Sellers Youth bring Meechan piece home

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  1. Mark Bousie

    Mark Bousie Member

    The Sellers International Youth Band will give the ‘local’ premiere of Pete Meechan’s ‘The Chronicles of Odersfelt’ (Four Portraits of Huddersfield) in the band’s hometown on Sunday 8th May. The band, to be conducted by its Musical Director, Mark Bousie, will perform the work, which takes its title from the Doomsday Book’s name for Huddersfield , when they appear as guests of the Honley Male Voice Choir (Alan Jenkins) at a concert to raise money for the ‘Forget Me Not’ Charity. Fittingly, the concert will take place in the wonderful acoustic of Huddersfield Town Hall at 2.30pm.

    The band gave the very first performance of ‘The Chronicles’ at last month’s National Youth Brass Band Championship of Great Britain, held at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. The piece received many favourable comments and will shortly be available for all bands to play as it is to be published by Prima Vista Music. The band are proud that a composer of Pete’s standing chose to write a work for them and are delighted that the Young Composer in Residence of the Black Dyke Band will be present at the Town Hall to hear his work ‘come home’.

    ‘The Chronicles of Odersfelt’, a seven minute concert suite falls into four distinct movements, each describing moments in the town’s history.

    1. Castle Dwellers – early Huddersfield-the town’s first inhabitants move from their hill top homes (now known as Castle Hill) down into the valley.
    2. The Industrial Age – a highly rhythmic and percussive movement describing the town’s growth during the Industrial age.
    3. In Memoriam – an elegiac and reflective movement, featuring a cornet solo, portrays the town’s losses during the 2nd World War.
    4. T he Present Day – a brief and triumphant coda describing the hustle and bustle of the busy and lively modern day Huddersfield.

    The work was commissioned by Musical Director, Mark Bousie and Sellers International President, David Armitage.

    Alongside Meechan’s new work, Sellers International Youth Band will play a number of other pieces from its current repertoire and also feature the band’s talented young Principal Cornet player, 14 year Joe Murray.

    Forthcoming events for the band include one of their players’ nights of the year, the Whit Friday March Contests, held in the villages of Saddleworth and Tameside on 20th May and participation in the new British Open Youth Championships, to be held at Pontins Holiday Camp, Prestatyn on the weekend of 25th/26th June.

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