Several new players have joined the ranks of the United Co-op Yorkshire Brass Band over the past few months, giving some valuable strength to the band as it prepares itself for the challenges of the New Year. Emily Dodsworth and Leisa Mallalieu join the cornet section. Emily, who is studying at the Royal Northern College of Music, joins the band from Polysteel (Flowers) whilst Leisa, who studies at the University of Huddersfield, joins the band from Innovate Skelmanthorpe. The band also welcomes Paul Barrett on baritone who joins from Kirkbymoorside Band. The players join just as the band’s busy schedule kicks in with several concerts and a contest appearance left in 2005 before the new year when the band will commence the year by giving the UK premiere of Phil Lawrence’s incredibly challenging major work, Gregoritas. Gregoritas, which has already received premieres in Australia and New Zealand will be receiving its UK premiere four years after Phil wrote the piece. “The piece is incredibly challenging to perform but a real pleasure to listen to. It harks back to the genre of Gregorian chant and creates a really effective ambience that will be enjoyed by any audience, especially in the perfect venue of St. Andrew’s Hall, Norwich, when the band will be joined by Norfolk Wherry Brass on Saturday 28 January. There is no doubt that the music will stretch the band but this is what the band thrives on; being worked hard whilst enjoying some excellent music and most of all having fun! It will be the perfect pre-Area workout!” said the band’s manager Tabby Clegg.