80th Anniversary

The Yorkshire Imps are marking the 80th anniversary of the band on Saturday 22nd October with a special concert in Ossett Town Hall. Past and present members of the band will join forces to celebrate the Band’s remarkable musical history.

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The band was originally formed in 1936 as The Yorkshire Copper Works Band and was based in Stourton near Leeds where the Copper Works factory was based. When an industrial merger created Yorkshire Imperial Metals in 1958 the band’s name changed and they became affectionately known to the banding faternity as ‘ The Yorkshire Imps’.

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Following the ending of the sponsorship from Imperial Metal Industries in the 1990’s David Urquhart Travel stepped into the breach in order to keep the band and its proud Yorkshire name in existence. David Urquhart has generously sponsored the band for the last twenty years and the band are now known as the Yorkshire Imperial Urquhart Travel Band.

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For much of the band’s 80 years it has featured consistently as one of the finest bands in Great Britain. Indeed, in Dr Roy Newsome’s ‘The Modern Brass Band’ (Ashgate, Aldershot 2006), they are listed as one of the top ten bands of the second half of the 20th century. The band has represented Yorkshire some twenty times at the National Finals been placed on no less than 15 occasions. Their success in the Yorkshire Area includes 24 top three places and 9 wins. Amongst some of their other notable achievements The Imps have been British Open Champions on 3 occasions with 13 places and a runner up position to add to their proud heritage.

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The celebration concert on the 22nd October provides an opportunity for supporters past and present and concert goers to join the band in an evening of musical favourites which will feature many of the band’s star soloists and chart key moments in the band’s history. The doors at Ossett Town Hall are open from 7.00 p.m. for a 7.30 start.

Buy Your Tickets

Tickets are priced at £7 each and you can get your ticket from several outlets:

  • Ossett Town Hall
  • Wakefield Events Team 01924 205 830
  • Band Members
  • Online here

Confirm your attendance here.

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July 100 Club Draw

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The Prize fund for December’s 100 Club totalled £72.50 and the lucky winners are:

1st Prize – £36.25 –Ann Thorpe

2nd Prize – £21.75 – Ash Paradise

3rd Prize – £14.50 – James Hobbis

Thank you to everyone who participates in the 100 Club, your positive support is helping to fund the purchase of new music, instrument repairs, replacement uniforms and refurbishment to the band room.

If you would like to enter our monthly 100 club draw then follow the link here.

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Imps Boost Youth Brass

Before the summer break, our Principal Cornet Player, Alan Fowler had been working with Gommersal Primary School and their Brass Club.

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 6 year 4 children were given the opportunity at Easter to learn to play a brass instrument  with teaching assistant Jane Barker. Also another teaching assistant at school wanted to have a go so Emma joins in too. Kirklees music school were able to loan 6 cornets.

The children meet up on a Wednesday lunch time for 40 mins and are learning  to play the cornet  and read music. On 25th May Alan went in to see how the group were getting on. He joined in with the group, giving the children helpful tips and techniques to help with their playing and listened to them all play.

The children were very excited to see him as he played in the schools assembly back in February so the children could hear the instrument and hopefully inspire them to have a go.

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Alan was very impressed with their  progress and is looking forward to when they can play in a school assembly! All the children enjoyed Alan’s second visit, especially when he and Jane played the Star Wars Theme tune! The tune is in their book so it has inspired them to get practicing to play the theme themselves.

If you would like to have one of the band visit your school for some inspiration then get in touch!

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June 100 Club Draw

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The Prize fund for June’s 100 Club totalled £77.50 and the lucky winners are:

1st Prize – £38.25 –Alan Fowler

2nd Prize – £22.25 – Dawn McKone

3rd Prize – £15.50 – Mr and Mrs Walshaw

Thank you to everyone who participates in the 100 Club, your positive support is helping to fund the purchase of new music, instrument repairs, replacement uniforms and refurbishment to the band room.

If you would like to enter our monthly 100 club draw then follow the link here.

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May 100 Club Draw

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The Prize fund for May’s 100 Club totalled £52.50 and the lucky winners are:

1st Prize – £26.25 –Allan Briggs

2nd Prize – £15.75 – Alan Fowler

3rd Prize – £10.50 – Ginnette Baker

Thank you to everyone who participates in the 100 Club, your positive support is helping to fund the purchase of new music, instrument repairs, replacement uniforms and refurbishment to the band room.

If you would like to enter our monthly 100 club draw then follow the link here.

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The website for the world famous Yorkshire Imperial Urquhart Band