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Watkins takes Hepworth baton

Ryan Watkins has taken on the role of Musical Director at Hepworth Band.

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  Ryan Watkins takes over the baton at Hepworth

The Hepworth Band has announced that Ryan Watkins is to become their new Musical Director.

Perfect time

It follows his recent resignation from a successful two year tenure at Slaithwaite, with Ryan telling 4BR: "The opportunity has come at a perfect time and was one I couldn't refuse.

After being invited to a rehearsal, it was clear that Hepworth was in a strong place and had an excellent atmosphere in the bandroom.

I can't wait to relish in the opportunity of taking them forward and help achieve the ambitions of the band players."

Lucky

He added: "I would like to thank Slaithwaite for the two years we worked together. The band enjoyed a very successful period and it was a joy to be able to rehearse with a full band on a weekly basis.

I'm hoping to remain connected in some way with them, and I know the conductor who takes them on will be very lucky to join such a welcoming band."

I can't wait to relish in the opportunity of taking them forward and help achieve the ambitions of the band playersRyan Watkins

Forward thinking

Commenting about the appointment, Hepworth spokesperson David Clegg said: "We're delighted to have signed such a talented, charismatic and forward thinking young conductor to lead us. Whilst at Brighouse & Rastrick, under his musical mentor Prof King, Ryan has proved himself a musician of the very highest calibre.

We have been looking for a permanent Musical Director for the past year and we believe that Ryan is the right choice to take over the reins, to steer and build our ambitious band to further successes."

Valued

He added: "Hepworth Band are very grateful for the work that has been put in over the past year from the valued relationships with Dr David Thornton and Mark Bentham, and also with Norman Law, who has led the band on various successful concerts throughout the year.

The band are very excited by the appointment and we look forward to a long and successful relationship."

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