More than 100 Yorkshire male voices took to the stage at Huddersfield Town Hall on Sunday October 1 as the massed choirs of Steeton and New Mill Male Voice Choirs joined forces with the Hepworth Brass Band for a “Yorkshire Spectacular” matinée gala concert in support of Parkinson’s UK with guest compere David Hoyle from BBC Radio Leeds Yorkshire Brass.
The Band returned from its summer break with the second instalment of “Brass @amp; the Butchers Arms” on Sunday, August 27, 2017.
The bank holiday weekend weather was, for once, excellent, and the band played to a large crowd in front of the pub. A special feature of the afternoon was the opportunity to request and dedicate a hymn for a small sum, the proceeds from which will be benefitting a local good cause.
The Band would like to thank Mark and Caroline from the Butchers for hosting the event and Mathew Golden of R.N. Golden Ltd. for providing financial support for both village concerts.
The Band competed at the annual Brighouse March & Hymn Tune Contest, organised by Brighouse & District Lions Club on Sunday, July 2, as 26 bands from youth to championship section marched down Bethel Street to the Town Hall Square to perform their Contest Hymn Tune and March.
Playing the hymn “The Lord is Gracious” and the contest march “The Wizard”, Hepworth came third overall, with Hammonds second and Milnrow first.
Congratulations to Mark Smedley for winning the best soprano cornet prize and to the trombone section for the award of best trombones on the street march.
The sun shone as the band led the traditional Hepworth Feast celebrations, a commemorative event which takes place on the last Monday in June giving thanks for the cessation of the Great Plague, with its origins in the 1665 outbreak which claimed many lives locally.
The band led the procession in the afternoon from Hepworth, through the villages of Scholes and Jackson Bridge with regular stops for hymn singing along the way before returning to Hepworth School for a feast tea.
In the evening the festivities continued with the service in the village, followed by races and entertainment for the children, live music, a pig roast and a few well-earned beers. The feast is a great local tradition that we’re proud to be part of.
There was a first for the band and an early start on Saturday, July 8, 2017, as we travelled north to take part in the famous annual Durham Miners’ Gala. The band was representing New Herrington Colliery near Houghton-le-Spring.
Following the tradition of the colliery bands, Hepworth marched though the village early in the morning and then made their way to Durham to join up with all the other bands for the “big meeting”, marching through the city in one of the world’s biggest celebrations of trade union and community spirit.
The Band competed at the Whit Friday marches on June 9, 2017. The weather was fine, and not too cold, making for an enjoyable evening.
Often described as “the greatest free show on Earth”, more than 100 bands took to the circuit around the villages of Saddleworth competing for individual contest prizes and for the overall award of Oldham and Saddleworth area champions.
However, it was something of a disappointing evening, with the Band never quite finding their form, playing the march “Ravenswood”.
After a slow start at Uppermill, the Band managed to play at Diggle, Dobcross, Delph, Denshaw, Scouthead and Lydgate.
Sadly, we were only in the prizes at Delph, where we were awarded second prize overall, best cornet, and best trombones.
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