The Band enjoyed its best day for some years “over the tops” on Whit Friday, May 20. Two first places, two seconds, a fourth place and a number of individual prizes meant that Hepworth earned a bonus cheque by coming third overall in the Oldham and Saddleworth Area.
However, the evening was one of the wettest in recent years. The Band played the well known contest march “Ravenswood” by William Rimmer.
Hepworth managed to play at seven contests in spite of the increasingly wet weather, which is no mean feat in itself. Brighouse & Rastrick won the overall prize, and Faireys were second.
Earlier in May, the Band competed in the British Open Grand Shield contest, where they were also placed third, behind Carlton Main and Jaguar Land Rover bands. Sadly, this meant that they just failed to qualify by one place for the British Open proper to be held at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, in the autumn. The set test piece was “Of Distant Memories” by Edward Gregson.
Your next chance to hear the Band is at the Butcher’s Arms on Sunday, June 12, when they will be playing outside (weather permitting) at 2.00pm. This free concert is timed to coincide with the Hepworth Church Garden Party, both events being held to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations. Cue more patriotic music?
The Band will be present as ever for Hepworth Feast on Monday, June 27, both marching round at the head of the procession in the afternoon and playing for the hymn sing in the evening.
Hepworth will be competing on Sunday, July 3 at the Brighouse March Contest, organised by the local Lions Club as part of a festival of brass weekend. Following that, there are two more chances to hear the Band free this summer, with further appearances at the Butcher’s Arms, on July 10, and August 28.
Hepworth Band played at Christ Church, New Mill on April 23, 2016, in a programme featuring the most English of English music including Crown Imperial, Nimrod from the Enigma Variations, the Lost Chord, Jerusalem and the Pomp & Circumstance March together with many more of your favourites to celebrate England’s national day.
More than 50 bands took to the St George’s Hall stage over the weekend of March 5-6 for the Yorkshire Regional Brass Band Championships as they competed across five sections for the right to represent Yorkshire at the national finals.
In the Championship section an inspired Hepworth, directed by Mark Peacock, continued its good run of recent form, narrowly missing out on a place in the finals at the Royal Albert Hall by finishing third behind winners Black Dyke and second placed Carlton Main Frickley Colliery with Rothwell Temperance, Hammonds Saltaire and Grimethorpe Colliery making up the top six. Hepworth’s percussionist Carol Stephens also picked up the award for the best instrumentalist.
In the first section there were rewards for Lindley and Elland Silver finishing third and fourth respectively.
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The Band was formed in the village of Hepworth, near Holmfirth, in 1882, making it one of the oldest brass bands in the country. Today, it competes in the Championship Section, making it one of the best bands in the UK.
It has had a proud contesting tradition since its founding, and in recent years, has won a string of prestigious prizes. At the same time, it runs its own concert series every year, supports local charities and other events, including the famous Hepworth Feast, and appears at other venues across the U.K. throughout the year.
The Band relies on generous donations from a number of companies, both national and local, for its continued existence. Since the beginning it has also relied heavily on subscriptions raised from local people, and this tradition continues today.
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