whilst the desire to continue the band’s success was shown with the signing of new players Janet Wiffen, Janice Davison, Jane Klevnow and Lyndon Beeby as well as player promotions to Bethan Plant and William Spencer.


Brooke's Barmy Army on the march again

May 20 • Make sure you support an inspirational young woman and an equally inspirational cause as they perform on a 10k course through Manchester on a very hot day today!


Tredegar to give world premiere of Tallis masterpiece

May 19 • Tredegar Band will give the world premiere of a brass band arrangement of 'Spem in Alium' amid the splendour of Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff this evening.


Keep an eye out for the troms in Windsor today...

May 19 • If you are glued to the set then see if you can pick out the troms of The Band of the Irish Guards — playing on their shiny new Rath Instruments


Kapitol sets out the cathedral Flowers

May 19 • Flowers Band will be presenting the first of a series of Cathedral Concerts in Gloucester this evening — with music for all the family (the Royals included).

Kettering Citadel S A Band -

Tuesday 22 May • 66, Rockingham Road,. Kettering,. NN16 8JU

Contest: Whit Friday March Contests

Friday 25 May • Saddleworth & Tameside OL3

Black Dyke Band - Huddersfield Town Hall - Massed Male Voice Choirs

Saturday 26 May • Huddersfield Town Hall, Corporation St, Huddersfield HD1 2TA

Foden's Band - Edwin Firth Commemoration Event - Sandbach

Friday 1 June • Sandbach School, Crewe Rd, Sandbach CW11 3NS

Contest: French Open Championships 2018

Friday 1 June • Amboise 37400

Enderby Band

May 21 • Enderby Band - National Finalists - Midlands 1st section. Are looking to appoint a new Musical Director. We're a hard-working sociable band and are looking for a dynamic & inspiring MD to continue the band's development towards the National Finals & beyond

Knottingley Silver Band

May 21 • Solo or 2nd trombone, a front or back row cornet and a Bb bass (positions negotiable) are needed at Knottingley Silver to complete the lineup. We have a decent calendar without being too heavy going. We also have a great social side away from band.

Witney Town Band

May 19 • Witney Town Band in West Oxfordshire require Tenor horn, Bass and percussion

Derek Renshaw

ABBA Member
Conductor, Band Trainer and Adjudicator.