Inaugural Black Dyke Band Brass Arts Festival

Discussion in 'Bandroom News - User Submitted' started by TheMusicMan, Mar 8, 2008.

  1. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    Inaugural Black Dyke Band
    Brass Arts Festival

    Black Dyke Band is proud to announce the inaugural Brass Arts Festival which will take place at the Gandhi Hall, Leeds Metropolitan University, Headingley Campus over the weekend of April 4th to April 6th 2008.

    The Festival Administrator, Alison Childs, explained “The concept comes from the creative team of Professor Philip Wilby and Dr. Nicholas Childs to showcase the band and its music and we are thrilled that Elgar Howarth has accepted to be our Inaugural Artistic Director."

    Nicholas Childs commented “We are delighted to have a musician of Howarth’s stature to be Artistic Director and it seemed fitting that we should commission him to write a major new work for our star cornet soloist, Richard Marshall with the world premiere in the Gandhi Hall.”

    Philip Wilby enthused 'The whole concept of a Black Dyke Festival is rich with possibilities. As the band's horizons widen, we need new opportunities to develop our individual visions, building on the work that we have started in recent years. This first Festival, with Elgar Howarth at the helm, will showcase major initiatives from David Thornton, and Joe Cook, as well as premiering Howarth's new work for cornet and band, and using the combined talents of our own in-house writers as well. It will be a pleasure to take part.'

    The event starts on Friday with an ensemble of the Black Dyke Band playing compositions from some of the Young Composers of the Yorkshire Youth Brass Band, where Elgar Howarth and Philip Wilby will be offering their experience to the composers.

    On Saturday afternoon, there is an opportunity for any players of “lower brass”, including euphoniums, baritones and basses, to join in a “Spotlight” workshop to enjoy a few hours of tuition and music making with David Thornton and Joseph Cook, concluding with a recital at the end of the afternoon.

    Saturday evening will be the Festivals first Gala Concert at 7.30pm preceded by a talk by Elgar Howarth, Professor Philip Wilby and Dr Nicholas Childs who will explain more about the programme. The Gala Concert, by Black Dyke Band, includes Walking With Heroes by Paul Lovatt-Cooper, and a performance to a projected film of the exciting chariot race from Ben Hur as well as the World Premiere of the new cornet work commissioned by Elgar Howarth.

    The conclusion to the Festival will be on Sunday afternoon at 2.30pm, when the Black Dyke Band and the Yorkshire Youth Brass Band will perform a concert conducted by Elgar Howarth and Nicholas Childs which will include Howarth’s Fireworks, Wilby’s Paganini Variations and Paul Lovatt-Cooper’s Dream Catchers. Again there will be a pre-concert talk by Elgar Howarth, Professor Philip Wilby and Dr Nicholas Childs starting at 1.45pm.

    Free admission to the Saturday afternoon Lower Brass Spotlight event can be arranged by emailing David Thornton or by calling Joseph Cook on 07773 374064. Admission to the Friday evening Composers Collective in the Jubilee Room at 8pm is also free. Tickets for the Saturday evening concert, or the Sunday afternoon concert, priced £10 each, are available from Leeds Town Hall Box Office, telephone number 0113 224 3801.

    All enquiries about the Festival should be directed to the Festival Administrator Alison Childs on 01457 820138
  2. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    Hadleigh, Essex
  3. Nick Wilson

    Nick Wilson Member

    Banbury, Oxon.
    Black Dyke Festival Online

    Dyke Festival online

    [​IMG] Concerts at the Black Dyke Arts Festival this weekend are to shown live over the internet.

    Anone know if it is possible to watch these after the event as i've managed to miss both of the broadcasts this weekend! You were supposed to access them via a link on 4barsrest.
  4. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    Type Black Dyke into the search field here and you will find the archived recordings from the weekend. ;)
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