Sellers band news

Discussion in 'Bandroom News - User Submitted' started by Ali, Dec 27, 2006.

  1. Ali

    Ali Member

    A lunchtime concert on Monday 18th December at a packed Leeds Town Hall
    brought another busy Christmas schedule for the Sellers International Band
    to a close. A hectic weekend prior to that had seen an engagement at
    Huddersfield Parish Church on the 15th, a concert given to a 750 strong
    audience at Halifax Parish Church for the Overgate Hospice on the 16th and
    the annual Sellers Charity Concert (this year raising money for 'Music and
    the Deaf') at St Pauls, the concert hall of the University of Huddersfield,
    on the 17th.

    At the St Pauls concert a number of presentations were also made to people
    who have played a significant role in the life of the band over the past
    year. The annual 'Bandsperson of the Year' award this year went to Principal
    Euphonium, Mark Bousie. In making the award, Musical Director Philip McCann
    spoke warmly of Mark's loyalty and commitment to Sellers (he has been with
    the band for over 10 years now), his work as conductor of the successful
    youth band and the reliabilty of his performances on the contest and concert
    stage. Presentations were also made to hard working working librarian and
    2nd Euphonium player, Toni Howden, Mrs Carol Armitage, wife of Sellers
    Sponsor and President, David Armitage, who organised the concert, and Mike
    Meadmore, compere for the evening and a former chairman of the band. Philip
    also paid tribute to David Armitage and Tim Sugden of the Sellers Group for
    their continued support of the band. In recent times, where bands of all
    levels across the country have struggled with loss of sponsorships, Sellers
    is a perhaps seen as a beacon of how a band, company and local community can
    work successfully in tandem. The band recently celebrated its 20th
    Anniversary. 19 of these years have seen the band carry the Sellers name and
    it is something that the members very much appreciate.

    Earlier in December ,Sellers performed their annual Christmas concert at the
    intimate setting of the Parish Church of the village of Lepton, a joint
    concert with the Sellers Youth Band and local primary school choirs at
    Huddersfield Town Hall (proceeds going to the funding of Holmfirth's
    Christmas Lights) and a very well recieved performance at Morley Town Hall
    as part of the Leeds Leisure Services Brass Band concert series. The latter
    featured a number of the band's outstanding team of soloists, including Iain
    Culross (winner of the Best Principal Cornet award at the recent Brass in
    Concert Championships), Sian Carridus on Flugel Horn, Leah Williams on Horn,
    Rebecca Lundberg on Trombone, Mark Bousie on Euphonium and ,BBC Radio 2
    Brass Young Musician of the Year, Ben Thomson on Tuba.

    The Sellers Band are now looking forward to their first engagements of 2007;
    these include a concert at the Hawth, Crawley on Sunday 14th January,
    another return visit to Telford as guests of the hugely successful bands of
    the Abraham Darby School on Saturday 20th January, and of course ,looking a
    little further further into the future to March, the Yorkshire Regional
    Championships, where the band will look to build on their recent excellent
    3rd place achieved at the Brass in Concert Championships.