The Sellers International Youth Brass Band will give the World Premiere of a new musical work by Black Dyke Band’s Young Composer in Residence, Pete Meechan, at the forthcoming National Youth Brass Band Championships of Great Britain on Sunday 10th April. Musical Director Mark Bousie and the Sellers organisation’s President David Armitage commissioned Pete to compose a substantial work related to the band’s home town of Huddersfield late last year. The result is ‘The Chronicles of Odersfelt (Four Portraits of Huddersfield)’ a 6-7 minute suite for brass and percussion. Odersfelt is the ancient name given to Huddersfield in the Doomsday Book. The work’s four movements describe a number of periods in the history of a town which arguably could be described as the ‘capital of brass bands’: 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. The Present Day – a brief and triumphant coda describing the hustle and bustle of the busy and lively modern day Huddersfield. The work will given its first performance during Sellers Youth’s programme at the Championships to be held at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. This year band will be moving up a level to compete in the Community Section after two years in the Junior Category. The section, featuring a number of the top youth bands in the country will take place in the Haden Freeman Concert Hall. ‘The Chronicles of Odersfelt’ will be given its Huddersfield premiere at a date in the near future and will also hopefully be published. Mark Bousie commented that ‘the band and the whole Sellers organisation are proud that a composer of Pete’s stature has chosen to write a work for them and are very much looking forward to the performance. We also hope that other groups will choose to perform the piece and it will become an established part of the repertoire for Youth Bands’. Looking forward to the work’s premiere Pete Meechan said ‘that its fantastic that Sellers support such projects and great to be involved with such an enthusiastic group of young people, a forward looking sponsor and my old college friend, Musical Director Mark Bousie’. Sellers International Youth Band have now been in existence for nearly seven years and during this time have achieved a number of notable competition achievements, including the award for the ‘Most Promising Band’ at last year’s National Youth Championships, and many highly acclaimed concert appearances. The band is always looking for new members. Brass or percussion players of any standard (beginners are also very welcome), aged between 8 – 19 years are welcome to come along to rehearsals on Fridays 6-7.30pm at the Youth Bands headquarters on Chapel Hill. Instruments may also be available. Please contact secretary Paul Smith on 01484 301359.