Press release: Saturday 2nd April 2011 Travel logistics lead to Leyland and Philip Harper parting company. Leyland Band announce that the partnership between themselves and professional MD, Philip Harper has come to an end. "The band has had a great year with Philip," commented John Doyle, Associate Musical Director. "His enthusiasm and hard working ethos have produced some memorable performances and an outstanding CD, ‘The Age of Chivalry’." "The reason for the split is simply logistical," John added. "Philip lives five hours from the bandroom and the band has to consider the expense involved. It just isn’t sustainable to bring him to the band regularly. We are not sponsored and generate revenue from concerts, workshops and CD sales alone." "I've enjoyed my year with the band," commented Philip. "They have such fantastic potential and whilst I'm sad to relinquish my post due to the travel, I'm sure it will enable the band to achieve some much needed consistency too. I wish everyone at Leyland the very best for the future and look forward to working with them again soon." John Doyle concluded: "The band would like to pass on its gratitude and thanks to Philip for a very exciting and enjoyable year under his direction."